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But Dude, They’re WRONG

December 22nd, 2008 · 9 Comments

It’s a week old now, but this Feministe post exhibits a type of category error that crops up in other contexts, so I figure it’s still worth saying a few words about it. The touchstone is this Rolling Stone postmortem of the battle over Caliornia’s Proposition 8, which concludes that the anti-gay amendment could have […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

I’m Impressed

December 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

In something like six years of blogging, this may be the most spectacular act of institutional tone deafness I’ve seen—certainly from an institution that’s supposed to be all about using new media to advance a political agenda: This is Jennifer Palmieri, acting CEO of the Center for American Progess Action Fund. Most readers know that […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

Zombie Porn

September 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Back in June, a throwaway post about the alleged equivalence of porn and adultery spawned an almost absurd amount of blogospheric discussion. Well, I see the shambling corpse of that debate is still lumbering through the Internets, though in this case it takes the form of two very smart porn-friendly posts at Culture11’s new “Ladyblog”.  […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Sociology

People are Different, Film at 11

August 8th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I’d meant to say something in passing about Kerry Howley’s righteous smackdown of noted telepath Melissa Lafsky, who had clucked her tongue at Kerry and other ova donors who won’t fess up to the deep emotional trauma they must have experienced as a result of the process. Favorite graf: It’s worth pointing out that anyone […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Sociology

The Funniest Thing I’ve Seen This Week

July 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

An allegedly corrupt local official in Oklahoma draws a crude, borderline illiterate comic book to explain the homosexual conspiracy against him. Maybe this is backward, but I find myself less taken aback by his substantively insane views—I guess I’m accustomed to elected officials with insane views—than by the fact that someone holding a position of […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Stupid Shit

McCain on Gay Adoption

July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Since I’ve written about this topic at some length in the past, a quick note on John McCain’s recent statement about gay adoption: I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption. Now, possibly there’s new or better data since […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

A Tale of Two Pills

July 10th, 2008 · 7 Comments

John McCain apparently had an awkward exchange with reporters today when one asked whether he thought it was fair that insurance often covers Viagra but not birth control pills. Obviously there’s a superficial symmetry, but I’d think the distinction is pretty elementary: Erectile disfunction is, in theory, a medical condition that will unpredictably strike some […]

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Tags: Economics · Sexual Politics

Summoning a Hobgoblin

July 1st, 2008 · 8 Comments

Ramesh Ponnuru writes: [Barack Obama] says he opposes [gay marriage]. But he also thinks that a constitutional amendment in California to block it is “divisive and discriminatory.” I think the only way to square these positions would be for Obama to say that he opposes same-sex marriage as a religious or moral matter, but supports […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics


June 19th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Somewhat to my surprise, Ross Douthat actually is prepared to defend the claim that for a person in a relationship to look at porn is “equivalent to having an actual affair”: Well, look at it this way: Is there any similarity between “having an actual affair” and having sex with a prostitute while you’re married? […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

Honey, I Think You Should Know, I’ve Been Seeing Joanna Angel

June 10th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Via To the People, I find a Fox News “sexpert” detailing the signs your partner may have a porn problem. This bit seemed rather striking: Many people are completely in the dark that their partner likes porn, much less has a serious relationship with it. Ignorant as to any issue, they trust their lover unconditionally. […]

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Tags: Nannyism · Sexual Politics