Rape Culture in YA Literature — Sex & Justice

Steady yourselves, I’m going ti recommend an article in Glamour magazine. But first I want to talk about Veronica Mars. You remember Veronica Mars right? A TV show a few years back, it featured Kristen Bell as a high school girl who helped solve cases that came in to her Dad’s detective agency. But what […]

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Gay Activism in the Non-Western World

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This isn’t what LGBT life is like in the 75 countries where it is illegal to be gay.  But this is a look at the fact that activism wasn’t born in America, and there are many non-Western countries where LGBTs are living authentically and making a difference in their communities.

Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols are a couple from San Francisco who bought a camera and a book about how to make a documentary and set off to meet gay activists in the non-Western world, activists they call the Supergays.  Despite the cute name, worth watching, if only for the examples of people climbing toward justice.  How do we get there from here?  These people have some good ideas.

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Why Sex Worker Rights Complement LGBT Rights

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I’m pretty new to being vocally sex positive.  I’ve been polyamorous all my life, so in my personal circle, I’ve been critical of dominant relationship paradigms — for me.  I’ve been bisexual all my life, so when someone has asked, I’ve said yes, I’m bisexual.  And I’ve been submissive most of my adult life.  That actually doesn’t come up in conversation much with my friends, so while I don’t hide it, I also don’t make a big deal out of it.

But through my volunteer work with the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle, and with this blog, I have become much more vocal about what I’d like to see happen beyond the personal level:  transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they feel is appropriate; no one should be discriminated against in employment or housing, regardless of sexual preference or gender identity (or race, age, etc.)…

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BDSM or Murder

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All four defendants were found guilty in the beating and strangulation death of “house slave” Shirley Beck, reports the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Beck, who was 39 at the time of her death in 2014, had come to Clarksville  in 2012 to be trained in BDSM and meet the man she’d developed an online relationship with, whom she hoped would become her Master.

The relationship didn’t work out.  Beck moved in with next-door neighbor Twila Ours, and a few months later asked if she could be Ours’ slave, according to Ours. Ours said she took Beck on as a house slave, a term the Leaf Chronicle calls “the lowest level in the BDSM community”.  Thought Ours and Beck had an S/m relationship, it did not include sex, said Ours.

She loaned Beck to the mistress Cynthia Skipper at the house at 108 Wilson to do some cleaning, and…

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On Tinker Toys and Sex Work

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Do you remember Tinker Toys? I do. We had a lot of building toys when I was growing up, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Legos. And every once in a while, they’d get mixed up in our hasty “Oh crap, Mom’s coming!” panic-driven clean up, and the next time you’d go play with Tinker Toys all the colored plastic pieces and fake notched logs would tumble out. Because you’d done it wrong in the first place.

A recent “sex trafficking” bill in Hawaii, heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee this last week, does the same thing that many such bills do:  it conflates human trafficking and sexual slavery with legitimate sex work by adult practitioners in a consensual setting.

Most recent anti-sex work legislation gets it wrong.  When sex work, human trafficking and child enslavement are all thrown into the same box, legislation becomes messy, confusing, and ineffective.

Rights, Not Rescue

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Case Study: Arkansas

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I’m looking at transgender rights and where we are with the struggle to get rights for transgender people state by state. It’s a very nascent struggle and a very hot one right now.  Even in states where there are ample protections in place for sexual orientation, there are still no protections for gender orientation.

I’m looking at three areas:  does the state have protections against discrimination by gender orientation? Does the state have protections for hate crimes against transgender people? And, what does it require to get a birth certificate name changed.  But I keep bumping into a more interesting story.

Take Arkansas. Please. (Rimshot here.)

Arkansas is a perfect example as to where the controversial issue is right now for most of the country in early 2016.  Now, sexual activity between people of the same gender has been legal for — gosh! — about 11 years now…

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Tea & Consent

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I ran into this video awhile ago and it’s stuck in my mind. It’s the perfect video for explaining consent to someone who just. doesn’t. get it.  If that sounds like someone you know, see if you can share this video with them, and then find out what they think. It could be a life-changing conversation.

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