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Sex Education

Gender Yes. Binary No.

(También en Español) How do you separate the socially imposed gender binary from what you feel inside and define about gender? How will the right to any form of gender expression be freed from the restraints applied by society? Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or make your own video or blog to share. We will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you.  

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Blue States Prosper While Red States Falter

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The data is in and cannot be refuted. Red states under the influence of Koch-styled governance are hurting their citizens through their inhumane policies. They are promoting "an economic model [so] disconnected from the true sources of prosperity." Editorializing earlier this week, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, the authors of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, discuss this red-blue economic differential, noting that "the key drivers of growth are science, education and innovation, not low taxes, lax regulations or greater exploitation of natural resources." The difference between thriving blue ...

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Coining the Term, Free Love

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We reminded everyone yesterday that long before Hillary Clinton, it was trailblazing sexual freedom advocate Victoria Woodhull who was the first woman to run for the US Presidency. That was in 1872, nearly 50 years before women were allowed to vote in this country. Woodhull preached "free love" and was perhaps singularly responsible for coining the term. Almost 250 years ago, though, the terms, free love and sexual freedom, meant something very specific and vastly different that what they mean today. Woodhull's free love was about two things, only: A woman's right to choose a husband; and her right to divorce her husband. Sit in the space ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Kicks Off Pride Month With A Bang

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"[O]ur journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law." President Barack Obama's Pride Month Proclamation, 2015

One thing is for sure, the Jenner-Kardashian clan are synonymous with masters of the media. The former Olympian and Decathlon Champ in particular captured this when she said to Diane Sawyer during their superb interview two months ago (paraphrased), "All along, I've been the one in the family who actually had a story." Today, she appeared in a Vanity Fair magazine cover story; next month ESPN is ...

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Yes, it’s come to this

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As reported last night by Rachel Maddow (see video below), at the urging of an anti-abortion religious group, the School Board in Gilbert, Arizona, is tearing out pages from a high school honors biology book. It is the first action taken after a law in Arizona passed two years ago that requires all textbooks "to present childbirth and abstinence as preferred options to elective abortion." The offending page, which simply discusses that abortion exists as a factual matter, something that is rightly part of the national curriculum for all Advanced Placement and other students hoping to enter college equipped with a complete education ...

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Salutes!

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Quick salute to record 400,000 People's Climate Marchers who turned out, yesterday. More about that, tomorrow, with an Op-Ed on what's gone down today in Lower Manhattan many of these activists showed up to Flood Wall Street calling for corporate environmental responsibility. Naysayers who think that big marches don't bring about real change fail to understand there is a pluralistic revolution already underway that will change the world whether they like it or not, divesting the world away from corporate rape of the world's natural resources. Today, we are pausing to give kudos to our ...

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Park your formulaic sex at the door

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Like a lot of people, I took note a couple of weeks ago when Cosmo, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the fun girl's bible, ran a story with pictures laying out 28 Mind-blowing Lesbian Sex Positions. The modern Cosmo was the brainchild of its brilliant editor and author Helen Gurly Brown in 1965, who started dialogs on topics unheard of in print at the time, skillfully merging sexuality with a commercially available mainstream magazine. Long considered a sexual freedom advocate, she told women they could "have it all." With this article on lesbian sex, and few ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Do your own research

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The level of sex education in America's schools is impartial at best and at its worst calls for abstinence. What has been your experience? Many people believe that the responsibility for sex education lies with your parents. How has the worked for you? The bottom line makes you responsible for your own sex ed, researching those aspects that teachers, parents, and even your peers left out. There are plenty of good sources of sex ed on the Internet (and in your local library), including sites especially for teens such as teen source, Scarleteen, and sexetc, so you ...

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New Anti-HIV Condom Available

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Starpharma: VivaGel® Condom Receives TGA Device Certification - Launch Preparations to Follow Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet An Australian company, Starpharma, has just received its government's approval to produce and sell a promising new condom incorporating VivaGel®, a lubricant purported to block viral infections, including HIV, HPV, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), up to 99.9% of the time. The Australian consumer brand is LifeStyles Dual Protect, and the company has plans to market worldwide.  Some experts, ...

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Decriminalizing Sexting

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Manassas Case Rekindles Debate Over Penalties for Sexting The recent efforts of Manassas police and Prince William County prosecutors to photograph the erect genitalia of a 17-year-old boy for evidence in a “sexting” case has revived a debate in Virginia over whether such conduct between minors should be illegal at all . . . Sexting is a phenomenon that emerged with the digital age, the sending of nude or semi-nude photos via a smartphone. In the "old days" people exchanged polaroids if they could, easier to hide, and to destroy. If charges are brought, punishment, even for consenting teens, can include ...

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