‘sexual culture’

Memo to America: PLEASE Learn to Ignore Sex!

Americans have a hard time ignoring things. On the freeway, for example, any time there’s a car on the shoulder, everyone in front of me has to slow down and look. If there’s a tow-truck over there—wow, fascinating!—count on being an hour late for wherever you’re going. TVs in public are another thing Americans can’t seem to ignore, no matter what they’re showing. The hardest thing for Americans to ignore, however, is sex. And not just sex, but anything distantly or vaguely connected to sex. For people who don’t want to think about sex, but who can’t ignore things that…

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Texas Taxes Tassled Titties

The Texas legislature needs a lesson in American government 101. On January 1, the state will start taxing strip clubs $5 for every customer who shows up to watch some bare flesh. That’s bad enough, but the state plans to use most of the money it raises to help rape victims. This is a shocking abuse of power, and a repulsive attempt to link two completely unrelated activities—strip club attendance and rape. There is no data anywhere that people who do one are more likely to do the other. Members of the legislature should be ashamed at their obvious pandering…

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What I Want for the Holidays

No, no ties or socks or chocolate (OK, chocolate’s always great). What I’d like is for everyone to receive their basic sexual rights. Then, of course, I can have mine. This isn’t a complete list, but it’s a start: * Free condoms Every time someone uses a condom it benefits everyone, so let’s make them free. They should be available everywhere: gas stations, ATMs, the place you rent skis. In fact, there should be a dispenser in the wine/beer/booze section of every supermarket and 7-11. Government should supply the condoms, and require a dispenser if you want a license to…

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What I DON’T Want for the Holidays

Lots of people are busy making lists of what they want for the holidays. Let me tell you what I DON’T want for the holidays: * “Funny” movies about accidental pregnancy. Earlier this year it was Knocked Up. This weekend it will be Juno. I don’t care if these movies are funny, quirky, or well-made. Now that our government is officially pro-marriage and anti-contraception, anything that excuses or normalizes unplanned pregnancy is unforgivable escapism or a political crime. Being drunk is no excuse for “accidents”; we’re ALL drunk when it comes to sex. * Endless “male-female” advice columns. Do women…

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India’s Ancient Erotic Sculpture

I’m still in India, now in coastal Orissa state. Today we went to a world-famous 1,000-year-old Hindu temple. It was enormous, gorgeous, spectacular. Every inch of the stone exterior was carved with scenes from local and palace life from 10 centuries ago. And so today’s visitor sees wonderfully-preserved scenes of battles, animals, musicians, families…and sex. Lots of sex, in just about every position. Same-gender sex, threesomes, group sex, oral sex–you get the picture. Well, perhaps not. Here, sitting in a park, is this display of explicit erotic behavior bigger than the Lincoln Memorial. And people from across the country come…

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Uncle Sam Wants You—to Marry

The United States government wants YOU to get married. As soon as possible, and certainly before you have sex. It doesn’t much care who you marry, as long as it’s someone of the other gender. And it’s spending billions of your tax dollars to convince you to do so. According to a new SIECUS Special Report, the Bush Administration has created a “federally subsidized industry” through which Washington and the states give money to conservative and religious groups to persuade people to marry. Progressive voices decry this institutionalized discrimination against people who can’t get married—i.e., gays and lesbians. But the…

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