Sex & Culture

Forget the Constitution—Young People Are Thinking About Sex!

The grownups are really after young people lately, trying to contain all that darn interest in sex. We’ve seen a dozen cases around the country of prosecutors trying to jail teens for sexting (“To prove that sexting can ruin your life, we’re going to ruin your life for sexting”). And we’ve seen newspapers at various colleges (such as Georgetown, Montana, and Kansas) challenged for running columns that discuss sex “too frankly” (that’s code for “honestly”). Montana law professor Kristin Juras, in fact, has called for censorship of the student paper, saying its sex column is harming the reputation of the…

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2009 Sexual Intelligence Awards® Announced

The 9th annual Sexual Intelligence Awards® honor individuals and organizations who challenge the sexual fear, unrealistic expectations, and government hypocrisy that undermine love, sex, and relationships—and political freedom—today. Previous winners include Bill Taverner, Sex Educator; Catholics for a Free Choice; Candye Kane, Red Hot Musician; and Robert McGinley, Non-monogamy activist. This year’s winners are: Vermont Law School (www.VermontLaw.edu) Vermont Law School is one of only two U.S. law schools that bar military recruiters from campus. Their reason: the discriminatory nature of our government’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prevents openly gay Americans from serving in the military. The school’s…

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Bristol Palin’s Wisdom: Better Than Science?

I have scars older than Bristol Palin. I have a pair of shoes, several garden tools, and a hundred cassette tapes older than Bristol Palin. You get my point. You’ll recall that the Palin Kid created a brief moment of bizarre theatre 6 months ago when she turned up pregnant, 17, and unmarried. Her mom pretended this was completely irrelevant during a presidential election campaign she was attempting to re-shape as a referendum on the sexual culture wars. The would-be Vice-Mom topped Larry Craig and Elliot Spitzer as a world-class hypocrite, condemning all those sluts who have sex before marriage,…

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Sexual Intelligence Roundup

There’s just too many things happening in the world of sex to comment on every single one. Thus, we introduce the Sexual Intelligence Roundup, through which you can follow sex-related events that are fun, aggravating, confusing, or all three. The idea comes from Marc Randazza, the powerhouse legal scholar and First Amendment purist whose Legal Satyricon blog is an absolute inspiration. * 40,000 couples kissed simultaneously in Mexico City’s central square, setting a new world’s record. Why did the mayor of this city of 20 million people organize the event? more… * President Obama says he wants gay men and…

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“Decency” Group Calls Me Out in Cincinnati

Last night I braved the snow, wind, and ice to speak at the University of Cincinnati, part of their Sexploration Week. The students who attended seemed pretty engaged–almost no one text messaged or snored during my talk. One group who didn’t attend did have some pretty strong opinions—Citizens for Community Values. CCV, whose anti-democracy, pro-censorship work I’ve exposed before, thinks it’s a horrible idea for students to learn more about sex. They expressed their outrage to the University president, and urged their members to write to the local newspaper (over 100 did). A letter in this morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer was…

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