Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights Author Naomi Wolf says recent controversies reveal biased views toward women's bodies The Pussy Riot trial and Arab Spring protests showed women stripped of autonomy Women's bodies are battlegrounds used to wage culture wars, Wolf says It's scandalous when women take ownership of their own bodies, Wolf contends. It seems as if we are in a time of unprecedented struggle over the meaning of women's bodies and sexuality. Controversy is swirling about an American University professor who breast-fed a baby in class ; topless photos of Kate Middleton have been released ; and a Time magazine cover showing a mother breast-feeding her toddler sparked even more tittering in May.
Words: Phil Runco and Colin Wilhelm. After what felt like 40 days and nights of rain, the heavens miraculously cleared on Saturday and we were blessed with sunshine and moderate temperatures and bees for the third Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. There was no way he was going to let some rain clouds block his view of this shit. I love the sound of thunderous house music in the morning. Well, not really, but the Dance Forest was the first stage to fire up at just past noon and the overachiever scene — clad in neon green Geico gym sacks — was gathered to see Eclectic Method.
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There are so many things we're never told about our vaginas like that most of the things on this list are actually about vulvas instead of vaginas, and no, the two are not the same. Here are 15 things I wish we'd had cleared up sooner. What the hell that white stuff in your underwear is. So many women spend years staring at their underwear and being horrified by that weird white discharge because they think it means they're dying or disgusting, and neither are true. If it's cottage cheese-y, yellow, grayish-green, watery, or more than you usually produce, then yes, see a doctor. But if it's just that clear-ish white stuff you've been seeing in your underwear every day since you can remember, stop stressing. I spent years not knowing why cleaning my vag with weird scented mall soaps did not feel awesome to me. How to actually give yourself an orgasm that doesn't involve pretending your finger is a penis.
Illustration by Shawna X. It should come as no surprise to Broadly readers that most of the world is organized around men. A man, Jacques Derrida, even created the word to express the idea: phallogocentrism. In short, the phallus defines the world, and for millennia it has defined sex. The insertion of a penis into a woman has been the defining line between virginity and its absence. How then, could two women—neither of whom happen to posses a penis—lose their virginity? How do they cross the slippery rubicon from innocence to experience? For instance, Blank points out, the Greeks thought all the human plumbing was one tube—nose connected to throat connected to vagina connected to butt hole—and that a woman's whole physiology would thus change after being penetrated for the first time. Blank is loath to throw extra shade on the Greeks for their ideas about virginity "because I don't want people to think, 'Oh they're bullshit and I'm right,'" Blank says.