December 21st, 2012

Maiden's Blush rose

Friday so far

Mom and I went out on a couple of errands, including to the grocery store.  I got a lot of Greek yogurt.  It's higher in protein than the yogurt I am used to getting.  I am trying to eat protein with the carbohydrates I eat.  Next step will be eating more vegetables.  It's not that I don't like vegetables, it's that I like them with interesting seasonings.  I like starchy vegetables, of course.

I sat under the sunlight-like lamp after we got home from our trip.  I set up the lamp on the computer desk, and can't see the computer with it on, so I need to do something different.  Usually it's reading print books.  I re-read a little of Intersex and Identity.  There was a little spate of books about intersexed people and conditions around the turn of the century.  I'm curious as to whether doctors are doing less in the way of surgeries now.  Most of the people interviewed for the books I read thought they would have been better off without surgery.  Many seemed to think the doctors should at least wait until the people with intersex conditions were adults, and could make those decisions for themselves.  There are some interesting observations from the authors and interviewees about the sexism and heterosexism involved in how doctors talked to parents, and the doctors' actions.

There's a bit on AfterElton with a video of George Takei doing a reading from selected portions of Fifty Shades of Grey.  It's hysterical.  I haven't read the book.  From what I understand, it started out as Twilight fan fiction, and then when it was converted to "pro fic," to use Jules' term, instead of the Edward character being a vampire, he was made into a human man who liked BDSM.  The female protagonist tries to "cure" him of liking BDSM.  I'm pretty sure that's not how it works.

I haven't read the Twilight books, either, or seen the movies.  I've read my share of vampire and werewolf books, but not those.  I feel like I'm missing a lot of cultural reference points having not read them.  I don't particularly want to read books just to get cultural reference points, though.  I saw a relatively mainstream news clip on the Fifty Shades books where the commentator called the books and ones like them "mommy porn."  I think that's really insulting when it comes to the better-written books.  Did she not even realize the sexism involved in that phrase?