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Sex And Human Rights: Opposing Protests

I’ve seen this question posed all over Twitter, and in this article from The Nation: why are student protesters at Penn State allowed to run amok over the firing of a football coach who protected a child rapist, while student (and faculty) protesters at Berkeley are beaten and arrested for peacefully protesting? It seems to me that human rights are being valued differently in each instance, with the former elevating sports over the integrity of young people’s bodies, and the latter punishing young people for insisting on their basic rights to assemble peacefully. In both cases, young people are being assaulted. Something to think about. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

The TSA’s Impact On Bodies, Sexual And Otherwise

The recent change in TSA regulations, requiring passengers chosen at random to either undergo scanning in a dubiously safe backscatter machine, or getting invasively full-body searched, has stirred up many issues related to sexuality, bodies, and personal boundaries. The TSA has released statements about the new backscatter machine, which according to them does not provide a full-nude scan of the passenger as believed by many. Nor are the images saved, but rather deleted immediately by employees. Others have contested this claim, however, asserting that there is not enough oversight to ensure that the images are always deleted, or do not contain or portray personal identifying features. There are also health concerns, as the backscatter machines are thought to emit unhealthy levels of radiation–or levels that might be healthy for a normal person, but potentially dangerous for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Continue Reading →