Cat and Girl in the garden

18 April 2015 10:58
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In honour of Caturday, some photos Humuhumu playing shepherd with Telstar.

+4 )

+2 photos by Humuhumu )
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Hyuuga Hinata
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] basedtaka
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cute picture! I really like their tender expressions, and am also well pleased that their pose showcases Sakura's strength.
Link: on tumblr (if that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
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Story Time , Spike/Dawn by [profile] slashluv18.

EW re-watches Out Of My Mind . "Where Angel is able to love Buffy because he is good (having been cursed with a soul), Spike is able to be good in large part because he loves Buffy. It’s a big distinction and one that makes Spike one of the most fascinating characters on the show. As a villain, he was delightful. He was the kind of character you didn’t even really love to hate; you just kind of loved him. As a hero though, he’s insanely interesting and multi-layered, and because those layers really peel away as he falls for our heroine, I celebrate the dawn of Spuffy".

More news from the Sunnydale Press.

Buzzfeed lists "27 Signs You Went to High School in Sunnydale".

Prayer -- Jorie Graham

17 April 2015 19:34
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Prayer

Over a dock railing, I watch the minnows, thousands, swirl themselves, each a miniscule muscle, but also, without the way to create current, making of their unison (turning, re- infolding, entering and exiting their own unison in unison) making of themselves a visual current, one that cannot freight or sway by minutest fractions the water’s downdrafts and upswirls, the dockside cycles of finally-arriving boat-wakes, there where they hit deeper resistance, water that seems to burst into applause where it hits pilings, keels, breaking back into itself (it has those layers) a real current though mostly invisible sending into the visible (minnows) arrowing motion that forces change— this is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing is to be pure. What you get is to be changed. More and more by each glistening minute, through which infinity threads itself, also oblivion, of course, the aftershocks of something at sea. Here, hands full of sand, letting it sift through in the wind, I look in and say take this, this is what I have saved, take this, hurry. And if I listen now? Listen. I was not saying anything. It was only something I did. I could not choose words. I am free to go. I cannot of course come back. Not to this. Never. It is a ghost posed on my lips. Here: never.

-- Jorie Graham

[if the formatting on this is screwy, poke me and I'll fix it tomorrow night after sundown.]

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17 April 2015 13:02
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Theme week will begin Monday April 20th, and our theme is times of day. I will probably not be able to post again on Monday to let you know it is time to begin posting your selections, so if it is Monday for you wherever you may be, please go ahead and post. Just remember to tag your posts with theme:times of day and have fun!

A day out in Worcester

17 April 2015 13:22
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Keiki and I had a day out together in Worcester this week.


[Photo of us at lunch. Me after I had my makeup done and then spent too much money on makeup, with Keiki looking worried that I’m going to drop him in my risotto.]

We started off with a tour of the high street, poking into various shops for long-overdue purchases of important items like new tights to replace all my raggedy old ones, and stamps for sending postcards.


[Fish Street, with graffiti and bicycles. No fish, though.]

More flanage. )
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Finding Rupert by Gilesbabe.

HuffingtonPost lists "10 Style Lessons We Learned From Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

DenOfGeek includes BtVS their "The TV Shows That Lived On After Their Finales". "Season six of Buffy was divisive and season seven, while less controversial, had its low moments and never quite reached the highs of previous seasons. But if you stopped watching at The Gift, you’d never get to see the show’s triumphant musical episode, Once More, With Feeling, which is the seventh episode of season six. Besides, you’ll never know whether you’ll be in the camp that hate season six, or one of its fans, unless you watch it".

Shema -- Primo Levi

16 April 2015 14:48
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Shema

You who live secure
In your warm houses,
Who return at evening to find
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider whether this is a man,
Who labours in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread
Who dies at a yes or a no.
Consider whether this is a woman,
Without hair or name
With no more strength to remember
Eyes empty and womb cold
As a frog in winter.
Consider that this has been:
I commend these words to you.
Engrave them on your hearts
When you are in your house, when you walk on your way,
When you go to bed, when you rise.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your house crumble,
Disease render you powerless,
Your offspring avert their faces from you.

-- Primo Levi
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura, Hyuuga Hinata, Yamanaka Ino, Tenten
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] bayneezone and [deviantart.com profile] gabzillaz
Why this piece is awesome: The Konoha girls as a roller derby crew! :D I lack the words to describe how much this pleases me, so I'll just say that I love their confident expressions and poses. And definitely check out both the artists' galleries, there's a lot of quality art that I had trouble choosing from!
Link: Rollerderby derps

Pandora by wulfy88 (SFW)

17 April 2015 00:23
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Fandom: Avatar
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Pandora (the planet) and possibly Jake and Neytiri in the distance
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: wulfy88 on DA
Why this piece is awesome: A beautiful painting of Pandora's waterfalls, pools and alien jungle. I like how the artist's conveyed the luminosity of the vegetation.
Link: Pandora
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The conversation with the taxi driver began innocuously enough. We chatted about the nice weather. He said he hoped it would continue as he was going on holiday in a couple of weeks. I replied that we were as well, to Turkey, for the first time. He said he loved Turkey because of the food and the hot weather and the people and how he’d thought about moving there but --

“They’re really strict on immigration laws.”

“Oh? How so?”

“Well, you can’t just move there and get a job. You have to prove that you’re not taking a job from a Turkish person. So if you want to open a restaurant, you can be the owner, but you have to train and employ all Turkish people. You can go around and greet customers, shake hands, be seen, but you can’t cook or wait tables or even be seen sweeping up after it shuts or they’ll close you down. I completely agree with that idea because it means the jobs created all go to the Turkish locals.”

I considered my reply carefully. “That’s how the visa system works here, too, for non-EEA* migrants.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Yes. When I got my first job here, my employers had to prove that they couldn’t find a British candidate with my skills in order to obtain a visa**.”

“I didn’t know they bothered with that.”

“Yes, they do. It’s not easy to get a visa even if you have highly specialised skills like mine.”

“Well, I think Turkey have got it right. Everyone should have to do that no matter where they’re from. We don’t need more people doing stuff like going over to Spain to work part-time in a bar. We have enough people to do all the unskilled jobs here.”

Thankfully we arrived at my destination before the seemingly inevitable “and that’s why I’m voting UKIP”. /o\

* European Economic Area. Americans are non-EEA migrants, although most British people seem to think that "non-EEA migrant" == "asylum seeker". Oh and by the way the immigration system is just as draconian for asylum seekers as it is for other non-EEA migrants.
** Tier 2. It is now even more difficult to obtain a Tier 2 visa even through an employer like mine, a top-ranked academic research institution. More and more positions, even post-doctoral ones, are advertised with the proviso that applicants must already have the right to work in the UK.
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Here and Now , Spike/Buffy by [profile] feliciacraft.

Chapter Thirty Nine of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

[personal profile] rebcake makes time travel recommendations .

Storywonk podcast talks Season Two.

Hhwlod podcast talks What's My Line.

AngelRewatch podcast talks No Place Like Plrtz Glrb .
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Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: David Rossi
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Color pencil
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: The artist uses a great technique that makes the picture vibrant and the color just pop. The pose is dynamic and the likeness spot on.
Link: David Rossi
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Nancy’s Garden before a Storm

The garden, she says, is full of promise.
She says that every spring.

Full of her kiwi, nuts, and cheese, I wander through
her love for growing things:

bleeding hearts waiting to be shaken,
dogwoods’ dreaming tongues

starred by the first few drops,
fists of purple iris.

--Joy Ladin
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(If they are and I haven't noticed, please let me know.)

Disclosure of interest: the Scottish National Party candidate for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, is a friend of a dear friend. Who sent me this because he knew it'd kick me in my soft underbelly.



(Warning: if you're sensitive on the topic of the deaths of disabled people brought about by the UK's austerity politics -- that's what this discusses.)

The SNP are not running candidates in England, despite significant popular demand from those of us who at this point kind of want the Scots to become independent and take us with them.

But if you're on the UK electoral register, you can donate to their crowdfunder here (should you wish, etc.):

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aberdeen-snp-general-election-campaign

The cost of free childcare

15 April 2015 10:37
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Posted by Shiha Kaur

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The Conservatives launched their manifesto yesterday. One policy stood out. If they win the election, the party pledges to give parents 30 hours of free childcare. It seems like a great woman friendly policy enabling them to work and have affordable childcare. However, as I have worked at a nursery and understand how the funding scheme works, I disagree.

Currently parents can receive 15 hours of free childcare. The government pays a certain amount per child per hour according to the region and type of child care setting. A private nursery gets around £3.80 per child per hour and a childminder gets approximately £7.00 per child per hour. From next year, childminders will have this amount cut and will receive a similar amount to nurseries.

This funding does not adequately cover the costs of childcare providers and it has not kept place with inflation. To keep in business some nurseries force parents to pay extra for sessions, use the fees for younger children to subsidise the care of older children, or cut corners on resources and play equipment. By not paying childcare providers adequately for the services they provide, the government are giving something away that they do not fully own.

A few years ago the amount of funded hours increased from 12.5 hours to 15. Some nurseries tried to opt out of the funding scheme or decided to close because they were unable to meet running costs. If the amount of funded hours is increased to 30, more nurseries may go out of business making it harder for parents to find a nursery.

The major overheads of any childcare setting are the staff. Ratios between careers and children, especially in the younger age groups, have to be maintained. The overwhelming majority of people who work with very young children are women and many of them are on pay which is barely above the minimum wage. If funded hours increase, wages could be cut so that nurseries remain open. Employers may decrease the amount they invest in further training and qualifications. If nurseries close, the women working in them will have to find alternative employment.

Good, safe childcare costs money, regardless of who pays for it. 30 hours of free childcare would help many parents with these costs. But the Conservatives must fund these free hours properly or risk making the situation worse.

Image shows colourful building blocks in a variety of colours and shapes. Photo taken by Steven Depolo on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons License.

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Misunderstandings , Spike/Dawn by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

The Green Eyed Monster , Amy/Kendra by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Chapter Fifteen of Dreams and Mirrors by [profile] kikimay.

Chapter Fifteen of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Writers! Here we go again .

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches What's My Line, Part One .

Dorkly.com includes the comic BtVS in their "The 5 Most Ridiculous Sex Scenes in Superhero Comic Book History". "Technically Buffy isn't a superhero in the traditional comic book sense, but she does gain superpowers in the official comic continuation of the TV series. That means she could lift trains, read minds and bust out cutesy Joss Whedon dialogue at superspeed. More importantly, her new abilities included can flying naked while having sex with Angel and crashing into cliffs like a filler episode of Dragon Ball Z".
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: marker & inks & watercolours?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] inthehhallwaynow

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great portrait of Frank on stage. It's colourful and messy and full of energy. Just like Frank.

Link: I cant pretend that i can stomach your face
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Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Entire cast
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: This could easily be a promo piece for the show. Terrific design with bits and pieces every where to draw your eye and a wonderfully created and sustained moood/theme.
Link: Season 7
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A Glimpse into the Life of a Latchkey Kid , Spike/Dawn by [profile] feliciacraft.

Ancestors , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Prologue of Broken Arrow , Willow/Angel by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Fiction writers! Please read this .

Past years [community profile] seasonal_spuffy's banners can be viewed here .
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Hilary Knight and the Three Bears (1485 words) by verity
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Women's Hockey RPF, Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hilary Knight/Zdeno Chara, Zdeno Chara/Tatiana Chara, Hilary Knight/Patrick Kane, Hilary Knight/Alexander Ovechkin
Additional Tags: Femdom, Human Furniture, Kink Negotiation, Humor, Queer Character, Female Friendship, Crack
Summary:

Hilary is okay with having a rep if it means NHL stars bring her Cheetos.



from scratch (939 words) by verity
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Birthday Cake, Friendship, Baking, Families of Choice, Team as Family, Bisexual Steve Rogers
Summary:

Everything about baking is exceedingly messy. “Could have gone with a box,” Bucky says when Sam drops an egg on the floor. "Or a bakery."

“Boxes are for quitters,” Nat says. She is wearing black and a light dusting of flour that goes from her feet to the tip of her nose. It is adorable, and because Sam has a healthy respect for his life, he resolves never to tell her so.

hockey, belatedly

13 April 2015 18:29
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We're in the playoffs! My gosh, that Sabres game was so much work. But Flower got his shutout to lead the league, first time a Pens goalie has ever done that. I'm so proud. *sniff*

Honestly I just really wanted us to get in, and now we're here, so good job us despite everything. Now we have a solid four days of rest without any games, and when we get back we'll have a full six D again. And hey, at least we have no expectations on us, which is novel and maybe a kind of luxury. We're the underdog, for the first time in ages.

What follows are a bunch of links for my own encouragement; they all propose that maybe possibly the Pens aren't going to be a total disaster in round one against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers. (Not included: the article whose writer thinks the Pens will get swept.)

Pittsburgh vs New York is Process vs PDO (hey, if ever-cranky Ryan Wilson is offering hope, that means something)
Stanley Cup Favorites: Who Are the Real Contenders - somehow the Pens are at the very top of this list, although it doesn't account for recent injuries at all
Switch Flipping Time
NHL Playoffs: 5 ways the Pittsburgh Penguins could pull an upset
Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Pens vs Rangers By the Numbers
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I'm working on a time-travel fic, so naturally my mind has turned to thoughts of Rome Spring other time-travel fics. Because what better way to procrastinate? It’s a trope that Buffyverse fic writers have thoroughly explored to good effect. That makes it tough to choose! I'll probably have a whole other list or two, perhaps one just for Our Heroes Go Back in Time: To War! But first off: Classic Buffyverse Time travel! This list contains mostly het, some slash, and Buffy or Spike. Usually both. AO3 links, where possible. In alphabetical order:

10 Classic Buffyverse Time Travel Stories... )
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This is a guest post by Freya Pascall. Freya works in political monitoring and research having previously been found in both the House of Commons and central Government. Follow her @freyapascall

Parliament has dissolved and the election campaign has begun in earnest. With this week's publication of the major parties' manifestos, how much can we truly expect the promises therein to be kept?

Coalitions and compromises seem all but inevitable given current polling, so it seems apt to take a look back at 2010's manifesto crop to see what was pledged and what was actually achieved by the Coalition partners. All manifesto commitments will affect women in one way or another, but I'll be looking at some of those with particular implications for women.

As one might expect, the Conservative Manifesto wasn't dripping in feminist action points, but the party did make a number of promises. The Liberal Democrat manifesto pledged to do much more. However, as the experienced older brother of the Coalition, perhaps the Conservatives knew better than to make specific promises and instead remained vague in order that they could be seen to over-deliver.

Policy: Equal pay audits and addressing 'the gap'
Achieved? Partially...

Five years ago the gender pay gap was 10.1%, and in November 2014 the ONS reported that it had fallen to 9.4%. In absolute terms the gender pay gap has shrunk, but nowhere near enough to shut me up.

Pay audits did not materialise in a strong enough form until the LibDems pushed them through as an amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which just passed before the dissolution of Parliament. As a result of this it should become mandatory for companies employing over 250 employees to publish average pay for men and women in the same role in the next 12 months.

Policy: Flexible working and parental leave
Achieved? Yes!

From just this month (5th April) parental leave can now be shared, following the successful passage of the Children and Families Act through Parliament in the 2013/14 session.

That's not all. Under this Government, all employees who have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks have gained the right to request flexible working. How often this request will be granted is not clear and one might expect that certain industries will be much more reticent to embrace such changes. However, the establishment of a statutory right is an important step.

Policy: Body image and regulating airbrushing in adverts
Achieved? No

Sadly it never made it to the Coalition Agreement, but the specific LibDem commitment to addressing body image was impressive. There is still no regulation of airbrushing in the UK; the Advertising Standards Agency can only ban 'misleading' adverts. However, it's not as if there has been no action in this area over the last five years. LibDem Minister Jo Swinson has led on the Government's body confidence campaign, which has helped to raise awareness, particularly encouraging more discussion of the subject in schools.

Policy: Promoting gender equality on company boards
Achieved? Yes

In terms of the implementation of this policy, the FTSE100 now all have at least one woman on their board, with Business Secretary Vince Cable instantly announcing a target to work to the FTSE250 replicating this as soon as it was achieved in Autumn 2014. It's not equal representation in senior management for women across the country, but it marks some progress from the dire starting point and will start to change company culture from the top.

Policy: Promoting the rights of women internationally
Achieved? To some extent...

As Foreign Secretary for a long stretch of this Government, Conservative William Hague held the promotion of the rights of women and girls internationally as a personal priority. Despite the sarcastic comments about his motivations being influenced by getting to hang out with Angelina Jolie, he has done more to bring a number of issues, particularly violence against women, to the fore than many of his predecessors. It's hard to place a value in terms of achievement in this area, but it is a manifesto promise that has not been relegated to the backbenches.

This is no exhaustive evaluation of 2010's promises, but it does demonstrate how the smorgasbord of pledges might actually translate to the real world. The vaguer Conservative manifesto pledges may have been more extensively achieved. Yet, though they did not achieve everything they set out to, the more ambitious commitments of the LibDems pushed the agenda forward. As the parties set out their stalls over the next few days, perhaps it's wiser not to ask exactly what they are pledging but where their ambition lies.

The photo is by Eric Hossinger and shows the Houses of Parliament at dusk reflected on the River Thames.

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Posted by D H Kelly

bolt-70488_1280.jpgWhen early hominids first began to walk on their hind legs, they found themselves in a permanent state of sexual display. Other people found this sight variously arousing, intimidating or comical and thus, these pioneering upright hominids headed for the nearest fig tree. Since then, all human cultures have wrestled with the boundaries of modesty with wildly varying outcomes. The penis remains a very rare sight in modern Western culture, while the streets of Roman Pompeii are festooned with sculpted penises, the Tudors wore codpieces to draw attention to their cods and many tribesmen of New Guinea wear large and elaborate koteka to similar visual effect.

While the Archaic Greeks rarely depicted fully-dressed men and never depicted naked mortal women, representation of bodies in modern Britain is almost the reverse. Naked female flesh is far more common in the images around us. Formal dress exposes men's hands, necks and heads, but allows (arguably obliges) women to expose much more. When there's talk of nudity in film and television shows, it's almost certainly about the bottoms, thighs and breasts of young, slim, able-bodied, cisgender, predominantly white women.

Then there's nipples. There are parts of the world where women go about their daily business bare-breasted and there are great swathes of Europe where breasts cause little anxiety, where bare nipples feature on TV soap adverts in the middle of the day and women sunbathe topless in public spaces.

Yet in the UK, we have a perverse situation where it is very easy to see most of a woman's breasts in a showbiz magazine or newspaper, on a billboard, in a music video or in the queue outside a nightclub, but naked female nipples are reserved for pornography and Page 3. Since the inception of the Free The Nipple campaign, newspapers have delighted in posting pictures of attractive bare-breasted young women with tiny black squares or strips across their areolae, yet public breast-feeding remains a subject of perennial controversy and a television presenter wearing a sheer top makes headlines as a "wardrobe malfunction".

It is completely unclear whether women's breasts are inherently more sexual or sexually arousing than men's. We just can't know. In this particular culture, men are conditioned to fixate on breasts, while virtuous women aren't supposed to be particularly interested in men's bodies. Yet quite obviously, men's chests are potentially very sexual. Their nipples are made of the same materials, contain as many nerves and react to stimulation in a similar way. Meanwhile, it's no accident that last week, the BBC News contrived an article about scything simply in order to use a photograph of the naked torso of the actor Aiden Turner, being made-up for a scene in Poldark. In our culture's rare and thus iconic depictions of straight female lust, men's nipples are prominent; various Levis ads, Diet Pepsi ads, D'Arcy emerging from the pond and so forth.

Yet because they are not seen as primarily sexual, naked male nipples are most often found in contexts designed to appeal to men; on sportsmen and action-movie heroes. Although women's magazines often feature very nearly naked women (with bikini bodies), nipples are only an aesthetic problem to be solved; are your nipples visible through clothing? Perhaps they don't stick out quite enough?

Which brings us around to why all this matters. Ideas of modesty and beauty are used throughout the world to control women and in the West, these ideas pull women in two directions: women who cover up too much are frumpy, prudish or, in the case of some cultural dress, oppressed, while women who reveal too much (or simply have the wrong kinds of bodies) are inappropriate, offensive or disgusting. We need less of both these things; we need to create a culture where women's bodies are not seen always as sexual objects. Treating nipples as problematic because of the gender of their owner is ridiculous - as Parker Malloy describes, a trans woman can find that the way her nipples are regarded change radically through the very simple process of breast growth.

However, context is everything. Last year, I learned what those first early hominids may have felt like when their friends stood up, as my Twitter stream briefly became a deluge of naked pictures of people I vaguely knew as part of a spontaneous campaign to desexualise nudity. It was arousing, intimidating and comical, but mostly very uncomfortable. The human body is one of the most interesting and beautiful aesthetic subjects, but the image of someone's naked body is much like explicit information about their sexual exploits - there's nothing offensive about a naked body or a sexually explicit story, but to share those things with someone without warning or any chance to withdraw is a minor act of sexual aggression.

Thus, if we are to change our culture, we must proceed with caution. The sight of conventionally attractive young women flashing unsuspecting strangers, in public or on social media, only reinforces the current discomforting status of our nipples.


[Image is a photograph of a brass bolt fixed through a brass nut and washer. The photograph can be found on Pixabay and is in the public domain.]

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Posted by Lusana Taylor

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It's time again for another weekly round-up and open thread. There are plenty of fascinating articles to read from the past week which we have linked to below. Personal highlights for me include Paris Lees' write-up on Louis Theroux's Transgender Kids documentary and Gemma Correll's amazing feminist cartoons which were showcased in The Independent last week.

As usual, linking does not automatically mean agreement/endorsement from The F-Word and some links may be triggering.

France Just Banned Ultra-Thin Models And Made It Illegal To Hire Them
(Bust)

The shocking truth about Samantha Cameron's interview (Mama Lewis)

From the article: "There is something really wrong with David Cameron. I would say that about any parent of a disabled child who would go out of their way to make the lives of other disabled children worse."

What's the big deal? Paris Lees reviews Louis Theroux: transgender kids (i-D Vice)

From the article: "What's the big deal if a feminine boy or a masculine girl changes their social gender? What is so wrong about supporting them to transition socially, or to delay puberty with blockers?"

This woman is fighting the patriarchy with fantastic feminist cartoons (The Independent)

Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott's Death Before A Video Showed What Really Happened (Think Progress)

White guilt won't fix America's race problem. Only justice and equality will (The Guardian CiF)

From the article: "Guilt, of any racial variety, never achieved much anyhow (even if it did, there are therapists for that). It won't close the pay gap, the unemployment gap, the wealth gap or the discrepancy between black and white incarceration. It won't bring back Walter Scott, Trayvon Martin or Brandon Moore."

Please don't let Nigel Farage be the only one who stands up to the tampon tax (Left Foot Forward)

Pregnancy, Obesity, And The Lies We Tell (Ravishly)

This is a response piece to this New York Times article - 'Pregnant, Obese ... and in Danger'.

Sussex police's victim-blaming anti-rape campaign: why is it victims, not rapists, that must change their behaviour? (The New Statesman)

Sorry Dove, empowerment isn't a personal care product (The Guardian CiF)

From the article: "This isn't the first time that Dove has tried to flog its products through social-media-friendly pseudo-science. Indeed, it has conducted a number of similar, and wildly successful, experiments over the last few years, and has pretty much perfected a formula of calculated social experiment + statistics + sad background music + earnest message about beauty ideals."

"I am one of those foreigners": living with HIV in the UK (Open Democracy)

From the article: "HIV is easily treatable with pills. But there are no pills for stigma. Stigma grows on the ignorance behind the statement by UKIP's leader Nigel Farage. There is no substance behind his words."

Rowan Atkinson makes more sense than Woman's Hour (UnCommon Sense)

From the article: "Reading the transcript of the Womans's Hour programme broadcast on BBC Radio on the 9th of March I couldn't help but be reminded of Rowan Atkinson's TV advert for Barclaycard ..."

Who cares about the vulnerable when there's a fight to manufacture? (CN Lester)

This is a another response piece to the BBC Woman's Hour discussion outlined on UnCommon Sense above.

Shared Parental Leave - a victory for men's rights! (Girl on the Net)

From the article: "Why aren't men's rights organisations celebrating the Shared Parental Leave rules? I suspect it's because Shared Parental Leave smacks of the F-word."

Mrs, Ms or Miss: why do forms require women reveal their marital status? (The Guardian)

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Ruined My Life: An Open Letter to Channel 4 (Opnlttr)

From the article: "Dear Channel 4, I am writing to you with the hope that you will stop ruining my life. While your obsession with my ethnicity is flattering, it has become somewhat apparent to me that you might have gotten the wrong end of the stick."

Sue Perkins bookmaker's favourite to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear (The Guardian)

Circumcise your 4-year-old or go to jail (Philly Voice)

From the article: "Heather Hironimus is one brave woman ... she stands firmly against the court-ordered genital cutting of her 4-year-old son. Yes, you read the sentence correctly. Last month, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen ordered Hironimus to sign consent forms and hand over her son for elective surgery - or go to jail. And yes, this is America."

Mediocre Failures (Disappointed Idealist)

This is a response piece to the news that the government plans to make children who fail their SATs re-sit their exams.

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The TransAdvocate interviews Catharine A. MacKinnon (The TransAdvocate)

The photo is by Cath Redfern and is used under creative commons license. It depicts a needlework image of a woman with purple hair. She is wearing a green hat and purple scarf and is holding a placard with a red 'Venus symbol' on it.

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Mother Said I Never Should , Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Chapter Twelve of Storm Warning by [personal profile] lilachigh.

The winners of the 2015 Willowy Goodness Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all!
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Here is Part 9 of my ‘Tabula Avatar’ crossover universe story The King of Elfland’s Daughter, sequel to Debt of Blood. An NCIS/Stargate SG-1/Forgotten Realms crossover.

Summary: Gibbs and the NCIS Major Case Response Team investigate the brutal murder of a Marine and the trail leads them first to a Congolese immigrant named Cierre LuaLua, working for a secret Air Force project, and then to a deadly, seemingly invulnerable, assassin who might be a literal devil. Chapter 9 is 8,550 words, rating 15.

Sorry for the extremely long delay in posting this; I had intended to wrap everything up in an Epilogue but, when I started to write it, I found that it was going to be very much longer than any other chapter. I spent months fiddling with it, trying to cut it down in size, but every time I chopped it I found that I’d been forced to leave out something important, or funny, or interesting. Then – just last week – it occurred to me that TV series often have a double-length Season Finale. I decided to follow that model, scrapped my attempts to shorten it, and immediately found that I was making good progress. So here, at last, is the first half of the Epilogue and the second half should follow very soon.

The King of Elfland’s Daughter 9 )

April Showers - Week 2

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April Showers concluded the second week and we hope you enjoyed it!

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