Intriguing Reading #93

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

Content Notes: Discussions of suicide; fat negativity

Disposable tampons aren’t sustainable, but do women want to talk about it?: “It seems counterintuitive that despite the explosion of sustainable options for a broad range of products over the past five years – clothing, food, baby care, coffee, skincare, cleaning products – options for this most intimate and inconvenient aspect of women’s lives have scarcely changed in a century.” (Rosie Spinks / Guardian)

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Chilly Waters

It was a chilly winter’s day in the Bay of Plenty when Demeter and I found this stunning deserted spot – holidays are great for finding beauty in unexpected places, and this one was no exception.

But it’s winter! Cold! Who cares about the cold when there’s an opportunity to be naked? When we stumbled across this spot it wasn’t long before I stripped off my merino top, bra, cardigan, thick socks, jeans and sneakers (with Demeter chortling all the while), and proceeded to check out the water’s edge.

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Intriguing Reading #92

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

Content Notes: mental ill-health; chronic illness

How To Be an Ex-Porn Star: 10 Tips on Taking a Break: “Stories about someone’s “porn past” surfacing are always on the tip of the media’s tongue.  Porn pasts “surface” because people tried to bury them.  But there is no such thing as “after porn ends” anymore.  Porn is like that old tattoo you have: whether or not it still suits you, you’re going to (at least!) have to learn to love it as representing a specific mindset and time in your life.” (Conner Habib)

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Emergent

After emerging from the ocean, this mermaid needs to rest and ensure their legs are stable.

Photographed by Tethys last November in Victoria, Australia (the same day as these images).

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Intriguing Reading #91

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

Content Notes: queer negativity

Does the Hitachi Reduce Sensitivity? Yes: “I wanted to know if I’d broken my vag and Hitachi’d myself into numbness… or if my vag was just in a sensitivity coma. Turns out, I’m not alone and there are many, many Hitachi addicts out there. Research taught me that if I just stopped using the thing, that sensitivity would eventually come back, depending on how often I’d been using it and for how long. Great. So I might have some feeling by the time I’m 80, I thought.” (Amie Wee)

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Fuzzy Honey Bunny

I arrived at Hylas’ late on Thursday evening – and was greeted by a large fuzzy and rubbery bunny (who gifted me with delicious chocolate). This delighted me no end!

*click to see the chocolate*

As an added bonus, he wriggled his tail at me, too

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Intriguing Reading #90

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

Content Notes: abuse, fat negativity

Good girl, bad boy: can we neutralise gender in dirty talk?: “Exploring genderless sex, both in how I see myself and in how I see my partner, feels like a liberating frontier. There’s safety (and hotness to follow) in being ‘seen’ exactly as you are, expressing how you would like to be seen and asking your partner to do the same. For agendered people, this might be their only option. We might also chose to re-invent gender. We could use gendered language in our dirty talk in a hyper-real or ‘role-play’ way as an active and empowered choice.” (HB / Archer)

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Intriguing Reading #89

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

Content Notes: fatphobia, chronic illness, bisexual erasure.

Fat Characters in Romance and Erotica: “I don’t need characters who never have fat shame, but I would like to sometimes see characters who have worked through the lion’s share of it. I’d love to see fat characters who begin the story already knowing that the daily fatphobia they experience is toxic and wrong and who are working on their internalization of it. Maybe even fat characters who are fat activists, or connected to fat activist community. If the character has to grapple with fat shame in the story, can we please have a character that generally feels pretty good about herself and gets triggered by something specific that she then works through?” (Corey Alexander)

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On the KissCast

At the very end of last year, I opened my email and was absolutely delighted to see a message from Molly (of Molly’s Daily Kiss) asking if she could interview me for her new podcast, the KissCast. Of course I said yes – how awesome was that?

So in early January we got together on Skype and talked enthusiastically about many things, the end result of which is this, the fourth episode of the KissCast. (I recommend the others as well – they’re great listening!) Molly was a wonderful host who asked great questions about all sorts of things. Between the laughter there may even have been some answers!

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Intriguing Reading #88

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

Why I Hate The Word Sex-Positive: “There are lots of things I’m positive about! I’m consent-positive! I’m autonomy-positive! I’m people-being-happy-positive! But I’m not really sex-positive. I’m more sex-neutral, really. If people want to have sex, then they should have sex; if people don’t want to have sex, then they shouldn’t have sex. As long as everyone involved is happy, I don’t really feel entitled to have an opinion about whether other people have kinky lesbian orgies or hold each other’s sleeves because they’re not yet emotionally ready to hold hands.” (Ozymandias)

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