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Sexual Repression

The Danger of Viewing Fifty Shades of Grey As Sex Ed

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Ana, and her fans, are rewarded not by on-screen climax, but by the promise of marriage. All of this sounds an awful lot like ideas embedded in abstinence-only sex ed.

Why Do We Care About Carlos Danger?

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

The urge to pathologize Anthony Weiner's proclivities stems from the same animus that underlies homophobia: the prejudice that atypical or unabashed sexual behavior must surely be immoral or unhealthy. Has the gay rights movement taught us nothing?

Why Do People Make Such A Big Deal Out Of Sex?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Not everyone who showed up at the sex activists' conference was pierced, tattooed, and draped in leather. It was an edgy assembly for sure, but many of the men and women making their way to workshops at the recent CatalystCon East sported a classic, casual style.

Ruthless Methods to Subdue Sexuality

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

My mother snapped, "Why would anyone buy the cow when they can have the milk for free?" To be compared to livestock made me feel like a useless possession. I had intelligence, right? I had wit and a depth of emotion and experiences to share. Surely my modesty wasn't the only bargaining chip?

Religious Sexual Repression and the Responsibilities of the New Pope

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

As the world's foremost religious figure, no one can do more to address carnal repression in religion than the new pope whom, if he chooses to ignore the sexual crisis facing the Church, will be absconding on the responsibility of leadership.

Rummaging Through The Sex Closet

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert Koehler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhile we can publicly talk about sex in all its thrilling messiness with a little more candor than we could a few generations back, we still live most of our lives within an invisible envelope of politeness.

Meet the Real Sex Surrogate Portrayed by Helen Hunt in 'The Sessions'

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Lois Alter Mark

Going to a prostitute is like going to a restaurant. You choose what you want from the menu, you eat and you pay. With a surrogate, it's more like going to culinary school. You learn the recipes, you learn your way around the kitchen and then you go back to your life equipped with new skills.

How to Spot Completely Miserable Women

Mark Morford | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Mark Morford

Hello, two young daughters of Todd Akin up there on that stage. I see you. We see you. And we here in the land of the messy and the free-spirited, the progressive and the open-souled, we hereby band together and offer up a prayer, a dirty, wonderful, wild, unfettered blessing to you. Ready? ...

Fifty Shades Of The Rainbow: Why The Novel That Shook The Nation Doesn't Ignite Gay Imagination

Allison Hope | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

"Yawn," say the gays who whipped their S&M practice into shape 37 years ago and exercise their God-given right to sexual freedom every Friday night (and Saturday and Tuesday and Wednesday and every other day in between). "We got the memo a long time ago."

"Brief (and Unmoving) Encounter"

Gwen Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gwen Davis

A genuine thrill shot through me at the beginning of the staged Brief Encounter at Studio 54. But for all the projections of train and trestle, any real electricity is absent.