A Week of Climate Action Starts On November 1!

Popular Resistance is driving escalated climate action by calling for a week of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country, starting on November 1. Like  Naomi Klein‘s recent, trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Popular Resistance says the time for being tentative, simultaneously tapping the break and hitting the accelerator, is over. We are now speeding towards a climate catastrophe. The November action targets the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency whose powers were expanded by the government with the Energy Policy Act of ...

Read More

The Sexual Freedom Project: Freedom vs Assimilation

assimilation_thumbnail

(También en Español) It is easy to fall prey to stigma, labels, and general assumptions about our own identity. How can you personally break through and define your own self and your own sexuality? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

Read More

Response to Climate Change Impossible Without A Revolution in Thinking

Adrian Kenyon

I will continue writing about the environment for how can we hope for a new age free from racial and sexual oppression if we destroy the world with our stupid choices? In reading Naomi Klein's trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, we are destined for ecological disaster within 50 years or less. Here she succinctly lays out the challenge . . . . . . [W]e are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. And, the problem ...

Read More

Retailers Finally Addressing Income Inequality

photo by pix.plz Flickr/creative commons

As politicians in Washington and state capitals debate raising the minimum wage, a new report from the Center for American Progress gathers new evidence showing that the United States’ top retailers are deeply concerned that stagnant wage growth and middle-class weakness are holding the economy back. We have written frequently about the scourge of income equality, from fast food workers' demanding a living wage and Wall Street's response to connecting you to organizations on the forefront of this struggle, summing it all up this past Labor Day. Now this new report, “Retailer Revelations: Why ...

Read More

The Sexual Freedom Project: Birds and the Bees

birdsbees_thumbnail

Meet Ying, who doesn't really believe in the abstinence-only approach, and tells us why. She received much of her formal sexual education in Catholic school, and shares with us some of the topics they covered. She tells us about her traditional parents and their expectations for her.  And she has some wisdom for us about bonding with and learning about our significant others. What do you think about sex before marriage? Learning about sex from the Catholic Church? What parents should talk about with their kids? And how well your parents really know each other? Send us your thoughts at columbia@venusplusx.org — ...

Read More

Reproductive Sex Gets More Abnormal Every Day

Editor's Note: Periodically we have fun delving into our archives to bring you still relevant items. This one was written in 2011 by our co-founder Dan Massey that puts reproductive sex in its place. Comments welcome, as always. Last Wednesday night (8/3) we hosted a meet-the-author event for the launch of Gloria Brame's new book, The Truth About Sex: Volume 1. More than 30 fans of kink and more showed up, many from the Read More

Anti Net Neutrality Lobbyists Will Stop At Nothing

Flickr/creative commons

Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet's Most Democratic Right Lobbyists representing phone and cable companies have now reorganized and doubled down on disinformation campaigns. They are crying censorship against advocates who want to preserve the built-in democracy of the Internet that guarantees everyone a voice. After all, corporations are people, folks. Therefore, net neutrality advocates are interfering with these large companies free speech rights. Industry-funded think tanks have argued that any enforceable effort to protect the open Internet denies phone and cable companies their First Amendment right "by compelling them to convey content providers' messages with which ...

Read More

Edelman’s Lisa Manley, Climate Change Activist

Hewlitt-Packard

Lisa Manley is a Corporate Social Responsibility Executive with Edelman, one of the largest Public Relations firms. She has 20 years of experience in global sustainability strategy and engagement, and recently offered "Five Observations from UN Climate Week." It gives us a bird-eye view of the outcomes from a business point of view. Manley was inspired by all the events that took place over a week ago, including the People's Climate March that drew more than 300,000 environmental activists. She acknowledges how lackluster the outlook has been since 2009's disappointing climate conference in ...

Read More

Scalia’s Cry for Help: Impeach Me!

Antonin Scalia Photo by Stephen Masker Flickr/creative commons

The most recent insanity expressed by United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: …[T]he separation of church and state “doesn’t mean the government cannot favor religion over non-religion.” …[S]ecularists concern over the overreach of religion into the government and every aspect of the public sphere is “utterly absurd” ... …[T]he Constitution’s only obligation is to protect Christian’s [sic] freedom of religion and was never intended to protect Americans from religious imposition. The only pronouncement from Scalia that could be considered rational: I'm guilty of sedition. I am guilty of putting my religious fundamentalism ahead of all reason and justice. Impeach me, please! Like an errant child, ...

Read More

How to Make Your Wishes Come True

One of 140 sex-themed sculptures at Loveland Park in Jeju, South Korea Photo by Cecil Lee Flickr/creative commons

Editor's Note: From time to time current discussions about sexual freedom prompt the reprinting of some of our earlier posts. This one from March 2011 is all about how orgasm translates to more effective living. Comments welcome, as always. [Media added.] For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... Remember starting puberty, discovering your groin's “sweet spot” which when stimulated becomes increasingly sensitive and increasingly generates feelings of goodness and happiness and total well being that grow and grow until, suddenly, they burst forth in an outpouring of oneness with the universe, an uninterruptible pleasure that no earthly restraint can ever hope to supersede, ...

Read More