Transition

If you were already reading Jesus & Venus, you’ll have noticed a few changes and a marked decrease in design quality on the site over the last week or so. Since I haven’t written anything on the blog in a long time (for reasons I outline here), I feel nothing but happiness as I announce that I am repurposing the site to feature my new character, The Unnamed Heroine, and her series of stories.

Jesus & Venus will still be available as a sub-blog of this site, and any links to its existing posts will continue to work, at least as far as my testing has been able to determine. While I have not finished the new site design yet—as will be apparent to anyone who visits during the next few days or weeks—I hope it will still prove readable and user-friendly when it is finished, and I thank you all in advance for your patience.

I can’t promise regular, or even very frequent posts, but I will write about any important news in the life of my character. I am also considering other kinds of content along the same theme, which will probably be exclusive to the blog.

Whether you’re new to me and my work, or you’ve been hanging around for a while, thanks for your readership and support.

#StigmaKills

Following the murders of Dora Özer and Petite Jasmine on the 9th and 11 of July 2013, sex workers, their friends, families, and allies are coming together to demand an end to stigma, criminalisation, violence and murders. In the week since the two tragedies occurred, the feelings of anger, grief, sadness and injustice – for the loss of Dora and Jasmine, but also for the senseless and systemic murders and violence against sex workers worldwide – have brought together people in 36 cities from four continents who agreed to organise demos, vigils, and protests in front of Turkish and Swedish embassies or other symbolic places.

Petite Jasmine was a vocal activist who lost custody of her children because of her profession. During a custody visit, her husband killed her.

Dora Özer was a transgender sex worker in Turkey, where only women are allowed to be prostitutes.

Check out #stigmakills on Twitter for ongoing reactions throughout the day.

The Unslut Project

Emily Lindin posts her journal entries from her sixth-grade year, when everyone at her school decided she was a slut. Terrifying and sad, but it's a bold effort on her part to inspire and achieve catharsis.

He said, “Why not? Come on.” I told him I wasn’t sure I trusted him enough, and he promised me he wouldn’t dump me. During this chat, it became perfectly clear to me that he was drunk. Those few shots we had had earlier in Matt’s dining room had really done a lot for him. [...]

But he was on top of me and I didn’t want to disappoint him.

Via XX Factor.

Federal Judges Strikes Age Restrictions for Plan B Over the Counter

Judge Korman stated in his opinion that the FDA’s refusal to lift restrictions was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.” “More than 12 years have passed since the citizen petition was filed and 8 years since this lawsuit commenced,” the judge wrote. “The F.D.A. has engaged in intolerable delays in processing the petition. Indeed, it could accurately be described as an administrative agency filibuster.”

Would I be correct in assuming that children of any age can go into a store and buy, say, Ibuprofen over the counter? If so, this seems like a big "duh".

Opponents of Marriage Equality Want to Control Straight People

Audrey Bilger at the Ms. blog has an interesting take on yesterday's argument before the Supreme Court in support of Proposition 8:

When opponents of marriage equality talk about "traditional" marriage, they want to roll back the clock on equality between men and women in marriage–hence the fear of "genderless" marriage and their insistence that marriage is a "gendered institution" even though the state does not currently force married couples to play traditional gender roles. If we don't guard against such archaic views of marriage, the state might start requiring pregnant women to marry, forcing men to marry women who can prove paternity and possibly even counting the number of allowed children within marriages.

Tunisian Woman Sent to a Psychiatric Hospital for Participating in Femen

She posted topless pictures of herself to the Femen Tunisia Facebook page she created, so her parents took her to a psychiatric hospital. That may not be the worst thing that happens to her:

The head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Tunisia, Almi Adel, a Salafi Islamic preacher, has called for Amina to be "stoned to death" for posting the images. He warned that Amina's action could cause "epidemics and disasters" and "could be contagious and give ideas to other women." Media reports say Tunisian secular law would punish her with up to two years in prison.

I tend to be a little skeptical of Femen because their protests verge on grandstanding and their agenda seems confused or unfocused. Lately, though, I'm starting to wonder if it might be just the right kind of protest for the parts of the world in which the group is most active.

The First Road Trip

Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik tells the story of how Bertha Benz, wife of car inventor Karl Benz, propelled her husband’s design to a higher public profile by taking it on a drive of unprecedented length. Great read.

Via Dave McCall.

Mark Driscoll (Re)Invents Patriarchy

Once again, Libby Anne puts words to my thoughts about a certain segment of Christianity, this time in response to a recent sermon by Mark Driscoll titled “Real Men: Men and Marriage”:

Patriarchy has never been about all women being somehow in bondage to all men—it has always been the individual level Driscoll is talking about. Think of the law of coverture—upon marriage a woman legally ceased to exist, subsumed into her husband. Patriarchy was always about individual women being under individual men. A wealthy noblewoman was not “under” the footmen who waited on her—she was under her wealthy nobleman husband. Under patriarchy, individual women obey and are subject to individual men, obeying and submitting to them in return for protection from other men.

Preach it, my atheist sister.