Time Magazine has all these articles out about the current situation for American women. I've read one so far that was pretty interesting and talked about choice with titles Ms., Miss, and Mrs. Hopefully, we can discuss some of this stuff soon!
I also thought it was pretty funny that the link at one of the essays was something along the lines on "more on women" and "women covers." How ridiculous is it that there need to be "women" covers--implying that everything else is a man's cover. Once again "other-izing" us. hmph.
so my adviser for sister speak just sent me a link to this new blog just about menstruation. how sweet is that?! the first posts i've seen are about twittering about having a miscarriage at a meeting, periods keeping young African girls out of schools, and a nice animated menstruation video. seems pretty interesting.
New show called "women's studies" to be aired on HBO!
"The new feminist show will star Julie White as a former feminist “it” girl author who now teaches at a small northeastern liberal arts school. If Julie White is in it I can guarantee it will be funny."
What do you guys think? It would be interesting to watch together whenever it happens and compare it to the real topics we have learned in our women's studies classes!
So, I know this is a really personal topic so feel free to answer anonymously, but I was just wondering if we could talk about what sex is like for everybody. I am interested in hearing from girls my age, most books have told us it just "feels good." What do you like, what don't you like, and this isn't just confined to intercourse. But when it comes to intercourse, is it consistently pleasurable, or hit or miss? What do you think affects your experience? What about the myth of "size matters" - do you think it's a myth? What are you experiences with orgasms? Etc etc, feel free to fill in more questions!
I understand that this seems like a fairly heteronormative question, and I also know that not everyone in our group is sexually active, for whatever reasons, but let's share our experiences with each other (hetero or not, and those with or without a partner). I would like to get an idea of what we are (or aren't!) experiencing, as long as people feel comfortable sharing. Is anyone else interested in this stuff? Or am I just weird.
March 11, 2009 NOW cheers the formation of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which was created by executive order of President Barack Obama today. It was a pleasure for me to be at the White House to hear the president make this commitment to supporting women and girls in such strong and unequivocal terms. It was a heartening moment for those of us who have worked so hard for this day.
There can be no question that the needs of women and girls require the attention of the White House itself. As President Obama pointed out in today's speech, women still earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. One out of every four women will experience some form of domestic violence during her lifetime. Women make up more than half the population, yet are only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress. And while women are 49 percent of the nation's workforce, only three percent of the Fortune 500 companies are headed by women.
The make-up of the White House Council is extraordinary. It will be headed by Valerie Jarrett, assistant to the president and one of his closest friends and advisors, and will include every Cabinet secretary and the head of every Cabinet-level agency. The Executive Director of the Council will be Tina Tchen, deputy assistant to the president and a long-time advocate of women's rights.
We asked for a Cabinet-level office to work on women's issues, and we got the entire Cabinet. NOW looks forward to supporting the work of the White House Council on Women and Girls in the months ahead. There is much work to be done.
this is a project that gives an idea for a "rape prevention device". its not real, nor is it going to be, and it is more of a societal reflection. It is also intended to bring awareness to rape victims. I found it on a blog that said "In response to the frequently asked question, "when should I wear Rapex?" they answer: "Should you have to travel long distances alone, on a train, working late, going out on a date with someone you don't know too well, going to clubs, or in any situation that you might not feel comfortable or even just not sure." So, if you like getting drunk, wearing sexy clothes, or going out in public, you might be at risk." Interesting points!!!
You all probably got this email, but I usually don't open them so here's the info in case anyone is interested:
Robyn Ochs returns to JMU's campus for two more workshops that will question and stimulate your views on gender and sexuality. Join her as she transgresses the binary categories of gay/straight, masculine/feminine, black/white and/or male/female.
Name: Bisexuality, Feminism, Men & Me
Date: Feb. 18, 09 Time: 12:15-1:15 Location: Taylor 304
Do you know what makes a man "a man"? What makes a woman "a woman"? We will look at the ways in which we are limited by a binary understanding of gender, and explore how the politics of gender tie together the feminist, queer and transgendered movements. Come, and bring your gender with you!
Name: Beyond Binaries: Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Festival Ballroom
Wanna talk sexuality? Robyn's workshop will discuss uses and limitations of the Kinsey scale and other measures of sexual orientation, with attention to factors such as sex, gender, time, and more.
ALSO there have been several new "Target Women" vidz from Sarah Haskins recently. Most of them can be related to Valentine's Day. Highlights include Chocolate, Jewelry, Online Dating, or Diets.
And one more thing... and thoughts on taking turns taking notes at meetings? Then putting the info up here? Kind of like Annie did with how to chart your cycles. Since I haven't been able to make the past couple meetings I think it would be cool!
How do they do it, the ones who make love without love? Beautiful as dancers, gliding over each other like ice-skaters over the ice, fingers hooked inside each other's bodies, faces red as steak, wine, wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away. How do they come to the come to the come to the God come to the still waters, and not love the one who came there with them, light rising slowly as steam off their joined skin? These are the true religious, the purists, the pros, the ones who will not accept a false Messiah, love the priest instead of the God. They do not mistake the lover for their own pleasure, they are like great runners: they know they are alone with the road surface, the cold, the wind, the fit of their shoes, their over-all cardio- vascular health--just factors, like the partner in the bed, and not the truth, which is the single body alone in the universe against its own best time.
Mary Thompson gave this article for my Women's Studies class to read, and I completely agree with it. One person in my class claimed that she felt that JMU was a kind of safe haven for feminism because there were simply so many females here. But I think the opposite: it wasn't until a few months ago, after 3 years of relationships and ecnounters with disrespectful and degrading men at JMU that I started to identify with feminist beliefs and was able to call myself a feminist. Yay first blog entry by babz!
I just happened to come across a short youtube video about sex on your period that kind of showcases the different attitudes. Sarah Silverman's in it--whatever that means to you... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl6MuZF_Pi0
Hey guys, I've been trying to do some research on soaps for women, because I've read that we shouldn't use just regular soap to wash our hoo-has. Apparently it can screw up our natural pH balances. Does anyone know of any good options for soaps with a lower pH that's maybe more natural? What do you all do?
I found this website when searching but I'm sure there's more options out there.