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International Human Rights Day MUST Include Sexual Rights

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day. On such a day, we think of journalists and political activists who are jailed, tortured or killed; people so poor they have no toilets or clean water; people forced to live under brutal religious or political regimes; and children deprived of school, sold into heavy labor, or forced into rebel militias. That’s all so far away, though, isn’t it? So let’s talk about America. Let’s discuss the systematic government oppression of our human rights—our sexual human rights. EVERY human being has the fundamental right to: * accurate information about sexuality * local access to…

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Giving Thanks For Sex

While always accurate, Sexual Intelligence is nevertheless often critical, snide, and cranky. In a world full of sexual ignorance, bizarre impulses, and fear-based, wacky public policy, we roll our digital eyes here a lot. This Thanksgiving holiday let’s take a break. Today let’s give thanks for some of what’s wonderful in the world of sex. * Sex toys Sex toys are humanity’s answer to the question “just how long can someone move their hand in the same direction at the same speed without getting bored or injured?” Marshall McLuhan would be proud: just as the telephone is an extension of…

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My New Digital Camera: Sexting in Middle Age?

After taking thousands of pictures around the globe with my trusty Pentax, I bought a digital camera last week. If you already have one, this may sound pretty ho-hum. But to someone who spends hundreds of dollars on film every time he leaves the country, and who still thinks a “photo” is a picture of something as it actually was, a digital camera is a little miracle. My wife and I spent a few hours learning how to use it yesterday. Sitting in the living room we took turns learning to use things like the “multi selector” and “shooting mode.”…

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Protecting Kids On-Line: A Growth Industry

I was privileged to be part of this year’s annual meeting of FOSI, the Family On-Line Safety Institute. This was the first year they invited a sex expert. So it was 400 public policy people and one sex guy—me. The lineup of speakers was extraordinary: a Senator; senior executives from companies like Verizon and Comcast; several state Attorneys General; President Obama’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer; and dozens of heavy hitters like Adam Thierer (Progress & Freedom Foundation) and Larry Magid (ConnectSafely). The complexity of the internet, broadband, and mobile-connected world of kids and teens which they discussed for two days…

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10 Ways to Observe Pornography Awareness Week

Today starts WRAP Week: White Ribbons Against Pornography. Sponsored by groups including Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Morality in Media (MIM), the goal of the week is “to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and what can constitutionally be done about it.” The groups involved suggest activities for observing the week, such as urging the Attorney General to enforce obscenity laws. I totally agree with the idea behind WRAP. I support increasing everyone’s awareness of pornography use in this country—how many people watch it, who these people typically are, how it affects them and their…

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Alaska Wants to Outlaw Disgusting Imagination

• Because murder is a terrible thing, the state of Alaska wants to outlaw films depicting murder. • Because physical abusing and raping women is a terrible thing, the state of Alaska wants to outlaw TV programs showing this. • Because sexually exploiting children is a terrible thing, the state of Alaska wants to outlaw drawings that show adult cartoon characters having sex with child cartoon characters. All three of those are ridiculous, but the last one is true. Americans are not allowed to look at photographs of actual children being sexual with actual adults. In fact, pictures don’t have…

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