My regular roundup of interesting reads, found from all over the place.
Erotic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure: ” How does one get undressed in the manner of a clumsy virgin, BUT with the skill of a stripper? I mean, obviously you could be a virgin and a stripper at the same time, that is a thing that could happen. But “clumsy” and “skilled” are sort of diametrically opposed. Other things that are diametrically opposed: this book, and arousal.” (Unfortunatalie)
Enthusiasm For Sex Isn’t The Same Thing As Sex Positivity: “In my view, the problem is that not enough people understand that sex-positivity isn’t the same thing as sexual enthusiasm. The fact that someone enjoys sex doesn’t necessarily mean that they can honor and celebrate sexual choices and practices that they don’t do. The fact that someone can be public about their sexuality doesn’t imply anything about their capacity to make room for sexual diversity and difference.” (Charlie Glickman)
13 Myths and Misconceptions about Trans Women: “Transsexuality is first and foremost about us and our bodies and our right to be happy within them, not all about social conventions or the politics of gender or what you think society should be or what you think is best for us. People whose gender identity is in conflict with their physiological sex will continue to exist no matter how well we accommodate for variation in gender expression.” (Natalie Reed)
Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance: “The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.” (Ashley Judd / The Daily Beast)
Finding Goatse: The Mystery Man Behind the Most Disturbing Internet Meme in History: “The story of Goatse begins with a mustachioed, wiry man in his late forties who goes by the name “Kirk Johnson.” Johnson is a prominent practitioner of extreme penetration, which is the extreme penetration community’s term of art for sticking huge objects up your ass. For years, Johnson has been rumored to be the Goatse man, based on their similar frame, skills, and matching moles on both Goatse’s and Johnson’s ass. Reader, I examined the moles. They match.” (Adrian Chen / Gawker)
With friends like these; or what it means to be an ally: “Allies in social movements don’t try to take over the movement themselves. They accept that advice is sometimes welcomed but not always what is needed or appreciated. They recognize that the movement sometimes must create an identity separate from its allies in order to maintain overall cohesiveness.Think about the divide between accommodationist and confrontationalists in the atheist movement. Allies the two should be, but when members of one side or the other decided theirs it the One True Way™, they cease to be allies and instead are just bossy neighbors with similar tastes.” (WilloNyx / IdioPrag)