Tuesday Nibbles: Boobquake, Female Orgasm Brain Imaging, Chicago’s Sex IQ

I’ve had my head down working on a big article; I’m also about to sail into one book deadline followed by another. And I’m loving losing myself in writing and researching sex (though in need of friends and affection, argh). Such as it is. The world of sex news keeps turning. For instance:

* Yesterday was Boobquake. Did you feel it? CNN did, and that’s great news for the blogger who had a great idea: to test out the theory put forth by a cleric that indecently dressed women were the cause of the recent spate of earthquakes. They were right! Um, okay, if not, I still think we need to text this as often as possible. (facebook.com, youtube.com, news.blogs.cnn.com, blaghag.com, earthquake.usgs.gov)

* Did you know that Rutgers lab is studying female orgasm through brain imaging? The article is fascinating, and I love that the lead researcher has a great sense of humor about it. (nj.com)

* I love Charlie Glickman’s blog. For instance, I learned that “The US is the largest donor in sexual and reproductive health and the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 would further strengthen U.S. foreign assistance and our global leadership in health.” > Support it! (charlieglickman.com)

* ZOMG! I love Kinksterwear! (kinksterwear.com)

* Many of you know I’m a ghetto foodie, and I like to hang out and drink with SF’s bad-attitude kitchen staff. Which is why I really enjoyed this article on getting inside the mind of “The Queen of Food Porn.” (tvnz.co.nz)

* The horror of Oklahoma’s abortion bills has reached epic proportions. I just don’t know what else to say. Let me just clarify that forcing a woman who has been raped to undergo vaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion is considered by many as akin to a second rape. Not to mention raping their private, personal information. (examiner.com, alternet.org)

* “Young Arab women wait in an upmarket medical clinic for an operation that will not only change their lives, but quite possibly save it.” Welcome to The Virginity Industry. (news.bbc.co.uk)

* What’s your city’s sexual IQ? Well according to experts in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago’s sex IQ is low low low while their STD rates are high… (chicagotribune.com)

* I have pretty mixed feelings about Henry Russell’s new book Craigslist Casual Encounters: The Hilarious and Disturbing World of Seeking Sex Online. On one hand it’s interesting; I feel like it would be far more interesting if it wasn’t from the perspective of someone who thinks the general concept of looking for sex is “disturbing.” Still, check it out. (theglobeandmail.com)

Image from Morning Beauty (outstanding!) seen in Fashion Gone Rogue.

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  1. Is this guy honestly saying that women in Arab states have more freedom than women from Europe and America?
    Maybe we do want to go there. Perhaps this Arab professor would like to provide real evidence for his claim.

  2. this comment was sent to me by a Professor of Arab history who wanted to remain anon but okayed my adding their comment to this post specifically regarding the BBC story on ‘the virginity industry’ — check it out:


    Puleeeze–this has been around for EVER and hardly qualifies as news…

    The NYT reported on it in two years ago (Elaine Sciolino and Souad
    Mekhennet, “Muslim Women and Virginity; Two Worlds Collide, 11 June
    2008), and a JSTOR search for “Arab virginity surgery ” turns up 51
    items dating back to 1835.

    What it does is play on a certain opposition (that Euro-American
    liberalism offers women “freedoms” that “traditional” culture doesn’t)
    that totally obscures another opposition (that Arab states signed off
    on the CEDAW and guarantee women economic rights, which the US–which
    never passed the ERA and therefore cannot sign off on the
    CEDAW–can’t). You really DON’T want to go there–trust me!

    And certainly you know SF’s own Nadine Naber, with her “Arab American
    Feminities: Beyond Arab Virgin/American(ized) Whore” published in
    Feminist Studies 32:1 (Spring 2006)–?

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