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On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia

On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Laverne Cox graced Allure’s annual “Nudes” issue with a picture that is so honest in its emotion and raw in its beauty I damn near cried looking at it. She admits her insecurities and ultimately decided to shrug them off and have the mac ‘n’ cheese she was craving the night before the shoot. That’s some role model shit right there. Unless you’re Feminist Current founder Meghan Murphy, who says to her neighbors south of the border (she’s Canadian): “What the fuck are you trying to sell us, America?” She mocks Cox’s insecurities and the idea of “radical self-acceptance” by gasping at her ability to indulge in comfort food and still love herself. Murphy telling Cox to put her clothes back on because she’s uncomfortable around the flawlessness that is Cox’s naked form isn’t an expression of her disdain for catering to the “male gaze.” Murphy is scolding a grown woman who made a choice for herself because: “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might
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The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job

The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
THE stock market was invented in 1602 in central Amsterdam, when traders gathered on the New Bridge for the then-disreputable purpose of speculating in shares of the East India Company. Today the New Bridge marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, an area dominated by other trades long considered disreputable but which the city’s liberal government has tried to bring above-board. But even in Amsterdam, sex work has not shed its stigma, as a former supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) discovered last year. The Dutch magazine Quote reported this week that the woman was fired last autumn for having secretly moonlighted for years as a self-employed sex worker, out of an address in the heart of the Red Light District.

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A conversation with Louise Bourgeois

A conversation with Louise Bourgeois | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
toolers:
“I’ve been thinking about this quilt all week
A conversation with Louise Bourgeois in Incontrollable Beauty
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The book is Uncontrollable Beauty.


...And don't you want to see that quilt?!

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An Open Letter to Young Tamil Men About Female Sexuality

An Open Letter to Young Tamil Men About Female Sexuality | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
There seems to be a flawed assumption somewhere in the depths of our patriarchal culture that the ideal woman should be angelic and innocent, blushing at the mere mention of words like "sex" or "penis." Sometimes, when my anger do...

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Woman Gets Off At 'Fifty Shades' Screening, Is a Heroine

Woman Gets Off At 'Fifty Shades' Screening, Is a Heroine | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A woman was caught masturbating during a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' screening at a theater in the northwestern state of Sinaloa in Mexico, according to the New York Daily News.
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Infidelity in 2014: How Modern Life Lets Us Cheat

Infidelity in 2014: How Modern Life Lets Us Cheat | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
People cheated on network television, and we ate popcorn instead of getting outraged.
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40 Years of Sex-Positive Messages in Hip-Hop Culture (Video)

40 Years of Sex-Positive Messages in Hip-Hop Culture (Video) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Here is my workshop on Sex Positive Messages in 40 Years of Hip-Hop Culture. It's highly interactive and I had a really fun time. It was standing room only, which was pretty awesome.
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Invisible subjects: the men who fuel the demand for prostitution

Invisible subjects: the men who fuel the demand for prostitution | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

If prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, then punting is the oldest consumer activity. Yet it remains broadly unexamined, perhaps because the questions it raises are too uncomfortable.


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Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017

Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017 | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 1, 2014 3:14 PM

It's about friggin' time.

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Animal Versus Human Nudity - Divorce Darling

Animal Versus Human Nudity - Divorce Darling | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Why is it ok for a dog to display it’s genitals but a human male in the same pose would be labeled as adult content, pornographic, shocking, disgusting, etc.? The image below was on Buzzfeed, a post about taking naps.…
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How The Father Of Soviet Pornography Became A Crusader Against “Gay Propaganda”

How The Father Of Soviet Pornography Became A Crusader Against “Gay Propaganda” | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
“I was the father of the sexual revolution, and now I'm becoming the father of the sexual counterrevolution,” Vladimir Linderman told BuzzFeed News in the Latvian capital, Riga.
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The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide

The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Whorephobia drives me insane, especially when it results in separation and even worse among sex workers. Perhaps nowhere is this as clear than the divide between porn stars and all the other sex wo...

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Hetero Men Complain About Sexual Rejection From Women. Really?

Hetero Men Complain About Sexual Rejection From Women. Really? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Over at Eros Blog, Bacchus has an interesting discussion about a point raised in Adrienne West's post at Thought Catalog. In West's "true sex story", she writes about her discovery that men like po...

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 12, 2014 6:26 PM

It's long, it's ranty, it's real.

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Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money.

Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money. | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Escorts make $100 a hand job — but entrepreneurs like me? We make $5,000 a night. Welcome to the new economy of the oldest profession.


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Coercion Dressed Up As Compassion for L.A.'s Teen 'Sex Trafficking' Victims

Coercion Dressed Up As Compassion for L.A.'s Teen 'Sex Trafficking' Victims | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Teenagers may not have the full capacity to consent or bear as full a responsibility for their actions as adults do, but they're not mentally incapacitated. The government shouldn't be able to lock up a 15-year-old girl 'til her 18th birthday to stop her from having sex in a way of which it disapproves. 

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If Buying Condoms Was Like Buying Birth Control

Safe sex isn’t always easy. Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1vFVmq6 Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b Share on Twitter: http://bit.l...
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No Shame Movement's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:08 PM

great role reversal 

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Activists Use 'Classic Porn' Imagery To Promote Consent At Colleges

Activists Use 'Classic Porn' Imagery To Promote Consent At Colleges | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Women's advocacy group UltraViolet launched a new campaign Thursday to promote consent before sex among college students and to keep pressure on college rankings publisher Princeton Review to survey students about sexual assault.

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What does it mean to live in a society where 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted and we have a book that eroticizes violence against women and thus renders that violence invisible?

What does it mean to live in a society where 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted and we have a book that eroticizes violence against women and thus renders that violence invisible? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
“ BBC Radio 5 Live: 50 Shades of Controversy
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Provocative thoughts

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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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Why We Need More Erotic Photos Of Older Women (& Lots Of Other Awesome!)

Why We Need More Erotic Photos Of Older Women (& Lots Of Other Awesome!) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Recently a blogger of note accused me of 'pandering to men'. Keep in mind that 'pander', to be precise, means to 'gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit of a person with such a desire).'...

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, August 14, 2014 7:29 PM

Also worthy of reading because even blogging about sex makes you a sex worker...

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Christy Mack's Assault Exposes Misogyny, Victim-Blaming, & Sex Worker Shaming

Christy Mack's Assault Exposes Misogyny, Victim-Blaming, & Sex Worker Shaming | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
By now you've probably hear about the brutal attack on sex worker Christy Mack alleged to be the work of her ex-boyfriend, Jon Paul Koppenhaver aka War Machine. The model and adult porn star releas...

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In Defense of Johns

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I'm not ashamed to pay for sex—and other men shouldn't be either

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, August 7, 2014 6:21 AM

This is brilliant! (Save for the sex addiction thing; I'm not a fan of that excuse.)

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​Mommy Blogger's Instagram Deleted for Daughter's 'Nude' Photo

​Mommy Blogger's Instagram Deleted for Daughter's 'Nude' Photo | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Instagram has deleted popular mommy blogger and store owner Courtney Adamo's photos and account, after apparently receiving too many complaints that her photos violated community standards of nudity.

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This isn't a post about sexuality, but rather how phobic we've become over anything nude or perceived as sexual.

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Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica

Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

An antipornography campaign in China has netted many young female writers of danmei, erotic fiction focusing on relationships between gay men, a popular outlet for those seeking to escape stifling social identities, scholars say.


...Danmei is part of an ‘‘ongoing sexual revolution’’ with feminist characteristics in China, perhaps the country’s first, said a Chinese academic who requested anonymity. China is currently undergoing a crackdown on pornography that has netted danmei writers and website managers, and closed some sites, sexual rights advocates said. ‘‘The campaign is really having an impact,’’ the researcher said.



Creating and consuming danmei is a way for women to explore their long-repressed sexuality, said Ms. Jacobs.



‘‘I think Chinese culture is still harsh on women in terms of how far they can go in developing a fantasy life or erotic art forms,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they have to be very careful in coming out with their fantasies. The norm is stifling.’’


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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 Tormorrow
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.