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April 02, 2010

Anna Paquin shocks PSA makers as she comes out as bisexual

the B in LGBT also stands for Anna | violet blue :: open source sex
Today, news hit that True Blood star Anna Paquin has come out as a bisexual, causing all of our girly hearts (and other parts) to flutter with delight — in addition to making a nice, pointed statement about coming out as bisexual. That it matters. In a new PSA for the GIve A Damn campaign, Paquin stated “I’m bisexual” in an edit of people stating their sexual orientations. Turns out, they expected her to say “straight.” Her open statement didn’t just shock the people at the Give A Damn campaign: the stir it caused crashed the organization’s website and made a whole hell of a lot of people think about bisexuality, which pretty much made me stand up in my office chair and applaud the computer.

Decades before Kinsey, Clelia Mosher surveyed the sex lives of Victorian women

STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2010 > Features > Clelia Mosher She interviewed many, many women asking qualitative questions but ended up burying her report. It was recently uncovered in the Standford archives. The gist of is this: Victorian ladies got their corseted freak on a lot, felt guilty about it. But she accomplished much more than that. She pioneered many studies, did amazing things. Please read this article, it's kind of amazing.
. . . Degler nearly put it aside, figuring it was a manuscript for one of Mosher's published works, mostly statistical treatises on women's height, strength and menstruation. But instead, he recalls, "I opened it up and there were these questionnaires"— questionnaires upon which dozens of women, most born before 1870, had inscribed their most intimate thoughts. In other words, it was a sex survey. A Victorian sex survey. It is the earliest known study of its type, long preceding, for example, the 1947 and 1953 Kinsey Reports, whose oldest female respondents were born in the 1890s. The Mosher Survey recorded not only women's sexual habits and appetites, but also their thinking about spousal relationships, children and contraception. Perhaps, it hinted, Victorian women weren't so Victorian after all. . . . Slightly more than half of these educated women claimed to have known nothing of sex prior to marriage; the better informed said they'd gotten their information from books, talks with older women and natural observations like "watching farm animals." Yet no matter how sheltered they'd initially been, these women had—and enjoyed—sex. Of the 45 women, 35 said they desired sex; 34 said they had experienced orgasms; 24 felt that pleasure for both sexes was a reason for intercourse; and about three-quarters of them engaged in it at least once a week. Unlike Mosher's other work, the survey is more qualitative than quantitative, featuring open-ended questions probing feelings and experiences. "She's actually asking these questions not about physiology or mechanics—she's really asking about sexual subjectivity and the meaning of sex to women," Freedman says. Their responses were often mixed. Some enjoyed sex but worried that they shouldn't. One slept apart from her husband "to avoid temptation of too frequent intercourse." Some didn't enjoy sex but faulted their partner. Mosher writes: [She] "Thinks men have not been properly trained." . . .
*via Violet Blue*

North Korean refugees offer glimpse inside the Hermit Kingdom

They’re Not Brainwashed, They’re Just Miserable - By Marcus Noland | Foreign Policy
In highly repressive states like North Korea, people engage in what social scientists call "preference falsification," or, more colloquially, "keeping your head down" -- suppressing the outward expression of their true feelings in favor of maintaining a facade of support. But two recent large-scale surveys of North Korean refugees conducted in China and South Korea suggest that privately held assessments of the regime are indeed highly negative. The surveys, of which I am a co-author, paint a picture of an atomized society where trust is scant and collective action negligible. With the refugees having voted with their feet, it would of course be surprising if they did not hold the regime in low regard. But when we controlled for observable characteristics such as age, gender, occupation, and even life experiences such as receipt of food aid or arrest and detention, the refugees' views do not appear too different from our best statistical projection of those of the remaining resident population. In short, the surveys offer a unique glimpse into the Hermit Kingdom.

April 01, 2010

If only I could be as classy as an Englishman . . .

Wife selling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (This excerpt is...