Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Opinion: Feminism, Sex and Porn

I'm part of a sect of third wave feminism known as sex-positive feminism. I believe in the embracing of sexuality and sex. Rerouting it as something that can be used as patriarchal oppression into beauty, strength and, expression. I believe that people should be having sex and things such as abstinence only programs are simply unrealistic. I think sex should be shown as something healthy and beautiful. In schools we should be using an ABC program that was used in Uganda (before the US AIDS program stepped in and fucked things up), abstinence, be faithful and, use a condom. However, I focus simply on teaching safe enjoyable sex. This is why I enjoy things like the Midwest Teen Sex Show.

Porn is different though. Many feminists are very against porn. I can understand some of their arguments, but I don't agree with them fully. Their argument is that porn is degrading towards womyn and treats them as simply an object. An object often with a disembodied cock that they are sucking on until they get cum sprayed in their face. The unequal economic system pushes womyn into these roles in order to make money to survive. Not only that it provides, especially men, with an unrealistic idea of what sex is supposed to be like which their transfer into their relationships.

These arguments are ones I agree with however, to say all porn is exploitive and degrading towards womyn would in my opinion be untrue. Porn (and other forms of sex work) can to some womyn be a very positive and rewarding experience. It allows them to embrace their bodies as a temple one that can provide a beautiful self-expression. Porn can act as a way of healing one's body issues. Treating one's body as a sacrament.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Canada, US: California Gay Marriage, Ontario SRS

Same sex couples in California, and transgendered people in Ontario have made great steps in the past week. In California same-sex couples won a great victory this week as the California Supreme Court struck down the ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. This would make California the second state in the USA that same-sex marriage is legal, the other being Massachusetts which made same-sex marriage legal in 2004. In Canada it took slowly province by province before a decision was made in the Federal Court however, such a large state as California could prove to have weight on other states' rulings.

In Ontario transsexuals are on the edge of rejoicing with the decision that the provincial government will be reinstating coverage of sex reassignment surgery which was delisted from health care in 1998. The coverage of SRS will provide about 10 people with operations per year. There is apprehension however, about what standards will be used to approve people for the surgery. There is a hope among the trans community that the decision will not be left to the Clarke institute which works on very strict interpretations of gender as well as is heterosexist.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Activist Video: Pagans and Political Action

I apologize for my lack of posting lately. I've been dealing with major illness issues and have been focusing more on organizing a local spiritual group. I have been delving into my religion more lately so I can heal myself and form that power-from-within that I can share to the world

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