Category: Sexuality

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Site Administrator: Gender in Venezuela: between beauty, community action and domestic abuse

  The Meridenian Institute for Women and the Family is part of a national network of such institutions called into being by the 1998 law on violence against women and the family. They are tasked with helping protect women and children from abuse, challenging sexist gender stereotypes, and, in effect breaking the "Machista" elements of Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Brother Vincent & Cody Lavender

There are historical moments when massive numbers of deaths—the centuries-long genocide of Native peoples in America, the deaths of the Middle Passage and slavery, the Holocaust, the AIDS pandemic—highlight death as a political lesson about the oppression of groups of people. There is nothing wrong with this. It is a logical and significant use of Read more…

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Lynne Segal: Talking Straight: Reclaiming Hopes for Women’s Sexual Liberation

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published February, 1992.] Feminist sex radicals (who in these times are almost always lesbians) have repeatedly challenged heterosexual feminists "to come out of the closet." We’re Read more…

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Irene Monroe: Proposition 8 is Not About Black Homophobia

I have learned as both a pastor and also as a member belonging to several minority groups – African-American, women and lesbian – that a popular opinion on a civil rights issue does not always reflect the right choice. Too often the right choice and the moral high ground on an issue derive from small Read more…

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Sherry Wolf: Myth of the Black-Gay Divide

Sherry Wolf, author of the forthcoming Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of Gay Liberation, looks at the debate about why Proposition 8 passed in California.     IN THE wake of Barack Obama’s historic victory, a false and reactionary narrative has emerged that blames Black voters for the gay marriage ban that passed Read more…

Alison Bracken: Living On The Front Line

Life is cheap in Honduras and those who defend human rights themselves need protection – sometimes armed protection, reluctantly supplied by the government.     The young soldier stands nonchalantly outside a front gate, AK47 over one shoulder as he chats on his mobile while keeping an eye on the street. "No, I’m not afraid to use Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Tracing the circuitous, totally illogical byways of politics on popular culture and vice versa can not only be frustrating but infuriating. Take, for example, Hollywood’s response to the Bush war on Iraq. Sure there have been some excellent films, and even some that are emotionally stirring. James C. Strouses’s Grace is Gone, for example, is Read more…

Scott Murray: Abstinence-Only Sex Education

  When Alfred Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, he included a stern word of caution to his readers: “as long as sex is dealt with in the current confusion of ignorance and sophistication, denial and indulgence, suppression and stimulation, punishment and exploitation, secrecy and display, it will be associated with Read more…

Michael Amico: Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage

By Nancy Polikoff; Beacon Press, 2008, 272 pp. Same-sex marriage is an overwrought topic for debate. Should we have same-sex marriage? Is it similar to interracial marriage? Do civil unions suffice? These questions have been the subject of countless histories, social essays, and cultural critiques. In Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage leading LGBT family law Read more…

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Robert Eletto: Law and Sex

Any attempt to codify social and economic behavior in mere words almost inevitably creates contradictions.  Case in point: the way sex is treated by US law. As everyone knows, it is illegal to directly exchange sexual favors for money.  This is called prostitution, and is publicly condemned in our society.  The men who often oversee Read more…

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