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Seven Minutes on TV, Discussing Sex In a Different Way

Yesterday I appeared on NBC’s Bay Area TV. Before speaking on a panel about male sexuality (with Dr. Michael Bader and Pastor Kevin Barnes), I discussed various personal and political aspects of sexuality. See the clip here. I spoke about the so-called “tragedy of sexting”—not the sending of photos, not the suicide of one girl harassed by classmates who saw her nude photo, but rather the actual tragedy—teens sitting in jail, convicted as sex offenders for youthful, if mean-spirited, pranks. I reminded host Janice Edwards that America is actually safer for kids then headlines and the Sexual Disaster Industry warn.…

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“Sexting” Can’t—Repeat, Can’t—Kill Anyone

We’re told there’s an epidemic of teens sending nude photos of themselves to a friend or lover, who then sends it to every other teen on the planet. The original kid then responds with naive surprise and deeply hurt feelings. Adults typically respond with predictions of the end of civilization as we know it. In Ohio, 18-year-old Jesse Logan’s peers took the routine pretty far. After seeing her nude photo they taunted her and made her life miserable, as only teens can do to one another. But Jesse went way, way too far in reaction. She killed herself. It’s tragic,…

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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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Great News for Parents: Internet MUCH Safer Than You Thought

For years, Americans have been hearing how dangerous the internet is: full of perverts, predators, and other horrible creatures who want to eat our young. We’ve been told that chatrooms are full of adults pretending to be teens, and that sites like MySpace and Facebook are full of adults trying to lure our kids onto Greyhound buses and into unspeakable hells. Americans love these salacious stories, repeating them even while recoiling from them. We follow the gothic kidnap tales on CNN or Fox, the seduction bodice-rippers (jeans-rippers? thong-rippers?) climaxing in some depraved horror. We then beatify the victim (if they’re…

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