Anonymous said: When I don't get the "sex workers aren't selling their bodies" thing. Isn't that kinda what you're doing?
I’m not “selling my body” any more than a masseuse, or a construction worker, or a physical trainer, or a circus performer. On stage, I perform dance and pole tricks in exchange for tips. In lapdances, I provide people with a fantasy of intimacy. I use my body for work, just like any other physical laborer. Just because my form of labor involves nudity and sexuality doesn’t mean I’m selling any part of myself. My body never exchanges owners at work. It is always mine.
Even full service workers aren’t “selling their bodies,” they still retain control and autonomy over their bodies before during and after the transaction. Is a school buying the janitor’s body to clean toilets? Are day laborers bodies being bought? I would argue even traffickers aren’t selling “bodies”, they’re selling laborers. ESP when the trafficked already know what kind of labor they’re migrating to do.
Wrt stripping, we sell a commodified sexualised service, one tailored to each client we interact with. It takes real misogyny and a real focus on seeing sex workers not as autonomous people but as mindless—if beautiful—bodies to be bought and sold.
You can tell it’s pure and utter misogyny bc these terms would never be applied to a white male stripper; he would be understood to be selling a performance or a version of sexuality, rather than his whole well oiled body.
Well, after getting reblogged by thebrainscoop, my follower numbers have nearly doubled, and I have no idea what to do with that.
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Well, after seeing #stand with unionid bivalves, I knew what I had to write about next.
Unionid Mussels are a family of mussels that frequent the rivers of the Midwest. Due to what we’re doing to those rivers, many of the Unionids are becoming endangered.
This fellow happens to be a Wartyback Mussel, who I think has a cool name, and a look to match. There are other cool names in the group, such as:
- Long Solid
- Purple Catspaw
- Pink Mucket
- Pyramid Pigtoe
By the way, all of these are endangered in Ohio.
Aside from wonderful names, Unionids have some pretty cool reproductive strategies. Because mussels aren’t exactly fast swimmers, they have to figure out how to spread their young without them all getting swept downstream.
You see that fish in the middle of the picture? That’s not a fish. That’s an egg case full of tiny mussel babies. When a large fish like a bass decides to have a snack, BOOM! They get a face full of baby mussels, properly called Glochidia. This is what they look like:
Those tiny fangs are used to clamp onto the fish’s gills, where they hitch a ride back upstream. There the glochidia fall off and burrow into the sand. Eventually they find their way into the family business, filtering tiny organic particles from the water.
That filter-feeding lifestyle is why so many Unionids are endangered. All the silt and toxins we dump into the water get drunk up by these guys, killing them.
Many aquatic ecologists are doing everything they can to save this group. The Ohio State University even has a breeding facility. There, they capture fish and infest them with glochidia. That has to be most confusing event in that fish’s life.
So proud. Bivalves are amazing. Spread the love.
If you’ve been keeping up with what the media is saying about Darren Wilson, you may have read this article that claims he suffered a blowout fracture: a fracture of one or more bones surrounding the eye. Here is a screencap from the article of “Darren Wilson’s” CT scan. Also known as “lol_bc_not_darren_wilson.jpg”
When the article later stated that “police sources” said 12 witnesses had taken Wilson’s side, I was incredible skeptical, obviously.
[I also want to mention that this article is using pictures of the convenience store where the owner’s lawyer blatantly stated that Mike Brown did not steal anything.]
This article lists the side effects of an orbital blowout fracture. It also posts a video taken by Piaget Crenshaw, a woman who lives on the street where Mike Brown was killed. The video shows Darren Wilson standing around Mike’s body soon after his murder, showing no signs of pain; and you see the officer he’s reporting to acting like Wilson hasn’t been injured at all. That isn’t very likely for someone who would have visible signs of trauma.
The second article also shows “Darren’s” CT scan, and one that looks exactly like it, but: in the corner it says UNIV OF IOWA ETC-TC. Just to check up on this, I looked up the words “university of iowa blowout fracture” and set Google to where it would show posts from before this year, guess what.
On uiowa.edu, this CT scan was on a page made in 2008. [It’s about all kinds of eye trauma.] Here’s a screencap with the url in it so you can see what I’m talking about, if you don’t want to scroll through a page with graphic injuries.
I don’t know why they thought they could get away with this at all, oh my god. The article that says Darren Wilson was injured is a complete fallacy, and the police released this information to make Mike Brown seem like a “thug.”
(“There’s no more racism in America! We have a black President!”)
Now listen to me. If an article does not post credible sources (“two local St. Louis sources” does not count at all) or only goes off what the police is saying: double, triple, quadruple check it before you share the information, just to cause less hysteria for everyone trying to stay updated on these horrific events.