Monday, February 23, 2009

Breaking thru gender roles...

Here is an article that I discovered from academia (or academentia...haha) by Sherry Ortner, a professor from UCLA.  It's called "Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture?"  Interesting stuff....

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!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

SDS Womyn's Caucus

Check out this blog:

There are lots of great posts that relate to topics of discussion and recent events in our lovely little circle.


A Few Updates...

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!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Erotic Sex-Pagan Fertility Festival Day!

Do you ever wonder where that cute little baby with bows and arrows came from?

The origins of Valentines Day.

Here's one link but not very good--find one for yourself!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Erykah Badu

This link has been going around the EARTH e-mails. Erykah Badu talks about women's issues in the music industry. Funny, yet true and sad.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Naturopathic Medicine: A feminine approach to health care

This article is kinda vague but makes some good points toward the end. I also enjoyed reading the comments made.

Sex Without Love poem

Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds
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.