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Creepy & Complex Sexual Discussions Regarding David Bowie

Creepy & Complex Sexual Discussions Regarding David Bowie | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
It wasn’t until David Bowie passed that I heard about how he had slept with an underage girl.

At the age of 15, Lori Mattix was a self-described groupie in the 70s ~ a groupie who lost her virginity to David Bowie. Last November, in an interview at the Thrillist, the adult Mattix seemed fine about it. Even when Thrillist reporter Michael Kaplan pressed her about it, she seemed dreamily happy, gushing, “Who wouldn’t want to lose their virginity to David Bowie?”

Mattix’s stories of her groupie years, deflowering, and age have varied over the years ~ which is not stated here to cast doubt on her claims, but to point out that she clearly hasn’t viewed her sexual activities with Bowie (or others) to be rape or anything remotely close to it. But, as told in the Thrillist piece, Mattix was a minor and Bowie was not. So even with Mattix agreeing and desiring to have sex with Bowie, her age removes her legal ability to consent. This would make Bowie guilty, ethically if not legally, of statutory rape.

Yes, I know; we all took David Bowie’s death pretty hard. But I’m not posting this about Bowie per se…. I mean, sure, there are definitely implications and conversations we should be having regarding celebrities and abuse. And we do have some consumer power we can wield. But the real issues I am looking at in this conversation are the rights of young people to have any sexual autonomy, who decides who is victimized, and how autonomy and victimization impact one another.

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Charlie Sheen Isn't the Only One You're Hurting When You Slut-Shame Him for Having HIV

Charlie Sheen Isn't the Only One You're Hurting When You Slut-Shame Him for Having HIV | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
"I'm not a fan of Charlie Sheen — he's an abusive, violent misogynist — but making jokes about how he'll need more than 'tiger blood' to survive, as some outlets have already cracked, is dehumanizing and disgusting," Dawson added. "We as a society consider people living with STIs to be amoral, dirty and dishonest. Tabloids will have a field day reinforcing that stereotype through Sheen. And the women he has been involved with will absolutely have their privacy invaded and their choices held up to scrutiny."

The stigma against sex workers: Indeed, it's Sheen's former sex worker girlfriends who are currently being smeared on social media — despite the fact that Sheen himself told Matt Lauer he's not certain how he contracted the virus.
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Beware Popular Lies About Sex

Beware Popular Lies About Sex | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Not “myths,” but lies.


Katie Couric recently embarrassed herself during an interview with psychologist David Ley about pornography. When he calmly described to her what a range of scientific studies say about porn’s effects on behavior and our brain—that it’s minimal—Couric raised her voice, rolled her eyes, and said she was sick of science. “Can’t we use some common sense here?”


Actually, no. Common sense clearly tells us that the Earth is flat. Want some science with that, Ma’am?


In contrast, Couric believed the fact-less, emotional rantings of her other guest—because they fit Couric’s existing beliefs. Like all morning TV hosts, her job is to say bland things, not to think. At least Couric didn’t lie; she’s just uninterested in facts.


Some people do lie. Here are some popular lies about sex that are easy to believe because they make “common sense”—and because some people are making a lot of money and maintaining large support bases promoting these lies.


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Beware Popular Lies About Sex

Beware Popular Lies About Sex | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Not “myths,” but lies.


Katie Couric recently embarrassed herself during an interview with psychologist David Ley about pornography. When he calmly described to her what a range of scientific studies say about porn’s effects on behavior and our brain—that it’s minimal—Couric raised her voice, rolled her eyes, and said she was sick of science. “Can’t we use some common sense here?”


Actually, no. Common sense clearly tells us that the Earth is flat. Want some science with that, Ma’am?


In contrast, Couric believed the fact-less, emotional rantings of her other guest—because they fit Couric’s existing beliefs. Like all morning TV hosts, her job is to say bland things, not to think. At least Couric didn’t lie; she’s just uninterested in facts.


Some people do lie. Here are some popular lies about sex that are easy to believe because they make “common sense”—and because some people are making a lot of money and maintaining large support bases promoting these lies.


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Will There Be Satisfaction In Sex Work?

Will There Be Satisfaction In Sex Work? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Thursday night, USA aired the pilot episode of Satisfaction. It was pretty clear from the heavy promotion, that this show was going to be about a married man who discovers his wife is using the ser...

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Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive)

Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Ellen Page has come out as a gay woman.
The star of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past made the announcement in a moving and deeply personal speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Former Child TV Stars Band Together Against Kirk Cameron – I’m A CCOKC (Video)

Former Child TV Stars Band Together Against Kirk Cameron – I’m A CCOKC (Video) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Former child stars from the 80's have banded together and are standing up against Kirk Cameron and his anti-gay "christian" rantings by forming CCOKC (Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron). And guess what? Wil Wheaton is a CCOCK too!
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In Case You Missed It At The Grammys...

On Sunday evening, the Grammys celebrated marriage equality with a performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring 33 gay and straight couples...
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Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people

Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

"The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people," the actress explained to Couric


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Crystel Hamilton's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:17 PM

When Katie Couric questions Laverne Cox about her transition, Laverne positively redirects the question to something more important to her; educating the world about transgender issues.  The homicide rate is highest for trans women. If we always address the  transition, we don't focus on the other important issues. 

 

Very amazing women! 

TLD-Gender Dysphoria's curator insight, September 8, 2015 2:49 PM

That is such a brilliant point Laverne and i think very true. By reducing people parts of themselves we are dismissing the complexity and totality of the person. When "news" organizations and other media do this they are contributing to the discrimination and violence that people are experiencing.

 

It is not just media that does this of course and people should take responsibility for themselves however, a society where all people are more than just a sound bite or a surgery is the world we should be promoting in mass media.

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Rashida Jones, We Have Bigger Problems Than Porn

Rashida Jones, We Have Bigger Problems Than Porn | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones has recently been making headlines. First, with her charming rendition of holiday pop songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and just the other week, with her not-so-charming Glamour article titled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked?”


...Jones insists that she wasn’t slut-shaming and that the backlash against her statements “crushed” her, since she considers herself a feminist. It’s not female sexuality she’s against, it’s the fact that this “pornification” of pop culture is “showing what it looks like when women sell sex.” “And so much of it feels staged for men,” she adds, “not for our own pleasure.”

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Would You Pose Without Clothes?

Would You Pose Without Clothes? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Alan Duncan of the nudist magazine Nude Living looks at what brings women to undress in front of the eyes of the public: is it exhibitionism, does it make them a whore, is it a sign of frigidity...or are they simply sexually healthy women? 

From the August 1963 issue of Nude Living


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 21, 2013 5:45 PM

A classic from a vintage men's mag.

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The Best Thing About Those Vintage Madonna Nudes: The Bob Guccione Collection – Silent Porn Star

The Best Thing About Those Vintage Madonna Nudes: The Bob Guccione Collection – Silent Porn Star | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

By now, most of you may have heard about those nude photos of a young, 18 year old, Madonna taken by photographer Herman Kulkens.


These photos of Madonna, along with over 1000 other items, are part of the Bob Guccione Collection.

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For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:54 PM

For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

muhammad ziddane's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:33 AM

sexy body

 

H Fahri Ören's curator insight, March 27, 2016 6:51 PM

For those who, like me, collect smut, a great piece on the Guccione Collection, the auction, and documentary (which airs on the 8th!) Does contain nudes, obviously; NWS.

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Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner May Get Married After 42 Years Together

Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner May Get Married After 42 Years Together | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Actress Lily Tomlin and her partner, writer Jane Wagner, may finally get married after 42 years together now that same-sex marriage is legal.


Tomlin told E! News that she and Wagner are "thinking" about getting married now that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been ruled unconstitutional and Proposition 8 has been struck down. The women, who met in 1971 and started dating shortly after, didn't think they would see such a milestone in their lifetime.

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Snoop Dogg Talks Sex Ed in 'One Life to Live' Cameo

Snoop Dogg Talks Sex Ed in 'One Life to Live' Cameo | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Snoop and Gorrie—who plays a reluctant dad—chat about fatherly responsibility and the birds and the bees. As the Lion so sagely puts it to the young man looking to shirk his paternal duty, "This is the part of the story where the bird gets pregnant, smart ass. But they don't teach you this sh-t in school."


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The History of Burlesque

The History of Burlesque | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
"For too long these burlesque girls have been held down on the low rung of the entertainment ladder . . . but no more" declared Dixie Evans, the former Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque.

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.