Category Archives: Video

The History Of Condoms

Condoms have been around in one form or another since ancient times. They have since become the most widely available form of contraception and when used properly can be up to 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. They are also the most important tool at our disposal for preventing the spread of STIs. If you have 8 mins take the time and check out this very engaging and entertaining documentary on The History of Condoms:

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Trans Woman Shares Her Amazing Transition On Youtube

It’s amazing how, in our society, hair is one of the primary indicators of gender. Naturally, hair isn’t the only thing she changed. She used hormone therapy and Facial Feminization Surgery to make this astonishing transition before our eyes.

‘The T in LGBT is often silent,’ was a statement I read somewhere this week. It was in reference to Barack Obama’s historic inauguration speech in which he spoke out for equality for ‘gay’ people. By ‘gay’ we hope he means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people, but I am well aware of the game that is politics and how it is difficult for a politician, perhaps more so for a president, to speak out courageously for what is right, without fear of giving fodder to the opposition. The changes in attitude that LGBT people and their allies want to see in the world will not come from the top down, but from the bottom up. It’s great that the president is acknowledging civil rights but it’s the role of the citizens to change societal atitudes and less the role of the president. Let’s not forget that presidents are elected based on how closely they adhere to the majority of citizens’ attitudes.

I implore you not to forget Trans people when talking about LGBT people and their rights. They are easily the most marginalized members of the community. And avoid using ‘gay’ as a blanket term. Gay means homosexual man and we men have enough privilege as it is already. Say LGBT, it may take a couple of seconds longer, but those couple of seconds will be used acknowledging people who are fighting everyday for acknowledgement, both from their peers and from the law.

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What Is The Bechdel Test? And What Does It Have To Do With Women In Movies?

Woo! TED Talks! Who doesn’t like a TED Talk? The one above [12:57] talks about how we need more strong, smart women and girls in movies for the sake of boys and girls alike. But the point made that I want to focus on for a second is the Bechdel Test.

The Bechdel Test, when you learn what it is, will forever change how you view film and television. It is a very simple test to see how overt the gender bias in the film you are watching is. For a movie to pass the Bechdel test:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

Now go out and watch some movies and tv and prepare to be stunned by the dearth of contemporary fiction that actually passes this test. It’s terrible.

For a list of movies’ Bechdel test status click here.

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It Is Totally Legal To Fire Your Employee For Being Too Hot In Iowa

This week in wacky news related to gender and sex: An Iowa dentist fired his female employee of 10 years because she was too attractive. He allegedly made remarks about the bulge in his pants being a good indicator that she was wearing clothes that were too revealing and his wife was none too happy about her working there. The case went to court, naturally, and the Supreme Court of Iowa ruled that the termination was totally illegal…wait did I say illegal? Yeah, sorry I meant legal.

The  All Fucking Male Supreme Fucking Court of Fucking Iowa (pardon my language) decided that this inappropriate-comment-making, wife-having, douche was totally justified in firing this (we have to assume) perfectly capable employee because she gave him a fucking boner. Gross. Just gross, Iowa. I’m reacting pretty strongly to this one I know, but it’s because this shouldn’t even be a question. This is the most flagrant display of systemic sexism I’ve heard about in recent years and it is so laughable it hurts.

The employee in question went on to publicly ultimate-friendzone this guy, saying that she never felt sexually attracted to him and saw him as a sort of “father figure.” More like creepy uncle figure if you ask me, or even sexually-harassing employer figure. I get that there are a lot of shitty, sexually harassing employers out there but I feel like very few of them have the sanction of a supreme court. Bad precedent Iowa, let’s hope this ruling gets overturned and we can regain a shred of hope for humanity. If not, stay tuned, I have a video of George Takei reading 50 Shades of Grey that’ll make your day.

For more on this story watch this:

 

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Today Is International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

I live in a community that has been affected very significantly by violence against sex workers. One particular group of murders stands out as one of the worst cases of serial murder in Canada. December 17th is an important day of remembrance, regardless of your opinion on the legal status or validity of sex work.

December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Originally conceptualized by Annie Sprinkle and initiated by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence. During the week of December 17th, sex worker rights organizations and their allies stage actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Existing laws prevent sex workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against us acceptable. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.

Please visit december17.org if you want to know more.

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Dan Savage: Nobody’s Normal

…especially not the normal folks

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Toys: The Great Bastion Of Gender Role Reinforcement

https://i0.wp.com/www.myorganizedchaos.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Easy-Bake-Ultimate-Oven-review.jpgIt’s getting close to the holidays, the time of year when toy manufacturers can guarantee big sales. It’s also a time of year when we’re exposed to a lot more toy advertising. Toys have traditionally been a bastion of stereotypes and gender role reinforcement and this year is no different. The easy bake oven is a really great example of this. It comes in pink and purple (traditionally ‘girly’ colours) and sends the subtle message “get good at being in the kitchen from a young age ladies, it’s where you belong.”

It’s really a terrible toy. Not because of what it is, but because of how it’s presented. Not only does it do wrong by girls it does wrong by boys. It sends women the message that the traditional female gender roles are the ideal and tells boys that cooking is for girls and if they want to cook it’s going to have to be with pink icing.

An eighth grade girl who’s four year old brother loves to bake and wants an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas sent a letter and video message to the toy manufacturers responsible for the toy in question:

Once again, the youth of today are giving us all hope for the future of humanity.

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Sex Workers Are People Too

The stereotypical idea of sex workers is that of women who are perhaps addicted to drugs, fleeing violence, in desperate need of money and/or of low socioeconomic status. It is undeniable that sex work can be a terrible, violent and exploitative trade in which the sex workers get malignantly manipulated by persons with more power than them.  Sex workers who are assaulted physically and sexually have very few rights in terms of legal action against their assaulters and the working conditions for many people in the sex trade are absolutely horrifying.

But there is an other, less visible face of sex work that is starting to become more vocal and more visible. These are the people who have chosen, of their own volition, to become sex workers.

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Pansexuality And Bisexuality, What’s The Difference?

Bisexuals have it hard. They really do. Sure, you might be saying, hey but they have twice as many partners to choose from, what’s so hard about that. But the fact is that a lot of people, both heterosexual and homosexual, don’t believe that bisexuality is a real thing. Imagine how hard it would be to come out (hard enough as it is) only to have someone tell you that they don’t believe you. I know this is the experience for some homosexuals but this is pretty standard issue for many bisexuals as well. This video does a pretty good job of explaining bisexuality and pansexuality and why they aren’t mutually exclusive:

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