This verbiage is also from one of the magazines: ‘A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy.’ By contrast, here is a convicted rapist discussing his crime: ‘There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex … They way they dress, they flaunt themselves.’
Dr Peter Hegarty, of the University of Surrey’s Psychology Department, added: “There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?”
In both studies, one asking a coed group to rank the comments in terms of derogatory nature and the other by self-identification, the lad mags were scored worse than the statements of rapists.
About 40% of all the food produced in America is tossed out every year writes Forbes. This, according to a study published by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Our throwaways are part of a total 150 trillion calories of food waste a year, or, $43 billion squandered annually. Along with overproduction or surplus and unwanted food scraps, spoilage is a key problem in food waste. Forbes shares produce that lasts the longest.
I checked Heather Mac Donald out to see if she had responded to the University of Vermont’s suspension of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity for circulating a lifestyle survey of members with the question: “If you could rape someone, who would it be?” writes the Burlington Free Press.
Update: same day perfect timing via NYTimes.
An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought.
“That almost one in five women have been raped in their lifetime is very striking and, I think, will be surprising to a lot of people,” said Linda C. Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey.
Let me be clear that I am one of those women. I was only 15, not drunk and not wearing slutty- clothes, as men suggest women wear to invite rape. I was in bed in a cotton nightgown, hair in curlers, asleep next to a six-year-old girl, when her father — our best family friend — woke me up with his hands and naked cock all over me.
Was it Supreme Court Jusice Stewart Potter who famously said that he couldn’t define pornography but he knew it when he saw it? He took a lot of justified heat for that remark, and I’ll allow myself to fall in the same rabbit hole.
I’m having a Stewart Potter moment, confronting ‘Deadliest Catch’, published on another blog and featuring Camille Rowe by André Saraiva for L’Officiel Hommes Paris. To all who wish to understand my boundaries, they were just crossed — and I don’t care if he’s the new, not sh*t creative director for the magazine or not.
As my driver said to me on the way to Caitlin’s party in NYC the other night, “I have to live with myself when I put my head on the pillow at night.” ‘Amen’ to that philosophy.
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There is no symbol more potent and relevant to me than the serpent. When I was about 10-12 years old, a snake visited me often in my dreams — he was my dear friend with a very human male face. I remember explaining repeatedly to him that I adored him and felt able to tell him all my secrets — but we had to keep a distance between us.
Our dream conversations were so earnest on my part — and his, too. They were never sexual; instead he was my confidant bearing witness to my totally authentic, uncorrupted self. Serpents would have been on my brain without the recent, rather explosive AOC discussions about the alleged ‘natural submission of women’.
My dear friend and body psychotherapist Ellen Gayda, lent me her volume ‘The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets’ over the weekend. We will post Ellen’s response to Taryn Andreatta’s ‘The Offering’ later today.
Cha makes a very interesting point, saying that at the current rate of consumption, we would need the resources of two earths to meet our global demands. But if the world consumes the way Americans do, we will need the resources of five earths. Note that many futurists argue that technology and invention will solve this scarcity challenge; we just don’t know how.
A key question is whether America’s pursuit of conspiculous, divine-right consumption pattern gives us a better lifestyle. AOC is committed to saying ‘no’, it does not. Cha explains:
As for me, I must carry on and fight the personhood amendment that would take away Jennifer and Taryn’s right to birth control, if they are fortunate enough to live in the great state of Mississippi.
I also advise Jennifer and Taryn to stay out of Utah, where miscarriage almost became a felony in the fall of 2010, except for a thinking governor who promised to veto it. In fact, the personhood amendment will almost certainly subject any woman who experiences a miscarriage to legal scrutiny by the authorities.
Given the reality that about 600,000 women experience natural miscarriages (not counting abortions) every year — 1 in 10 pregnancies — this new scrutiny of women’s bodies will put the most incredible financial strains on America’s judicial system.
As for women’s psyches, I suppose having the police authorities at women’s bedsides will put stress on them, too. If you’re a natural submissive, perhaps it’s not so bad. I read countless women saying that the judicial whip is a big sexual turn-on. These women are accustomed to being under the patriarchal microscope, so what’s a bit of jail time in America.
For the feminists amongst us, jail is not our favorite sexual fantasy, perhaps making us really dull-women brainiacs in bed after all. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!!! To be continued … Anne
I must write on a much less intellectual note that one of the many reasons I love Katy Perry is that she plays with her feminine side. Sometimes she is sexy, playful and definite man eye candy. But then she is also singing/talking about being empowered, finding courage and beauty within yourself and letting people know that being yourself is so important. I think that’s how women get by: sex symbols (never objects) when they need to be and strong, fierce lionesses when things need to get done. Which most of the time we can do far better ourselves than asking man for help. As long as there is a balance between these two sides I think it works out just fine. ~ Jennifer Lewis, Ohio State University