Not that I want to start any further discussions of economics, but I did think this study, as reported, was interesting. Thank you, Richard B., for passing it along. Makes the strip Bad Girls ran last week all the more relevant.
Quite an incredible set of photos of invisible architecture. I want to go to many of these places. Take a look at the way nature is reflected in the buildings, the ingenious way they become part of their surroundings.
When I was a teenager, adult men would often approach me to ask why I looked so unhappy. I wasn’t. I just wasn’t smiling, and that made them uncomfortable. I was confused and I was also annoyed that they would question me about my appearance. It felt like an intrusion at the time.
I was watching Rachel Maddow’s show the evening of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C when Rachel ran a video of Dr. Janis Orlowski reacting to the shootings. Dr. Orlowski is chief medical officer at the MedStar Washington Hospital trauma center.
Dr. Orlowski is the first person I’ve heard who actually addresses the idea that there is something wrong with our society, something broken which encourages mass killings. She urges us to work on cleansing this evil in our society, but what is this evil? There is more than one cause, I’m sure. But….
I watched the new season of Luther this week. My favorite character Alice Morgan reappeared. I view her as a step forward in the creation of interesting women characters. Ruth Wilson is brilliant as Alice; her brain works at lightening speed. In one scene she presents Luther with the answer to a puzzle, she presents him with a file that contains the answer that he needs, but when he has to work it out and he’s too slow she says impatiently, “I am so bored with this,” and gives him the name he is looking for. Luther is bright, but he’s not Alice. And of course he is somewhat hampered because he has empathy and a conscience and Alice has neither.
So here I am happily living in a brave new world of female anti-heroes when I read a Salon.com article that points out that Alice (and Ava Crowder on Justified) are secondary characters and can be as bad as they want to be, but when a woman is the primary character and a mother she can not be self-centered or even a smoker. She certainly can’t be the narcissist that Nancy Botwin was in Weeds. The public will just not stand for it. Here’s the link, read it and weep.
Is it the incredible neglect of the most sensitive sexual part of a woman’s body? The lack of knowledge, the deliberate negating of women’s sexuality? Hard to know where to start? I think I get too angry and impatient. Here is part of an article from the Huffington Post on “Cliteracy,” please read it all. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/cliteracy_n_3823983.html
Cliteracy 101: Artist Sophia Wallace Wants You To Know The Truth About The Clitoris
“It’s appalling and shocking to think that scientifically, the clitoris was only discovered in 1998,” Wallace told The Huffington Post from her Brooklyn studio last week. “But really, it may as well have never been discovered at all because there’s still such ignorance when it comes to the female body.”
The clitoris, described as the only human body part that exists solely for pleasure, is not merely a little “button” hidden between a woman’s legs, but rather a large, mostly internal organ many people don’t know about, Wallace explains.
According to a 2011 post by Museum of Sex blogger Ms. M, the internal clitoris (highlighted in yellow in the images above) is a complex erectile structure consisting of two corpora cavernosa (that are said to wrap around the vagina when erect), two crura (erectile bodies that branch out from the clitoral body), clitoral vestibules or bulbs, and the clitoral glans (the part that you can see).
In 1998, Australian urologist Helen O’Connell published a paper in the Journal of Urology describing the sheer scope and size of the clitoris. She wrote that the unerect clitoris, most of which is not visible, could be up to 9 centimeters long — longer, as some have described it, than an unerect penis.
As Robert King, professor at Ireland’s University College Cork, explained in a July post on Psychology Today, the true anatomy of the clitoris had actually appeared in scientific literature as long ago as the mid-1800s. However, King writes that O’Connell’s research shed light on the clitoris like no one had before.
Wallace, citing anecdotal evidence, says ignorance still seems to be ever-pervasive in modern society.
“It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible,” Wallace told Creem magazine earlier this year.
“Even in porn, the clitoris is treated as this optional, kind of freaky, ‘wow he’s doing her this huge favor’ thing,” she told HuffPost, adding that women often feel “embarrassed” to ask their partners to pleasure them. “It’s insane to me that this is still happening in 2013.”
Last year, during her tenure in the Art & Law Residency, Wallace started work on a multi-media project that she hoped would serve to challenge these misconceptions and to lift the veil on this enduring ignorance about the female body.
Aptly entitled “Cliteracy,” the project, which is ongoing, includes Wallace’s “100 Laws of Cliteracy,” street art about the organ, as well as a “clit rodeo” that involves an interactive installment of a giant golden clitoris.