Pardon the radio silence, but THINGS HAPPENING

I’ve moved! Like, physically. To a new city. And getting my internet legs back hasn’t been easy. But I’m here, and I have things to tell you.

Here’s a thing: I won a grant! My little geography department has given me a little grant to attend CatalystCon West!

There, I will be stalking every single person with my tape recorder and pen and paper because I want to know how YOU interact with the internet! And dildos! And each other!

My project is still being formed, but essentially, I’m interested in whether members of the greater sex-positive community want to see state oversight of sex toy materials and manufacture. As a geographer, this question is relevant to me in two distinct ways:

1. How would the US government oversee materials manufactured overseas, given the liquid nature of sex toy supply chains?

2. How do sex-positive educators, bloggers, consumers, and business people determine the standards through collective interaction?

3. What are the risks of governance?

Guys, I’m super excited! In addition to the occasional sex toy review, I’ll be discussing the things I have to read for my literature review. I have a terrifying reading list that I’ve scarcely begun to broach, and I love every single thing on it. We’re going from Judith Butler and Foucault to Guatemala looking at body politics to the reaches of Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto where we’ll meet Cyberfeminism.

After a heinously long list of articles spanning such subjects as “Human-Computer Interaction as sexuality,” “The geography of Youtube and Viagra” and “Dildos as neoliberalism,” I will begin “primary research,” which will incorporate Ducky Doolittle’s Sex With the Lights On and Tristan Taormino’s The Feminist Porn Book.

If there’s anything you think I should read, let me know! This act of masochism is already underway, but I’m never afraid of a challenge! Also, I may morph into Zizek by the time I’m done here.

 

 

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Liberal feminists, I don’t get why you even.

Globalization is creating a template for a new femininity whereby women and girls are the predominant source of information and governance, while also representing the bottom of the economic barrel. The class gap between women is widening more rapidly than it is between men, in part because men are falling wantonly from the workforce.

There is a fear among the right that women are overtaking men and rendering them useless. I would assert that because women carry both the capacity to maintain work and household (as in, carry fetuses while also working) that they have surpassed their male peers in terms of economic functionality but also in terms of familial goals. Men, particularly men on the right, fear that they are becoming unnecessary and are therefore developing a reactionary politic in a flailing attempt to reclaim the only sphere where they feel relevant.

In the US, we’re seeing a gross development of anti-abortion legislation which is designed to undermine women’s agency as independent reproductive and economic actors. States like Texas and Arizona have gone out of their way and defied all that is scientific to deprive women of their choice not to reproduce. Likewise, women who have been deemed “unworthy” by the penal system in other states like California have lost their right to reproduce. These rights (despite the governor of AZ being female) are effectively being undermined by men with the intention of maintaining patriarchy.

Meanwhile, women are enrolling and graduating in higher education in higher and higher numbers each year. In certain generations and within certain demographics, women have out-earned and out-employed their male peers. The above legislation is indeed connected to this trend, as male legislators are attempting to return women, barefoot and pregnant, to the kitchen.

This trend outlined in the US is relevant for different people in different ways. Most of the women traditionally seeking abortions are educated and come from middle or upper-middle class backgrounds. They have economic goals which span years and they will not marry in their early 20’s if at all. This legislation was designed for that demographic, but it will not affect them in proportion to others. Women of that class background probably have better access to travel and can get out of town or state and go elsewhere for medical services if needbe, but lower-income women, women under 21, and women who already have children or other high-stakes responsibilities might not be able to make the trip. This legislation disproportionately affects them. The issue of abortion rights is one frequently appearing when one makes a case for prioritizing federal governance.

This is what liberals do. They find topics like abortion or “employ at will” laws and reveal the state-level legislation to be oppressive for anyone who isn’t a middle+ class, straight, white, able man. The liberal agenda, so they claim, is to give equal access of opportunity to groups of people that traditionally don’t have access to things like healthcare, education, healthy food, etc.

Does the federal government deliver? Fuck no.
Is a “right” something one should have to ask (see: lobby, march, write) for? Fuck no.

Do I believe a liberal when the liberal says they have the interests of “minorities” in mind? Fuck no.

So what is a person to do when they see that state-level legislation is not prepared to protect freedom, but when the federal government is equally regressive and ultimately every system is run by buffoons?

I call for the end of the United States of America. For the end of the nation-state as we know it. But that isn’t a thing that will happen.

What the fuck do radicals do when they bump up against nihilism?

Sexual policing is NOT sexy and it definitely isn’t the role of scientists. The creators are paranoid that this drug might make women like sex too much. I don’t need to rehash the article, but here’s the original NY Times article.

‘Female Viagra’ Could Cause ‘Societal Splintering,’ According to Scientists

Having a good consent vocabulary

Dom(me)s of the world:

Obviously, y’all are very important to me as educators, lovers and friends.

And every now and then, one of you springs up (or for some reason, hordes of you, where I’m involved) who doesn’t understand that a sub will have boundaries. Just like anyone else. If it’s unacceptable under vanilla circumstances, it’s probably unacceptable under all circumstances.

I’m going to post this as a reminder: tops, think hard about whether you do any of these things. Bottoms, think about whether you’ve witnessed this behavior anywhere recently.

http://tranarchism.com/2010/12/30/a-field-guide-to-creepy-dom/

Kinksters are in a unique position to be pioneers of a better consent culture. Can we please fucking work on that?

“Knuckle-dragging breeder scum need to be taught fear.”

Memorial To Transgender Victim Burned

The memorial to murdered transgender woman Lashai McLean, before and after it was burned in what is believed to be a bias-related crime. Courtesy of: Armando TrullThe memorial to murdered transgender woman Lashai McLean, before and after it was burned in what is believed to be a bias-related crime.

On the corner of 61st and Dix Street NE, Lashai McLean was murdered not too long ago. Friends and supporters adorned a tree near the scene of her murder with a big teddy bear and flowers — a memorial to that victim.

It’s a memorial no longer — it’s been burned up. The only thing that remains are charred flowers and some parts of a teddy bear.

Long-time transgender activist Earline Budd helped created that memorial.

“I’m just torn,” she says. “I’m just grief-stricken. Just the thought that somebody would do something to desecrate a monument, it sends a clear message of such hatred to our community.”

The MPD has sent detectives to the scene. They’ve collected the charred teddy bear as well as the burned flowers and have taken pictures. They may investigate this as a bias-related crime.

Link: http://www.wamu.org/news/11/09/16/memorial_to_transgender_victim_burned

As for the above quote, I felt it had to be included.