Small Rant on Body Types
by CanecaDePapel at DeviantArt
[Image description: Alternating rough anatomical sketches and hand-written notes.
At the very top of the image is the header “IN ANIME”; the left-hand column begins with two anatomy sketches representing female anatomy as typically depicted in Japanese animation, while the right-hand column similarly begins with two examples of anime-typical male anatomy. The type of anatomical sketch used does not depict hair, nor any more facial detail than — sometimes — a centerline and/or eye or mouth latitude lines. Each figure is a different color than those adjacent to it, but none are realistic human skin colors, as opposed to bright pastel hues.
- Small Build
- Skinny, not athletic.
- We can only tell them apart because of slight height variation and cup / waist size. :/
- Fat GIRLS? Blasphemy.
- We can only tell them apart because some are skinny and some are muscular.
- Always the same build (i.e. large shoulders, tucked-in ass.)
- We only see short / frail looking guys in yaoi manga / anime
- No young and fat / chubby guys
Following the two columns of text, halfway down the page, a second header reads “IRL:” (abbreviation for in real life). Six figures with varying heights, breast shape/sizes, body types and postures follow, followed by the caption, “Women come in all sizes and shapes.” Another six figures, displaying varying heights, genital shape/sizes, body types and postures appear next, with the , “Men come in all sizes and shapes.” beneath the second line of figures.]
I guess when I watch too much animu, I get irritated about the lack of variety.
Don’t even get me started on ”gender roles”. That could take five full sheets of this.
i need this.
Some men have breasts and/or vaginas, of course, and some women have penises, and some people identify as neither wholly male nor wholly female (not to mention that there are any number of examples of individual manga and anime series which feature occasional or even regular characters with heavier or otherwise different body types, albeit usually restricted to ‘ugly’ and/or comic-relief characters); but this is a good rebuke of typically-problematic ways anime and manga stylize bodies, as far as it goes.
Such a sick penis-holder.
The latest answer to the question, “What do you get for the man who has everything?”
I’d think you’d want to remove this, er, item before engaging in any sexual activity… and I’m not sure when (or if) you’d ever have an occasion to wear it… but I have to admit that it does look pretty awesome.
I wonder if they’re adjustable, custom-fitted, or one-size-fits-only-the-luckiest-bastards?
Haiku No 13 “Curves”
Of forms and shapes: in Beauty
There are no straight lines
I love this so much
words are failing me because
it’s so beautiful
Been a while since I’d written a haiku, even a silly one. :·Þ
Note, however, that “hermaphrodite” — a word derived from the name Hermaphroditus — is an outdated medical term which is considered offensive by most people with intersex conditions.
I Don’t See Anywhere It Looks Safe To Cut There
Beautiful intact penis, showing off the daunting number of blood vessels (the nerves aren’t visible, but they’re definitely there!) that ought to give anyone pause before they go hacking away at a penis without it being medically necessary.
Yeah, I pretty much never post foreskin pix without ranting at least a little. Guess it’s because nonconsensual genital mutilation of defenseless children always upsets me, not just when it happens to kids labeled “otherwise unmarriageable female” or “needs ‘correction’ due to intersex condition.” Genital integrity is a universal human right.
Intact penises are beautiful. Repeat mantra as necessary.
Pencils for the next three pages, ta-daaa. Fixed Garrus’s hand in page 7 after realizing it’d be backwards when I started page 8.
Also, a wild phallus appears.
OMG I want this to be finished so badly. A week ago, I didn’t even know what a turian was! And now I’m a complete ‘shipper.
I blame the incredible talent of the artist. ;)
Some Common Sense About Trans*-Inclusiveness
“…in light of this knowledge of the tenets of radical lesbian feminism, you can see that in their day, these women of their own volition and accord chose a definition of “femaleness” which was absent any real scientific basis in fact, a definition which rejected science, actually, on the grounds that science is corrupted by patriarchy, and therefore “women’s mysteries” are the only trustable source of knowledge.
In this system of quasi-religious belief, there is an ineffable mysticism about femaleness that cannot under any circumstances be acquired by anyone not “born woman”, and thus the claims of trans women to womanhood are inherently invalid, appropriative, false, and oppressive to “real women”. And because it is their central belief that oppression of women by men via patriarchy is the most fundamental oppression that exists, their resistance to comprehending our reality rests upon the fact that they do not acknowledge that we are, in fact, women.
You can see the natural outgrowth of this fervent belief in the mystical feminine in such areas as the wholesale construction of such anachronistic religious practices as Wicca, Dianic Paganism, and the Cybeline cults which have grown up around radical feminism, using the flimsiest of historical evidence as the basis for modern practice, and rejecting the dominant academic and intellectual tendency toward Atheism, which they regard as patriarchal (not entirely without cause, of course).”
— Gemma Seymour-Amper, Comments on Facebook in the aftermath of the death of Adrienne Rich, 30 March 2012 (via gcvsa)
When I attended the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for the first time, over a decade ago, I was aware of their policy that MWMF was open to what they refer to as “womyn-born womyn” only. I didn’t have a problem with the policy, at first, because trans* women are born women (well, girls); they’re just born with a condition that makes their bodies appear male.
That’s just common fucking sense.
It wasn’t until I heard about, and investigated for myself, Camp Trans (across the road from the MWMF main entrance, and so not on ‘the Land’) that I discovered what the founding members and property owners meant by “womyn-born womyn” — that the term was intended to exclude both trans women and trans men. (The existence of any other possible genders was, and is, not considered by the MWMF.) I wound up spending much of my time out with Camp Trans, or attending workshops with and about trans women and trans men, as well as participating in one of the meetings held to discuss the past, present and future of trans inclusion at the festival.
During the latter meeting, which was held at the dining tent several hours after dinner ended, and for which Camp Trans participants had been specifically and officially invited onto the Land by festival organizers, and which was open to anyone attending the Festival that year as well, a woman approached the tent, stood across the dirt road in the dark, and repeatedly screamed, "You’re raping me! You’re raping me!” at all of us under the dining tent pavillion. She equated our being allowed to participate in a conversation with a direct, violent and violating physical assault against her body — whoever she was, hiding in the shadows out there. And honestly, I think that woman more accurately represented the feelings of MWMF’s organizers better than their grudging dialogue that year did.
The problem is, of course, that that attitude is completely wrong. It’s rooted in extreme prejudice, willful ignorance, and tremendous cis privilege. One of the women I met at Camp Trans that year had been born with an intersex condition. I didn’t quiz her about her medical or surgery history (because I’m not a cis asshole who thinks I’m entitled to that information) but she did disclose to me that she had had surgery which brought her genitals in line with the ‘expected’ appearance of female anatomy, and that she was pretty insecure about how she looked there. By MWMF’s official definition of the term “womyn-born womyn,” she never was and never can be a ‘real’ woman (or ‘womon’). But of course she was — and presumably still is — a woman.
That’s just common fucking sense.
Neopagans, particularly (but by no means exclusively) those who identify as Wiccan, Dianic and Cybeline, are also wont to define women artificially-narrowly as only the people born with fully-female anatomy and fully-female gender identity. (Is gender identity even present at birth, when self-awareness is generally considered not to develop until some months later? I’m not sure, but I am 100% certain gender-‘essentialists’ don’t know either — regardless of what they may claim.) They exclude trans women, trans men, intersex-identifying people and genderqueer people and those who identify with no gender at all, and make otherwise-‘acceptable’ women who have never menstruated and those who no longer menstruate feel excluded. But… surely their creation goddesses created all of us, including those of us who according to the ‘essentialist’ definition are neither men nor women.
That’s just common fucking sense.
I have a thing I say about the notion of common sense, though:
"I don’t know why they call it common sense, when it’s the rarest thing in the world.”
- I do take issue with the othering description of neopagan beliefs or practices as “anachronistic” in the quotation at the top of the post. Virtually every feature found in such belief systems can also be found in the practices of at least one of the indigenous peoples in numerous parts of the world who managed to preserve non-monotheistic spiritual beliefs and/or religious practices into the 20th or even 21st centuries. This is not to say that the cultural appropriation sometimes committed by (usually White and Western, often wealthy) women eager to ‘reconstruct’ their own ancestors’ religions is acceptable or excusable. But it’s possible to condemn those women’s prejudices without at the same time casting anyone in the developing world as backward, primitive or “anachronistic” simply because they don’t subscribe to Western-style monotheism or atheism.
- Holy crap did Tumblr give me fits with formatting this post. What’s with the disappearing spaces around italicized (via the em tag, not i) text? Is this yet another bug?
A woman recently went to use a Kotex brand tampon and fortunately was a little clumsy getting it out of the packaging and discovered patches of mold growing all over the product that was seconds away from being inserted inside her. She wrote to the manufacturer and was horrified to discover that this is fairly common and received nothing more than a cookie cutter apology and some coupons to buy more of their products.
I urge anyone who uses this brand or other brands of tampons to pay closer attention when using or to perhaps consider switching to a different type of reusable product such as a Diva Cup or washable cloth liners. This is absolutely repulsive and although I no longer have periods, I felt I should inform my followers about this for their own health and safety.
thank god i hate tampons anyways.
I AM SO DISTURBED AND SO FULL OF RAGE RIGHT NOW
NOTE: LOTS OF INFORMATION AND LINKS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS REBLOG.
"She wrote to the manufacturer and was horrified to discover that this is fairly common"
"was horrified to discover that this is fairly common"
"this is fairly common"
So wait. Modern tampon manufacturers have been ‘improving’ their products for over seventy-five years, constantly redesigning their packaging (and occasionally even its contents) to convince consumers their product is better than the competition’s, using enticing words like Pearl and U to communicate how high-end and high-tech their cotton-wads-on-strings are…
…but not only have none of the standard supermarket brands ever stopped bleaching the cotton used in their products — despite mounds of evidence that chlorine residue is harmful to vaginal mucosa…
…they KNOW that there’s LIKELY to be FUNGUS on and in the tampon HIDDEN UNDER THE APPLICATOR, but they haven’t even TRIED to prevent the mold growth OR warn women that it’s a possible hazard of using their products?!
Possibly Kotex is hoping to avoid another costly recall like the one that happened only FOUR MONTHS AGO, in that case due to bacterial contamination rather than fungal. Hopefully the just-discovered fungal contamination isn’t a side-effect of their using stronger anti-bacterial processes in order to prevent a recurrence of the bacteria issue?
Just an FYI: O.B. (bleached supermarket brand), Natracare (unbleached organic cotton, usually only available at ‘health-food’ specialty shops), and every other no-applicator tampon brand I’ve come across, package their tampons inside clear shrink-wrap, making it virtually impossible for a woman to overlook it if her tampon has been moldering inside its box.
If you go visit the U by Kotex website, there’s an add-your-own-comment feature right on the page. They do seem to have someone monitoring the comments section and deleting any critical comments fairly regularly, though. (And then at least sometimes putting them back? Screenshot.) However, by going to the site, you might also be selected to participate in a market-research survey — which to be frank is long, tedious, and boring — but offers the opportunity to tell Kotex what you think of their behavior in a forum they’re less likely to brush off.
The full text of Kotex’s initial response to the woman who discovered the moldy tampon can be found at parrforthecourse.com, her personal blog. Choice quote:
"In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods.” [emphasis mine]
Let me just address for a moment the amazingly inaccurate excuse Kotex gave for not caring that their tampons may be filled and/or covered with FUNGUS:
- Penicillin is a bread mold, and millions of people are allergic to penicillins.
- Even people not allergic to penicillins specifically can experience allergic or otherwise adverse reactions to other types of fungus, with symptoms which often do not include anaphylaxis (swelling of the throat) and thus are frequently not recognized as an allergic reaction. For example, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which I have, causes flu-like symptoms whenever I’m exposed to most molds — unlikely to be life-threatening, but always serious enough that I had to miss a day or more of school / work.
- Fungal spores which might be safe in your environment or on your skin (or even in your digestive tract) are not necessarily safe to ingest, inhale, or allow to come into contact with any mucous membrane — eyes, sinuses, mouth, urethra, prepuce, vulva, vagina, rectum — or open wound, including cuts, scrapes and burns.
- In many cases it isn’t the fungus itself that causes adverse reactions, as opposed to compounds they produce called mycotoxins, which do not break down over time or when heated or even digested… meaning that, the longer the mold has had to grow, the more harmful it can be, even after the fungal colony is completely killed and/or sterilized.
- Fungus species and concentrations which may be safe for healthy individuals to come in contact with can be deadly to immunocompromised people, including not just HIV-positive people and those taking anti-rejection drugs after an organ transplant, but also people with many autoimmune diseases, including everything from asthma through celiac disease to lupus, rheumatism and vasculitis.
- Vaginas contain a delicate balance of microflora (both funguses and bacteria, mostly not harmful when kept in check by competing microorganisms); upsetting this balance is what leads to candida overgrowth aka yeast infections, and to bacterial vaginosis, which is frequently mistaken for a yeast infection, depending on which way the balance tips; obviously, introducing a foreign fungal population will upset that balance.
Horrified? Do please reblog, but also e-mail and/or telephone everyone you know who has female reproductive anatomy (even if they no longer or never did menstruate, because they’ll know other people who do) with this information. Fungus in tampons is seriously dangerous. Get the word out.