‘sexual repression’

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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I ♥ First Amendment Lawyers

I’m in Chicago this week, speaking again at the semi-annual meeting of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. I love going to their meetings. They’re an inspirational, funny bunch of men and women. When the ACLU takes a case, or an individual or group fights for its most basic rights, it’s a First Amendment Lawyer who typically challenges the government. Various attorneys outlined their current work: * The continuing fallout from the Janet Jackson Superbowl nipplegate; * An Ohio “decency” group’s attempt to eliminate strip clubs from the state; * A Kansas county’s effort to zone adult bookstores out of existence;…

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Senator Stevens Doesn’t Know %*&@# About Morality

Is it too much to ask–for decency crusaders to be decent? To ask those obsessed with morality to be moral? “Indecency” and “morality” are not America’s real problems. Rather, we clearly have an intolerance problem, a church/state convergence problem, a losing-our-right-to-privacy problem, a SexPanic problem. But when people in power (elected or otherwise) fear our indecency or immorality, the rest of us are made to suffer. Recently, the FCC gave itself the right to decide that one-time uses of common cuss words on TV or radio were “indecent,” subjecting a station broadcasting such a word to enormous fines. Excuse me,…

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Adults Continue Criminalizing Childhood

Two 13-year-old Oregon boys have been jailed for playfully smacking the butts of a few female classmates. Jailed. Now out on bail but banned from school, they face possible 10-year sentences and lifelong registration as sex offenders. Ten years. Sex offenders. Yanked out of school in handcuffs, refused contact with their parents for 48 hours, jailed with actual criminals, these children have been permanently damaged. They could have been your kids. How many more lives will be destroyed by America’s obsession with sex? By its terror of male and female bodies? By its rage that children can’t be protected in…

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Church Offers Everyone (Mostly Useless) Marriage Advice

America’s Catholic bishops have launched a media campaign aimed at promoting and strengthening marriage. This is like an arsonist discussing fire safety while watching your house burn. Despite their obsessive campaigns to deprive men and women of condoms, despite hundreds of priests molesting thousands of kids, despite their evil work to limit sexual expression to less than half of Americans, the Church has launched the National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage. You’ll soon be seeing the Campaign’s TV ads, featuring ordinary people talking about what they do to enrich their marriages—extra hugs, carrying a wife’s purse, leaving lovenotes. There’s also a…

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Frank Rich: President’s “War Against Sex”

New York Times columnist Frank Rich is a wonderful writer with a terrific nose for selfish, hypocritical politicians who abuse their power. He’s written frequently about the dangers of letting one group of people define “morality,” “decency,” and “family values” for the nation. Today Rich wrote about Senator Vitter’s recently-exposed sexual transgressions, which Vitter pursued even while damning the morality of a substantial part of the nation. Rich used this as a hook to write 1,000 words on the President’s failed “war against sex.” He notes various draconian public policies that for six years have championed abstinence for the unmarried,…

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