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The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine

The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
If only the ratings agency looked as closely at gender bias as it does at consensual sex, it might do some good

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Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch -

Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch - | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Mark Greene has one clear reason we should all fight for gay rights. Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well.

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May Day 2014: Scarleteen Strikes (Or, With Your Help, We Don't.)

May Day 2014: Scarleteen Strikes (Or, With Your Help, We Don't.) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Scarleteen needs your help now to get the increased support we need to survive and maintain our services. Without it, our last available move will be a strike.

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Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Within the LGBT community's activist sphere, marriage is also becoming increasingly boring, with few debates or arguments arising on the topic. Where the fireworks exist and are expanding is on the issue of gender: gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles. The more fundamental issues of sex and gender are now the locus of debate, and sides are being taken that are exposing increasingly contentious ideological positions.


This arose last week on one of my lists, where it was mentioned that RuPaul was using the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." RuPaul is the drag queen and host of RuPaul's Drag Race, and he identifies as a gay man.


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Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes by Carol Leigh

This documentary of the 1989 World Whores' Summit in San Francisco features prostitutes and activists from around the globe discussing human rights as they effect…

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The first few minutes of this video start out a bit slow. However, the women interviewed are obviously intelligent and thoughtful. Very interesting things are said about the legalities, politics and cultural moralities surrounding the business of prostitution. It's well worth watching the 20 minute clip. Especially, if you've ever had any curiosity about how a prostitute thinks.

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Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy

Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
We see hypocrisy around on reproductive health care every day, but this The Daily Show segment with Ilyse Hogue reveals a new twist on a double standard that you've probably never heard of before.
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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 13, 12:13 PM

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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#LiesToldByFemales Shows the Sexual Double Standard Lives On

#LiesToldByFemales Shows the Sexual Double Standard Lives On | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do, to present themselves as more chaste and more submissive than they actually are.
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Betty Dodson's Feminist Sex Wars

Betty Dodson's Feminist Sex Wars | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Betty Dodson takes the side of ''dirty'' feminists, talks up the vulva and the clitoris, discusses the relationship of sexual pleasure and masturbation to human liberation and excoriates the current ''art'' market and ''The Vagina Monologues.''
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Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest

Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
You could say they laid bare their concerns.

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Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be

Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
After being outed for her work in pornography, a student is explaining her professional choice, but not abandoning it. Her words reveal our own unfounded stigmatization of sex workers.

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Everybody naked!

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A row about children’s books exposes sharp cultural divisions in France.

 

"When culture wars break out in France, they are usually to do with protecting art-house films or the French language. Political battles over family values are a lot rarer, thanks to a fairly relaxed liberal consensus. Abortion in France, for instance, is legal and free. Couples can enter into official unions (PACS) without getting married. Gay marriage was legalised last year. And there is also cross-party agreement in favour of a strict form of secularism, known as laïcité and entrenched by law since 1905, which keeps religion out of public life.

 

Yet the country has recently found itself torn apart by virulent quarrels about the role and nature of the family. The most recent concerned several books designed for children of primary-school age, bearing such titles as “Jean has two Mummies”, “Daddy wears a dress”, and “Everybody naked!”, a volume that shows, page by page, family members, a baby-sitter, a policeman, a teacher and several others all taking their clothes off (see picture)."


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Yay, nakedness!

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Porn Site Claims 1/3 Of Its Amateur Videos Are Created in Bible Belt

Porn Site Claims 1/3 Of Its Amateur Videos Are Created in Bible Belt | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
We daintily gasped and clutched our pearls this morning when we learned a third of the videos submitted to an amateur porn site are created in America's Bible Belt.As we learned this morning through an email, amateur porn company Homegrown Video measured the demographics of people who submitted videos to their studio between July and…

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 17, 4:55 PM

Bible Belt repression & porn.

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Must Read: No such thing as porn 'addiction,' researchers say

Must Read: No such thing as porn 'addiction,' researchers say | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Journalists and psychologists are quick to describe someone as being a porn "addict," yet there's no strong scientific research that shows such addictions actually exists. So says a clinical psychologist in practice in a large behavioral health program.


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Fascinating facts in this short article!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 14, 2:08 PM

You *have* to read this!

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Scientists Can Predict Who Will Get An STD

Scientists Can Predict Who Will Get An STD | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

A recent study from the University of Washington suggests that strides to prevent sexually transmitted diseases should start at an early age, before an individual is even sexually active. In short, the best way to educate a young adult is to think about the big picture, not just the sex part.

So, what exactly does that mean? You've really got to pull on your parenting pants, which sounds more like logic than science in our book. "Kids don't engage in risky behaviors in a vacuum. There are environmental opportunities that have to be created," said Marina Epstein, lead author of the study. With STDs being the most common type of infection in the U.S., prevention is key. A previous study concluded that young adults between 15 and 24 make up half of the new cases. Part of the problem is that many of them are not being educated until after they've already had risky sex.

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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:


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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 7:28 PM

Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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The How I Met Your Mother Finale Forgot the Rules About "The One"

The How I Met Your Mother Finale Forgot the Rules About "The One" | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The How I Met Your Mother finale tossed out the rules of "The One" and traditional Happily Ever After and nailed it by looking like, well, life.


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Perhaps if we can get our minds wrapped around the truth of love, of multiple loves, then multiple lovers won't be so alarming.


Best line: "People, this is your brain on Disney princesses."

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Christopher Bowness's curator insight, April 3, 7:48 AM
"All that stuff that Bob Saget spent the last 9 years saying that I was worrying would all amount to “stick it out and you’ll find your One and only” instead turned out to be about loving people when you have the chance— because that chance may not last."
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I watched 8 seasons of it on NetFlix. Nine isn't there yet, of course. But, after all that, Barney and Robin don't get married and Ted ends up with her? Blah, blah, blah... that story didn't need that many years in the making. He proposed to her the first episode.
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The Myth of Gay Affluence

The Myth of Gay Affluence | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

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Poverty: one of the "rights" of being second class.

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Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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“ From Beacon Press, a charming history of devotion: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, by Rodger Streitmatter. Among the couples...
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"I launched curlBOX in hopes that women that look like me would become more comfortable in their skin a lot sooner than I did."

"I launched curlBOX in hopes that women that look like me would become more comfortable in their skin a lot sooner than I did." | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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Mississippi Sex Ed Law Leads to Reshuffled, But Not Improved, Curricula

Mississippi Sex Ed Law Leads to Reshuffled, But Not Improved, Curricula | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Having spent much of my career reviewing abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and material, I can promise that just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.
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The Red Light and the Cloud

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A history of the future of sex work

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Trying and Failing (and Trying and Failing) to Talk to My Daughter About Sex

Trying and Failing (and Trying and Failing) to Talk to My Daughter About Sex | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
I grew up thinking that once you got your period you had it every day, that sex always happens standing up, and that condoms were as thick as shoe leather. I don’t know where I got these stupid ideas from, but I know that no one I trusted ever disabused...
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LGBT Mormons share their struggles - Salt Lake Tribune

LGBT Mormons share their struggles - Salt Lake Tribune | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
KUTV 2News LGBT Mormons share their struggles Salt Lake Tribune As president of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends, Randall Thacker has met many members of the LGBT community who have faced pain, frustration and confusion when...

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Survey participation: National Collaborative for Women's History Sites

Survey participation: National Collaborative for Women's History Sites | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

nterpreting Gender and Sexuality at Historic Sites


On a 2013 study trip to historic sites in and around Boston, hosted by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, participants were struck by the wide variety of ways they saw gender and sexuality interpreted--or in some cases, not interpreted at all. The trip prompted a number of interesting questions, which representatives from the Pew Center together with members and friends of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites would now like to raise and discuss with other public historians. Toward that end, a session will explore these issues at the upcoming meeting of the National Council on Public History.


The questions to be considered there include: Where is the interpretation of gender and sexuality in 2013/2014? How do we move beyond the "just add women and stir" model of gender interpretation? How do we build on the progress made at a small number of historic sites now interpreting LGBT history? What is the future of gender and sexuality at historic sites?


Please take a moment to reflect on these questions, and help inform a larger discussion


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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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5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality

5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

In the United States, women’s bodies are constantly sexualized and objectified. Ironically, however, the women in control of those bodies are expected to refrain from actually using them to express any kind of sexuality. That’s largely because “purity culture” — essentially, the assumption that women need to remain chaste, and present an image of modesty to the outside world — is deeply ingrained in American society. The worldview is instilled in many American kids beginning at a young age through abstinence-only education, and constantly reinforced as women move through the adult world, too.

This approach to female sexuality has far-reaching consequences. Indeed, even though proponents of abstinence until marriage claim it’s a directive that applies equally to both genders, purity culture has an outsized impact on women. Here are five examples of that unfair dynamic

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