Sci Spanks 2015!

Twelve really good stories and a chance to win some prizes 😃

Anastasia Vitsky

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Sci Spanks 2015 is here!

The rules:

  1. Register here
  2. Visit all blogs and leave a high-quality comment responding to the story content. Deadline: Midnight EDT (UTC-5) Sunday, June 14
  3. Add VIP or A (Author) to your comments if applicable. If you are a confirmed VIP, you may submit your comments in one document to ana_stasia2007@yahoo.com, subject line: Sci Spanks 2015 VIP.
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  5. Prize announcements Friday, June 19!

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Guaranteed Prizes for First 20 Completers

* Viking’s Fury by Saranna DeWylde to the first 20 people who visit and comment on *all* blogs

Grand Prizes

* Kindle Fire (or equivalent Amazon gift card) from Blushing Books

* Signed print book of your choice from Leigh…

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Blue Book Scavenger Hunt!

Good fun, and the book’s still only 99p if you don’t have a copy 🙂

Anastasia Vitsky

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Boy, do I have something fun for you! Melissa Shirley, one of my co-authors for the Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales, came up with a neat idea for an activity. She asked each of us for a ten-item list of items or symbols from our books. Then she wrote the cutest rhyming clues for you! Don’t give away the answer, but either post an image or a link to an image (one at a time, or WordPress thinks your comment is spam) in the comments. The Blue Book authors will vote for the best answers, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Melissa.

How fun, right? Here is Melissa’s explanation:

Join the hunt to win a prize

An Amazon gift card worth $25

We’ll give you the clues, you figure them out

Answer in pictures, to the net roam about

Be creative and post us a…

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What’s yours called?

My teen and I have often lamented that there are no decent, non-clinical terms for female genitalia.

language: a feminist guide

Content warning: this post contains offensive language of a sexual nature. As does the real world.

Ignorance and prejudice about women’s sexuality has a long and depressing history.  When I was at school in the early 1970s, we were sure women didn’t have testicles*, but we weren’t entirely clear on what they did have. What passed for sex education in those days should really have been called ‘reproduction education’: it was all about wombs, ovaries, and the fateful encounter between the egg and the sperm. The parts of our bodies we could actually see and touch were either passed over in silence or shrouded in euphemism.

But that was 45 years ago: it’s a different story for girls growing up today, right? Well, maybe not. In a survey of a thousand British women carried out in 2014 , half of the under-35s could not locate the vagina on a…

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Why women talk less

We have some way to go before things change.

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This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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Why Queer Representation is Actually Important

I know a few genderqueer, bisexual young people and it is a huge struggle to find representations of themselves in any form of media.
This leads to major self-esteem issues even with accepting families and no personal exposure to religious bigotry.

Reject Reality

It comes as no surprise that the LGBTQ community is seldom portrayed in the media, and even when there is representation it is often negative or inaccurate. Heterosexuality is portrayed as the norm, the default. I can watch any show or movie and there are definitely heterosexual characters. In fact, they’re everywhere. But I have to look very hard to find a LGBT character, and such a character is often a flamboyant, white gay man who is treated as more of a source of amusement than as a prominent, meaningful character. If I want to watch a movie with any gay people in it, I often have to sift through the “Gay and Lesbian” category on Netflix, as if these movies can only be identified by the sexuality of the characters and not the more common genres of comedy, drama, and action.

I grew up immersed in this culture, just…

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Review: Gemstone

Gemstone by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is more information about the book in the following post by the author:  GEMSTONE Kink & Faith Series

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Can lies build a foundation for love?
Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.
No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.
Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.
How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?

I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book as I’m not a huge fan of love triangles nor am I particularly religious but I bought it because I’m a huge fan of Ms. Vitsky’s books and she often manages to surprise me.

Gemstone was no exception. It was both well written, as always, and amusing. I stayed up til 2am to finish it as I wanted, no needed, to know who Gemma would choose. One of the women behaved rather badly and I was quite surprised that Gemma gave her a second chance, although I could understand why she was reluctant to choose the other.

The church ladies made good secondary characters and their antics were fun to read. A couple of the Church references were over my head but I was able to figure them out from the context and a bit of googling.

The kink and sex scenes were fun, although somewhat shocking from this author, who normally prefers hints and fade to black.

Breastfeeding – It’s Perfectly Natural – Get Over It

I was reading a controversial Facebook post the other day (always designed to increase one’s blood pressure!) about women being told to ‘cover up’ when they are breastfeeding outdoors. The reasons people, well mostly other women, gave for this necessity ranged from sad to laughable to quite outrageous.

  • It’s unnecessary
  • It’s immodest
  • Women are doing it for attention and should just stop
  • It could cause any man who sees breast tissue to go on a hormone fuelled rampage of raping and pillaging (okay I am paraphrasing here!)
  • It is damaging and/or distressing for children to see

I’d like to address each of these points separately:

Breastfeeding in public is unnecessary and immodest

Having breastfed both my children, including publicly, I feel adequately qualified to address this point. In the early months especially, babies feed a lot. An awful lot! Sometimes it seems like they are permanently attached to your breast, so unless you wish to become a prisoner in your own home you have to go out sometimes and when you are out the baby may get hungry or just want the comfort of feeding.

Now people suggested covering the baby’s head with a cloth or even expressing milk to feed from a bottle. Some even said use formula. Seriously! I have nothing against women using formula if that suits her family but that is just a slap in the face to a woman who enjoys breastfeeding and may have struggled with pain and lack of sleep to get it right. How dare someone say such as thing because they are uncomfortable with the fact that nurturing a newborn naturally involves the breast.

As to the covering up – breastfeeding is a skill and a mother needs to see what she is doing initially to get the baby latched correctly. For those who have never done it, a badly attached baby is incredibly painful for the mum and results in poor milk flow for the hungry baby. Besides which, mothers and babies like to look at each other and some babies hate having their heads covered. Additionally, once the baby is attached, the breast is hidden by the baby’s head so I can only conclude that those who complain are actually uncomfortable with the mere though of breastfeeding rather than the supposed flesh on view.

Lastly expressing milk – My firstborn was ill just after birth and I had to express milk. It is not a task for the feint-hearted especially when you factor in all the other stresses of a newborn such as lack of sleep, feeding etc. but the most disheartening thing was that my baby WOULD NOT drink from a  bottle. At all! Ever! I would have loved it since it would have enabled my partner to do some of the night-time feeding so I could get some sleep. Or even to go out for a few hours with friends, without the baby – but NO – babe had different ideas.

So to those who think it is unnecessary to breastfeed in public, you could be consigning some women to house arrest.

Breastfeeding in public

This is a picture of me breastfeeding my second child while the older one is far more interested in ice cream. There is absolutely no bare skin showing to anyone except me, and the baby. England in March is far too cold for flashing your boobs 🙂

Women are doing it for attention

OMG! This is just not worth even addressing except to say that yes I realise some women have had mass breastfeeding protests but other than that – Seriously – Get over yourself!

Men Can’t Cope

I was paraphrasing when I wrote: It could cause any man who sees breast tissue to go on a hormone fuelled rampage of raping and pillaging but that was the gist of some of the comments (mostly from women, sadly!).

Good grief – I’m quite speechless really! All I can say is that if this is the case, which I highly doubt, then MEN need to control themselves better. As with rape, this is not the woman’s problem.

While breasts have been sexualised they are not sexual objects – they are designed to nurture infants. I find it sad that people can view with disgust what to me, and many others, is a beautiful sight. Something is deeply wrong with such a society. The UK and the US need to take a leaf out of the book of the Europeans who have a far healthier attitude to nudity, breastfeeding and sex.

But Think of the Children!

How many time is this old chestnut going to be trotted out?

Yes let’s think of the children shall we:

  • The little boys in adult bodies who snigger and giggle at the mention of breasts and feel jealous and resentful of their children.
  • Or the girls who grow up ashamed of their bodies and struggling to feed their babies because they’ve never seen any one else do it and feel inhibited and judged. In the past children grew up watching others breastfeeding and no doubt listening to tips about latching, positioning etc but these skills are being lost.

Children who grow up seeing breastfeeding see it as perfectly normal and some quickly lose all interest. Others sit next to you feeding their doll or teddy while chatting. All quite delightful and no cause for alarm.

It’s a Public Health Issue

If you don’t care about any of the above maybe an appeal to your wallet may work?

Ask yourself how much money your government spends on treating gastroenteritis in infants because of badly sterilised feeding equipment. We could cut that cost if more women felt comfortable breastfeeding.


Finally – It’s Called Breastfeeding!

One last thing – please stop using the euphemism: Nursing. Nursing means caring for the elderly. If we can’t even say the word breast what hope is there!