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This week's round-up includes: firing an employee who was being sexually harassed, comparing menstruation to poop, sex in teen role playing games, sexual violence around the world, and the idea of fresh starts in the new year.
- Calling things what they are: firing an employee who was harassed by Literata at Works of Literata (Keywords: employment rights, sexual harassment, discrimination)
In a recent Iowa case, a dentist fired an employee because she was so attractive that he and his wife were uncomfortable. Several sites have covered this as the “firing attractive employee” case, and that’s bad enough. But when you get into the details, it seems there’s something they overlooked.
- Menstruation -- It's Not Like Anything Else by Elizabeth Kissling at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (Keywords: menstruation, periods, stigma, poop)
What grates my cheese is when someone listens respectfully for a moment or two to the elevator speech version of my latest article or talk, and then says something like, “Well, why should people talk more about menstruation? It’s not like I go around talking about my bowel movements all the time."
- Save vs. Sexism: The Sexuality of Monsterhearts by Lillian Cohen-Moore at Bitch Media (Keywords: role playing games, monsters, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, consent)
Monsterhearts, by game designer Joe Mcdaldno, is built for play by anyone. Your configuration of sex, gender, and sexuality can fit inside Monsterhearts, real or fictional. The teenagers you play in the game are burdened with a little extra as adolescents: They’re monsters. The Witch, The Chosen One, The Fae, The Ghost, The Ghoul, Serpentine, Infernal, Vampire, and more—among the mortals of your high school, you carry your own extra, supernatural secrets.
- Sexual violence is not a cultural phenomenon in India - it is endemic everywhere by Owen Jones at The Independent (Keywords: rape, sexual violence, rape culture, victim blaming)
It’s always comforting to think – despite everything that the 20th century should have taught us – that those who commit vile acts are sub-human, are not quite like us, so we can create emotional distance from them. But it was thinking, feeling, living human men who committed this rape, however nauseating it is to accept.
- Fresh starts, clean slates, and you. by Michelle at The Fat Nutritionist (Keywords: resolutions, hope, dieting, food)
I have always loved this time of the year, because I, like most people, love a clean slate. It is a yearly renewing of hope, even in times that are deeply screwed-up. I crave hope, I love it, and I absolutely need it. Without hope, life may well end. And the hope of a new start brings with it a sort of pleasing purity, as though the past can be obliterated with a fresh coat of paint, or covered over with the blank paper of a turned leaf.
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?