Posted at 20:34 on 11 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake
I spend quite a lot of time sharing links and chatting on Twitter. I know not everyone uses it, but often some of the most memorable online moments of my week go past on there and are quickly lost again in the fast-moving stream. I see a lot of interesting articles, sexy pictures and videos which I don't have anything more to say about (and so aren't worth turning into a blog post of their own) but which are worth archiving and giving a wider audience. So I've decided to start a weekend roundup of the most worthwhile links I've seen or posted on Twitter each week, to provide the highlights for all you conscientious objectors, and save them from getting lost among the ephemera.
Since this is the first one, I'm going to cheat a bit and go back a bit longer than a week. I've got some older bits and pieces saved up as well for thin weeks, but mostly I'll try and keep it current.
D came up with the "hyperkinks" pun; a shining example of why programmers should never be allowed to name anything. I liked it but thought maybe I should go for something less geeky, like "kinky bookmarks", but I was outvoted by the Twitter crowd. Who are, um, clearly a representative sample set... I'm sure there's a lesson in here about participation, geekiness and democracy, but I shall restrain myself. On to the hyperkinks!
- Today was London Slutwalk, a huge anti-rape march which has arisen out of a global series of protests with the same message. (I desperately wanted to go, but can't even afford the trainfare to London until my next paycheck, so had to sit in solidarity trying not to feel guilty.) Having heard the message mistakenly given on Radio 4 as "women marching for the right to be sluts" (um, no), this seems like an opportune time to repost this article. The message is simple: "you're not allowed to rape sluts either".
- Here's a feminist message from an unexpected source, brought to you by College Humour: Girls watch porn too! I started watching this thinking it would be laughing at the idea of girls who like porn, but actually it's remarkably sympathetic. Of course, the porn referenced is all mainstream, and the girls are all young, skinny and attractive, but it's a start, and will hopefully reach an audience who need to hear this sort of thing.
- A lawyer has written a detailed case study of a prosecution under Section 63 the Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008 - AKA the "extreme porn" legislation, in which the blogger represented the defendant. The case clearly highlights some of the failures of this ill-conceived and unnecessary piece of legislation, and the ignorance of police officers relating to this law, IT and pornography.
- BIONIC - a short film by Greg Williams and starring Zahia Dehar, about a robotic sex doll who gains free will and escapes the lab. Shiny!
- Blogger and activist @SymonHill will shortly be embarking on a UK pilgrimage to repent of his former homophobia, giving talks along the way to encourage his fellow Christians - and the church - to think differently about sexuality. I know Symon from way back when, and I applaud his courage in acknowledging his former prejudice and working towards positive change, and wish him all the best. You can read more about his pilgrimage here.
- Relatedly, a recent article has picked up on a 1996 research study, examining the involuntary sexual arousal of heterosexual-identified men when viewing straight or gay porn, in the light of their stated attitudes towards homosexuality. They found that straight men expressing homophobic beliefs were more aroused than straight men who were accepting of homosexuality. I'm reminded of the obsession many "anti-porn" feminists seem to have with the sort of porn they consider most demeaning of women, often talking about this sort of porn to the exclusion of all other niches or genres, as if no other type of pornography existed. Almost as if they spent long hours looking at it and working themselves up into a lather of rage - and, I've always suspected, of guilty arousal too.
- Which leads nicely onto this new article by FurryGirl - Why I call them "anti-sex worker" rather than "anti-porn" or "anti-prostitution," and why you should too, urging a change in lexicon to reflect the damaging consequences of anti-sex-work activism on the sex workers such campaigners often claim they want to help.
- Triple A Spanking seem to have picked up on a comment in my blog post introducing their site, and have added male performers to their model listings, something not many spanking sites do. Male performers deserve just as much credit for their professional work as their female colleagues, and female and queer male viewers are just as likely to be browsing the male talent as the female - a fact not many spanking sites seem to recognise. Kudos!
- And finally, some exciting news from me. Tom and I sat down on Monday and recorded a theme tune for my site, composed and played by him on classical guitar and steelstring. I now have a number of different variants of the theme, suitable for use as title and incidental music for films with different moods. I'll be looking for custom soundtracks as well for longer films, but it's great to have the theme pinned down - and awesome to have something so unique and personal for my launch. Exciting!