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The Dangers Of Androgyny

Dossier, a fashion and art magazine, has been censored in Barnes & Noble bookstores for depicting the nude torso… of a man. Skepchick, reporting on the issue, addresses the problems with sexualizing the female torso to the point where anything suggesting female nudity must be censored. Additionally, though, I think there is a general fear of deception: being deceived about someone’s underlying gender identity, or sexual identity, is downright frightening for people who believe that gender and sexual identity lines up clearly and are easy to spot. But when they’re not… Continue Reading →

Anne Frank’s Edited Anatomy

In all the places to find interesting sex-positive talk, I was informed of this link while listening to SModcast with Kevin Smith.  He and his hetero-lifemate Scott Mosier expressed their disappointment in our society for the censorship that we feel we need to impose on our children, including basic anatomy talk from a famous teenaged figure.  This from the guys who made “Clerks.” The body talk in Anne Frank’s diary is an older story (the content discussed was first published in 1995), but resurfaced two years ago when parents in a Virginia middle school were complaining about the “explicit sexual content” in this classic piece of literature. Reproduced here is the “explicit sexual content.” “…Until I was eleven or twelve, I didn’t realize there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn’t see them. What’s even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris…When you’re standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Continue Reading →

The Australian Sex Party

When I first saw a billboard in Melbourne advertising “The Australian Sex Party,”  I assumed it was an ad for some sort of kinky costume ball, trying to capitalize on a sensationalist title. In fact, the Australian Sex Party is a political party with legitimate candidates and a surprisingly sensible platform. Their primary goals are to promote sexual rights and reverse Australia’s uncharacteristically conservative censorship laws. That said, they are not without a sense of humor: their slogan is “Where you come first.” LOL. Continue Reading →