The Sexual Freedom Project: Conforming is Like a Disease

(También en Español) Yeah, it takes this kind of courage to answer male privilege. Have you had experience resisting the box or boxes people try to put you in? How do trends such as fluidity, pansexuality, and gender queer ideas help society understand itself and become more accepting? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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Before the American polls close, NON-republicans take heart

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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. There are only two possible outcomes. Either . . . The non-republican ground game will send the right-wing nuts an important rebuke. Everyone who doesn't subscribe to their particular brand of religious and capitalist lunacy are non-republicans, Democrats or not, including those that are conservatives but not crazy. This by far larger majority will hopefully reject the worst of ...

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Shamans Discover Special Interests

The shaman is presented as the intercessor between man and nature spirits Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Flicker/creative commons

A primitive man who lived in a cave a long, long time ago once abstracted the idea that you can make a living, even a very good living as a shaman. He was largely self-appointed to intercede between and on behalf of other men and the existing natural resources. Most important, he consulted on what actions would be good luck or bad luck for individuals, families, and the tribe. This shaman reaped economic wealth and social advantages for his efforts that supported his own survival. The concept of special interest was born. Special interest people take something, anything, an idea, a ...

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Yes, it’s come to this

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As reported last night by Rachel Maddow (see video below), at the urging of an anti-abortion religious group, the School Board in Gilbert, Arizona, is tearing out pages from a high school honors biology book. It is the first action taken after a law in Arizona passed two years ago that requires all textbooks "to present childbirth and abstinence as preferred options to elective abortion." The offending page, which simply discusses that abortion exists as a factual matter, something that is rightly part of the national curriculum for all Advanced Placement and other students hoping to enter college equipped with a complete education ...

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Working Towards a Clean Energy Economy

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As we reported last week, tomorrow, November 1, kicks off "Beyond Extreme Energy Week of Action" in Washington, DC, and cities across the United States and abroad, and we hope you will somehow participate in or otherwise support these efforts. Did you know that the U.S. government is the largest energy user at $25 billion per year? Perhaps by coincidence today, Performance.gov has released information on how 38 federal agencies plan to overcome their vulnerabilities to reduce their emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, and implement other government-wide plans, to meet goals set by President Obama in 2010. ...

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Ethical Prostitution

19th Century German Sex Worker, Anna Dorthea Hansen Flickr/creative commons

As a follow up to yesterday's discussion of the decriminalization of sex work, take a look at this video of a sex worker ally drilling down to the issues. While perhaps relying too much on sensational memes based on unreliable data that says most sex workers are sex-trafficked children, she makes a durable case for the complete decriminalization and legalization of sex work. Social acceptance and legalization of sex work is the key to ending sex-trafficking, not its cause. Sex-traffickers are involved in organized crime and should be pursued and punished vigorously; if they disappear so will their victims. But unless ...

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Decriminalizing Sex Work: The Work Ahead

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Highly-acclaimed, reader-supported news site, Truthout, has once again zeroed in on a pressing matter of social justice, the continued criminalization of sex workers. Mike Ludwig's news analysis, well worth a full read, weaves together several different threads of this issue in terms everyone can understand. Ludwig points our attention to "a great leap forward" in New York's state court system that has introduced 11 new prostitution courts called Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (HTICs). These new courts were designed to treat arrested sex workers as "trafficking victims" deserving of medical and social services ...

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A Week of Climate Action Starts On November 1!

Popular Resistance is driving escalated climate action by calling for a week of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country, starting on November 1. Like  Naomi Klein‘s recent, trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Popular Resistance says the time for being tentative, simultaneously tapping the break and hitting the accelerator, is over. We are now speeding towards a climate catastrophe. The November action targets the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency whose powers were expanded by the government with the Energy Policy Act of ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Freedom vs Assimilation

(También en Español) It is easy to fall prey to stigma, labels, and general assumptions about our own identity. How can you personally break through and define your own self and your own sexuality? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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Response to Climate Change Impossible Without A Revolution in Thinking

Adrian Kenyon

I will continue writing about the environment for how can we hope for a new age free from racial and sexual oppression if we destroy the world with our stupid choices? In reading Naomi Klein's trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, we are destined for ecological disaster within 50 years or less. Here she succinctly lays out the challenge . . . . . . [W]e are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. And, the problem ...

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