Sexual Intelligence Blog

“Daddy, What’s That?”

“Daddy, what’s that?” “It’s a vending machine. You put in a dollar and buy something.” “Like a soda machine? Does it sell soda? I want a soda.” “Yes, like a soda machine. No, it doesn’t sell soda.” “What does it sell?” “Stuff for adults.” “Like what?” “Condoms.” “What’s that?” “Condoms are what people use when they have sex, and they don’t want to create a baby, and it also helps keep them healthy.” “So why are they here in the bathroom at the airport?” “They have these machines in all the bathrooms of the Vancouver airport.” “But people don’t have…

Continue Reading
0 Comments

Gay Or Irish? Parade Organizers Force Choice

“Buy some corned beef,” my local butcher smiled this morning. “Today, everybody’s Irish.” Well, apparently not everybody. In New York City–home to 2 million Irish-Americans, half as many as in all of Ireland–organizers of the huge Fifth Avenue parade have once again banned Irish-American gay groups from marching. And so the city’s most powerful Irish-American politician, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, is boycotting the parade. As every Irish person, gay and straight, should. Unless, of course, hatred, exclusion, and obsession with others’ private lives is truly what it means to be Irish. How anti-Irish is being gay? Last year, John…

Continue Reading
0 Comments

Newt: Hypocrite, or Opportunistic Hypocrite?

Newt Gingrich now admits he was having an extramarital affair while he led Congress in impeaching President Clinton for getting a few blowjobs from a consenting adult Ho hum, another “family values” hypocrite. Ted Haggard, Ralph Reed, Mark Foley, Lou Sheldon, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Crouch, Rush Limbaugh, Randall Terry, Robert Livingston (who was supposed to succeed Gingrich as Speaker of the House)—the list of “family values” leaders whose family values include divorce, infidelity, gambling, and embezzlement is getting so big, they could form their own political party. Oh wait—they already have. Republicans really face a dilemma this Presidential season: three…

Continue Reading
1 Comment

Sex Offenders? Torture & Hanging Are Next

Ohio wants to be the first state to require sex offenders and child predators to have special fluorescent license plates. The reason is the same old excuse behind the rest of the billion-dollar let’s-segregate-the-molesters industry: “helping families make informed decisions for themselves and their children,” as State Senator Keven Coughlin of Cuyahoga Falls says. Decisions about what? “Quick, change lanes, we don’t want to be behind a molester.” “Honey, don’t wear that belly blouse and mini-skirt outside, there’s a molester’s car parked across the street.” I’m still trying to get data on other laws that publicly tag molesters after they’re…

Continue Reading
0 Comments

Challenging the Faith-Based Payoff

Certain words brand you as a screwball in America today: conspiracy theorist. Elvis sighting. Pacifist. Atheist. Yes, atheist. On Sunday, ABC News noted a pending Supreme Court case, which is testing the constitutionality of the Bush Administration’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. This is the Jesus-fueled gravy train that’s been giving away billions of taxpayer dollars to explicitly religious groups for the delivery of social services. Catholic Charities of New York, $2,500,000 just last year. Roseland Christian Ministries, $800,000. You get the idea. President Bush has also made a fundamental change in the way this taxpayer money can be spent by…

Continue Reading
0 Comments

Fight the Anti-sex Religious Right, Not Capitalism

OK, let’s agree that the major drug companies are in it for the money. Or, if you prefer, that they’re blood-sucking capitalists. Exactly like the makers of cars, gameboys, and everything else we wear, drive, eat, and use. That agreed, the sudden vicious attack on Merck, maker of the HPV vaccine Gardisil, is a classic example of progressive people shooting, er, vaccine-ing themselves in the foot. As we wrote last year, here’s a vaccine that could wipe out the majority of cervical cancer in our lifetime; all we’d have to do is vaccinate girls before they become sexually active. Sex-phobic…

Continue Reading
0 Comments