Intriguing Reading #75

Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 2 Comments |

My regular roundup of interesting reads, found from all over the place.

(Normally there’s one of these every 7-14 days. Unfortunately, due to hospitalisation, bedrest and a whole lotta health challenges, it’s been a long while since my last Intriguing Reading post. What does that mean? It means there’s a lot of great stuff worth checking out! Back to regular posting after this.)

The Label is Not the Package. The Map is Not the Road: “The trick is to remember that the label is not the person. Even if the person self-applies that label.” (Ferrett Steinmetz)

Step one…: “The funny thing about Internet threaded conversations is this: it’s very unlikely that anything new will be introduced by the time there are thirty replies. Maybe, but keep it in mind as a guideline. It’s okay to stop following any thread that makes your asshole pucker — even if you started it yourself. No one of any moral substance will bitch about you not responding.” (Edward Martin III)

The Sexcalator: “One of the many, many unspoken assumptions out there about sex is that it’s an escalating process.” (Cliff Pervocracy)

Before and After: Thoughts on Makeup and Self-Image: “On the subway to the shoot, I felt embarrassed by my lack of styling. On the way home that night, I felt embarrassed by all the makeup migrating to my under-eye region. You just can’t win, right?” (Gretchen Hirsch)

A Naked Prophet: “Sitting on a park bench next to his best friend on a very hot day, Andrew thought about the total inanity of having to wear clothing in such weather. He realized that, in spite of the obviousness of this truth, he was prohibited with the full force of an entire nation, and of virtually every person he could conceive of from taking the next seemingly logical step.” (Woody / Thoughts from a Queer Nudist)

Polyamorous Relationships Are About More Than Just Couples: “The unfortunate result of this is that, for those of us in more than one serious and meaningful relationship, the world around us insists on viewing one of those relationships as less valid than the other, especially when one relationship happens to predate others.” (Angi Becker Stevens / Huffington Post)

Baring my Bikini Body: “What has been important and revelatory to me is the fact that I’ve actually had a bikini body all along, because I had a body and I could put a bikini on it. I spent so many years hating my body, and thinking that my life would change when I was thin instead of actually going ahead and doing what I wanted to do.” (Ally Garrett / The Wireless)

In defence of bad sex: “…many of the passages of “bad sex” selected for public mockery are, in fact, rather well-written descriptions of sex that happens to be fumbly and awkward. In real life, that’s what a lot of sex tends to be, especially at major plot points.” (Laurie Penny / New Statesman)

How I Found Out I Didn’t Have the Herpes I’d Been Living With for Four Years: “Right now, a visual diagnosis—no tests, just a “you have herpes”—is the standard route for practitioners to diagnose a herpes outbreak. The CDC endorses “visual inspection” as a valid form of diagnosis on their website. Somewhere between 60-85 percent of the time, clinicians make a correct visual diagnosis, Dr. Leone said, but that leaves a pretty big possibility that it’s something else. Patients and their doctors can confuse irritated genital symptoms like herpes, yeast infections, and allergic reactions to vaginal hygiene products, Dr. Handsfield said.” (An HSV-Negative Lady / The Hairpin)

A Call for Cisgender Action: “Change in everyday institutions, such as your school, office, home, church, and non-profit organizations won’t happen overnight. However, you can speed up that process by showing peers, colleagues, and bosses that gender inclusive environments are important to everyone.” (Loraine Kanervisto / Medium)

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2 Responses to “Intriguing Reading #75”

  1. Kraken Kranium
    January 7th, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    That article on “bad sex” is interesting. The odd thing is, sometimes I personally find the sloppy, messy, fumbling awkward stuff hotter to read than the smooth as a porn film slick sex scenes… hee. :)

  2. Dee
    January 10th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    I’m inclined to agree, Kraken. Certainly it feels far more real :)

    xx Dee


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