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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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Catholic church abuse: at least one youth castrated for ‘homosexuality’

(También en Español) News of Note: Catholic church abuse: at least one youth castrated for 'homosexuality' At least one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to 'help' his homosexual feelings while in Catholic church care in the 1950s, the NRC reported on Saturday. But there are indications at least 10 other boys were also castrated, the paper said. The claims were not included in the Deetman report on sexual abuse within the Catholic church published at the end of last year. The paper says the one confirmed case concerned a boy - Henk Heithuis - who reported being ...

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“Femicidios”: Unsolved Murders Against Women in Mexico and the Caribbean (Part I)

También en español ”Death to the b**ches, I'm back” read a sign found next to the body of one of the nearly 1,700 Guatemalan women who have been murdered in the past five years. Since 1993, some 500 women of limited means have been killed or disappeared from the streets of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The authorities have not resolved these female murders. “Women of all ages, educational levels, social-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations may be the eventual victim of this extreme form of gender-based violence”, explains the scholar Diana Russell. While femicide is committed around the world, ...

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U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in Bible Belt

(También en Español) News of Note: U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in These States In 2009, a landmark study found a strong correlation between religion and teen pregnancy. The CDC's newest data suggests not much has changed. Teen pregnancy closely follows the contours of America's Bible belt, according to the map (above) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It's quite clear that teenagers want to have sex and no amount of discouragement or abstinence-only sex education is going to stop them. The religious idea that sex should only exist for procreation has no business denying ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Invisible Trans Youth

What are some of the ways the US healthcare system could be improved to better aid transgender youth? 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 edited by Tiye Massey.

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Female Genital Mutilation in the UK

(También en Español) News of Note: Medics Offered Genital Mutilation, Report Says As many as 100,000 women in Britain may have been mutilated in the name of culture and religion, a report claims. Refuges from other countries, particularly from Africa, perpetuate this “procedure” illegally, while practitioners charge more than $1000 to have the clitoris cut and the wound and vagina stitched. It’s hard to think of anything that better exemplifies the depth of our world’s sexual repression than the serial genital mutilation practiced all over our planet. There is absolutely no excuse for this practice, and I can only hope that any culture ...

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Anti-gay adverts pulled from bus campaign in London

(También en Español) News of Note: Anti-gay adverts pulled from bus campaign by Boris Johnson Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has stopped a Christian advertising campaign by the "christian" group Core Issues Trust that promotes the idea that gay people can be converted to heterosexuality and whose leader, Mike Davidson, said "homoerotic behavior is sinful" and that "reparative therapy" will help queer people  "develop their heterosexual potential." In the US,  reparative therapy has been deemed "junk science" by the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. And, this month, California is introducing a bill that would outlaw it ...

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Censorship in Egypt: From online porn to hugging on television

(También en Español) News of Note: Intimate scenes to be banned from Egyptian public TV (AGI) Cairo - A group of Islamic supervisors of the Egyptian Public Broadcaster will be in charge of removing 'immoral ' footage from films the network has in its archives. The ban will apply to scenes featuring hugging, kissing and belly dancing. As reported by the daily Kuwait al-Anba, which quotes sources from inside the Network, such a decision could bring about either the removal of important scenes from movies that are an integral part of Egypt's cinema or their complete ban from ...

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Christian Groups Take Issue With Anti-Bullying Laws

(También en Español) News of Note: Christian Groups Take Issue With Anti-Bullying Laws Focus on the Family is planning to counter the "Day of Silence," an annual event to protest LGBT bullying set for April 20, with its own "Day of Dialogue". The evangelical organization's aim is to muffle an effort that "crosses the line in a lot of ways beyond bullying into indoctrination, just promoting homosexuality and transgenderism." The group has been advocating an anti-anti-bullying message for years. When a California school adopted an anti-bullying rule that mentioned gays and lesbians in 2010, backlash ensued. "The school introduced ...

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The new legal theory that enables homophobic evangelizing in US schools

(También en Español) News of Note: The new legal theory that enables homophobic evangelising in US schools Last month, 8,000 public high school students in Montgomery County, Maryland, went home with fliers informing them that no one is "born gay" and offering therapy if they experienced "unwanted same-sex attraction". The group behind the flier, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), isn't the kind one expects to find represented in student backpacks. Peter Sprigg, a board member of PFOX who doubles as a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, recently told Chris Matthews that he ...

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