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Some days I really do wonder about the social fabric of my province.  There is apparently a market for human sized anatomically correct dolls in Calgary (and thus another good reason to believe nothing good comes from there except the road North).

What I’m amazed at is the everyday occurrance tone the article takes, for example…

“The whole thing takes place while the body of the doll hangs from a hook over a tub to catch the water and soap, its head removed, legs bent. 

“The first thing we do is we bring the doll back here and begin our cleaning procedure immediately,” says one of the new service’s co-owners, whom CBC News has agreed not to identify because he feared repercussions at his other job, but who we’ll call Steve. 

“So we disassemble the doll, we take out any removable orifices, we take off the head, then we proceed to do a rinse with hot water to get any surface bacteria or surface solids off.

“Then we begin with our anti-bacterial soap.”

Yep, nothing out of the ordinary here, just our elaborate cleaning procedures necessary to wash the spunk off of our female replica dolls.

“Then there’s the sponge on the medical pincers and more peroxide and more cleaning. 

A similar process happens in a smaller sink for the head and the inserts that fill the orifices. 

“Obviously, this cleaning procedure, no one does this to themselves in the shower, which just proves another point that these are cleaner than any person or escort that you could find,” said Steve.

And yes, there is documentation of the cleaning process. 

But it’s not just about the cleaning, is it?”

It cannot just be me who feels like we’ve merrily skipped into the uncanny valley.

“Beyond just the physical features, like different bodies and hair and even elf ears, each doll comes with its own story and personality. 

Ariana, for example, is a 26-year-old bikini model from Venezuela, while Bella “comes from an Icelandic clan of mushroom forest elves where women are forbidden from refusing sex to their lovers.”

Cameron, the sole male of the bunch, is pretty much up for anything, and while he’s not as popular as the women, Steve says he’s been kept pretty busy. “

Nope, this isn’t harmful fetish fuel at all.

“They’re not just sex dolls, they’re also great for companionship,” he said. 

“They’re someone to talk to, they’re someone to listen to you, they’re someone to cuddle with and, of course, they’re just someone to be there with you in an empty room.”

He also says his business doesn’t exploit anyone, while still providing a sexual service. 

“These are a much safer and legal alternative [to prostitution],” he said. 

“They don’t have any feelings, they can’t be abused. They aren’t real. So there is no objectification.”

Nope, no objectification at all, the backstory of ‘Bella’ proves that completely:  “Bella comes from an Icelandic clan of mushroom forest elves where women are forbidden from refusing sex to their lovers.”

 

Adding another plank to the large raft of evidence of the power that male paraphilia exerts on society. :(

 

 

 

Following “Day of the Dead” celebrations, demonstrators marched through Mexico City calling for an end to violence against women.

The marchers carried more than 100 purple crosses through the capital, each bearing the name of a woman who has been murdered or gone missing.

The demonstration was called “Dia de Muertas”, or “Day of the Dead Women”.

Femicide, the murder of a woman because of her gender, kills 12 women daily in Latin America according to the UN.

Large posters showed the faces of missing or murdered women in rows of up to forty, with captions calling for justice. Another poster simply read “Not one more”.

The names of the victims were also written on the surfaces of two larger purple crosses that were carried through the demonstration.

 

We need to focus on the dangers females face every day, just for the ‘crime’ of being female.

via J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named

This is a diary entry from way back when Huschke wasn’t yet called Huschke, and was sitting around in the brothel as Svenja or Charlotte or whoever. “Enough of this. I could not do another client today, it would hurt too much. To own up to this, to open myself to this, feels lethal. It does free me somehow, but the fear of Monday is back, where I mustn’t be this vulnerable any more, where I must push aside my knowledge that this is abuse, if I don’t want another murder to be perpetrated against my soul.”

via Thursday afternoon at the brothel — Nordic Model Now!

Better sooner that later.

 

How you are treated in society is dependent on your sex. Men never had to deal with bullshit like this.

“In the Victorian period, the lack of public facilities for women was intentional as a way of controlling their movements and keeping them out of public spaces, argues Dr Clara Greed, emerita professor of inclusive urban planning at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

There was a negative attitude towards building women’s toilets as it was considered improper for women to use public facilities, she adds. “This is why women simply would not come out of their homes for long periods.”

Public institutions, including educational buildings, workplaces and recreational spaces, were designed around the needs of men. Women tried to cope with the lack of toilets in a variety of ways, including drinking less water, holding in urine for hours, and spending less time in public spaces, says Meghan R Dufresne, architectural designer at the Institute for Human Centred Design in Boston in the US.

It wasn’t until the rise of the suffragette movement in the late 1800s – and the popularity of department stores and cafes, which encouraged women to stay and browse – that public toilet use for women became more acceptable, says Dr Greed. “

Just a small historical inkling of how deeply patriarchy is entwined with the fabric of our society.

 

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