I’m looking forward to seeing this:
This is the first of a series of comic strips cartoonist Garry Trudeau planned for this week which deal with the recent spate of anti-abortion ultrasound bills. (Click to enlarge the strip.)
Several newspapers have made plans to run repeat Doonesbury comic strips in lieu of the strips.
“We thought the strips were over the line for the comics pages and won’t be running them,” said Oregonian features editor JoLene Krawczak “We’ll tell readers where they can read them online.”
(Note to newspaper editors: This is not a time to send your readers to other online sources to get what they want, in case you haven’t noticed.)
The more controversial strips, expected to run Tuesday and Thursday, contain the lines “Do your parents know you’re a slut?” (directed at the strip’s protagonist by a “state legislator” after she tell him she’s been using the health clinic’s contraceptive services) and “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape” (announced by the doctor administering the pre-termination trans-vaginal sonogram).
This will be the first time in Doonesbury‘s 42-year history that Trudeau has used the strip to sound off about the abortion debate.
“I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women’s health currently being waged in several states,” Trudeau told The Washington Post.
“For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.”
This gives me a whole new perspective on proper English gardens.
Suzy Hotrod, Gotham Girls Roller Derby
For the third year, ESPN magazine has published The Body Issue, a peek under the workout clothes of top athletes.
Captioned “Bodies We Want,” the spread glorifies athletes in the original uniform of the Olympics.
Both male and female athletes are photographed, and while some of the shots are cheese-cakey, others show a real appreciation for the curves and angles of athletic bodies. (Click through to ESPN and you can zoom in, if that pleases you.)
Alicia Sacramone, elite gymnast & Olympic medalist
Julie Chu, Olympian, coach, and ice hockey forward
This has been kicking around the internets for the past few days, but I thought I would share it with you. (I also thought I should get around to posting something. Sorry for the hiatus, but life got in the way.)
Alex and Emma are Hollywood pretty, but they’re not girl-on-girl guy-pleasing babes. With this one, K-Y may have nailed (metaphorically) its target audience because yes, Vagina, lesbians do use lube.
K-Y Intense is a new addition to the company’s lube line, promising increasing clitoral sensitivity and accompanying toe-curling orgasms. I haven’t tried it, but I’m a big fan of the K-Y Warming line. I like the lube-massage oil combo liquid and the Warming jelly for what we’ll call “higher friction” activities.
There’s a $5 off coupon for Intense here. If you try it, report back (and be sure to include all the juicy details).
I seem to have a theme this morning:
This strange little video is part of a viral advertising campaign orchestrated by The Richards Group ad agency for their client Summer’s Eve, a maker of various vaginal douches and similar concoctions.
The campaign is part of a rebranding effort that’s been underway since 2010, when Summer’s Eve released an incredibly douche-y ad encouraging working women to cleanse their vaginas before asking for a raise. That ad won a 2010 Tracy Award, a yearly award given to the very worst ads from around the world.
Douches, vaginal cleansers, and “feminine hygiene sprays” are living fossils of an age when women were taught to hate, mistrust, and apologize for, their bodies. Framing it this way, it’s no wonder the damn cat has a male voice.
For goodness sake, love your own kitty. Wash, rinse, and enjoy. That’s all there is to it.
The video is self-explanatory:
Translation: “The reusable menstrual cup: revolutionary for the planet, your comfort, your health and your wallet!”
I’m seriously in love with my own menstrual cup and sad that it took me so long to discover the joys of using one.
You can read one of my posts about menstrual cups here.
Thanks to The Feminist Slut for turning me on to this poster by Lea.
(Thanks to @addycat on Twitter for this!)
For more vagina sing-along, click here, and here’s another tune for your pubic hair, too.
While Canadians are taking back their inner sluts, women in New York City are being told that riding a bike in a skirt could be illegal.*
The world abounds with (fatherly?) advice and restrictions about all of the things women should and should not do, for fear they might call unwanted attention to themselves.
This awesome info graphic turns the tables on the oft-repeated list of “dos and don’ts for preventing sexual assault”. Aimed at perpetrators, this list is the collaborative brainchild of bloggers feminally and tumblinfeminist.
Click it to enlarge.
*What about riding a bike in a skirt and a veil? Would that be okay, officer?
One of the most-read posts on this blog is one titled “There Isn’t a Gender Test” that I wrote about South African runner Caster Semenya, whose biological sex was called into question during competition.
This “progressive” culture that we live in is slowly waking to the cojoined concepts that sex isn’t gender and gender isn’t sex and neither of these are destiny. Gender is complicated and non-binary and biological sex is also complicated and non-binary.
This TED talk by Alice Dreger, a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, should be required viewing for everyone who thinks they have an opinion about sex or gender. It’s 19 minutes long. Watch the whole darn thing. In a short amount of time, Dr. Dreger manages to tie genetics, history, civil rights, and feminism together brilliantly. (She’s now on the short list of people with whom I would most like to have dinner!)
There’s nothing I love more than a good body-wise explanation, and this poster does a fantastic job of spelling out one of life’s enduring rhythms. It’s the product of I Heart Guts, a silly and scientific little company created by an anatomically obsessed illustrator who loves internal organs.The poster is 18×24 inches and costs $15. It might be just the thing to decorate your bathroom (or a baby girl’s room, for that matter!).
I Heart Guts also makes organ plushies, posters and other paper-goods, t-shirts and accessories (where else can you get a cute little hypothalamus lapel pin?). Check out their free e-cards, too.
Guys shouldn’t feel left out, there’s a great “Grab Your Gonads” testicle self-examination card and free download – think of it as the instructions that should have come with the package.
More Geek Porn Girl posts on menstruation and girl parts here.
Well, keep on screaming.
In a move that could have been lifted directly out of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” video, a London ice cream parlor, Icecreamists, is selling human breast milk ice cream for £14 a scoop (that’s about $22.50 U.S.).
The breast milk was reportedly purchased from new mothers found through online ads. Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor told the BBC that the product is pasteurized and donors undergo the same health screenings as blood donors.
He added, “it’s pure, organic, free-range, and totally natural.”
(Free-range mothers. Imagine that!)
One donor said she gets £15 for every 10 ounces of milk she donates to the company, and that it was a great “recession beater”.
“What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?” she asked, adding that if adults realized how tasty breast milk was more new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed.
O’Connor said “If it’s good enough for our children, it’s good enough for the rest of us.”
Good as it may be, it remains to be seen if this milkshake will bring all the boys to his yard.
I’ve always been a fan of model and actress Lauren Hutton. With her rangy limbs and androgynous sense of style, she personifies a classic type of American woman. She has always looked as good in street photos wearing sneakers and khakis as she did in American Gigolo and on countless magazine covers. And, oh, that gap in her front teeth! It makes her look a little awkward, imperfect, geeky, and real. Sigh.
Apparently I’m not alone in my passions. In 1987, director Les Blank and friends made a documentary in praise of women with that distinctive gap. The trailer:
Actress Kate Walsh (of Private Practice) apparently just went through one of those messy straight divorces. She says that the thing she misses most in her life isn’t the man, but the way he smelled.
(I’m pretty sure she’s talking about bottled men’s scent and not actual armpits, gym socks, balls, and ArmorAll.)
To appease herself, Walsh is releasing a new fragrance called Boyfriend. It’s being billed as a women’s fragrance tinged with the scent of a man.
It might be a good idea. I love a whiff of overtly masculine fragrance on a woman’s skin. I’ve even been known to swoon over a bit of Old Spice deodorant on the right butch.
So, if nothing else, Boyfriend might fill a market niche for those self-described “soft butches” that hang around Craigslist – those too girly for a men’s cologne, but too butch (in that soft butch way) for perfume.
Available at Sephora, the cosmetic retailer’s website says the scent promises “an alluring balance of vanilla, jasmine blossoms, and an accord of amber set against the sensual scents of a man, including a light musk and a shimmer of fresh woods”.
I couldn’t make that up.
As part of her 2011 Feel Good Challenge (I’m not sure what that is and I’m equally sure it doesn’t matter), Oprah referenced an article from her own O Magazine, “12 Simple Ways to Have Better Sex“. (Don’t bother clicking over. If you’re reading this blog, you can already think of 12 better ideas.)
(A Valentine’s re-post from 2009…)
“If it feels this good,” the old joke goes, “it’s got to be bad for you!” But does it?
In the case of two favorite feel-good indulgences, not so. Masturbation and chocolate feel good and provide a load of benefits. So as a Valentine’s Day warm up, in the spirit of self-loving, let’s look at the things these two favorite indulgences have in common:
The season of red roses is upon us, but these petri dishes are growing blooms of another kind – bacteria harvested from the belly buttons of scientists, journalists, and bloggers at the 2011 ScienceOnline Conference.
It’s all part of Belly Button Biodiversity, a project of researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Their goal: Introduce humans to the wildlife that’s growing on us and in us.
If you’d like to see your own belly button bacteria, attend the February 12 event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. There, in the musuem’s Darwin Day booth, you can sample your own belly button with a cotton swab. The museum will grow your microbes and you’ll get a photo of your belly button microflora by email.
(Thanks to Boing Boing for this!)