Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
The Pervocracy on Models of Sex:
There are many different ways to model sex, many answers to the questions “So, what exactly is sex? What is it for?” I believe that once you know someone’s answers to those questions, you can understand why their sexual choices make sense to them.
More on the whole ‘sexual harassment in geekdom’ thing. Faerye.net explains the puzzle box metaphor:
Some men see women as puzzle boxes.As far as they’re concerned, inside every woman, there’s a tasty Sex Treat™, and there’s some way to get it out. Some combination of words, of behaviors on the man’s part, some situation will pop that box open and the treat will be his!
And from the comments on that piece:
if the puzzler can’t get it to open, it’s all to easy to see the puzzle box as broken. “THIS ONE IS JAMMED. I’ve tried everything and I can hear Sex Treat™ rattling around in there but the damned thing is stuck! I hate this broken toy!”
Feministe discusses an unusual and complex “is it rape” scenario.
Sex workers and disabled clients: why is this generally considered to be ‘more okay’?
Sex workers are able to cater to those needs, allowing for these persons to fulfil their fantasies in a consensual relation with another adult. As sex worker and campaigner Rachel Wooton said: “I treat them as human beings. And they all have different needs and desires…it’s just about changing my service delivery slightly.”
And if we weren’t done with Naomi Wolf’s Vagina yet, TIME looks at what the neuroscience actually is.
Love — for both men and women — relies on the same circuitry that engenders addiction. It’s the same circuitry that fuels the desire to persist in frustrating tasks like parenting as well. Like addiction, both love and parenting involve continuing with behavior despite negative consequences… This doesn’t mean, however, that we become powerless in the face of our brain chemistry.
From the Annals of Research We Are Completely Unsurprised By, a new study showing gender bias in science. Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students
… science faculty from research-intensive universities rated the application materials of a student—who was randomly assigned either a male or female name—for a laboratory manager position. Faculty participants rated the male applicant as significantly more competent and hireable than the (identical) female applicant.
See you next week.