WordPress.com / Automattic censors Lesbian and Feminist Blogs

If you are a blogger with multiple million readership, do take notice that Automattic who hosts WordPress.Com will censor you and freeze your blog, suddenly preventing you from moderating and approving comments, with no explanation, and no reply to your inquiry. You will be locked out of your own blog, prevented from posting, editing, or updating, with no explanation or prior notice whatsoever. Do take notice of this if you are interested in choosing a platform for your blog, especially if you are a lesbian or feminist blogger, who seem most effected. To repeat: Automattic who host WordPress.com practices censorship of feminist and lesbian blogs at random, without notice, and you will have no response from administration when they do so.

 

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Julie Bindel: Where is the Politics in Sex?

“What makes some of us uncomfortable with bisexual women? It is because either we think it is a lesbian having straight sex, or a straight girl testing out her fantasies on us before returning to men?

In today’s post-modern, queer-focused world, bisexuality is being promoted both to lesbians and to heterosexual women as the latest fashion trend. This has resulted in lesbian politics, namely feminism, being passed over for a sexual hedonism, where the only thing that matters is sexual pleasure and desire.

Similarly, bisexuality is sold to heterosexual women as some type of recreation away from her ‘natural home’ of straight sex. It is seen as “temporary lesbianism.

It is more à la mode to have sex with a man if you are a lesbian than if you’re a straight woman, who is merely going back to what she is expected to do “naturally.” Lesbians having hetero sex are seen as transgressive, when in fact they are simply reverting to a traditional way of being a woman.

For the straight woman, having a girlfriend on the side is almost like having the latest Prada handbag.

Camille Paglia, the most famous anti-lesbian lesbian has written reams about how she worships the penis and cannot understand those of us who do not.”

Read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-bindel/where-is-the-politics-in-_b_1589435.html

Jane Lynch: Smith College 2012 Commencement Speech

Long but amusing. Worth a listen as you multitask or do whatever it is that you do. There’s a shorter version out there but I didn’t listen to that one so I don’t know what was cut.  Jane talks about being married to a “Smithie”, her experiences growing up feeling like a “boy in a girl’s body” and wishing for the freedom the male children had, and gives advice to the female graduates.

In a bizarre aside, a Bilerico guest blogger writes to report that a subculture of female students that call themselves “GenderQueer” and “deny” being reproductively female “Sobbed with anger” at being addressed by Lynch as “ladies” and “women” during the women’s college graduation ceremony: http://www.bilerico.com/2012/05/my_thoughts_on_the_smith_college_commencement_cere.php

Julie Bindel: Anti-lesbianism is a ruse to keep all women in our place

The hounding of Carina Trimingham serves as a warning to anyone who chooses to reject the trappings of femininity

Julie Bindel guardian.co.uk, Friday 25 May 2012

“Everyone knows that lesbians are ugly. Because we tend not to dress for male approval, often rejecting makeup, high heels and other trappings of femininity, lesbians can be considered aesthetically unacceptable by both men and other women.

There are exceptions, of course, such as those who provide girl-on-girl porn excitement to men, as with the stars of the video Naughty Girls sharing their huge toy, or the entire cast of Lip Service, a BBC3 drama series in which every single lesbian is skinny, achingly trendy and lashed with lipstick. But, as a general rule, the public image of a lesbian is not attractive. After all, if we were not grotesque, some man would desire us, and we need not seek sad but necessary consolation with each other. That is perhaps why Carina Trimingham has come in for such a bashing from the tabloid press, ever since it was discovered that she was having an affair with Chris Huhne. Here is a lezzer a man actually wants!”

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‘UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward’- how lesbian mom lost custody to murderer dad

From Steve Rothaus @the Miami Herald:

“Mary Ward, a divorced gay woman, lost custody of her pre-teen daughter, Cassey, in 1995 when a Pensacola judge declared the girl should “live in a nonlesbian world.”

Judge Joseph Q. Tarbuck ruled Cassey’s father would make a better parent — even though John Ward had pleaded guilty to murdering his first wife in a rage over custody of their daughter, who years later said he tried to sexually abuse her.

In 1996, a Florida appeals court upheld Tarbuck’s decision and an anguished Mary Ward, 47, died of a heart attack soon after.

A documentary about the case,UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward, debuts Monday night at the 14th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The 75-minute movie was produced by Miami Beach filmmakers Edwin Scharlau and Katie Carmichael.

Women who love Women (Singapore)

“One of the few documentaries ever made about lesbians in Singapore, this documentary, filmed in 2006 uses interview footage with three Singaporean lesbians -Amanda Lee, Sabrina Renee Chong and Gea Swee Jean, to get a rare glimpse into lesbian lives in Singapore. Intimate and often candid, these lesbians share about their lives and loves and their views on topics such as coming out and relationships. Sometimes heartbreaking, and often times, funny, the documentary captures the lives of lesbians who have chosen to live authentically and is a testament to the courage, tenacity and experiences of lesbians living in Singapore.”

‘Hits So Hard’ doc follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel

From the NewYorkTimes:

“Hit So Hard” is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs. (Literally: she now runs a dog care service in Los Angeles.) Directed and edited by Ms. Schemel’s friend P. David Ebersole, “Hit So Hard” largely follows the same rise-and-fall trajectory as a lot of music biopics, though its openly sympathetic approach feels rooted in a real friendship rather than in sensationalism or industry boosterism. There’s a political angle too, because Mr. Ebersole frames Ms. Schemel’s story within both a feminist and a lesbian context, a move that positions her as something of a leading figure in the history of women in rock.

That’s a history that Ms. Schemel appears to have given little thought to back in the day, including when she was touring the world with Hole, playing before screaming crowds in Japan and Paris, and striking poses for Rolling Stone. You see a fair amount of those times, both onstage and backstage, because when Ms. Schemel wasn’t handling a pair of drumsticks she seems to have been carrying a Hi8 video camera. She recorded everywhere — in the wings, in bed, on the bus — though, given the absence of on-camera drug use, not exactly everything. The visual quality of the material she shot is crummy, both palsied and smeared, but the decrepitude of the images also underscores that these blurry times would soon deteriorate.”

Read More by clicking HERE.

From The LATimes:

“Courtney Love reconnected with her former Hole band mates for the first time in 15 years on Friday in New York for a reunion performance in conjunction with a screening of drummer Patty Schemel’s documentary “Hit So Hard.”

Fans had been speculating whether Love would show up at the event, where guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur were set to play with Schemel at Public Assembly concert hall in Brooklyn.

“Is there a lady still in the house that wants to join us for a song?” Auf der Maur asked. “You never know — we never know.” Love then appeared, asking for Erlandson’s help in strapping on a guitar.

They played Hole’s “Miss World” and a tune by early Portland punk band the Wipers, “Over the Edge.” Video footage of the short reunion can be seen on YouTube.”

Read more click HERE.

For  updated “Hit So Hard” openings and dates click HERE.

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