Monday feminist roundup (10th June 2013)
- Bust discusses some of the science behind arousal during rape. It does not equal consent, by the way. Here’s some of the science: sexual arousal is housed in the autonomic nervous system – the same “reflex-driven system that underlies heart rate, digestion, and perspiration,” as Jenny Morber writes in Double X Science. This is also where the fight-or-flight response comes from, which is the well-known physiological reaction that occurs when the human body senses a threat to survival. In one study with male participants, anxiety from the threat of electric shock was shown to enhance male erectile response to sexual images, resulting in an “excitation transfer.” This means that the subjects didn’t enjoy the shock at all, but that their body reacted to the threat of pain, which transferred to physical arousal.
- Persephone Magazine gives us this week in misogyny. There is no shortage of material.
- TheRealSGM reviews Kathleen Barry’s The Prostitution of Sexuality. That’s another one on the reading list.
- Feministe unpicks some of the statistics behind the new finding that 40% of breadwinners in American families are women. For instance: the majority of that 40% are single moms — the breadwinners in their families, yes, but not because they’re married to men who make less.
- The El Salvadoran woman, Beatriz (a pseudonym), who was denied an abortion even though it meant both she and the fetus would have died has been allowed to end her pregnancy (msmagazine). Thank the gods that Beatriz is well but nothing about this process is acceptable.
- There were many, many more instructions on how to do feminism in the last week. John Pilger’s complaints about class being a dirty word and Louise Mensch’s discontent about “checking your privilege” were the big hitters. Glosswatch discusses.
- The world’s largest study of same-sex children (theage) concludes that they’re doing fine – better even – that children who are reared in “traditional” family set-ups. Well, what about that, huh.
- Also last week, pregnant women were given yet more advice on what they could and couldn’t do. This new move to police women’s body was widely condemned and/ or ridiculed. Here’s an example (commentisfree).