Op-Ed

Violence against D.C. prostitutes has gone too far

  Violence against local D.C. prostitutes has become alarming. A local transgender woman, "Jane," who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her story with me. As she describes it,"I was beat an inch from my life." She said she was going to work as usual,"clocking in" as it's called -- those few moments that you take to get yourself ready for the long dreadful night to come. For some girls it's a breather, for some it's a drink or a drug and for others it's simply a prayer to get them through the night, but this routine is done among co-working prostitutes ...

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With a Desire to be Free

I'm not good with beginnings. Never have been. I'm more of a middle and end guy. Beginning from a previous end is one of the hardest things I've had to learn. For the past year or so, I've considered myself a nomad. I've traveled to three continents and back. I've worked. I've lived. I've seen. I've toured. I got lost. I spent three months without unpacking my suitcase before having to repack it to venture out on another excursion. All of this was done under the assumption that it wouldn't be done. You see, my travels abroad were not endorsed by ...

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What is Family?

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(Tabién en español) A particularly important idea that really answers the question, "What is family?" is that a family is what we make it. Yes, the nuclear family with a mother, father, and two children may sill be considered the norm, but in reality, non-traditional families are a rising majority. a subject that I began to learn more about during a few of the panels at Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit. Speakers such as Diana Adams and Anita Wagner Illig explained to their audience that there are many other groups that can be considered family, even if their family format is not exactly ...

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Sexual Freedom Isn’t Acceptable For Women?

Kai Davis takes a daring stand in this video when she challenges the misogynistic view that many member of today’s society hold. She brings up the important point that innocence and virginity are revered in women, but as soon as women take charge of her sexuality and tries to enjoy her sexual freedom, she is looked down on and considered a “whore.” Though I agree with Davis’s overall point that sexual freedom is not always something that is given equally to women, the way that she presents some of her ideas can be a little extreme. I disagree that that it ...

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Sacred Sex and Erotic Joy

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For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... Editor's note: This is one of a series of position papers Dan Massey and I are creating and will soon index on our home page. They briefly explore the evolution of our points of view about a range of issues related to sex, gender, and racial freedom. Your feedback is always welcome. The world’s secret history is strewn with tales of visionaries and pioneers who have advocated for the primacy of erotic joy in connecting each person with the universe at large and endowing each of us with supreme power to shape our own destiny (however ...

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Public Opinion: Lesbians vs. Gays

También en español Conversing recently with a friend, the topic of lesbianism came to our attention. Upon the mere mention of girls kissing girls, his instant reaction was, “That’s so hot!” even though one of the young women in this case was treating the other abusively. When I pointed out the contradiction, his reply was, “I mean, that sucks, but c’mon! Seeing girls making out is still pretty hot.” Sadly, this reaction is all too common when people talk about women who partner with women, though rarely to this extent. However, it does drive home the point that society ...

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Op-Ed: . .Tis The Season of Love . . . and Not-of Love

También En Español. Which will you choose for 2012? Will you commit yourself to the power and supremacy of love? Will you check yourself to make sure your actions are “of love?” Are you willing to call out those who are not-of love? The stark realities and compounding errors of the feckless conspiracy of the greedy and the stupid are in sharp relief. These realities become clearer, bolder, and more desperate by the hour, with no exit strategy that doesn’t involve even greater hardship to the rest of us who own this earth. Who are the humane and the inhumane? Who ...

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Kiss the anti-gay away

(También en Español) Two Guys Kiss at Santorum Rally About three minutes and 35 seconds into Santorum's speech at the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Ill., Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford screamed, "MIC Check!" Then they made-out to the horror and fascination of the 2,100 people at the rally. The men, along with a female companion, were removed from the event as attendees shouted, "U.S.A." Tross and Clifford aren't saying whether they're gay. They claim their orientation isn't the point, Santorum's antigay baiting is. It has been used before at Westboro Baptist protests, ...

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It’s just hair! Right?

Editor's note: This post was written by one of our interns, Jamor Gaffney. It was the summer before I began 5th grade when I got my first relaxer. I was curious, nervous, and unsure of whether I was making the right decision. Not because of what I now understand to be a deeply rooted, oppressive standard of beauty in this country, but simply because I didn’t know how my hair would turn out. The morning before I went into the hair salon, I wore an Afro; I walked around my neighborhood so everyone could see my hair, and they would ...

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Why sexual freedom is the bedrock of all freedoms

(También en Español) Our sexual pleasure response is completely individual. When we feel it, those precious moments, we experience unbridled exhilaration that is at the same time indescribable by mere words, even in great art or poetry. There is only one way to replicate this experience of unrestrained freedom and that is to recreate -- re-create increasing favorable circumstances to plug in at a healthy pace. Although sexual pleasure exists by definition in a time and space all one's own an imperative to share it and enhance it with others is built in. Studies have demonstrated over and over again ...

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