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Links Round Up: Week Ending in 14 July 2012

Sorry for the lateness on this, folks! LiveJournal has been really slow for me the last several days.

Welcome to our weekly links round-up. The LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here. To submit articles to the round-up, e-mail also_warriors@vaginapagina.com.

As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream source's comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter.

This week's round-up includes: service kink and disability; athletes, media, and the male gaze; accessibility and the ADA; sex, sexual orientation, and trying to conceive; Dan Savage, fat bias, and sexual manipulation.

  1. Essay: Do I Do It For You? Service Kink and Disability at The light's how they find you (Keywords: sex, kink, disability, fiction, consent)
    An example. A few weeks ago I was standing on a street corner waiting to cross. A guy came up beside me and asked if I needed help. I said no, and went back to ignoring him in approved urban fashion. The light changed in about five seconds. The guy leaned over to tell me so, and when apparently I wasn’t moving fast enough to suit him, he reached out, took me under the elbow, and physically lifted me into the street.

  2. The Bodies We Want: Female Athletes in ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue at Culturally Disoriented (Keywords: athletes, photography, objectification, agency, nudity and NSFW images)
    But that’s a moot point. Because looking hot was not the purpose of this particular shoot; the shoot was supposed to portray professional athletes showing off their abilities.

    Instead, the shoot is one where men show off their athletic abilities; where men are depicted as talented and powerful.

  3. User Friendly Vegas: Why Make a Documentary? at Fierce, Freethinking Fatties (Keywords: disability, accessibility, Americans with Disabilities Act, documentary, fundraising)
    The hue and cry of most cities in attempting to comply with the ADA is that retrofitting (redesigning buildings to be in compliance) is expensive.

    It is.

    It is astronomically more expensive than simply designing accessible buildings from the ground up.

    Las Vegas does not have this excuse. The majority of commercial real estate in the major business sections of the metro area have been built since the passage of the law, under the guidelines of the law. If the world were a logical place, then Las Vegas would be the most accessible place in the world and few barriers would exist.

  4. Credit In The Straight World: or, There’s nothing so overrated as heterosexuality. at Hunter Not The Hunted
    (Keywords: sex, trying to conceive, bisexuality, kink)
    So, we (the Royal We) have started “trying for a baby”, to use the cliche. It’s typically assumed that when straight people say that, it just means they’re fucking a lot, and when gay peeps say it, there’s something complicated going on with turkey basters, 29 minute sperm dashes and a whole lot of ticklish diarising. But what does it mean when 2 cis bisexual people of opposite sexes do it? My experience thus far is that it’s more than a little surreal.

  5. Dan Savage Continues to Make Sure It Doesn't Get Better for Fat People at Shakesville (Keywords: Dan Savage, fat, weight loss, sexual attraction, manipulation)
    In his column, he responds to a letter from a woman complaining that her husband's weight gain had reduced her sexual interest in him. She feels she should have more frequent sexual encounters with her husband, but would like to use the promise of sex to incentivize manipulate her husband into losing weight at her behest. The writer wants to know if this would be ethical.

What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?
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