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Nerd Alert: My interview w/ Cathy Alex of Voyage North from CBC Radio

http://www.cbc.ca/voyagenorth/2014/03/11/sophia-wallace/index.html

Cliteracy - a basic knowledge and awareness of the clitoris. It’s at the heart of the collection of works by New York artist Sophia Wallace. It’s part of the International Women’s Day exhibit, which is opening tomorrow night at the Definietly Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. The exhibit also includes pieces by a variety of male and female artists from across northwestern Ontario. I had a fascinating chat with Sophia today. Here she is in our studio.”

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Female-assigned intersex kids’ vaginal canal size is also assessed by doctors, to ensure that it’s long enough to fit a penis inside of it. Doctors might surgically construct or re-construct vaginas, which can result in a host of health problems and necessitate multiple, multiple surgeries. This is especially the case since most intersex kids have these surgeries very young, and when their bodies grow into their adult forms, more surgeries are necessary to keep their vagina size in proportion. Non-surgical methods are also used to increase or maintain vaginal length by regularly using medical dildos to stretch the vagina over months and years. (It’s kind of like braces for your vagina, but much, much worse.) Just like there are no standards for how long a clitoris “can” be before it’s classified as a penis, there aren’t absolute standards as to how long a vagina is for it to be of “normal” length.

I had a dilation procedure performed for almost every exam I had with intersex doctors from the time I was 8 until I was 16, so that they could check how long my vagina was as I grew. I absolutely hated these procedures. I mean, imagine a man as old as your father or your grandfather, who you don’t know, inserting a medical dildo into you each time you saw him, knowing that you can’t question the doctor’s orders and just accept that you have to undergo these uncomfortable procedures for your health. Imagine a decade or so later, realizing that these procedures did nothing to track your health, and had everything to do with grown men feeling good about the fact that you could fuck some dude someday like a “normal girl”. That all those traumatizing procedures weren’t actually medically relevant at all, and it actually was within my right to refuse those examinations.

I didn’t know any of that at the time.

I also had no idea that I wouldn’t want to ultimately have the kind of sex they assumed I’d be having, adding yet another layer of this-was-totally-unnecessary/messed-up to my history.

Other kids shouldn’t have to go through this. Other adults shouldn’t have revelations some day far into the future that what was happening to them WASN’T okay, and their traumatic feelings ARE valid, and the whole system of how intersex people are conceptualized and “treated” IS entirely fucked.

And it’s gotta change. We’ve gotta change it.

—-Claudia at Autostraddle

I just read this article and was reminded once again how invisible the intersex community often is… we need to signal boost this shit to let people know that this kind of “medical treatment” is NOT okay.

(via bossybussy)

Intersex oppression is patriarchy, it is heterosexism, it is misogyny; it is simultaneously violent and invisible. 

(via angryseawitch)

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Reblogged from It Hurts to Become

Source bossybussy

Finishing the site specific installation of #cliteracy with @haus_of_strauss The opening and talk are at 7 tonight at Definitely Superior Gallery.   (at Definitely Superior Art Gallery)

Finishing the site specific installation of #cliteracy with @haus_of_strauss The opening and talk are at 7 tonight at Definitely Superior Gallery. (at Definitely Superior Art Gallery)

Posted on Saturday, March 8th 2014

40% done with one wall. #cliteracy @bigprototype (at Definitely Superior Art Gallery)

40% done with one wall. #cliteracy @bigprototype (at Definitely Superior Art Gallery)

Posted on Friday, March 7th 2014

High Court Rules That Upskirt Photos Are Legal in Massachusetts

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The judges sympathized with the notion that a woman should be able to have a reasonable expectation not to have secret photos taken up her skirt when she goes out in public, but ruled that current state law does not address that. Massachusetts’ “Peeping Tom” laws, as written, only protect women from being photographed in dressing rooms or bathrooms when they are undressed. Since upskirt photos are taken of fully clothed women in public, they don’t count, according to the court.

“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” the court wrote.

Robertson’s lawyers defended his actions by arguing the photos were a matter of free speech.

Upskirt photos are becoming increasingly common with the spread of camera phones, but the law is slow to catch up with new technologies. Under most voyeurism laws, women must have a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” which is difficult to prove when she is in public. The Massachusetts court is hardly the first to acquit men who take these photos; perpetrators in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Washington have all been cleared by judges because the laws on the books did not apply. In response to one case in which a man legally took upskirt photos of a 10-year-old girl, Indiana lawmakers passed an upskirt ban in 2011. Other states have considered but not passed similarly updated voyeurism laws.

Posted on Thursday, March 6th 2014

Reblogged from bad girls do it well

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Magical Photographs Follow the Lives and Friendship of Two Argentine Girls

Alessandra Sanguinetti tells the story of two young girls living in a rural province south of Buenos Aires in book one of her ongoing series The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams. The San Francisco-based Magnum photographer spent her childhood summers at her father’s farm, and found herself drawn to the sisters as they navigated their way from the innocence of childhood to the complexities of puberty—although not at first—Sanguinetti says of her subjects: “Beli and Guille were always running, climbing, chasing chickens and rabbits. Sometimes I’d take their picture just so they’d leave me alone and stop scaring the animals away, but mostly I would shoo them out of the frame. I was indifferent to them until the summer of 1999, when I found myself spending almost everyday with them. They were nine and ten years old then, and one day, instead of asking them to move aside, I let them stay.”

This is one of my all time favorite photography books.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Reblogged from start anywhere

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Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Reporter published an interesting piece on the sudden appearance of “SOLID GOLD CLIT” graffiti all over the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Campus. SFUAD President Larry Hinz used words like “disrespect” and not “innocent” to describe the graffiti. Reporting by Hunter Gatherer Riley 

Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Reporter published an interesting piece on the sudden appearance of “SOLID GOLD CLIT” graffiti all over the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Campus. SFUAD President Larry Hinz used words like “disrespect” and not “innocent” to describe the graffiti.

Reporting by 
Hunter Gatherer Riley 

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Mural before it was attacked. Mural after it was defaced.

Students from Scripps College created a mural using text taken from the 100 Natural Laws' of CLITERACY on a public wall only to have the piece defaced.

"If you’re doing something that challenges an entrenched system or power, you’re going to get blowback,” said wall Susan Castagnetto, Professor of Philosophy at Scripps College. “That kind of goes with the territory, and it means that you’re doing something that’s important and has some power.”  

Full article: http://www.claremontportside.com/print-edition/2013-2014/march-2014/5c-feminism-vs-phallic-vandalism/

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014

"Valentines day encourages men to get their women things like diamonds, chocolates and flowers. But the best thing you can do for your female partner is to become cliterate."
http://sundial.csun.edu/2014/02/women-take-control-of-your-sexuality-in-the-name-of-fighting-sexism/
I was devastated to learn in meetings with students and faculty during programming for my solo exhibition of CLITERACY at Samek Art Museum, that the reported sexual assault rate at Bucknell University is one out of every 3 female identified students. 1 in 3 ?!!!! Which means the number is actually much higher since many do not report. I was happy to see many male students viewing CLITERACY not once but multiple times. I hope it can have an empowering effect on students.
I also want to note that while this piece is written from a cis perspective, it is still highly valuable and needed on college campuses. That said, some men have clits, some women don’t have clits. One’s genitals do not define one’s gender.

"Valentines day encourages men to get their women things like diamonds, chocolates and flowers. But the best thing you can do for your female partner is to become cliterate."

http://sundial.csun.edu/2014/02/women-take-control-of-your-sexuality-in-the-name-of-fighting-sexism/

I was devastated to learn in meetings with students and faculty during programming for my solo exhibition of CLITERACY at Samek Art Museum, that the reported sexual assault rate at Bucknell University is one out of every 3 female identified students. 1 in 3 ?!!!! Which means the number is actually much higher since many do not report. I was happy to see many male students viewing CLITERACY not once but multiple times. I hope it can have an empowering effect on students.

I also want to note that while this piece is written from a cis perspective, it is still highly valuable and needed on college campuses. That said, some men have clits, some women don’t have clits. One’s genitals do not define one’s gender.

Posted on Friday, February 14th 2014