The Sexual Freedom Project

The Sexual Freedom Project: Dedicated to Education

(También en Español) What are the best ways for us to get information about sexual freedom to our friends, fellow students, neighbors, and co-workers? Have you ever given a presentation, held a class, or even just started up a conversation with someone about sexuality and gender issues that are important to you? Do cultural taboos about discussing sexual topics hold you (or people you know) back to any extent, and if so, how can these inhibitions be overcome to carry on the important work of educating others? Let us know what you think. Make a video, write a poem, song, or ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: The Future Depends On Us

(También en Español) As 2011 draws to a close, it is a natural time to pause and reflect on the year that is ending, and look forward to the new year that is opening up before us. What sort of future do you envision, next year and beyond? Do you think things will get better in terms of our politics, our economy, our sexual freedoms? What do you want to change about the future? What role will the Occupy movement, taking place across the country, play in making a better future? How are you personally going about effecting the kinds ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Sex and Gender

(También en Español) The following essay was submitted to us by Jamor: Many people often view sex as scientific, or fact: babies are born male or female, and they behave as men or women. I view sex as the core of deeply rooted systems of oppression all over the world. I say this because sex is so closely connected to gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and even class. A key intersection point among all of these cultural identifiers is sex and the binary most people operate under. We have been told that those born outside of the male-female binary are ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Learn By Doing

(También en Español) Who first taught you about sex? Was the information accurate and age-appropriate? What did your youthful experiences teach you? Who is the most appropriate person to teach young people about sex -- parents, teachers, friends, or someone else? and how early? Is there anything about sex or sexual freedom you wish you had been taught at a younger age? We want to hear your voice -- make us a video, write an essay or a poem, or respond with a song or a work of art. If we feature your response on the site, we will send you a free ...

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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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The Sexual Freedom Project: Dress For Success

(También en Español) How frequently and how harshly are we judged because of our appearance? How does your dress affect credibility, even as women are pressured to be sexually alluring at all times? Have you ever thought about the root of this double standard? Do you think pornography plays a role in shaping expectations? in inhibiting women's sexual freedom? Please share your thoughts with us in whatever creative way you like: make a video, write a song, a poem or an essay or a work of art. If we feature your contribution, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: The Weight of Tradition

(También en Español) What does repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the US military mean to you? To society-at-large? Now lesbian and gay soldiers can serve openly, but what about transgender soldiers as well? Why have lawmakers and the media paid more attention to homophobia to the exclusion of transphobia? How big a role do you think weight of tradition plays in restricting sexual freedom? Can cultural taboos change? How can parents, teachers, and community leaders help create new traditions that allow all of us to be more expressive of who we are? Your input is needed! Please write to us, ...

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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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The Sexual Freedom Project: It Doesn’t Have To Be A Rigid Thing

(También en Español) Basking in a park, this young woman shares her ideas about the differences between gender and sex, and how sexual freedom can vary in different environments. She says gender as a continuum, with extremes and many ambiguities in between. How does locale affect the experience of sexual freedom? What do you think about a continuum for gender as a new way of thinking beyond the binary? We want to hear what you're thinking. Send us a video, write us an essay, put your thoughts in a poem, song, or piece of art. To thank you for participating we'll send ...

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Do We Even Need Gender?

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Gender can be a confusing subject for LGBT and straight people alike. Many people often mistake sex and gender to be the same thing, for example, or when a person’s gender doesn’t match the stereotypes associated with his or her sex, the results often include some form or discrimination (though it can be unintentional), verbal challenges or confrontations, and refusal to accept that this person does not want to accept society’s biased demands.

This disparity stems from a long-standing tradition throughout the world of assigning how an individual should act, dress, etc. based on nothing more than the genitalia ...

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