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9 Ways To Be In Solidarity With Sex Workers

9 Ways To Be In Solidarity With Sex Workers | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Preamble: Once a working friend told me that she didn’t want to take on “sex worker” as a politicized identity (1).


I respect that: no one should be obligated to identify a certain way, or to take on politics that don’t inspire them. But for myself, I’m certain that sex work is not and can never be politically neutral; it can’t ever be anything less than a site of struggle. Being a person who exchanges sex for money is to be a certain kind of cultural outsider. It’s to be someone who is researched and criminalized, someone who is the subject of fascination and the butt of endless sitcom jokes. The disgust with which our culture regards whores is very old and runs very deep, and our radical communities are not immune to this.

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IKEA Removes Lesbian Article From Russian Magazine

IKEA Removes Lesbian Article From Russian Magazine | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Swedish furniture giant IKEA, fearing a legal backlash, has removed an article about a lesbian couple from Russian versions of a customer magazine that is distributed all over the world.


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Why Do You Want to Know If Cory Booker Is Gay?

Why Do You Want to Know If Cory Booker Is Gay? | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
As Cory Booker continues his long-anticipated march to the Senate, his opponent in the race waded into old rumors about the unmarried Newark, N.J., mayor’s sexuality and made national headlines in the process.

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Masturbation Is at the Root of the Culture Wars

Masturbation Is at the Root of the Culture Wars | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

"Tell me how you really feel about masturbation, and I can more or less predict how you'll feel about the more frequently debated 'sex war' issues.

 

...The 19th century's secularized anxiety about masturbation was rooted in a fearful reaction to women's growing demands for political and economic power. Simply put, doctors and moralists feared that masturbation made men more dependent—and women less so. Kellogg and Graham worried that boys who masturbated would not only lose their physical vitality, but would become more easily influenced and even dominated by women. The boy who could resist pleasuring himself as a teen was learning the strength he'd need not to allow himself to be manipulated and hen-pecked by his future wife. At the same time, Granville, Baker-Brown, and their peers worried that a woman who learned to give herself sexual pleasure might pursue self-sufficiency in other areas. At a time of rising male anxiety about feminist demands for suffrage, female masturbation became an unsettling symbol of women's independence.

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Hugo Schwyzer has the history and context correct ~ but he misses the main thrust: Masturbation is feared as the enssuing result is female independence.

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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:42 PM

In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Ohio Sex Ed Bill Threatens Teachers With $5,000 Fine

Ohio Sex Ed Bill Threatens Teachers With $5,000 Fine | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

A two-year budget bill advanced by Ohio's state House of Representatives on Tuesday would defund Planned Parenthood, redirect that state money to Christian-run "crisis pregnancy centers," and impose a fine of up to $5,000 on teachers who provide certain kinds of sex education instruction to their students.

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" I cast a politically expedient vote in favor of DOMA and I have regretted that ever since"

Lynne Osterman who was elected as a Republican to the Minnesota legislature says regrets casting a "political expedient" vote for Minnesota's "Defense of Marriage" law that outlawed same-sex marriage. She tears up when talking about it and urges Minnesota lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 15, 2013 1:06 PM

It's so sad that being decent has to be such rare & brave thing.

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Utah lawmakers kill sex-ed for parents bill

Utah lawmakers kill sex-ed for parents bill | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Amid laughter and joking, lawmakers crushed a bill Wednesday aimed at helping parents educate their children about sex. The House voted 16-50 against SB39, which would have required the state school board to develop and ...
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Confronting Abortion Stigma

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Late last month, a New Mexico state representative introduced a bill that would further punish women who are raped, as if sexual violence isn’t enough of a violation. The original bill was based on the notion that having an abortion following a rape equated “tampering with evidence” and would have made abortion in case of rape a felony offense. The absurdity of the bill eventually led to it being withdrawn, but that the idea of forcing raped women into pregnancy and motherhood was proposed at all—and in a state where one in four women reports having been raped—is odious to say the least.

 

While this bill was particularly offensive, every day of every week several state legislatures are hard at work creating more and more restrictions to punish both women in need of abortion and the medical professionals providing safe abortion care.


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Feminst issues must be a part of how we address sexuality positively.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 22, 2013 9:34 PM

Someone you know has been or is going to be stigmatized like this until we change the status quo.

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A Reminder About Our Rights: We May Have Won, But…

A Reminder About Our Rights: We May Have Won, But… | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
While we sane folks may be celebrating the re-election of President Obama and the slew of other positive election results, we can’t forget that the battle continues. These insane control-freaks...

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Red State, Blue Balls (Phone Sex Help For Your Election Erection)

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Are conservatives kinkier or just clumsier and more likely to be caught and face sex scandals? The data is unclear… Maybe it’s just the hypocrisy which makes them stand out and suffer m...
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Mitt Romney's Contraception Strategy: Change The Subject

Mitt Romney's Contraception Strategy: Change The Subject | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Earlier in his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a clear stand on the issue of contraception coverage by stating that he would support legislation that allowed all employers to refuse to cover employees' birth control for...

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Spotted at today’s presidential debate

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Gloria Brame Discusses Sexual Freedom in America - Sex~Kitten.net

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Gloria Brame, leading international authority on BDSM and fetish sex, talks culture and politics with Gracie.

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A few years ago, during the Bush administration, I asked Gloria the following: "In a time of vanilla politics, how would you evaluate the BDSM community reaction? Do you think folks are worried? Not taking it seriously? Is it an issue in your mind?"

 

I thought, given the times, it would be wise to revisit her response.

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Sebastian Avery Morris

Sebastian Avery Morris | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

I am a Religious Studies Student at Temple University, and the sacristan at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, an historic Anglo-Catholic Parish in Philadelphia.
Politically I am a Christian Socialist with strong Distributist and Neo-Luddite tendencies. I live in South Philadelphia with my husband Xopher, who is a graphic artist. I'm always happy to discuss religion, progressive politics, or LGBTQ issues.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:44 PM

It seems a rare find in today's world of loud-mouthed hate-mongers, but there are sane Christian voices too.


Don't let the photo scare ya; he has positive commentary on that too - it can be found here http://sebastianmorris.tumblr.com/post/60765550436/goandannouce

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Sex gaffes and the voluble Osaka shyster

Sex gaffes and the voluble Osaka shyster | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

If the Japan Restoration Party — headed by Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka, and former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara — needs a new political slogan, the proverb Kuchi ga wazawai no moto (The mouth is the source of great trouble) would do nicely.

 

Both leaders have a habit of making offensive statements that attract attention and disdain — and generate long press conferences.

 

Ishihara, now 80, is best known for remarks that offended women, foreigners and minorities — such as 2001′s, “It’s useless and a crime for women to go on living after they (get old and) lose the ability to breed children.”

 

As if to show he was learning from his senpai (superior), Hashimoto, 43, put his foot in his mouth in May, first by trivializing the suffering of sex slaves in wartime Japan and its occupied territories, then by opining that U.S. soldiers in Okinawa would benefit from using Japan’s legal sex parlors. For a certified barrister, it was very sloppy oratory.


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“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie

“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

It’s important to note that the horrors of the Cleveland abductions had nothing to do with sex trafficking; Ariel Castro’s atrocities were his, the acts of single criminal male.

 

[This is also something folks would be equally wise to remember when it comes to the use of the word "sadist" in description of his acts; this has nothing to do with BDSM, neither in porn nor practice. Just as whatever religion Castro professes to prescribe to has nothing to do with that faith's real practice, any other associations, assumed or claimed, should not be accepted. Castro's inhumanity is his; to lay it at the feet of some other group, to misrepresent its origins or associations, to pretend it came from some "other" or otherwise purport false dangers, these things create panic and other actions which do not serve public safety or justice. Castro, and those like him, should be held accountable for their actions.]

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Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide if recipients of government aid can be forced to oppose prostitution – or potentially any other issue as a contingency of receiving U.S. funds. The case, Alliance for Open Society International v United States Agency for International Development, arises from a controversial policy governing AIDS education, prevention, and treatment, a decade-long fight that's crossed political lines and was kicked off by Rep. Chris Smith as part of a larger conservative attempt to undermine reproductive and sexual health care. With HIV and AIDS projects facing closure if they don't adopt the government's position on sex work, it's sex workers who are paying the ultimate price.

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Ohio Lawmakers Work to Prohibit Teaching About “Gateway Sexual Activity”

Ohio Lawmakers Work to Prohibit Teaching About “Gateway Sexual Activity” | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Touching thighs is, according to Ohio lawmakers, a gateway to other sexual activity and they would like to see anyone who teaches about it in school subject to a $5,000 fine.
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State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy

State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

MUMBAI: In a first of its kind move, the ministry of women and child in state launched the policy on women with a dedicated chapter on issues faced by sex workers. The policy which was launched by chief minister PrithvirajChavan last week speaks of better access to health, education and other development programmes for women.

 

"Besides looking at various concerns that face women, it is for the first time that the policy has also considered issues and opinions of those women who are the most marginalised and suffer exclusion," Chavan had said while addressing a gathering in Pune to launch the policy.

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Walt Disney, Viacom and CBS Join Friend-of-the-Court Brief Opposing DOMA

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Walt Disney, Viacom and CBS are among the 278 companies and firms that joined an amici curiae brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Rock The Slut Vote

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S.L.U.T. - Savvy Ladies Unite (to reclaim the word) Slut.

Kimberley A. Johnson is the author of...

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Memo to Republicans: Give Up the Fight Against Marriage Equality

Memo to Republicans: Give Up the Fight Against Marriage Equality | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Here's some free advice to Republicans: starting right now, get off the "traditional marriage" bus as fast as you can. If the election showed anything, it's that the demographic tide is turning against you.

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We Ladies are 53% of the population. Don't waste your vote!

We Ladies are 53% of the population. Don't waste your vote! | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Any ladies and gents who care about their liberties AND want to continue to see the economy improve with industry regulations to protect all Americans, MUST vote.


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Binders Keepers

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"Romney, Scarborough, et al., they seem to be mistaking fact for fiction, mistaking the female fantasies of sexual submission a la Fifty Shades for real world desires to be held down economically. While these guys substitute fiction for fact, we are not confused. We see them for what they are: Liars and anti-feminist."


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