Toss the Taboo

Can you bring up the topic of female masturbation up around friends and not get the classic uncomfortable seat shift? Many would say no because the idea of female pleasure is still very much taboo within most social circles to this day. While the idea of sexual needs are understood and a given in reference to men, they most often tend to be overlooked or forgotten in regards to women . This documentary does a nice job of doing away with the silence associated with female pleasure and seeks to open conversation on a topic we all, sometimes secretly, wonder about. Enjoy!

You can find it here:  http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/female-orgasm-explained/

Warning: This documentary is admittedly rather explicit.

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Subtle Feminism…

In this video Johanna Blakley speaks on the potential wide spread and pervasive feminism in one of the places most wouldn’t expect to find it. She speaks in favor of social media (yeah, as in Facebook!) giving women an extra little advantage in disproving the endless stereotypes perpetuated about them… It’s an interesting perspective on a more subtle form of feminism. While it isn’t activism necessarily, it’s cool to see little changes from the thought, “women are supposed to be…” to “women actually are…”

Check it out! : http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_social_media_and_the_end_of_gender.html

 

If you watch hip hop or R&B music videos I’m sure you are all too familiar with the romp-shaking, bumping and grinding that has become the norm within them. While I was growing up, as I’m sure is the case for many, I saw these, slim or ideally curvaceous, barely-clothed women almost every time I turned on my television. Naturally, I began to idolize their chemically straightened hair with the weaves that almost always followed. Their hair came as a side to the skin tight dresses and booty shorts that they wore as they performed the most provocative moves imaginable as guys ogled, of course (that is if there is no explicit “sexing” involved). The important question is, where are the various (and more realistic) standards of beauty represented within these videos and throughout media in general? Even more importantly, where are the female role models that growing girls need?

My hope was partially restored as I stumbled upon a new artist a while ago named Nneka ( a Nigerian native). While her music has been gaining some popularity within the United States, Nneka’s video speaks volumes about her personal values and clearly sets itself apart from many other more conventionally appealing music videos. She’s a great role model in my book. You can find one of her more popular singles here.