Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Further Reading.

I am not sure who reads this, and how people take my blogging, but over the last few weeks I have found some really interesting reading through twitter and various articles. I really wanted to share these links, as I find them fascinating issues regarding the woman and her body.

Why Are Feminists Afraid to Admit the Connection Between Alcohol and Rape? 

An article found on Huffington Post, written by Keli Goff, bravely addresses this issue. The article is interesting with the points she raises, the fact we have a rising binge culture in our teenage generation. We all warn friends not to walk home alone in the dark, but some people are so intent on drinking their tits off they don't realise the level of vulnerability they create. Feminists protested against an article '"Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Pulls Ad That Blames Women For Getting Date-Raped" which Keli suggests we actually need to talk about because of the way our binge drinking culture is growing. 

The poster which caused some offense amongst feminists.

Boobs Aren't Just For Bimbos.

After the recent scare with breast implants by the french firm PIP, many people have been quick to judge the women who go through with cosmetic surgery. However, after discussing the subject with my mum, she stated she had no sympathy with the women who underwent breast enlargement. I find it fascinating that women jump automatically to having no sympathy for these women, as not all of these women will be your standard big-breasted Jordan wannabe. Some women have had breast surgery not for much deeper reasons than vanity. There are selection of these poor women who have had the cosmetic surgery for personal and medical reasons, such as JoJo Smith. She has written an article defending her self from judgmental women who are too quick to judge everyone who is scared by the implant scare. The article is touching, talking about her journey and where she goes from here. What is also marvelous, is the feedback at the bottom, where other women have contributed their stories true. Everyone has their own reasons for plumping up their breasts, so don't be too hasty to judge everyone who has as a Jordan-esque bimbo.

Susie Orbach calls for greater scrutiny of the Diet Industry

Through Facebook and Twitter, I found out about this cause for which psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer, and social critic is protesting about. The writer was heading a protest on Monday, organised by Endangered Bodies who I joined for a talk at FEM11 in November. Claiming that  “Diets don’t work in the long-term. Ninety-five per cent of people who lose weight through dieting will regain that weight and more after five years", I find her passion extraordinary. People have little realization of the effect of dieting and often taking it on light heartedly and I think if we advertise the dangers of smoking, the dangers of money bizarre schemes, we need to make more people aware of the way in which dieting regimes draw you in to spening your money.

Links

Connection between Alcohol and Rape by Keli Goff
Boobs aren't just for Bimbos by JoJo Smith
Press Release for Scrutiny of the Diet Industry by Susie Orbach

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