Bodysex is More Relevant with Each Passing Day

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:19
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Aside from watching our President manhandle the first lady of France while telling her "she's in good shape", we experienced two major events this week:

A one-trillion ton ice berg broke off of the Antarctic peninsula much sooner than any climate change scientist predicted AND

The permafrost at the North Pole melted flooding Norway's Doomsday seed archive. This is significant because the permafrost holds 2x the amount of carbon currently in our atmostphere. We've had three mass extinctions - one caused by an asteroid and two by the melting of the permafrost.

It's been on my mind for days. I fought with my husband because he didn't want to think of doomsday scenarios when we have a 2 year old. I get that...but I needed to talk about the elephant in the room. I've been spending all my time getting ready for our Bodysex retreat, reading Bodysex thesis statements, and completing the D&R redesign and mobile site. It hit me at my core because it made me question the cause.

Why is it important for women to feel connected to their bodies through pleasure and attain sexual equality if a large part of the planet is going to be uninhabitable? Betty and I always joke that we "drank the Koolaid" - that female sexual liberation is the civil rights issue of our time - but what is the point when the planet is crumbling around us?

I started googling and felt worse. Like just about everything else in life (war, health care reform), climate change will impact women and girls the most. We'll be foraging for food and water for our kids, unable to find menstrual products, birth control, or reproductive care. Every article I read painted a bleaker and bleaker future for womankind.

It's not lost on me that the war on women seems to be hitting its crescendo as the future of our species unfolds. Trump's first act as president was to repeal the global gag rule. Healthcare reform would cut coverage for pregnancy, c-sections (I had one) and post-partum depression. The GOP is spending their time establishing dress codes for female staffers and journalists requiring them to cover their arms. It's like I'm back in the fundamentalist cult I grew up in where women were the second sex and girls were property. Calgon take me away.

Then I clicked on an article that brought it all home. Reproductive rights and the education of girls are the most important factors in the fight to save the planet. When we educate girls, we grant 51% of the population the ability to innovate and change our future. When we grant women reproductive rights, we eliminate unwanted pregnancies and the strain on limited resources.

I've always said that misogyny is expensive. I had no idea that it was dooming our planet. The long-standing hatred and mistrust of women has to stop if we want to have any sort of future. Birth control...education...and I would add female pleasure are central to creating a healthier planet for the next generations.

Bodysex is more relevant with each passing day. I can deep deep, feel strong and get my ass back in gear to fight the good fight. 

I want to start a new movement: Clits United Against Climate Change.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Sat, 07/22/2017 - 12:40
HH (not verified)

All I can say is "Amen sister"! Many of the issues we face on the planet are related to the harsh treatment of women over the centuries.  Much of this probably started when we as a species went from a community of harmonious foragers to agrarians.  With agriculture, men wanted to take control and they wanted to dominate the land, animals and women.  All of this has had severe consequences on our planet and our well being as human beings.  Much of this is described in the book "Sex at Dawn".  Another area we as women should work on is how we treat other women.  Unfortunately, there are too many women who do not want to help their fellow sisters. They are often jealous and they bully.  This can happen in the school yard or the workplace. Why?  Perhaps it stems from our ancestors who had to compete for men and their resources.  Also, our culture constantly pits women against each other in the "beauty" competition we face every day from magazines, models and advertising.  Thanks so much for writing this article.  We need more of this to get out to both men and women so that we can help ourselves, future generations and save the planet!

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Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:44

Thought you might be interested in this alternative to bodysex described here:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/02/vivid-vulvas-and-colossal-carrots-what-i-learned-from-my-night-at-a-sex-workshop

I can't imagine how a mixed gender event would work, but more education has to be a good thing.

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