"Much like in the 1980′s with the rise of Reagan conservatism, the evangelical Christian base has again been mobilized this election to support republican policies under the banner of “small government,” and “returning to Christian, American values,” and is often motivated by “I don’t like that black dude in the oval office.” Now, however, “Christian values” have been boiled down to “no gays are allowed to have any rights anywhere” and “every pregnancy is a joyful gift from God, even if it is a result of rape or your baby will be born without a chance of life and will die a terrible death almost instantly.” In a stunning decision, Mitt “no one wants to be my running mate” Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his VP, an author not only of a terribly ineffectual budget plan, but also a co-sponsor of one of the most extreme personhood bills to date. So what is it about the women who vote for these men? Do they have the worst case of “it can’t happen to me” seen to date? Are they all post-menopausal and no longer concerned about all the yucky “down there” things that affect younger women? Are they more devoutly religious and buy into the patriarchal notion that women must be submissive and defer to their husbands opinion? Or is reproductive care really not that big of a deal to them?"
"Little girls learn only about the pleasures of sex as an implication of their discoveries about their reproductive functions, as something merely incidental. Much more care is taken to inform them about the approaching trauma of menstruation and the awful possibility of childbirth if they should ‘lose control’ or ‘give in’ to sexual urges, than to see that they recognise and welcome these urges in the first place. So the growing girl knows more about her womb than she does about her external genitalia, and not much of what she knows is good news."
#the female eunuch
Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
which I am currently reading and it is pretty guuuuud
"Identifying as “sex positive” is an act of resistance. Calling ourselves sex positive signifies that we do not subscribe to attitudes about sex held by larger dominant ideology, nor do we subscribe to attitudes of many feminists before us who have viewed sex as an act of negative, patriarchal violence. Sex positive means talking about sex, educating ourselves and others about sex, and learning how to reclaim our bodies and our practices so that we can find pleasure, health and happiness in them. It also means not bashing others’ consensual adult decisions, but making an active effort to defend sexual freedom."
#The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
Deirdre, CSPH Development and Outreach Intern Summer 2012
[Part of our weekly Sex Positive Saturday series! Visit http://thecsph.tumblr.com for more, or to submit your own definitions.]
"The lie of virginity – the idea that such a thing even exists – is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active."
"Women* are socialized to make men* feel good. We’re socialized to “let you down easy.” We’re not socialized to say a clear and direct “no.” We’re socialized to speak in hints and boost egos and let people save face. People who don’t respect the social contract (rapists, predators, assholes, pickup artists) are good at taking advantage of this. “No” is something we have to learn. “No” is something we have to earn. In fact, I’d argue that the ability to just say “no” to something, without further comment, apology, explanation, guilt, or thinking about it is one of the great rites of passage in growing up, and when you start saying it and saying it regularly the world often pushes back. And calls you names."