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Take Heart, Evidence Pouring in Hourly (Part 1)

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The far right believes they have a chance to remake the world into the christian, capitalist theocracy they have always wanted.

Even liberal media says, “If they win this election cycle they will do things that would reverse history for 75 years!”

But none of that’s going to happen.

Just before the U.S. Election a week ago, I put forth the theory that non-Republicans should not fear, in fact we ought to take heart -- that the probable Republican takeover the Senate and their increased footprint in the House were going to be good things for progressives. This is the right time in history ...

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Solutions Are Available But Will We Pay Attention?

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"Every once in a while, a dramatic news story can actually produce real reform. More often the momentum peters out once the story disappears from the news (remember how Sandy Hook meant we were going to get real gun control?), but it can happen. And now, after the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missiouri, turned to a chaotic nightmare of police oppression, we may have an opportunity to examine, and hopefully reverse, a troubling policy trend of recent years." -- Paul Waldman, The American Prospect We've written our initial response to the unfolding ...

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Women Like Sex (a lot)

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  "Women like sex. Stop making ‘health’ excuses for why we use birth control” --  Jessica Valenti, author, Guardian columnist, and founder of Feministing.com (@JessicaValenti) Once again, Valenti has focused her laser-sharp analysis to challenge popular arguments on behalf of free access to reproductive health. She urges everyone to stop saying that birth control is necessary for the small percentage of women who use it for medical health reasons, and deal with the reality that 99% of women use birth control, mostly because they like sex, and shouldn't have to make excuses for it. It's amazing that in 2014 ...

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Rounding Out for Independence Day Weekend: 7-minute Video Montage

Closing out a good weekend of reflection, remembering the once cherished America that valued its diversity born of immigration, yearning for the end of hate worldwide. As we wrote over the weekend, the puritans are responsible for the corporatized theocratic fundamentalism today eating away America and trouble spots across the globe; and, how and why sexual freedom is the bedrock of all freedoms and is worth fighting for. So here's our little celebration -- a montage of some of our best Sexual Freedom Project videos of the last few years. We send each contributor one of Read More

On this Independence Day — Religion: Real and Fake

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Stepping back in history for a moment to uncover the birth of religious freedom in this country, and how it was hampered by the Puritans, we are gladly representing a post we delivered a couple of years ago. Religion: Real and Fake, originally published on July 20, 2012 Society suffers from a severe misunderstanding of the nature and role of religion. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ongoing arguments about the “separation of church and state.” Blame the Puritans. The basic idea in the U.S. Constitution is one of freedom FROM religion, expressed as “freedom of religion.” The tenets of any religion ...

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A Manifesto For The New Age of Sexual Freedom

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Editor's note: republishing it by popular demand ...

The New Age of Sexual Freedom is synonymous with the end of sexism, and the end of racism (the greatest form of sexual oppression), and the end of nationalism for the purposes of war (the greatest form of racism), in the shortest amount of time (because we are killing each other).

  One of our most frequently asked questions is Why A New Age Of Sexual Freedom? Also, what’s that got to do with human rights -- equality rights, immigration rights, environmental protections, and safeguarding net neutrality?

In honor of the relaunch of VenusPlusX, I ...

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Male Genital Mutilation: The Hypocratic* Oath and Circumcision the Euphemism (Part 3)

WARNING: Some URLs in this article contain graphic material (educational purposes)  Previously, we spoke about circumcision rhetoric, examining evidence in its favor. Here, we touch on more aspects of this topic, and give final comments. Genital cutting has grievous effects on doctor-patient relationships, creating conflicts of interest. Enter Circumcision Inc. -- doctors as cold businessmen (not ethical practitioners), circumstraints, and cosmetics companies using foreskins. Do the interests of the child matter? Do religious freedoms, parental rights, and profit take precedence over bodily integrity -- children's freedoms? No harm comes from children growing ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Breaking Down Taboos

I only recently started working with VenusPlusX, so I'm giving my take on some of the media I've been unearthing. The man in this video talks about how important it is to break down taboos. It's important to shatter taboos whenever we can in order to make way for open and honest dialogue, without being stifled by some of the unfortunate attitudes that prevail in our society. What do you think?  Have you ever wanted to talk about sex, only to find yourself stalling to avoid being ostracized?  What can you do to end obstacles to a progressive, productive conversation?  Send us a video or essay ...

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Human Rights in Perspective: Current Challenges to Sexual Freedom (Part 1)

The human mind is a dangerous weapon. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 from the U.S. State Department reinforce this timeless notion. The Report, released in February, gives us a clear view of the current frontier in the human rights struggle. Things have come to a head, and at this point you have no excuse to be uninformed. The discrimination that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans) community is facing worldwide is out of control, and will surely have adverse effects on people of all races, genders, colors, and creeds if left alone. Freedom is not freedom ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Being Human

How is sexual freedom part of the human experience? Do you agree that to be human is to be sexually free? 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 or slap bracelet to thank you. Video by Fito Moreno  

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