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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good Reads: Sex, Gender, and Feminism

Interesting piece on gender identity:
  • "Appearance, Gender and Why I’m Not 'Cis'" (Ms Naughty)
A piece about how differently men and women's sexual functioning is treated by doctors, and then a more personal account of Beismer's journey of recovery:
  • "On Women Having Sex After Surgery" (Lynn Beismer, Role Reboot)
  • "How I Learned To Love My Frankengina: Recovering sexual functioning after surgery" (Lynn Beismer)
Interesting article on the first amendment issues surrounding "revenge porn":
  • "Should Revenge Porn Be a Crime?" (Michelle Goldberg, The Nation, via AlterNet)
Amusing video:
Finally, we have a wonderful article connecting the marriage equality movement to the overthrow of older ideas about marriage as ownership:
  • "When 'Redefining Marriage' Meant That Women Had To Be Treated Like Human Beings" (Ian Millhiser, Think Progress)
The article begins with the following quotation from Sir William Blackstone, in 1765:
The very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband; under whose wing, protection and cover, she performs everything.
Indeed, until passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in 1974, a married woman could not get a credit card in her own name in some states without her husband's permission. Etc, etc, etc.

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