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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…

Hartford Zoning Board to Family: Enter Servitude Or Move Out

I just read in the Hartford Courant that the city’s zoning board is forcing a family out of their home by upholding city official’s ruling regarding a ridiculous policy declaring that residents of a single-family home must be related by blood, marriage or servitude. The family, which is comprised of three couples, two with children,…

Without Sexuality-Affirming Education, Affirmative Consent Polices Are Destined To Fail

Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. It is not a new problem, not an emerging crisis, but rather a part of a serious ongoing problem of sexual assault and rape culture in the United States. Campus rape is the current moral panic about young people and sexual behavior. Women on college campuses are actually safer, statistically,…

Protest: The Gift of Disruption

Protests are spreading across the country, and this, I think, is a gift. And I hope it is a very disruptive gift. Before you complain about the inconvenience of protests, remember this: protests need to be disruptive. They need not be violent, but they do need to disrupt the status quo. That’s what makes people pay attention to…

No More Of The Master’s Tools

For the second time in two weeks a grand jury voted not to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed black man. Last week it was Darren Wilson who got a pass in the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and this week a Staten Island grand jury gave a pass to Daniel…

White Supremacy, Sex, and Ferguson

**UPDATE, DEC. 4, 2014: It was brought to my attention by a reader on December 3 that Frankel and Winston’s post had been edited with a very different tone after I linked to it here. It is unfortunate that instead of adding a note to the original post they simply overwrote the old one and…

Supporting Sexuality as a Family Caregiver

Wow, it’s been nearly three months since my last blog post. Yikes! The good news is that much of that time I’ve been super productive writing the memoir I told you about a year ago. My Mother’s Cross: Cancer, Kink, Sex and Death has now grown to over 40,000 words, and four complete chapters, with…

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