It’s a Friday roundup!

// 29 January 2010

Some diet and beauty ads will be banned on Spanish TV before a 10pm watershed, under proposals going through the country’s legislature. Via Mi blog es tu blog.

French gynaecologists have dismissed claims that the G-Spot doesn’t exist. Pierre Fold├Ęs (who famously developed surgery to restore the clitorises of women subject to female genital mutilation) said:

“The King’s College study … shows a lack of respect for what women say … The conclusions were completely erroneous because they were based solely on genetic observations and it is clear that in female sexuality there is a variability … It cannot be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, or an ‘on’ or an ‘off’.”

Around 60% of women have a G-Spot, the gynaecologists suggest. Interestingly, Jezebel notes that the controversial King’s study itself found that 50% of women they surveyed did report having a G-Spot.

Over at Obesity Timebomb, Charlotte has republished this statement put out at the 1989 Fat Women’s conference in London:

I also like the haughty tone, it would be easy to lampoon, perhaps as humourless. But I think there is humour there, as well as anger, and the tone articulates a pride in queer fatness that is quite rare today, and completely fierce. Thanks Fat Dykes, for producing this list, and for giving me chills two decades on.

The Fat Dykes Statement

Don’t assume… I don’t like my body

Don’t assume… I think your body is better than mine

Don’t assume… you’re doing me a favour by having a relationship with me

Don’t assume… I’m your earth mother/diesel dyke

Don’t assume… I’m a failed heterosexual

Don’t assume… I’m always happy/jolly

Don’t assume… I’m not sexual

Don’t assume… I’m single

Don’t assume… I’m unfit/unhealthy

Don’t assume… I’m crazy/stupid

Don’t assume… I want to lose weight

Don’t assume… I want to talk about slimming

Don’t assume… I eat more than you do

Don’t assume… I don’t want to dance

Don’t assume… you don’t fancy me

Don’t assume… you’re not frightened of me

Don’t assume… I’m out of control

Don’t assume… you look better than me because you’re thinner

Don’t assume… your body won’t change

Don’t assume… there is a choice/that I would be thin if I could

Don’t assume… I ought to wear black, navy, brown

Don’t assume… I want to wear crimplene

Don’t assume… you’re not responsible for my fat oppression

Don’t assume… I want a Diet Coke

Don’t assume… I want chemicals instead of calories

Don’t assume… I eat all day long

Don’t assume… that where you go will be accessible to me

Don’t assume… my fat has psychological roots

Don’t assume……..

Smith, Heather (1989) ‘Creating a Politics of Appearance’ Trouble + Strife, 16, Summer, 36-41.

Over at Subtext Magazine, Charlotte has details of an art exhibition on in Liverpool right now, which sounds great:

The Rise of Women Artists’ charts the progress made by female artists from the 16th century up to the present day. The Walker was ahead of its time in collecting works by women artists, a fact that is reflected in the scope and diversity of the works on display.

There will be a rich variety of work on show, from both recent and contemporary painters and designers such as Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Louise Bourgeois and Alison Britton. Alongside these pieces, historic works by artists such as Angelica Kauffmann, Marianne Stokes and Laura Knight will be on display, which are drawn from the gallery’s holdings.

Paintings, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture are all featured in the exhibition, which also includes work by local artists such as The Singh Twins and sculptor Emma Rodgers.

Finally, Sarah Haskins is leaving Target Women, reports Bitch Magazine, and they link to some of her best send-ups to mark the occasion.

Photo by Cross-stitch ninja, shared on Flickr under a Creative Commons license. Shows a cross-stitch which reads “elda under din vrede”, or, translated from Swedish to English, “put a flame under your rage, sister”.

Comments From You

Rose // Posted 30 January 2010 at 1:37 am

It aches to hear the progress other countries are making with woman- friendly policies, like restricting woman- unfriendly ads. The UK thinks of itself as the most powerful country in the world (laughably) yet is backwards in its ritual sexism and has the most seething woman hate; is a million miles from taking away harmful, resenting ‘beauty’ ads.

In fact, the entirety of every 5 min advert break is woman- hate:

‘Buy mouthwash to look as dumb and submissive as this naked vacant doll-woman’ – ‘anti- wrinkle cream’ – anti- wrinkle cream’ – ‘ objectifying oi-oi virgin ad’ – ‘anti- wrinkle cream’. I just turn off the TV when adverts come on, I feel like I’m a lab rat in some large- scale warped experiment.

Our country is a culture of strange awkwardness/ ‘too PC’/ people acting disturbed. Nearest exit please!

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