I’ve been wanting to read Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls since it came out but have had to wait until it was more affordable so this review comes later than I had hoped. Wendy has ably reviewed it here and here so I thought I’d focus more on the cultural and literary trends it exposes. So far I’ve only read the first essay by Melinda Tankard Reist entitled, ‘The Pornification of Girlhood: We haven’t come a long way baby’. Reading it reminded me of the work I did on postcolonial literature in my undergrad Arts.
Posts tagged ‘sex’
Should Christian boyfriend/girlfriend couples go away on holiday together? I encounter this question semi-frequently and it’s a controversial one because it deals with a phenomenon quite foreign to the Bible: dating. So there are no explicit commands concerning this. However, there are some guiding principles that I reckon may help us.
Last night our much-loved Hungry Beast ran a story on ‘gay conversion’, along with a live forum. Gay conversion, also known as reorientation or ex-gay ministry, is the Christian idea that people with unwanted same-sex attraction can become ‘straight’. Here are a few thoughts from my Christian point of view.
Whenever I’ve said to a married woman that I’ve been reading a book about a woman who, for her husband’s 40th birthday, gives him sex every day for a year, almost every one has said, “Don’t tell my husband about that!” Most say it lightheartedly, others with a degree of panic in their eyes, but whatever the motivation, 365 Nights has sparked their interest. (Thanks to Wendy for the recommendation.)
Our Monday gym instructor just came third in the Victorian natural bodybuilding comp, qualifying for the nationals in which she will compete this weekend. It’s been fascinating watching her go from being a lean, fit looking woman down to 8% body fat and I’ve been intrigued by both the science and the discipline involved. Our class chats with her a bit about it and after bombarding her with questions this week, she offered to show us her stuff.