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This week's round-up includes: 10 things not to say to a lesbian; Girls and consent; and a body image photo project.
- 10 Things Not to Say to a Lesbian by Anna Pulley at AlterNet (Keywords: sexuality, queer, stereotypes, sex)
Sure, you may have read about them in a Women’s Studies class, glimpsed them briefly on Grey’s Anatomy,or in the plaster aisle at Home Depot, but it’s a rare thing indeed to experience lesbians in the wild. Who are these mythical beings? What do they wear now that hipsters have appropriated flannel? Is it true that lesbians move in together after the second date? What does Rachel Maddow have that I don’t? These are some of the questions you may have.
- GIRLS “On All Fours” at BroadBlogs (Keywords: television, sex, consent, coercion, assault)
If we started saying, “It ain’t sex unless everyone enjoys it” would rape and “gray-rape” (where consent is unclear) become less common? And might we all enjoy sex more?
An Emmy-nominated episode of “Girls” sparks the question.
- A Love Letter to the World through Our Magnificent Bodies by Jes at The Militant Baker (Keywords: body image, photography, nudity, NSFW)
I'm still reeling from the magic of that night; an evening spent in beautiful body solidarity with nearly 70 other women. It was what Jade Beall would call "Medicinal Photography"... a shoot where you heal fragile pieces on the inside as you celebrate the strength of your outside.
Here we are, 68 women, one message.
This is our love letter to the world through our magnificent bodies...
Sorry the roundup is so short; I've had limited time to read the Int0rnetz. Please don't hesitate to share anything I -- among other VP readers -- may have missed!