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Poking around VenusPlusX's Library recently, I rediscovered many "papers" Dan Massey wrote. They were not posts, just part of the infrastructure holding together our concept of cosmic destiny and the critical, central role that our sexuality plays in finding out, for each of us, what our personal destiny is. Much of this work is tagged with our term, Transhuman Erotic Freedom, to describe this destiny-sexuality connection. Combined with a 10-part series, A Course In Immortality, these works constitute the Appendices of a forthcoming book on this subject. The somewhat technical/scientific approach to some the work in the ...

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Watch: Jeff Sharlet on The Family, the Huge, Secret Cult Driving the Religious Right

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"American power worldwide, unfettered capitalism, no unions, no programs to help poor people, all with this idea that godly, powerful, rich men should get as many resources as possible personally and they should just privately help everyone else." (Rachel Maddow's impression of The Family after reading one of Jeff Sharlet's definitive, investigative books on the organization, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009) and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (2011) Jeff Sharlet. This continues our month-long series on the The Family (aka Read More

Case In Point: Dominionist Santorum Takes On The Pope

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Dominionism is a cult based on a political philosophy that seeks to make the U.S. government a christian theocracy. It's been a force in America since the first Puritans, and it's succeeding in undermining our democracy, now more than ever. We can laugh at the exposure of the dominionist cult called Quivverful worshipped by the Duggar family, but these cults are no joke because they mean to bury American law and replace it with (their twisted version of) god's law. The stakes are as high as they have ever been because many white, male politicians seeking power right now ...

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Male Genital Mutilation: The Hypocratic* Oath and Circumcision the Euphemism (Part 3)

WARNING: Some URLs in this article contain graphic material (educational purposes)  Previously, we spoke about circumcision rhetoric, examining evidence in its favor. Here, we touch on more aspects of this topic, and give final comments. Genital cutting has grievous effects on doctor-patient relationships, creating conflicts of interest. Enter Circumcision Inc. -- doctors as cold businessmen (not ethical practitioners), circumstraints, and cosmetics companies using foreskins. Do the interests of the child matter? Do religious freedoms, parental rights, and profit take precedence over bodily integrity -- children's freedoms? No harm comes from children growing ...

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Male Genital Mutilation: Bad Science (Part 2)

In Part 1, I spoke of faults in pro-circumcision rhetoric and attitudes that condone genital cutting. Now we will examine some evidence in favor of circumcision. The trials in Africa, conducted from 2005-2007 and often referenced, have been shown to use poor methodology. Brian D. Earp, who has written rigorously on this topic, familiarizes us with others who have done extensive research: While the “gold standard” for medical trials is the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the African trials suffered [a number of serious problems] including problematic randomization and selection bias, ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Quad S

(También en Español) It's mutual admiration because VenusPlusX finds The Conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (known as Quad-S) and its resources to be invaluable to activists promoting sex science as a tool of social justice. Advances in sex science convey more humane, fair, and intelligent law and policy, and bring about a more tolerant and just society. 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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