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News for the ‘Sex In The Public Square’ Category

If You See Something, Check Yourself Before You Say Something

It might not be any of your business, and you might be misinterpreting what you are seeing. You may have seen the PetaPixel story about Wyatt Neumann’s photo exhibit and book, I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR CHILDREN: The Sexualization of Innocence in America, which grew out of his experience traveling across the United States with…

Let Labor Unite Us

I’ve been looking back over past labor day posts and the one I wrote five years ago really struck me as touching on many of the themes I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m reposting it here in its entirety. Much has changed, and how much has remained constant across these five years. Perhaps most significantly,…

Last Call for Participants in Adult Industry Truth survey

There is much talk about trafficking in adult entertainment industries, but much of the data used in those discussions is terribly flawed. Last week, at Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit, I learned about a research project that aims to fill some of the gaps in what we know by studying the experiences of workers and clients in…

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…

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