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Will the Rachel Dolezal Story Be A Nail In The Coffin Of Identity Politics?

Last week the internet was on fire with the question “what makes a woman?” Over the last two days, the case of Rachel Dolezal, has shifted the focus to what makes a white woman, or what makes a black woman. We must not equate the acceptance of transwomen with the feigning of a racial identity,…

What Makes A Woman? What Doesn’t!

There is no single answer to the question “what makes a woman.” Women are not born women. They are born babies, and many of those babies are assigned as female then raised as girls. Some are not. Some are assigned as male and raised as boys and become women later on. Some of the babies assigned as female and…

Raw Deal: The Unseen (And Unjust) Struggle Over Child Support

Editor’s Note: Recently on Sex In The Public Square I posted a critique of the criminalization of poor parents who fall behind on their child support. Today I’ve invited a dear friend, someone I’ve known since the 6th grade, to share a guest post that describes the frustration she experiences as a single mother denied…

Oppression Is Not In the Interests Of The Children

Yet the state, and many citizens, use them as proxies in the fight to protect systems of privilege and oppression. Walter Scott may have been running from Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed him on April 4, because he was afraid of going back to jail for failure to pay child support. Kim Brooks tells her own…

Injustice In Iowa: Pleasure, Danger, and Dementia

You know that I’m working on a book about sexuality, aging, illness, and dying, and that it’s a mother-daughter memoir, and so you know that issues about parents’ sexuality and the care that hospitals and nursing homes afford them are important to me. Yesterday morning as I read the paper and sipped my coffee I came…

Oregon Legislators Say “No Toys For Teens”

Looking for a court challenge to obscenity laws?  Try Oregon, where the laws regarding exposing minors to obscenity are already so broad as to be hard to fit within the bounds of the constitution.  How bad are the current laws?  Currently, ORS Chapter 167, subsection 167.080, reads as follows: (1) A person commits the crime of…

Communities of Privilege, Ethics Of Pleasure, Economies of Pain

The recent hospitalizations and arrests at Wesleyan University, initiated by the indulgence in a club drug called Molly, is prompting a lot of self-examination on the campus, and I can imagine that much of that self-examination is at risk of being polarized – even derailed – in a way that sex work conversations, and conversations about…

Dehumanization In A Nutshell: “We Work With The Garbage Of New York”

-Sikkim Assing, Retired corrections officer, on why she and others carry concealed weapons, and feel entitled to use them.   Those words – “We work with the garbage of New York” – are attributed to retired corrections officer Sikkim Assing in a New York Time story by J. David Goodman on a fatal shooting that happened…

Sharing Power: Buffy, Birthdays, and Books

Yesterday Sophie Gilbert published an essay at TheAtlantic.com celebrating the 18th anniversary of the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She describes the ways in which Buffy represented a conventional teen hero (pretty, blond, athletic), and then all the many ways in which Buffy the character and Buffy the television show were subversive in the sheer joy…

Sexuality and Playfulness Aid the Aging and Ill

As I was working on my book and thinking about what I might blog about this week, the good fairies that live in the internet dropped two lovely bits of sexuality-related articles into my lap. The first is a Wall Street Journal report about a Dutch study, “Perceptions of Sexuality In Older Adults and Its Relationship To…

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