Intriguing Reading #79

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

Content Notes: Sexual Assault; Depression

The Worst Way a Man Can Dress (Is Like a Woman): ” While fashion-forward types are coming around to the idea of a man wearing a skirt, it’s generally accepted only if it’s styled in a way that is appropriately masculine: with biker boots, sewn in traditional Scottish plaids, if it maintains a “straight” silhouette (as opposed to A-line), or if it echoes ancient (or folkloric) menswear.” (Male Pattern Boldness)

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Intriguing Reading #78

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

It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women: “Despite these seemingly overwhelming challenges, it seems the tide is turning. People in queer communities are demanding that the silencing of trans women be addressed. Cisgender feminists are speaking out about Brennan’s activism.” (Tina Vasquez / Bitch)

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Intriguing Reading #77

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

On Getting Naked in Antarctica: “Make no mistake: Streaking at the South Pole isn’t an activity to be taken lightly. And it’s not something you do on a whim, after one too many shots of whiskey at Club 90 South. On the contrary, getting naked in Antarctica is a hallowed tradition that requires planning and teamwork.” (Svati Kirsten Narula / The Atlantic)

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Intriguing Reading #76

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

Not in my backyard: who wants a brothel as a neighbour?: “But underlying all of these approaches is an ongoing assumption that there is something inherently problematic and undesirable about brothels.” (Dr. Penny Crofts / The Conversation)

Poly, Not Pagan, and Proud: “Obviously, there are good reasons for me to worry that I won’t be able to build a community in poly world if my choices involve a disproportionate number of pagans. I find such practices culturally unappealing. But not only does paganism not speak to me, I feel on guard against it and other New-Age forms of worship that draw in superficial and often corrupting ways on the traditions of indigenous and other peoples from around the world.” (The Critical Polyamorist)

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Intriguing Reading #75

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.)

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Intriguing Reading #74

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

The New Sex Rules: “Any rule that suggests there’s a right way to fantasize or enjoy sex, any rule that sets up a standard of how to display or enjoy our body—no matter what the rule says—is oppressive. Sex is one of the few arenas in life where people can create their own (consensual) reality, do what they want—and no one need get hurt, no one need to answer for themselves.” (Dr. Marty Klein)

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Intriguing Reading #73

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

Why It’s Tough to Be Bisexual: ““Bisexual” is increasingly and fervently treated as the worst kind of cooties. Most people who are attracted to more than one gender prefer to identify as anything but bisexual, whether that’s queer, omnisexual, pansexual, homo- or hetero-flexible, straightish, fluid, polysexual, “on the down low,” “gay for pay,” (e.g. porn) and on and on.” (Anna Pulley / AlterNet)

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Intriguing Reading #72

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

Where Have All the Butches Gone?: “So where have all the butches gone? They’re still around, although some of them go by other names. Some are still proud butches and studs; others, particularly young people, prefer the term “genderqueer,” with endless subcategories that underscore that gender identity and expression may intersect with sexual orientation but aren’t subsumed by it. They’ve come to understand that gender-variant people may fall across a wide span of femininity and masculinity, but what they have in common is the experience of falling outside of society’s expectations of their gender.” (Roey Thorpe / SheWired)

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Intriguing Reading #71

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

Not So Different: “The first time I touched a penis, I was amazed: it’s just skin!  It didn’t feel all that different from the skin anywhere else on his body.  I’d been expecting… I don’t know what I was expecting. Something exotic, something totally new and different and dirty and scary and strange.  Like maybe it would feel like a squid, or be electrified, or cause the world to tastefully fade to a view of fluttering curtains.” (Cliff Pervocracy)

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Intriguing Reading #70

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

Having My Cake and Eating It Too: “Imagine if the thing that got you off could appear anywhere at any moment. As a young teenager, when I realized I had a fetish, this was awful. Telling people I was gay was fairly easy for me, because in comparison to the other things I get off on, fucking another person who has a vagina seems mundane.” (Sarah Galvin / The Stranger)

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