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Don’t Blame The Caveman

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Today I'm recommending Christopher Ryan's book, Sex At Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Sexuality.  Dan Savage called this book, “... the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948.” I agree. A review on BigThink.com points out some important highlights, and below you will find Ryan's own video on the book. For example, our image of the tough caveman dragging unsuspecting women by the hair into a dark cave is completely erroneous. Women are hard-wired to like a lot of ...

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The Religious Right’s Last Stand

Editorial Cartoon by Joe Wolf Flickr/creative commons

Back now from a few days meditation on the shifting political sands brought about by recent Supreme Court rulings (healthcaremarriage, and against gerrymandering) and other intersecting events, such as  President Obama's Eulogy for Clementa Pickney. I've been soaking in all that has been written about this extraordinary week and how it relates to the future fortunes of the religious right. You can catch up with the last few weeks of my posts which have focused exclusively on the religious right, and in particular the dominionist, political-religious philosophy that ...

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On the Anniversary of Custer’s Last Stand, the Religious Right Implodes

Major G. A. Custer Flickr/creative commons

Self-repudiation: (def.) the ability to shoot one's self in the foot by one's own words and deeds.

Custer was part of a murderous US political-military strategy that wiped out 95% of the indigenous First Peoples. Pause to think about today's survivors and how they see the American flag's stars and stripes as a relic of terrorism and racism, just as much as we are trying to make the flag of the confederacy disappear. Today the progeny of these religious European expansionists continues attempts to silence (perhaps not be murder) nearly as many of us because we don't ...

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Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World—Geography of Bigotry and Oppression

This amazing map, developed by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Organization, portrays, as of May 2012, the status of critical LGBT protections and persecutions world wide. We hope all people interested in international issues will examine it and understand where progress is being made and where horrible persecution and enforced neglect endure. It is encouraging to see signs of great progress in areas of South America and most of Western Europe, where a modicum of equality is emerging, in spite of entrenched religious opposition by atheistic religionists deeply embedded in the ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Shockingly Old Fashioned

(También en Español) In today's video, we meet several young women at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC who have strong feelings about owning vibrators, judgmental people, religious institutions, and shockingly old fashioned ideas. What's your opinion? Can one ever really own too many vibrators? Should marriage be denied to people because of their sexual orientation? And when's the last time you shoved someone into a room and said "hey, come on, jump in bed with us"? Send us your video at columbia@venusplusx.org -- we want to hear from you! Video by Tiye Massey. TRANSCRIPT VenusPlusX: …In the state of Arkansas, one is only ...

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Santorum backs nullifying existing gay marriages

(También en Español) News of Note: Santorum backs nullifying existing gay marriages There are 18,000 married gay and lesbian couples in California and at least 131,000 nationwide according to the 2010 census, conducted before New York state legalized same-sex marriage in July. Rick Santorum says he'll try to unmarry all of them if he's elected president He would "unmarry" all same-sex marriages? Instead of listing reasons why gay marriage is a good thing and why it should have nothing to do with politics, I'd rather emphasize how terrible Rick Santorum is. I would normally disregard his comments as impossible or beneath ...

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Lesbian Judge No Longer Marrying Straight Couples

(También en Español) News of Note: Gay Texas judge won't marry straight couples Tonya Parker, an African-American lesbian judge in Texas, refuses to marry straight couples until everyone in the state has the right to marry. Turning away would-be newlyweds is "my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state," Parker told a meeting of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas earlier this week. She said it's "oxymoronic" for her to perform a ceremony that can't be performed for her. Instead, she refers couples to other judges in the courthouse with an explanation along the lines of "I'm sorry. ...

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New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence

(También en Español) News of Note: New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence A New Hampshire lawmaker with a history of surprising statements suggested on Thursday that married couples who want to use contraception should practice abstinence instead of using birth control pills State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker (R-Concord) made the claim -- noting that abstinence is available "over the counter" along with condoms -- during a legislative committee hearing on a resolution urging the Obama administration to drop the birth control requirement for religious organizations. Blankenbeker was trying to explain her position on why the administration's requirement to ...

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