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Laura @secondaura ?

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  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Outdated victim blaming – will the police ever learn?   2 years, 1 month ago · View

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    Worcester police force last month distributed hundreds of these posters around towns in the West Midlands. The posters tell women they can prevent rape or “regretful sex” by not drinking or wearing a dress. The woman in the photo seems to be both drunk and wearing a dress, so she was really asking for it. [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Beauty’s Beast.   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    A short film I made about female beauty and body image;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmVOuL6eCQE

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: The fight against spousal rape   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailFour years ago, Crystal Pretzer Harris was repeatedly assaulted and raped at home by her own husband while her two young children were in the house. Although her husband has now been convicted and is serving jail time for his horrendous crimes, Crystal illustrates that it is extremely difficult for victims of rape to receive the [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Telling women to smile is sexist   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    I’m not a happy smiley-smiley person, I’m just not. You’re more likely to find me deep in thought and frowning because that seems to be the natural way my face decides to rest. So maybe I’ve been affected by this much more than other women but quite often I’ll just be walking along, or standing along [...]
  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Rape myths exposed in ‘Trishna’   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailNote: Major ‘spoiler’ warning. The most common perpetrators of rape in the UK are partners, so it’s about bloody time British film started showing the realities of rape rather than the stranger-in-dark-alley-with-knife stereotype. Indeed it was the reinforcement of this stereotype for me which led me to believe that it was simply impossible for anyone other [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Jealous Women   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Jealousy is a trait which is much more widely accepted as a ‘natural’ female trait rather than male. Although the false report rate for rape is no higher than for any other crime, the finger of jealousy is often automatically pointed at rape victims . We, along with some members of the police force, are still using [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: The femme fetale in modern film: An illusion of empowerment?   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThe femme fetale archetype featured prominently in the 40’s and 50’s classical genre of film noir. The fatal woman was the ‘love interest’ of the protagonist whose beauty and sexuality bestowed power over the male characters, often to a dangerous end. In Gilda (1946) the eponymous heroine (Rita Hayworth) uses her glamorous looks and sexuality for [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Uni Lad misogyny is “just banter”.   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailSo I just heard about Uni Mag which is a misogynistic magazine and website for university “lads” teaching them to treat women (who they call “sluts”) as sex objects. Usual articles for them consist of advice on how to hunt “vulnerable” students down for sex. They have just shut down their website due to complaints about [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post Stop. Promoting. This. Nonsense.   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    I could not agree more! I’ve written a blog about this myself: http://secondaura.blogspot.com/2012/01/mrs-shes-too-big-now-shes-too-thin.html According to Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe “didn’t like sex or men all that much, because she was tired of men always trying to get her into bed.” She was a “sex symbol” for everyone, the world, to the detriment of her own [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post Real Women Have … Bodies   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    I completely agree, people who post things like this do have good intentions but they don’t realise that they judging women’s bodies all the same. We need to accept and appreciate all bodies shapes and sizes, not pick out what women should and should not be looking like. I am naturally slim, and I’ve hated [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Paper-mache Princess.   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    Work starts at nine. Not enough light to blend this illusion, Not enough time. I blend just enough to be effortless, But not so much that I’m revealed. My pale skin hiding beneath the layers, Waiting to be accepted, not to be concealed. I live as these other people, Laminated, polished and frozen. But somehow [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Paper-mache Princess.   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    Work starts at nine. Not enough light to blend this illusion, Not enough time. I blend just enough to be effortless, But not so much that I’m revealed. My pale skin hiding beneath the layers, Waiting to be accepted, not to be concealed. I live as these other people, Laminated, polished and frozen. But somehow [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post What’s the difference between porn and nudity?   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    You’re welcome.

    I never said there was anything bad about posing for sexual stimulation. I gave the example to show how pornography is different from nudity.

    I did not write this article on whether porn should be banned, therefore I’m not going to talk about whether porn should be banned.

  • Laura commented on the blog post What’s the difference between porn and nudity?   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thanks for your comments Sam. The purpose of this article was not to discuss the ‘banning’ of soft porn from public display, although I do understand your points which are true when it comes to banning anything and censorship issues. I am a bit surprised at these comments but I see why people are getting [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post What’s the difference between porn and nudity?   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    I’m saying that pornographic nudity is very different from natural, non-sexualised nudity. I think porn should be banned from public display (in this case from shop windows and in every day newspapers that kids have access to) I think Non-sexualised nudity should be allowed in public, for example Facebook groups on breastfeeding at the moment [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post What’s the difference between porn and nudity?   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    This is a whole different topic so I didn’t go into the call to ban ‘page 3′. It is not the same as banning pornography. Just to outline it for you- there is a call from a number of groups here to ban the sale of pornography in everyday newspapers and magazines on full display [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: What’s the difference between porn and nudity?   2 years, 8 months ago · View

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    This is a topic I see brought up time and time again. Men and women these days just don’t understand what the difference is between nudity and pornography. On the topic of banning newspaper pornography (also known as ‘page 3 girls’), a supporter said: “the next logical step is to ban children from beaches and [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Believing what you want to believe   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    ThumbnailAs a rape survivor who, like most others did not receive justice, this sort of reporting (which happens frequently) severely pisses me off. The article is about actor Michael Le Vell. Now while I am impartial to his situation and don’t care to speculate whether he is guilty of anything or not, the article suggests he has [...]

  • Laura wrote a new blog post: Page 3 ban proposed   2 years, 11 months ago · View

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    If you have the fortune of not knowing what Page 3 is , it is a part of many tabloid newspapers in the UK which feature topless glamour models page 3 of their paper every day. Currently the Liberal Democrat party in the UK has an agenda reviewing ‘page 3’ which is being debated. They propose “Tackling the [...]

  • Laura commented on the blog post Are women’s sports not real sports?   3 years ago · View

    I think that nobody’s really interested in women’s sports unless they’re draped over something, or mud fighting in bikinis, or “sexing it up” ie typically girly cat fighting and hot cheerleading with no brains. Just the typical stuff which ignores women unless they’re being objectified, really.

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