Op-Ed

Are you sleeping through a revolution?

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"One of the great liabilities of history is the fact that all too many people find themselves amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to achieve the new attitudes and the new mental outlook that the new situation demands." -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Springfield College Commencement , June 14, 1964

It was empowering this week to re-read and reflect on an oft-overlooked commencement address by Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered 50 years ago at Springfield College. Just days before the speech, King was arrested with a group of demonstrators ...

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MSNBC’s Toure: Can a man be a feminist, too?

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We were so happy to hear Toure, one of the anchors of MSNBC's The Cycle, talk about a favorite topic of ours: men can and should ascribe to feminism. The battle for any identity group's liberation cannot and should not proceed solely with members of that group, and it never does. Not only is feminism the most modern expression of progressivism, men's direct involvement is crucial to its continued success in setting aside old, useless, coercive, and harmful systems imposed on society in favor of preserving that which is old and also good, and melding that with new, ...

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Supreme Court: Don’t F#ck it up

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Congressional Clarity: Americans United, Allies Deliver Briefing on Hobby Lobby Suit

"Should the Supreme Court rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, employers would be able to privilege their religious convictions over their employees’ – something we consider to be an egregious distortion of the principle of religious liberty" -- Litigation Counsel, Greg Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

A robust national debate has been going on leading up to the soon-to-be ruling from this session of the Supreme Court regarding the standing of a corporation's religious liberty, (in this case, Hobby Lobby) with respect ...

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Super-hero Holder calls out Boy Scouts

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Last week, we lamented the flagrant hypocrisy of newly appointed Boy Scouts President, Robert Gates (former Bush and Obama Defense Secretary) in failing to step up to resolve the organization's dislocation when it comes to accepting gay scoutmasters. Last year, after public pressure, the Boy Scouts finally reversed a century of discrimination against gay people with a new policy allowing young, openly gay boys to participate. The organization's failure, however, solidified with the hiring of Gates, lies with continued discrimination against adult scoutmasters. They couldn't justify excluding gay scouts, and they will not be able to justify excluding gay scout ...

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New “SecureDrop” is a game changer

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Guardian Launches SecureDrop System for Whistleblowers to Share Files We took to Facebook the other day, so thrilled to see that The Guardian has just launched something called SecureDrop for use by anonymous whistleblowers to securely submit documents and data. Our first reaction? This . . . will be a real game-changer. Game-changer really understates the significance of this matriculation from grassroots efforts such as Anonymous, a loose, silent brotherhood of freedom fighters, and WikiLeaks, a bold and successful effort to organize these nascent efforts. Now the Pulitzer-winning Guardian, a 200-year-old news organization ...

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Voluntary sex work is destined to evolve into a legitimate Sexual Healing Industry

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Jamie Raskin, law professor and Maryland State Senator, is trying in vain to explain to the luddites in Congress why free speech shouldn't cover things like bribery to politicians, recently okayed by the US Supreme Court in several rulings. He wisely invokes prostitution to get their attention, to show the context of free speech, but it's just used as a expositional device. But let's take his point in another direction. The legalization or decriminalization of prostitution is a campaign VenusPlusX and ...

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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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Best Essay Explains Misogyny and Rape Culture in a Way that Men Can Understand

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A Gentleman's Guide to Rape Culture  We are so grateful to author and actor Zaron Burnett (@zaron3) and Medium (@medium) for bringing his essay that puts misogyny and rape culture in a feminist perspective. It is a must-read for every young (and old) man, women too. It continues the important conversation that has finally (and thankfully) been thrust onto the front burner due to recent events. Within just a few paragraphs like this one, Zaron transported me back over 40 years ago when these ideas were rightly assumed by the ...

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Misogyny in the news, at last

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Editor's Note: There are few if any links in this post about the recent mass murderer because we have to stop sensationalizing perpetrators instead of sympathizing with the victims.   [Unfortunately]. . . we don't see misogyny as an ideology, we see it as a given for young men. -- Jessica Valenti, Author, Guardian columnist, and founder of Feministing.com (@JessicaValenti) God bless the most recent mass shooting victims. Their senseless sacrifice may mark the beginning of a serious discussion about the evils of misogyny, and Valenti is among the few journalists to hit the nail on the head about the root ...

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A hypocrite the Boy Scouts can love

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New Boy Scouts President Robert Gates: 'I Would Have Supported Having Gay Scoutmasters' Despite media to the contrary, Robert Gates, the Bush and Obama Administration, Defense Secretary, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans) insiders didn't view him as a true friend helping to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell". He had no problem accepting any and all kudos that may have come his way, however. By now mention of active duty troops and veterans who had to endure nearly 3 extra years of discrimination under Gates, until he finally relented and put a freeze on dismissals. has been ...

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