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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…

Never an adult moment?

When Will and I are on road trips, we will every now and then see interesting juxtapositions on billboards and road signs. One that I notice every year on our annual trip to Georgia is a billboard for “Adult Entertainment” right before one for an “Adult Community”. I’ve seen this in more than one place…

May Day for Sexuality Non-profits: No More Free Riders!

May Day is both a distress call and also a celebration of labor. In this post, I’m using it in both ways at once. (Imagine that. I’m bi-connotational.) Heather Corinna, Executive Director of Scarleteen, announced earlier this week that the organization will need to go on strike on May 1 if they cannot raise enough…

Iron Cage of Irrationality in Laws Surrounding Life and Death

I’m pretty sure that when Max Weber wrote about the march toward increasing rationalization and disenchantment in modern societies that he didn’t anticipate the kinds of irrational and mysterious situations that advanced bureaucracies would produce. While he certainly understood that the efficiency that specialization and impersonality produce could also produce red tape and iron cages,…

The Beauty of Older Women’s Bodies

The “ideal” woman’s body is lithe, slim, strong without being bulky. It is covered in skin that is smooth, moist, unwrinkled, taut without being tight. That is the woman we are shown when we look for “beautiful women.” And those women are beautiful. Older women’s beauty is generally invisible in the dominant US media culture….

On My Birthday, a Gift For Freedom

As a kid, I would have preferred to hide in my room rather than go out and knock on doors asking neighbors to buy hoagies or candy bars or magazines or whatever else the school had dredged up for us to raise the money needed for school trips. (And my school went on some pretty…

Who are our mothers’ lovers?

I just finished reading Pat MacEnulty and Tamara TItus’s This is the Way We Say Goodbye (2011, Feminist Press). It is a beautiful collection of deeply personal essays by women, each addressing their role as caregiver at the end of someone’s life. Usually this is the author’s mother, but in one instance it is a…

Ambivalence, Realism, and Holiday Cheer

Three interesting things happened this week. At first they seemed unrelated, but this morning they all bubbled up together and suddenly the fact that they are all happening basically at the same time seemed meaningful. First, my sister got interested in researching our family tree. The initial impulse came from my nephew’s 5th grade research…

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