- First register; then turn tricks (July 2, 2017)
A new prostitution law to include compulsory registration meant to fight human trafficking and exploitation is not popular in the industry, and may lead to a return of prostitution going underground.
- Payment Processors are Still Policing Your Sex Life, and the Latest Victim is FetLife (March 15, 2017)
The adult social network FetLife just lost its ability to process credit card payments because it offers a platform for members to discuss and to post depictions of consensual BDSM practices.
- What We'll Tolerate, And What We Won't (February 21, 2017)
It wasn't that he told a woman there was something wrong with her for wearing a hijab in America. It wasn't that he encouraged people to "Purge the Illegals" and gave out ICE's hotline number at a presentation. It wasn't that he mocked a transgender college student in front of a crowd, saying he'd still almost bang her because she looked like a man. Instead, it was his discussion of the complexities of his sexual experiences with adults as a gay teenager that caused Milo Yiannopoulos to lose his $250,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster.
- The Tragic Transgender Contagion (August 18, 2016)
Anguished parents note that entire peer groups seem determined to 'transition' together.
- LGBT: a Dissection (July 15, 2016)
"LGBT" is everywhere these days. But is it here to stay, or is it a passing fad? Where did it come from? Why was it promoted? By whom? And to what end? How did it acquire its seemingly endless variants? The acronym, in its many permutations, designates a movement very different from the gay liberation movement it evolved from. Some might see it as progress, expansion, and greater inclusivity, others as a tombstone for what was once a radical sexual liberation movement.
- A queer take on Safe Schools and identity politics (June 16, 2016)
In recent weeks, the debate over the Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program has intensified, taking what is in many ways a bizarre turn. The brief suspension of program architect Roz Ward from her position at La Trobe University has reopened the debate about whether Safe Schools is 'cultural Marxism' by stealth, the program once again coming under fire from conservatives across the country. Even trans advocate and member of the ADF Catherine McGregor has weighed in. One of the more interesting elements of this, however, has been the debate it has created about the role gender and sexual politics can and should play within Marxism. Here enters Guy Rundle. In the pages of Crikey, Rundle penned a treatise on the program and what he considers the failures of 'queer theory'. Rundle believes Safe Schools (via queer theory) presents the view that 'gender and sexuality are infinitely fluid'. He argues, however, that such a view denies the material realities of sexuality and gender, not to mention his view that 'almost no-one really believes it -- and they certainly do not let it shape their lives'.
- Teenage Girls Increasingly Requesting Labiaplasty to Get the Perfect Designer Vagina (April 27, 2016)
Never underestimate the power of beauty myths to manufacture inadequacies where before there were none. A little over a decade ago, labiaplasty -- the partial or wholesale removal of parts of the labia minora, aka the inner vaginal lips -- was a relatively obscure plastic surgery, compared with nips, tucks and lifts to various other parts. In more recent years, the number of women opting for the surgery has grown exponentially. Now very young women -- girls still in their teens -- are requesting the procedure in numbers growing so quickly that even some practitioners are concerned.
- 7 Places to Find Porn You Actually Like (January 30, 2016)
It's not hard to find porn online, but it is hard to find good porn online. The mainstream industry tends to produce a lot of wham-and-bam content, and while that might sell, there are a whole lot of people who don't find it all that appealing. Fortunately, the Internet is a huge space, and tucked away in its unseen corners is a lot of sexy stuff. Here are 7 places to look for porn that's a little more interesting.
- David Bowie, rock star groupies and the sexually adventurous '70s: "Labeling us as victims in retrospect is not a very conscious thing to do" (January 13, 2016)
Salon speaks to sexologist Carol Queen about the shifts in morality around an era of sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll.
- Inside the Sensational Business of "Rescuing" Sex Workers (October 28, 2015)
For years, the sex worker movement has been at odds with a conservative wing of the anti-human trafficking movement.
- The Bro Job: Why 'Straight' Men Secretly Have Sex With Each Other (October 10, 2015)
The term "bro job" generally refers to sex acts taking place between heterosexual men. The phenomenon was recently explored by Dr. Jane Ward in her book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, who suggests it's a lot more common than most people may think.
- Come Again? Second Thoughts on My Ashley Madison Affair (September 4, 2015)
- When Will the Media Really Get Polyamory? (August 28, 2015)
Why do the media so often miss the mark when they write articles or do a feature on polyamory? Why do so many approach the subject with a ready-made idea of what they are looking for?
- Email from a Married, Female Ashley Madison User (August 24, 2015)
The private lives and sexual choices of fully formed adults are usually very complicated and thus impossible to understand -- and certainly impossible to judge -- without wallowing around in the most intimate details, none of which are any of your business. That's a very good reason not to try to sit in judgment and condemn from afar.
- Sex Workers in Nicaragua Break the Silence and Gain Rights (June 13, 2015)
After living in the shadows, thousands of Nicaraguan sex workers have broken their silence, won support from state institutions and gained new respect for their rights.
- Plastics, tiny penises, and human evolution (April 19, 2015)
Setting aside the question of whether plastics (or obesity or carbonated corn syrup-laced beverages or the presence of step-dads or hormones in beef or any other factor) are behind changes in our patterns of sexual maturity, what about the possible future? Does evolutionary theory support the idea that xenoestrogens and other endocrine disruption could lead us limping to a kind of slow rolling human apocalypse?
- Why Not Have Sex With People Who Aren't Your Partner? (March 4, 2015)
Although open relationships are not as shocking a concept today as they were 50 years ago, theyre still regarded with overwhelming skepticism and even disdain. The usual assumption is that polyamorous people are selfish, immature, incapable of commitment, and their primary relationship is therefore doomed to failure.
- I Was a Streetwalker for a Night (March 3, 2015)
I became a prostitute for a night. Not a high-class escort (the logistics seemed too daunting for an amateur like me) just a regular hooker out on the street. I had no clue what to expect exactly, but that's what made it all so exciting.
- Americans talk about love: How we chose an open marriage (February 9, 2015)
Bowe presents an American couple's conversation revealing their history of polyamory.
- Selling Sexual Services: A Socialist Feminist Perspective (February 4, 2015)
The current debate about sex work among feminists generates more heat than light. Accusations of bad faith fly back and forth across the two sides, research findings are mobilized to undercut the other side even when the research itself is limited by its methods and scope, different sex worker voices are authorized by each side as either genuine or manipulated, depending on whose position those voices seem to support.
- Make 2015 the Year of the Bonobo! (January 5, 2015)
We humans have much to learn from our kissing cousins, the peaceful, empathic, playful, sensual and highly sexual Bonobo. Rather than play out the myth of ancestral 'killer apes', better follow the 'Bonobo Way', and extend our love to all living beings and Earth herself.
- Sex and Consent on Campus (November 14, 2014)
Amid an ongoing debate over sex and consent on college campuses, in September California passed "affirmative consent" legislation, which was followed by a slew of similar initiatives nationwide. The pretext is to curb a purported epidemic of sexual violence and have college administrations come clean on reporting sexual assault complaints. But legislating one form of consent as the only acceptable variant and branding all else as assault -- as these new policies do -- means that these administrations now have even greater power to enforce what is acceptable sexual activity among students.
- The X-Rated Free Market (October 31, 2014)
Is the pornography market the only free one? The question might seem provocative. Or a gross oversimplification. But it might also shed some light on certain points, namely those related with the political shaping of markets.
- I think explicit consent laws are a mistake (September 22, 2014)
I want to talk a little bit about the burgeoning movement for explicit consent laws. These laws change the typical standard from "no means no" to "only yes means yes." As the article puts it, "Students are now required to have 'unambiguous communication and mutual agreement' -- that's verbal consent - before sexual acts, or risk consequences."
- From Somaly Mam to ''Eden'': How Sex Trafficking Sensationalism Hurts Sex Workers (July 9, 2014)
Most activists, regardless of ideology, are trying to do the right thing. But when it comes to human rights and sex work, doing the right thing is often much more complicated than calling the cops or donating 75 cents a day to a starving child on TV.
- The Morality Police in Your Checking Account: Chase Bank Shuts Down Accounts of Adult Entertainers (April 29, 2014)
In the latest example of a troubling trend in which companies play the role of law enforcement and moral police, Chase Bank has shut down the personal bank accounts of hundreds of adult entertainers.
- Porn, Women's Rights and the Left (March 11, 2014)
I believe that government belongs in health, education, welfare, social services, environmental protection and transport; but I do not believe that it belongs in our bedrooms.
- UK Pornstars Fight Back (February 19, 2014)
The Stop Porn Culture circus represents a coalition of the loudest anti-sex and pro-censorship voices in the English-speaking world. Former pornstar Renée Richards calls on UK pornstars, strippers, models, sex workers and their supporters to take a stand and join us to protest against those who have, for so long, labelled and lied about the women in the sex industries.
- The Nigerians Who Dare to Speak of Love as a Tide of Anti-gay Hatred Rises (January 18, 2014)
A new crackdown on gender minorities has led to arrests and fears of mob violence. But a brave few are still fighting for sexual freedom.
- The "Date Rape" Issue: Feminist Hysteria, Anti-Sex Witchhunt (2014)
The anti-sex frenzy springs from the agenda of the religious right. Espousing an ideology supposed to have something to do with womens rights, the feminists might be expected to oppose this witchhunt. Instead, there is a convergence between feminism and religious reaction in support of moralist repression. This is particularly evident in the date rape frenzy on the campuses which has recently grabbed headlines across the nation and the world. Egged on by feminist witchhunters, politically correct sex on campus serves the war on privacy by whitewashing the intrusion of the campus administration and the cops into students personal business as protecting women and stopping rape.
- A Win for Sex Workers - A Win for Safety, Equality, and Justice (December 20, 2013)
The Supreme Court of Canada has released a unanimous decision striking down all three prostitution laws, paving the way for more safety, justice and equality for sex workers in Canada.
- Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers' (November 26, 2013)
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as "exemplars" of how "personal vulternabilities" can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
- Secret Sexual Fantasies (October 8, 2013)
Your fantasies are always with you, playing hide-and-seek with your perceived realities, whispering wild ideas into your inner ear, showing movies in your mind, stirring your passions mysteriously, yet so powerfully. If you are imprisoned in any wayby your work, your family, your education, your religion, your governmentyour fantasies become your freedom. Sometimes your ability to fantasize is the only freedom you have.
- The Emperor's New Penis (June 21, 2013)
Right now the gender fundamentalists are doing their best to shut down dialogue. They've damaged books books that dont even mention their concern pressured bookstores, and silenced speakers scheduled at universities. It should come as no surprise that they are using the final tactics of all fundamentalists: bullying, threats, assault. And they've done this with increasing frequency and intensity. How long does it take to see the pattern?
- What's the Sexual Health of the Nation? (June 21, 2013)
What happens to pleasure during a period of social crisis? Sex may be the best way to determine the true pulse of the nation.
- June 8, 2013: Sex Workers' National Day of Action (June 5, 2013)
On June 8th sex workers and allies across Canada will hold actions in 6 cities across Canada in support of repealing prostitution laws currently being challenged.
- Primitive Heterosexuality (April 12, 2013)
- Penis size does matter (April 8, 2013)
Study suggests that penis length influences attractiveness about as much as height, a trait with a well-documented influence on male reproductive success.
- Should women have the right to go topless in public? (July 19, 2012)
Moira Johnston wants to "expand the vocabulary and definition" of breasts: "They can be non-sexual in any culture."
- Sex work: Solidarity not salvation (June 5, 2012)
An ongoing debate is taking place in anarchist and feminist circles on the legitimacy of sex work and the rights of sex workers. The two main schools of thought are almost at polar opposites of each other. On the one side you have the abolitionist approach led by feminists, such as Melissa Farley who maintains that sex work is a form of violence against women. Farley has said that "If we view prostitution as violence against women, it makes no sense to legalize or decriminalize prostitution." On the other side you have sex worker rights activists who view sex work as being much closer to work in general than most realize, who believe that the best way forward for sex workers is in the fight for workers' rights and social acceptance and for activists to listen to what sex workers have to say. In this article I will discuss why the abolitionist approach discriminates against sex workers and takes advantage of their marginalized status, while the rights approach offer the opportunity to make solid differences in the labour rights and human rights of sex workers.
- A Thousand Dildos For The Military Wives (January 11, 2012)
A porn company says it can bring military families together with Internet-based sex toys.
- Happy Hookers (2012)
Exploring the lives of sex workers and their would-be saviours.
- The pleasure principle (August 12, 2011)
Wilhelm Reich invented 'the Orgasmatron' and claimed that better orgasms could cure society. Then the FBI got involved.
- Censorship: Experts and Sources (July 1, 2011)
Experts and resources on censorship.
- Sexuality Resources in the Connexions Library (June 15, 2011)
- Female Sexuality: Experts and Sources (April 15, 2011)
Experts and resources on female sexuality.
- Sexuality Experts and Sources (March 1, 2011)
Experts and resources on sexuality.
- Toward A Queer Marxism? (March 1, 2011)
Scholarly approaches to sexuality since the 1980s have become increasingly divorced from practical sexual politics, and both have largely given up on earlier attempts to engage with Marxism. Now this may be changing. A stimulating new book by Kevin Floyd maintains that people in queer studies are paying more attention to Marxisms explanatory power. From the activist side, Sherry Wolf of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) has made an impressive effort to sum up LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) theory and practice from a Marxist perspective.
- Sex.com takes crown as worlds most expensive domain name (February 23, 2011)
- Alternative Sexual Lifestyles: Experts and Sources (February 15, 2011)
Experts and resources on alternative sexual lifestyles.
- Lupercalian Valentine's Day (February 11, 2011)
The tradition of honoring all-inclusive, natural LUST around February 14 pre-dates classical times when Ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, an archaic festival of the now obscure old shepherd god Lupercus (or perhaps Faunus, the Roman Pan), and a celebration of communal sexuality, purification, fertility, the rush of hormones, the howl of the wolf, the crack of the whip and the coming of Spring.
- Fort Wayne Likely To Snub Popular Mayor Over Suggestive Name (February 9, 2011)
Despite his popularity, it seems that the late mayor of Fort Wayne, Harry Baals, won't get to have a government building named after him.
- I Did It For Science: Bartending at a Sex Party (January 24, 2011)
What are those clothed civilians thinking while serving drinks to half-naked swingers in the moments just before and after coitus? I decided to find out by stepping behind the bar at an NYC sex club one Saturday night.
- Hot Wet Holiday Sex (December 17, 2010)
Whatever your preferences, do go on some kind of holiday sex adventure. Try not to hurt anyone, including yourself, and whatever your pleasure, enjoy it and infuse it with a sense of *sacred* solstice power, a promise to resist the deadly status quo of depression, perma-war and power-grabs, and a passionate commitment to love.
- The sex work debate - a response to Jess Edwards (December 13, 2010)
Contribution to the debate on sex work which has been taking place in the International Socialism journal.
- Yoga's naked commercialism (October 18, 2010)
The nude trend is stirring debate about how far yoga, now a multibillion-dollar industry, has travelled from its spiritual roots.
- Chastity Cage (October 1, 2010)
A device which encloses the male genitals to prevent stimulation and erection.
- The New Sexual Radicalism (May 1, 2010)
From its beginning in the 1990s in the United States, a queer activist current has gradually spread to other countries, including in recent years in Western Europe. In decades when the prevailing trend in LGBT movements has been to orient to legal reforms by parliamentary means, queer activism has constituted a third wave of sexual radicalism, emphasizing visibility, difference, direct action, refusal to assimilate to the dominant culture, and the fluidity and diversity of sexual desire.
- Chastity Belt (January 1, 2010)
A chastity belt is a locking item of clothing designed to prevent sexual intercourse.
- Half a man beats none (November 27, 2009)
Investigation into the socio-economic motivations behind the movement to legalize polygamy. There are fewer men than women in Russia and Mongolia due to economic migration and alcoholism. Both urban and rural women choose relationships that look like polygamy.
- Prostitution and trafficking the anatomy of a moral panic (October 20, 2009)
The author challenges the underlying assumptions and methods used to assess the incidence of sex trafficking into the United Kingdom.
- Bald man posing as 17-year-old secretly taped teens (October 13, 2009)
A Massachusetts man in his 40s stands accused of posing as a 17-year old boy so he could lure teenage girls into video chatrooms and secretly videotape them as they engaged in sexual acts.
- No, Not All Bi Women Love Threesomes (October 1, 2009)
Being bisexual means that you are attracted to members of both sexes, even if you're not sleeping with them. Here are some things bisexuality doesn't mean.
- Mike Rogers: The Man Who Outs Closeted Right-Wing Politicians (September 21, 2009)
Mike Rogers talks about why it's important to report on the secret sex lives of gay conservatives who are in bed with anti-gay forces.
- Evangelicals Divorce More Often Than "Godless" Europeans? (September 14, 2009)
Americans who are very religious divorce divorce more than godless Europeans. A child in the U.S. has a greater chance of seeing his married parents break up than a child of unmarried parents in Sweden.
- The wooden pony (September 13, 2009)
- Nine women rescued from fake Big Brother house in Turkey (September 10, 2009)
Captives tricked into believing they were reality TV show contestants and filmed naked, say reports.
- Sex Workers' Rights in Kenya: "It's Better to Be a Thief Than Gay in Kenya" (August 6, 2009)
"It's better to be a thief than gay in Kenya," says a gay sex worker. Both are often punished by death, but being the latter means never revealing yourself to the public and remaining perpetually closeted. It means dealing with homophobes at day and pleasuring them at night.
- Only You. And You. And You. (July 29, 2009)
- German brothel offers saddle-sore cyclists environmental discount (July 14, 2009)
A Berlin brothel called Maison d'Envie, is currently offering a discount to any customer who arrives by bicycle or public transport.
- Larry Kramer's Case Against "Queer" (April 29, 2009)
Part of Kramer's objection to queer theory is that he thinks it crowds out more important gay history, preventing it from getting the attention it deserves at the university level.
- Brothels Cut Prices Offer Discounts Loyalty Cards & To Beat The Recession (April 26, 2009)
- Knicker protest targets Hindu militants (February 27, 2009)
The socially conservative Hindu Sri Ram Sena (Lord Ram's Army) a group of vigilantes has attacked women in pubs and unwed couples, in an effort to protect what they call "Indian Culture". Indian women fought back by sending 40,000 pairs of pink underwear to their offices.
- Naked hikers face fines in Switzerland (January 29, 2009)
The Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden aims to stop naturist walkers, also referred to as "boot-only hikers".
- Penis sheaths to be banned in Papua police crackdown? (January 5, 2009)
Politicians in Indonesia have clashed with natives from Papua New Guinea - after declaring that their penis sheaths are offensive and pornographic.
- Connexions Library: Sexuality Focus (2009)
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on sexuality.
- I Did It For Science: Boob Power (2009)
- I Did It For Science: Remote-Control-Panties (2009)
- I Did It for Science: Sex Toy Olympics (2009)
- I Did It for Science: Topless in the Park (2009)
- What Happened When I Had Sex With Married Women I Met on a Website for Cheaters (2009)
- Sex cult leader who paraded his girlfriend around on a leash is jailed for three years (December 2, 2008)
- Top Ten Tips for Long-Term Male Chastity Device Wear (September 24, 2008)
- Jealousy, Friendship, and Bisexual Chopped Liver (2008)
According to this theory, bisexuals could never, ever have any friends at all. We couldn't be friends with gay men, straight men, straight women, lesbians. And we definitely couldn't be friends with other bisexuals. According to this theory, the fact that we're attracted to both women and men makes us ineligible to be friends with anybody, of any gender, ever.
- The roots of gay oppression (April 4, 2007)
Marxists, since Marx and Engels themselves, have always believed that only a socialist revolution could open the way to sexual freedom and equality. The history of same-sex relations suggests that the most basic human activities, including sexuality, are collectively constructed in human society.
- Lock-Up: Chastity Belts Are on the 'Incline' (August 17, 2005)
Today's belt-makers report increasing sales and lucrative spin-off accessories ranging from hypnosis tapes to 'education belts.'
- In Defence of Sex and Science: Review of Kinsey (2005)
A review of the film "Kinsey".
- A Story About Making a Sex Movie (2005)
Politicians try to impose censorship by the back door, by imposing record-keeping obligations that are impossible to comply with.
- The casual emptiness of teenage sex (June 2, 2004)
- Marriage and the Capitalist State (2004)
Gays and lesbians ought to have the right to marry - but they shouldn't have to.
- US-UN Crusade Against 'Sex Trafficking' (2004)
Kidnapping, debt bondage, sexual assault, beatings - for any purpose - are horrible crimes. But there is a qualitative distinction between this kind of coercion and the fundamentally consensual act between a prostitute and her client to exchange money for sex.
- Discover a multitude of new relationship possibilities by experiencing the wonders of male chastity (2003)
- Pat Califia - A Three Part Interview (2001)
"If you believe that inequities can only be addressed through extreme social change, then you qualify as a sex radical, even if you prefer to get off in the missionary position and still believe there are only two genders."
- Radical Transformation (October 27, 2000)
Writer Patrick Califia-Rice has long explored the fringes. Now the former lesbian S/M activist is exploring life as a man.
- Cunt: The History Of The C-Word (1999)
A study of this ancient and powerful word.
- Further Dialogue on Pornography (March 1, 1997)
The Church and right-wing groups have intensified their war on the three horsemen of immorality: abortion, gays and pornography. In the struggle against this, we have emphasized the need to oppose censorship. We have also-if appropriate or necessary-defended pornography. a freer, richer, sexuality cannot evolve by somebody (experts, feminists, socialists) legislating what liberating sex is, while censoring what falls beyond the practices so defined.
- Pornography and the Sex Censors (July 1, 1996)
The pornography debacle has driven deep wedges among feminists, and has weakened the women's movement by alienating many women who cannot relate to a perceived ethos of anti-sexuality, gender antagonism, and victimhood. To the extent that it has convinced women to conceive of themselves as victims, to live in constant dread of male violence and aggression, rather than thinking of ourselves as the agents of our own liberation, it has been profoundly disempowering.
- Satan, the State and Anti-Sex Hysteria (1996)
A lengthy review of two books about the anti-sex witchhunts in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.
- The First Duty of a Revolutionary is to Survive (September 1, 1995)
Pat Califia observes that the first stage in trying to politicize SM people is to make it possible for people to find each other. Within our own community, we need to educate ourselves about each other: "gay men need to educate themselves about feminism; lesbians need to educate themselves about AIDS and sodomy laws; straight people need to address their homophobia, and everybody needs to address biphobia and transphobia." This kind of interaction doesn't have to mean the loss of separate social spaces, which are appropriate. But it is the truth that we hang together or we hang separately.
- Liberating Sexual Desire (June 27, 1992)
Everyone is potentially bisexual; the struggle for lesbian and gay equality is about the right of all people to share the joy of same-sex relationships without guilt or anxiety, and without the fear of prejudice and discrimination.
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