It has been a wild week! Hope everyone is recovering from
their holiday celebrations. Remember authors…please use at least 1 of the fic
tags or tag me directly. Tumblr has been so wonky lately, I’m not seeing
everything that gets posted. If I missed something, please let me know and it
will be on the next one. I start a new job tomorrow, so I may be online less.
On this day in music history: July 5, 1986 - “Control” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 2 weeks. Produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Janet Jackson, it is recorded at Flyte Time Studios in Minneapolis, MN from August - October 1985. After Janet Jackson’s first two albums (released in 1982 and 1984), only achieve modest sales, A&M Records executive John McClain will suggest that she work with songwriter and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Formerly members of the R&B/Funk band The Time, pair will establish themselves as major up and coming producers after their initial success with acts including The S.O.S. Band, Change, and Thelma Houston. Jam and Lewis will meet with Jackson, and will have an instant rapport. With Jackson eager to establish herself apart from her famous musical family, and wanting great independence, she will go the producers home base in Minneapolis, MN to work with them. “Control” will prove to be Jackson’s breakthrough release, spinning off five top five singles each reaching a different chart position within the pop top five, with five of the albums’ six singles reaching #1 on the R&B singles chart, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” (#4 Pop, #1 R&B), “Nasty” (#3 Pop, #1 R&B), “When I Think Of You” (#1 Pop, #3 R&B), “Control” (#5 Pop, #1 R&B), “Let’s Wait Awhile” (#2 Pop, #1 R&B) and “The Pleasure Principle (#14 Pop, #1 R&B). "Control” is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
I ran into the maker of the Mage Rights Activist button in the dealer room, cosplaying as Garrett and Fenris with Egg Man at CONvergence 2015! Formerly tumblr user emifail, I think? I can’t find the user name anymore, it may have changed, so if this is you, please feel free to speak up!
Rent and the rights of tenants are a huge subject right now in Seattle, in part because landlords seem, anecdotally, to be completely unwilling to do much more than what they absolutely compelled to do by law. It’s pretty rare that we hear stories of landlords taking risks on renters and, basically, being human beings.
Which isn’t to say it never, ever happens. And it’s nice to hear about the times when it does.
The Landlord Liaison Project, which is mentioned in the story, is often an extremely crucial piece of these good outcomes. Described as “a partnership among landlords and property managers, participating service providers, and people with barriers to accessing housing,” the LLP helps place formerly homeless individuals in housing by helping foster communication between renters and landlords.
If you, yourself, need help getting into housing, contact them. And if you’re a landlord with a good heart, consider reaching out, as well. They can help you fill vacancies and address any concerns you might have about potentially renting to individuals with rough pasts.
This is how we work together. This one way that we help end homelessness.
OKAY I HAVEN’T HAD MY FIRST KISS YET AND IM PRETTY SURE MY F/C HASN’T EITHER SO IF SOMEONE DID A FIC WHERE YOU’RE EACH OTHER’S FIRST KISS THAT’D BE SO AMAZING
I know there have been a few of these, but I thought I’d do a gender-neutral one all around for our non-cis/non-straight folks (including myself). I had a lot of fun with this. (Y/A) means your age in years. Reader is kinda tsundere and f/c is kinda yandere but they’re mostly in-between. -AJ (formerly known as G)
CIRCUMCISION: This sex crime now linked to Erectile Dysfunction (ED) (formerly called impotence)
[I copied and posted below all the text of the report because you might have to be a member of the website that holds such documents. Forced at birth to be cut and damaged FOR LIFE, US-born men should be furious that they have to take a little blue pill in order to have an erection for sex. This doesn’t happen in Europe and in other countries where virtually all the men are uncut, natural, unmutilated, INTACT. You younger cut-at-birth guys may laugh at this but you’re doomed to tragic loss of both sexual sensitivity and sexual pleasure (unless you take up non-surgical, DIY “foreskin restoration” which restores some of the sensitivity). Your glans will be deadened from years of rubbing on clothes and exposure to air. And of course all the essential foreskin nerves and amazing foreskin parts and structures were all destroyed and sliced off you when you were a helpless, healthy baby boy tragically born in this sick, violent, religion-damaged, anti-sexual-pleasures USA. As long as a man has general good health, sex is supposed to continue well into a man’s senior years. This is the case for ~ 80% of the world’s men which includes Europeans and other intact men elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, about 80% to perhaps as much as 85% of US-born men lost their birthright and are cheated by “enjoying” a rather drastically shortened sex life.]
Adding Insult to Injury:
Acquisition of Erectile Dysfunction from Circumcision
by Dan Bollinger
Our new study published in the
International Journal of Men’s Health
showed that circumcised men have a 4.5 times greater chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) than intact men, revealing what appears to be a significant acquisition factor.
Robert S. Van Howe, M.D., M.S., FAAP and I found a surprisingly strong secondary finding between circumcision and ED in our survey of 300 participants (OR = 4.53, p=.0058). It was outside the scope of our article to delve deeper into this topic, but our finding does raise some questions:
Are there other studies showing a similar connection? What could be the underlying cause?
Eighteen percent of adult American men
three-fourths of whom are circumcised
have ED, affecting 18 million men.
as a risk factor may be reflected in ED drug sales; while the United States
represents 5% of the world’s population
, it also accounts for 46% of Viagra sales.
Other studies have previously observed that circumcision
damage results in worsened erectile functioning,
inability to maintain an erection,
and reducing overall penis sensitivity by an alarming 75%.
Premature ejaculation, ED, and circumcision are inextricably linked; a recent study revealed that premature ejaculation is five times more likely when adjusted for ED and circumcision.
A new Danish study
found that circumcised men are three times more likely to have sexual dysfunction.
Case studies of men circumcised as adults are revealing since they compare sexual function and satisfaction before and after the surgery. They are also alarming. Circumcision was supposed to correct a problem ostensibly resulting in entirely favorable outcomes, but this is not the case, as these failure rates illustrate. In one study, circumcision worsened erectile function and decreased penile sensitivity, and 38% reported sexual harm.
Another survey found that 27% of recently circumcised adult men reported dissatisfaction with erectile functioning.
In a third study, the number of men reporting erectile dysfunction almost doubled after circumcision, and ED severity increased, too.
A fourth study found that 35% of participants and 46% of partners
had a worsened sex life after circumcision.
The study implicated loss of nerve endings as a reason
addressed below. The true dissatisfaction rate is probably higher since all of the men elected circumcision, and would naturally be biased toward the outcome being beneficial.
An exhaustive case study of five impotent men circumcised as adults involved a complete work-up, including a thorough examination of genitalia, neurological examination, complete blood counts, oral glucose tolerance tests, and protein bound iodine and T-4 uptake, serum electrolytes, VDRL, sperm counts, and 24-hour urinary steroid tests. None of these tests were significant, and in the end, circumcision was the only common factor.
Circumcision is a risk factor for both physiological and psychosomatic aspects for ED since it is a sexual trauma and damages the penis.
The traumatization from the
pain is thought to be particularly damaging to an infant, whose brain is still developing.
One obvious cause for ED from circumcision
truncating the perineal nerve
must be considered since injuries to this nerve are known to cause permanent sexual dysfunction.
The perineal nerve is critically important to sex, lovemaking, and orgasms in both males and females. Dubbed the
it serves some of the most sensitive erogenous zones in the human body. It is responsible for initiating and maintaining an erection in males
and females (yes, females get erections, too).
Without the perineal nerve
, intercourse and sexual satisfaction will be limited. In males, it contributes not only to obtaining an erection, but for ejaculation and feelings of orgasm, too. In females it contributes to clitoral erection, feelings of orgasm, and closes the vagina after orgasm.
The perineal nerve runs the length of the penis on the underside and terminates in the frenulum.
which attaches the underside of penis shaft to the inner foreskin, is one of the most sensitive portions of the penis
and is solely innervated by the perineal nerve.
During intercourse the foreskin inverts and the frenulum is exposed, presenting a great number of perineal nerve endings to repeated stimulation every time the penis enters and withdraws from the vagina. Circumcision partially or completely excises the frenulum, always severing the nerve at this point. This variable frenular aspect, and because there are other risk factors, might explain why not all circumcised men suffer from ED.
This news that circumcision, once considered
as beneficial to a man’s
sexual health, is now connected to sexual dysfunction is disheartening. Every man has the right to good sexual health and to feel sexual pleasure for full psychophysical well-being. Erectile dysfunction is devastating to the lives of so many men and their partners, which calls elective and infant circumcision into question.
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Arch Sex Behav,
“I feel as dark as night, I bury my wounds by the riverside.”
Age: 21 Parents: Ace Chambers and Darlene Fink Guardians: Effy and Kendall Myers (Formerly Camden Chambers). Siblings: Bennett, Ireland, Aurora Myers (adopted). Date of Birth: April 1 (Aries) Hometown: Rosewood, Illinois College Sophomore // Criminal Justice and Social Work FC: Emma Greenwell
The daughter of Ace Chambers and Darlene Fink, Marla’s early childhood was a rough one. Darlene Fink was one of Ace’s many girlfriends and while Ace never gave her the honor of marrying Darlene and she was still madly in love with him. She cared for her daughter the best she could, but there is only so much you can do when you’ve doomed a child to be the offspring of one of the notorious criminals in the greater Chicago area. Marla lived under the care of her mother until after a fight with Ace, Darlene wouldn’t wake up from a brutal beating. She was found, two days later by Camden Chambers. Ace went to trial and eventually prison for his crimes. Marla had become Camden’s responsibility. Marla’s time with Camden was happy and exciting. He had never wanted children, one of the main reasons that he and Effy Baker had parted ways, but the role suited him. He saw a lot of himself in the rough-and-tumble little girl. But he saw even more of her father, which frightened him. Camden had almost gotten Marla’s proclivity for fights in the school yard under control, tragedy struck. Camden’s life was cut short, the young lawyer who had done so much good in the community died as a peace keeper. He had interrupted a fight between two men in a fast food restaurant, trying his best to talk them down, but he was stabbed for his troubles. He died a few hours later in the hospital with friends and family by his side. From then on, Marla stayed in the care of Effy and Kendall Myers. Their family became hers and although she adored her new “brothers” and “sisters”, she knew that at any moment, she could be shipped off to social services. But instead of behaving, she acted out. It was in her blood. She loved her new family but she knew she didn’t exactly belong. Her name followed her through school and teachers knew exactly what she had been through. At first they looked at her with pity, knowing the stories that had been splashed over the papers but then she started living up to her father’s name. Cutting class. Fighting. Smoking under the bleachers. This year, her father is up for parole and she has never been more terrified.
MBTI: ESTP (The Doer) Relationship Status: Single Orientation: Straight Favorite Musicians: Leslie Gore, Die Antwoord, Fever Ray
Marla has grown out of her need to fight anyone that makes her angry but she does have a bit of the problem still left in her, especially when she drinks. She tries to stick with people who don’t piss her off but with her reputation around Rosewood, it’s a little difficult. Although she is trying hard to not get arrested now that she’s chosen her specific major.
Because of her habit of fighting, Marla started taking karate, wrestling and kickboxing classes at the encouragement of Effy Baker. This has help greatly with her temper but unfortunately has also made her more of a threat.
College has been less of a struggle than high school for Marla but she still has trouble taking her required classes seriously that don’t pertain to her major. Although she excels in applied sciences.
Ever since she took her first sip, Marla knew she had a little problem with alcohol. College parties have helped her delve into harder stuff and she fears that she might be using it to help ignore her father’s possible prison release. Although if you mentioned this to her, she would deny it.
Until a social-action program called Bakehila (In the Community) placed Anayesh in an afterschool choir where she could hone her exceptional singing talent, she’d never achieved anything to be proud of. The future didn’t look bright to this Ethiopian-Israeli preteen.
A faculty member of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance heard Anayesh sing at a local Independence Day ceremony last year, and now this formerly failing student from a disadvantaged Jerusalem neighborhood has completed her freshman year at the prestigious school on full scholarship.
Henri already isn’t fond of Ray’s live-in-girlfriend and he hasn’t even been formerly introduced to her yet. She’s always late to work and never on task which always leaves him with extra work. Hopefully, when Henri does finally find out that this is the girl his second eldest son ditched his eldest for he’ll be gracious. Very, gracious.
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