Category: Sexual Politics

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Katha Pollitt: Fifty Shades of Basic

Let’s say you’re a woman who wants to have a handsome man worship your body, desire you intensely, focus on you sexually with incredible skill, and bring you to earthshaking orgasm in about thirty seconds. You never have to exert yourself on his behalf—his satisfaction happens automatically as a byproduct of yours. If porn for Read more…

Michelle Renee Matisons: All Lives Matter

the white supremacist policing practices behind the murder-by-cop epidemic is really a capitalist, white supremacist, hetero-patriarchal policing system that must be analyzed and fought as such.

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Linda Gordon: Immigrant Women and Violence

U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants damages women in many ways—by separating them from children, by leaving them without support, by making it harder for them to earn for their families

Laura Finley: Sexual Assault is Men’s Problem

Given that 78 American colleges and universities are now being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, it is clear that the same-old strategies that focus on women’s behavior are not effective

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Soraya Chemaly: Undercounting Rapes

How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes?: Systematic undercounting of sexual assaults in the US disguises a hidden rape crisis. Earlier this month, a 911 dispatcher in Ohio was recorded telling a 20-year-old woman who had just been raped to “quit crying.” After she provided a description of her assailant, the caller went on to say, Read more…

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Laurie Penny: In Defence of Bad Sex

The Bad Sex Awards are not as exciting as they sound. Personally, I rather like the idea of a ceremony at which the great and good can be rewarded for selfless works with the talentless fumble or sub-standard quickie of their choice. But the Literary Review’s annual competition for the worst piece of erotic writing Read more…

Emily Bazelon: Sluts Unite

Sandra Fluke has pointed out that Rush Limbaugh tried to silence her when he called her a slut and a prostitute last week. But the oldest, hoariest trick for shutting women up didn’t work this time. Bolstered by her experience as an activist and a pitch-perfect call of support from President Obama, Fluke soldiered on in her Read more…

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Ben Stockwell: Back to Finish the Job

Since the leak of the American Legislative Exchange Council's model legislation. Journalists, bloggers and policy researchers have been scouring the documents to make connections with legislation that in statehouses across the country. Already, hundreds of matches have been found across the United States, and in Ohio those interested are doing their best to match the documents. Hoping that Read more…

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Jonathan Hooton: The Myth Of Power: The Long Arm of Zeus

Recently I listened to a few talks from a series of interviews on men’s issues that were offered on the internet as “The Ultimate Men’s Summit: Activating 21st Century Masculinity” by the organizers and hosts Stephan Dinan and Lion Goodman.1   While in most cases I am in full agreement with the content of the Read more…

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Michael Bronski: The Real Roots of Stonewall and the Gay Liberation Movement

Throughout the 1960s and until peace was declared in 1975, the Vietnam War was the backdrop that defined everything that was happening in the United States. The Eisenhower administration had sent close to 900 advisors to South Vietnam to prevent what the U.S. saw as a potential communist takeover by the North Vietnamese. By 1963, Read more…

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