I've been so immersed in my own work of late that I have fallen way behind in reading and watching other people's work. But I'm catching up and here are a few things worth checking out:
Life Without Sex: The Third Phase of the Asexuality Movement (The Atlantic)
A short update on what David Jay, the founder of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network, is thinking about now that education and visibility are happening.
Sex, Consent, and Disability (Hot Press)
A nice introduction to thinking through sexual discrimination and disability/
Centrefold: an Animated Documentary about Labiaplasty (Wellcome Trust)
Check out this trailer for an animated documentary on labiaplasty that starts screening in mid-July.
One of the great gifts of art and popular entertainment is that it can introduce us to perspectives on the world other than our own. I didn't watch Girls at first because the perspective of young, straight, white women with lots of unacknowledged privilege isn't one I feel like I'm missing. Unfortunately it's all too often what passes for progressive, particularly online. But I'm glad I changed my mind. The depiction of hetero sex does feel like something we don't see a lot (or enough of) and it's hard not to be wow'd by how hard the creator Lena Dunham is working and how completely she's committed to what she's doing. Her guy characters are a little like executive producer Judd Apatow's girl characters, but there's only so much you can expect from folks so tied down by sexual and gender roles and binaries. Watching Dunham untangle herself, or at least try to gnaw through one or two ropes is funny, but also thought provoking and touching.
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