Thinking Blogger Award

Candy Poses of Feminism Without Clothes and Tess of Urban Gypsy each gave me a Thinking Blogger Award. I’m honored twice in one week! I’ve been a fan of Candy’s blog since meeting her a Perverts’ Saloon gathering this past winter. Her blog is a combination of feminist reflections and beautiful nude art — all photos for which she posed and all taken by very talented photographers. And Tess I also met at Perverts’ Saloon. I’ve enjoyed her blog as well, though for quite different reasons! She usually writes erotica that is very BDSM-oriented, and sometimes writes other things as well. Both of these women are inspirational for their creativity, openness, courage and honesty.

In accepting the award, I am directed to name five blogs that make me think. There are many to choose from, but here are five that I’ve been struck by most powerfully of late:

1. The Free Lance, by Tom Joaquin

2. Sex Crimes, by Cory Rayburn Yung

3. SmackDog Chronicles, by Anthony J. Kennedy

4. Memoirs of a Skepchick, by Rebecca Watson

5. Freaksexual, by Pepper

I apologize in advance if any of these are previous winners. Enjoy them all the same!


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3 responses to “Thinking Blogger Award

  1. Candy and I seemed to have overlapped each other. I look forward to reading your choices.


  2. Tess, thank you. I updated the post to reflect the honor. I hope you enjoy my selections!

  3. Judy Catch22

    Thought you might be interested in reading ACOG’s remarks:

    ACOG Statement on the US Supreme Court Decision Upholding the
    Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003

    Washington, DC — Despite the fact that the safety advantages of intact dilatation and evacuation (intact D&E) procedures are widely recognized—in medical texts, peer-reviewed studies, clinical practice, and in mainstream, medical care in the United States—the US Supreme Court today upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

    According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) amicus brief opposing the Ban, the Act will chill doctors from providing a wide range of procedures used to perform induced abortions or to treat cases of miscarriage and will gravely endanger the health of women in this country.

    “Today’s decision to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is shameful and incomprehensible to those of us who have dedicated our lives to caring for women,” said Douglas W. Laube, MD, MEd, ACOG president. “It leaves no doubt that women’s health in America is perceived as being of little consequence.

    “We have seen a steady erosion of women’s reproductive rights in this country. The Supreme Court’s action today, though stunning, in many ways isn’t surprising given the current culture in which scientific knowledge frequently takes a back seat to subjective opinion,” he added.

    This decision discounts and disregards the medical consensus that intact D&E is safest and offers significant benefits for women suffering from certain conditions that make the potential complications of non-intact D&E especially dangerous. Moreover, it diminishes the doctor-patient relationship by preventing physicians from using their clinical experience and judgment.

    “On behalf of the 51,000 ACOG members who strive to provide the very best possible medical care to the women we serve, I can only hope that in the future, science will again be at the core of decision-making that affects the life and well-being of all of us,” said Dr. Laube.
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    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the national medical organization representing over 51,000 members who provide health care for women.

    I can’t say I don’t have mixed emotions about this — I think neither choice is right and find some of the statements on both sides callous about the rights of human life — the fetus and the mother. I think both sides have valid points that have been lost in the stridency of their rhetoric to the point that I wonder if we have become insensitive to the concerns of those “in the middle” who feel pain at the thought of a living, feeling being, however poorly conceived or loved, abandoned and banished from our conciousness, Would there have been a loving home for it? On the other hand I fear for the lives of those who were born and then maltreated. I fear for the lives of children who are born and then treated cruelly or abandoned. And throughout this continuing debate, I fear for the loss, due to ever increasing violence and desensitization to the value of human life in our society at home and abroad, of our eroding sense of values.