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Ode to Skimpy Summer Clothes

There are so many things to like about summer—the great weather, all that fresh fruit, home-grown tomatoes (they actually taste like tomatoes), Sunday night baseball on ESPN, the twilight that seems to go on forever… And the skimpy clothes. Revealing, unintentionally daring, did-you-look-in-the-mirror- before-you-left-the-house clothes. Speedos so tight you can tell if the guy is circumcised. Bikinis that cover the front of the breast or the side, but not both. Baggy shorts that let a ball or two lazily poke out when a guy sits down. Thin white cotton skirts that need a slip to be proper—worn without a slip.…

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“Morality” Juveniles Quiver Over Exposed Breasts

Jordache Jeans has launched an entertaining set of print and TV ads featuring model Heidi Klum. On TV we see Klum’s topless back; in print we see her looking into a full-length mirror, her out-of-focus breasts sort-of visible, nipples strategically covered with hair. Predictably, those obsessed with hiding women’s breasts from unmarried Americans went berserk. Robert Peters of Morality in Media, for example, suggested that this represents the end of civilization as we know it. As a bonus, his press release also insulted sex education and readers of Playboy. Peters is especially miffed because the ad appears in “The N.Y.…

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Caution: Karl Rove Was Hazardous To Your Sex Life

Karl Rove has built his career on terrifying people. An equal-opportunity offender, he has directed our government’s successful attempts to panic Americans about terrorism, international diplomacy, taxation, mainstream media, and the judicial system. And homosexuality, stem cell research, promiscuity, pornography, teen sexuality, and naughty words on TV. Karl Rove has reminded us that very little can motivate people more than fear. Those of us who believe in sexuality—and democracy, reason, and science—haven’t found a reliable alternative yet. Karl Rove conceived the brilliant strategy of putting “gay marriage” initiatives on state ballots to drive conservative voters to the polls—who then voted…

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“So Help You God?”

“Do you promise that your testimony will be the truth, the whole truth—so help you God?” I was sworn in as an expert witness at a trial last week (I’m asked to do so several times each year). Once again, I was asked to swear to a God I don’t believe in. I said yes (it’s part of the job), but doing so always makes me cranky (and having to wear a suit while saying it doesn’t help my mood). Some U.S. courts ask you to simply swear or affirm to tell the truth, but I’ve always been asked to…

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Abortion Is Not A “Woman’s Issue”

Since our Constitution forbids the establishment of an official government religion, and guarantees the right of personal decision-making regardless of one’s actual choices, it’s clear that government has no authority to criminalize abortion. If the religion you choose to follow forbids you from having an abortion, don’t have one. If you feel upset that other people have abortions, you have the right to comfort yourself with any private behaviors you wish, religious or material. Of course, this being a country that guarantees freedom of expression, everyone has the right to try to persuade others not to have an abortion. *…

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No Sex, Please, We’re—Um, Liberal Bloggers

While in Chicago this week, I spent some fascinating time at the Kos Convention. There were 1500 people there working for progressive political change, most of them bloggers. I did an author hour, was interviewed for the virtual world Second Life, and went to a few sessions. Almost every progressive cause was represented: organized labor, farm reform, immigration, internet access for the poor, universal healthcare. Dozens of political figures attended, and Hillary, Barack, and the other aspiring Democratic presidential candidates held a spirited debate. The sessions had titles like “Countering corruption in Congress,” “Workers and the global supply chain,” and…

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