The Stoned Chrysalis

For the Woke and Waking

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.
— Doris Lessing

Books:

Revolution From Within: A Book Of Self-Esteem: Gloria Steinem

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults by Laurie Penny

Girls will be Girls - Emer O'Toole

Women who run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf

Bell Hooks: Aint I a Woman? || Feminism is for Everybody || All About Love: New Visions

Vagina - Naomi Wolf

 

Other resources:

Eat this word: A naughty name for the holy grail - Inga Muscio

Gloria Steinhem - Feminist/Activist

A brief history of women performing lesbianism for men

For Women Who are Difficult to Love - Warsan Shire

Naomi Wolf on Vagina: A new Biography

Kimberle' Crenshaw Discusses Intersectionality

The Urgency of Intersectionality - Kimberle' Crenshaw

 Miss RepresentationThe media is selling the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders. Boys learn that their success is tied to dominance, power, and aggression. We must value people as whole human beings, not gendered stereotypes. 

The Business of Being Born - The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary that explores the modern experience of childbirth, it critisizes the health care system with its emphasis on medicines and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural experience. 

Opportunities for white people to fight for social justice

 Boys will be boys: Deconstructing Masculinity - Michael Kimmell

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Understanding intersectional feminism

7 things feminists of colour want white feminists to know

Intersectionality and Indigenous Feminism - Celeste Liddell

Does Feminism speak for all women? - Lia Incognita

White Slaves' and White Australia - Prostitution and the making of Australian Society - Raelene Frances

The Mask you Live In - The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating the narrow definition of masculinity.

Why does dating men make me feel like shit?

Why we (men) don't write about our sex lives

The physics of forbidden love

 

The Spiritual Practice of Menstruation 

Sydneys: @theroughperiod - Supporting Sydneys homeless sisters by providing safe and sanitary products

Ethical and female focused pornography:

ifeelmyself.com: IFM is a project that defies categorisation. Our society tends to draw distinctions between pornography and erotica, art and sex. We desire to allow them to intersect without exclusivity, and we want to cross the borders between these categories to create a holistic erotic experience. Our content meditates on the value of the explicit and the unseen, the realities of everyday female sexual desire, and the beauty of a human lost in passionate self-pleasure.

Beautiful Agony: Beautiful Agony began as a multimedia experiment, to test a hypothesis that eroticism in human imagery rests not in naked flesh and sexual illustration, but engagement with the face. We wondered whether film of a genuine, unscripted, natural orgasm - showing only the face - could succeed where the most visceral mainstream pornography fails, and that is, to actually turn us on.