‘sexual repression’

O‘Reilly Freaks Out Over “Uterus”

Last night, Bill O’Reilly pretended to have a conversation about sex education with my dear friend Debra Haffner. She’s the co-founder and director of the Religious Institute for Sexual Morality, Justice, & Healing. The faux news hook was Barack Obama’s comment supporting sex education in kindergarten. The show’s producer helpfully cued the audience with a visual of condoms and oral contraceptives—completely irrelevant to the discussion, but predictably inflammatory. And that, not informing people, is the show’s mission. O’Reilly criticized some abstract “them” for injecting too much fear into the cultural dialogue about childhood sexuality—without, of course, noting that his show…

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Vitter’s Political Hypocrisy Far Worse Than A “Sin”

Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has been caught frequenting prostitutes. His behavior stands in stark contrast to the conservative “family values” and harsh sex-negative positions he relentlessly championed in the Senate and state legislature. Vitter says he has “received forgiveness from God” for his “sins.” Thus conveniently cleansed, he now accuses “political enemies” of undermining his future work. Yesterday his wife criticized the news media for “following us every day last week,” as if Vitter had merely been caught with an overdue library book. That’s the problem with conceptualizing one’s free choices as “sin”—you can simply admit you’re not perfect,…

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Ex-Surgeon General Should Apologize, Not Complain

Richard Carmona was America’s Surgeon General from 2002-2006. Last week he revealed that for four years, the White House told him what to say and what not to say, regardless of science or public health. In the safety of a Democratic Congressional Committee hearing, a full year after his last Washington paycheck, Carmona complained that information that doesn’t fit President Bush’s “ideological, theological, or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized, or simply buried.” This is consistent with the current Republican theocracy’s dismantling of science as a respectable, objective pursuit. For six years we’ve heard about this regularly, from world-class NASA…

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Happy Birthday, Meese Commission

Twenty-one years ago today, the “Meese Commission”—the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography—released its 2,000-page report. President Reagan set up the Commission to reverse the findings of the 1970 report on pornography released under Richard Nixon, which recommended that legislation “should not seek to interfere with the right of adults to read, obtain or view explicit sexual materials.” Although it was supposed to document the damage caused by using pornography, the Commission could find no such thing. It admitted that “The contribution of pornography to sexual deviance remains an open question.” It noted their data “do not support any causal…

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Mitt Romney Tries Sex Both Ways, and Loses

Ever obsessed with pornography, “decency” activists are going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for being soft on porn while sitting on the board of the Marriott hotel chain. What a pleasure to see conservative Christian sharks eating one of their own. It’s the delicious sequel to the American Family Association demanding that (Mormon) Brigham Young University refuse future million-dollar donations from the Marriott family because the cash is “tainted by porn.” Romney’s latest critics include Phil Burress, the self-proclaimed “porn addict” who’s trying to clean up Ohio (his motto: porn ruins your marriage, and if it doesn’t, gays will);…

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“America’s War On Sex” Wins Award

America’s War On Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, & Liberty has won the prestigious “Sexuality Book of the Year” award from AASECT—the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. The book’s foreword is written by Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU. In it, she says the book “shines a welcome spotlight on the many public policies today that continue to stifle full and equal freedom of choice for all mature individuals in the essential arena of sexuality.” She adds that “All of us who share the inspiring vision of Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter about “the heart of…

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