“I meant what I said: if you send me your husband’s resume, I’d be interested in finding out exactly what’s happening right there.”—President Barack Obama • Speaking to a “caller” during his Google+ Hangout today. When Jennifer Wedel mentioned her husband’s lack of employment (he’s a semiconductor engineer), Obama took note. She said that, according to industry reports, her husband “should be able to find something right away.” Five people got to “Hangout” with Obama on Monday, and were offered the chance to ask the president questions about his recent State of the Union address, while other questions were pulled from YouTube videos selected by viewers and Google staff. This social experiment went well considering what new technology was being used. Did you watch? What did you think? source (via • follow)
“Although most boys figure out how to bring themselves to orgasm by age thirteen, half of girls don’t have their first orgasms until their late teens, twenties, or beyond. Teenage girls widely agree that they get the message loud and clear that masturbation is something boys do, but girls don’t, can’t, or shouldn’t. The cultural focus on intercourse tells young women to expect they’ll begin to experience sexual pleasure once they have sex with a man (whether or not they’re even interested in sex with men). Nearly all teen boys, on the other hand, experience sexual pleasure long before they get their hands—or other body parts—into a partner’s pants. Despite the massive advances in women’s equality, young women’s sexuality is stuck in a surprising paradox. Young women are sold provocative clothes but aren’t taught where to find their own clitoris. Many girls give their boyfriends oral sex, but are too uncomfortable with their own bodies to allow the guys to return the favor. It’s still a radical act to say that women need and deserve access to information about their own sexual pleasure—not just about the risks and negative consequences of sex.”—
I don’t know if this is our cue to talk about our own experiences but - um, I figured out how to masturbate and even have an orgasm entirely on my own, at a relatively early age for girls, and I seriously seriously seriously thought I was the only one who did it. For the longest time. I didn’t really know it was a thing that people did. I thought it was something I made up and I wasn’t supposed to do it until I had a boyfriend to do it for me, so I had to keep it a big secret.
Which is, in retrospect, bonkers. And sad. We should be telling girls that it’s normal and healthy and awesome to touch themselves and not leave them to figure it all out on their own.
There are people we should trust and confide in telling girls it’s abnormal to masturbate. When I was thirteen my mother told me girls shouldn’t masturbate, it was a thing only boys should do, and if a girl did masturbate her holes would close up. I knew this was false because I had been masturbating for awhile but now I wonder; what if I hadn’t known better?
My mom just kind of doesn’t register masturbation as a thing girls do. She constantly walks into my room and bathroom without knocking, whether I’m in the shower or not. And when I complain it’s “nothing she hasn’t seen before” and I “don’t do anything she doesn’t need to see.”
I think masturbation is something the younger generation accept but don’t talk about as publicly as their male counterparts because of the social stigma that still exists.
I know I discovered it years before I messed around with any guy, and most girls I know can take care of their own needs.
“There is weird fan fiction out there — weird. They write stories and do manga cartoons of what they think you get up to behind closed doors. Some of it’s funny. Some of it’s full-on sex. Get Martin to show you some.”—
A march to take over a vacant building by members of the Occupy movement in Oakland, Calif., turned into a violent confrontation with the police on Saturday, leaving three officers injured and about 200 people arrested.
The clashes began just before 3 p.m. when protesters marched toward the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, the police said, and began to tear down construction barricades. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse when protesters “began destroying construction equipment and fencing,” the Oakland police said in a press release.
“Officers were pelted with bottles, metal pipe, rocks, spray cans, improvised explosive devices and burning flares, the police said.” Officers responded with smoke, tear gas and beanbag projectiles. Twenty people were arrested.
Most of the arrests occurred in the evening, when large groups of people were corralled in front of the Downtown Oakland Y.M.C.A. on Broadway. At one point, one group of protesters broke into the City Hall building.
On a livestream broadcast on the Web site oakfosho.com, dozens of protesters could be seen sitting cross-legged in darkness on the street in front of the Y.M.C.A. Their hands appeared to be bound behind them, while police officers stood watch. Occasionally the protesters sang or cheered.
The events were part of a demonstration dubbed “Move-in Day,” a plan by protesters to move into the vacant convention center and use it as a commune-like command center, according to the Web site occupyoaklandmoveinday.org.
“We were going to set up a community center,” said Benjamin Phillips, 32, a member of the Occupy Oakland media team. “It would be a place where we could house people, feed people, do all the things that we have been doing.”
In an open letter to Mayor Jean Quan on the Move-in Day site, the group threatened actions like “blockading the airport indefinitely, occupying City Hall indefinitely” and “shutting down the Oakland ports.” Occupy protesters did briefly shut down the city’s busy port in November.