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News for the ‘Sex In The Public Square’ Category

Follow Up on “Senior Sex Is Not A Joke”: Adult Kids and Community Show Support

Yesterday I wrote about the sentencing of a Florida woman on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct because she was caught having sex with a man in a public place, and about the media coverage surrounding that case. One thing I commented on was the sexism and agism in the headlines. Today I googled…

Senior Sex Is Not A Joke

A Florida woman has just been sentenced to six months in jail for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after being caught having sex in a public place. The sex itself took place in June. In a retirement community. The woman in question was 68 on the night of the public sex, and her partner was…

Sexual Power, “Other Powers,” and a Strange Saturday Coincidence

I’m neither superstitious nor religious, but a coincidence so strange occurred this morning that it definitely seemed like someone somewhere was telling me to stick my butt to my chair and do some writing today. My friend Claudia and I were chatting over breakfast about Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, because all I can talk about…

Still Harmful to Minors

In 2002, Judith Levine wrote a prize-winning critique of sex-related laws called Harmful To Minors (Thunders Mouth Press). It provides a very carefully researched, clearly written argument that the laws we make in the name of protecting kids often does more damage than good. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was forced to resign her position as Surgeon General…

Talking About A Revolution

In the US, July 4 is the day we celebrate the freedom and independence that stems from a revolution. We do this with fireworks, barbecues, parades and all manner of nationalistic displays. There are readings of the Declaration of Independence, discussions of self evident truths, and lots of American Flags. I plan to celebrate this…

91 Bad Words About Young People and Prostitution: The New York Times Edition

It’s only 11 lines and 91 words, but most of them are bad. If you are looking for a clear, concise example of the wrong way to write about young people and prostitution, the story below is perfect. I’d have been angry about this piece of reporting anyway, but coming right on the heels of…

Nothing About Youth Without Youth

“Nothing about us without us!” That’s an organizing principle that I first learned when I started doing sex worker rights advocacy years ago. Then, last week, at the Detroit Youth Passages Youth Sexuality Media Forum, I was invited think about this powerful principle again. I had the honor of participating in two days worth of…

Detroit Youth Passages convenes experts to tackle problematic representations of youth sexuality issues in the media. And they invited me!

I’m excited to be representing Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in my capacity as their Senior Strategist at a convening of youth, media makers, advocacy workers, writers and researchers all brought together by Detroit Youth Passages, a coalition including the University of Michigan School Public Health, The Ruth Ellis Center, The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, and Alternatives…

Five Reasons to Respect Yourself as a Man, Regardless of Sexual Experience. Number 5 will shock you!

Ross Douthat, writing in Sunday’s New York Times in response to the misogynist mass shooting in California last week, raised a question about the contribution that feminism can make to men’s well being, and to women’s safety. Specifically, he criticized feminism, and “sex positive” feminism in particular, for not giving men “reasons, despite their lack of sexual…

For love or money?

Lets pause for a moment of Marxist musing. When I talk to my students about the difference between “work” and “jobs,” we discuss the way that all productive activity can be understood as work, but that a job is only that work which somebody else pays you to do. It seems obvious to them that most…

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