Taking the shame up a notch is the Babypod, which purports to fix the average vagina’s lack of a sound system.
Pregnant women have long been urged to play music for their fetuses to make them smarter (a premise that has little to noscientific foundation), and many companies produce prenatal speaker systems.
The makers of Babypod argue that the problem with products such as Lullabelly and Bellybuds is not that they are stupid, but that external sound doesn’t penetrate the “multiple layers of soft tissue” between the fetus and the outside world.
You can also monitor your kegel exercises, how full your tampon is, and various other details of your menstrual cycle:
Unlike dumb diva cups, which just capture period blood, the smart diva cup analyzes your monthly effluence, using (wait for it) Bluetooth to transmit data about menstrual fluid volume and color to your phone.
Oh, the panoptical possibilities.
Sara Ahmed has resigned over Goldsmith’s handling of sexual harassment. An excerpt:
It is with sadness that I announce that I have resigned from my post at Goldsmiths. It is not the time to give a full account of how I came to this decision. In a previous post, I described some of the work we have been doing on sexual harassment within universities. Let me just say that I have resigned in protest against the failure to address the problem of sexual harassment. I have resigned because the costs of doing this work have been too high.
She will clearly be much missed. Here is a letter from some of her students. An excerpt:
We could not have asked for a better teacher and mentor.
We know that sometimes there are feminist reasons to leave institutions. We are sad to lose you, but we also know that this was a positive decision for you. We are looking forward to seeing where this departure leads you, and to reading what you write next.
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