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I was collecting these in an email post and sent it by accident, so I guess it's time to clean them up and post them already!

Cute decorations for your electrical outlets
https://www.etsy.com/listing/188515319/amaze-cat-electric-outlet-wall-art

Money is not a resource
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/06/02/what-is-money-alan-watts-on-the-false-idea-that-money-is-a-resource/

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking food illness by searching Yelp reviews. (Perhaps one of the few positive uses for government tracking powers.)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/dining/reviews-on-yelp-help-track-illness.html

This article about how Japanese people make businesses out of American cultural icons has kind of a patronizing tone, but it's also interesting.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-japan-copied-american-culture-and-made-it-better-180950189/

They're right. I can't throw any of those things out.
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-useless-products-that-nobody-can-throw-out/

This is part of the reason I like the asexual community even though I'm not asexual. http://meloukhia.net/2014/06/dont_be_a_sex-positive_jerk/
I’ve written here before about the very specific brand of sex-positivity I loathe, in which people seem bound and determined to press their sexuality on other people, insisting that sex is fantastic for everyone and everyone enjoys sex, creating a hypersexual, charged environment that refuses to acknowledge the complexities of human sexuality. Sex is awesome, under this framework, so everyone’s into it, and a ‘sex positive’ environment is not simply a place in which people can talk about sexuality without shame or judgement, but an environment in which sexuality is actively pushed on people. It’s all sexy, all the time.


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johnpalmer
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: the sex positivity, yeah. I had an interesting revelation where I saw someone discussing another woman who wanted to "save herself for marriage" and I had to think about that.

When does someone else's choices become my business? When does my discomfort with something become cause for me to determine if they'd welcome discussion? When do I decide "they've heard this shit, they don't need to hear it from (me)"?

It's doubly interesting because... well, I have times when my libido is depressed, and times when sex seemed like a pain, and some of these happened when I was young - young enough that guys are more worried about lasting long enough, not "getting there, thank *god* that's over with!" It would have been good to have learned "wow, that's not actually very common, a doctor might figure out what's going on with you. Might not be anything - people are different! - but you might be missing out on a happymaking bit of life."

What's the line? And when is it crossed, and when is it too far?
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