Debbie Nathan on the the ambivalence of how abortion is discussed in the New York Times:
"What is the New York Times' problem with abortion? The editorial page consistently supports sex education, birth control, and the right to legally end unwanted pregnancy.
"The rest of the Times, however, often seems uncomfortable with concrete applications of these principles. Not a season goes by that a news item or magazine feature doesn't imply that women who get abortions are acting with egotism, unhealthiness, and cruelty.
"The most recent instance of this is Annie Murphy Paul's "The First Ache," in last Sunday's Magazine. "When does the experience of pain begin?" the subtitle asks. "Anti-abortion activists aren't the only ones to argue that it may be in the womb."
Debbie's essay is best followed up by a visit, (and perhaps your own entry), to the I'm Not Sorry web site, where women tell, simply and plainly, the story of their abortions— legal and illegal— all ages, all kinds. It's without frills, sunny rhetoric, or apologies.
I am a fan of Circlet Press, the kinky sci-fi and fantasy publisher, who have published Kal Cobalt's essential: 10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Robot Sex on their blog:
“I write robot erotica” is a great conversation starter. Often, the questions people ask me are things I never considered at the keyboard. Other times, something I consider a basic tenet of robotica startles even the most shrewd of discussion partners. So here they are: the top ten things people either want to know about robotica or are most surprised to discover.
"1. Robots Need Lubricant.
When bringing one’s first piece of robotica to a prestigious workshop, the last thing you want to hear is the chairman saying, “Maybe you know more about this than I do, but if the metal robot is giving a human a handjob…wouldn’t that hurt without lube?”
I don't know why I didn't think of this pairing before, but it's a perfect match: Heidegger Meets Vulva Portraiture:
"The German philosopher Martin Heidegger tells us that when an object or desire passes from concealment to revelation, truth appears..."
These are beautiful and vivid photographs, that remind me a lot of Joani Blank's book, but Femalia, but with a totally different style of photography. I wish I could go to Norway and see the originals!
I'm on a 10-book tour, with Best American Erotica authors meeting me in a few different cities. It's quite, uh, challenging, to figure out how to blog regularly. I've had a few "where's the wi-fi?" meltdowns already, and it's only Day 3! Or sometimes I have the connection, but I'm so bleary I have nothing to say. Do you know any great bloggers who write regularly on the road? Send me their links for inspiration!
Photo Credit: Robot Goddess movie still, by Michael Sullivan.