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Please send in your submissions for the 5th Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy

Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy As mentioned earlier, on June 23 (next Monday) I'll be hosting the fifth Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy. If you have written or plan to write something pertaining to sexuality, sexual freedom, feminism, gender, etc., send your submission to amberlr [at] gmail [dot] com, or mark the post for me in You can (and should!) also submit posts by your favorite bloggers. The carnival's mission statement, once again:

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Madness on the Interwebz

Ethan Persoff'sSimple citizens of Grenada welcome their American rescuers. personal website is one of the best rationalizations for the existence of the Internet. In addition to being a talented cartoonist himself, Persoff has compiled a fascinating archive of comics history that includes some incredible specimens of pop culture that typically falls through the cracks. His collection includes a complete set of comics produced by Alcoholics Anonymous between 1968 and 1974;

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LGBT History: No Faggots, No Trannies, No Perverts Allowed

People Stonewall Inn like Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps will never succeed in silencing the voices of queers. They're too recognizably vile, and create an instant, impassioned response against them, to ever act as anything other than very good rallying points for people who believe in social justice and sexual equality. The worst enemies of sexual minorities come from within the LGBT communities themselves. They're the people whose vision of LGBT activism involves making the homos just like the heteros, and want that so badly that they strive not to broaden our culture's vision of sexuality, but instead work to narrow the community's vision of itself. Look, for example, at this quote from Joseph Sabrow's editorial in Metroline, a New England gay and lesbian publication, that Autumn Sandeen spotted:

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More Billboard Family Values from my Midwest Trip

Another billboard values series:

Monogamy(100) ad image

I've now seen this image on several billboards in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, but again, I wasn't fast enough to capture them myself. This image comes from the Hearts On Fire web site, where I also learned that this is not actually a midwestern phenomenon, but that the campaign has been featured on the Ellen Degeneris Show, the Martha Stewart show and other national media.

It's interesting to think about what monogamy does for people and what diamonds do for monogamy. According the Hearts on Fire TV ad monogamy itself is potentially pretty boring. Yet passionate, interesting, and romantic people also need monogamy so they need something that brings it alive. Apparently that something is not their own sparkling personalities, but rather that something is diamonds.

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Comstockery in the 21st Century

If we can thank Anthony Comstock, founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and famed censor, for nothing else, there is this: much of what we know about the sexual subcultures of 19th-century New York is thanks to the efforts of Comstock. Much of the Society's intelligence on the moral depravity of the time came from the personal efforts of Comstock, who went to the fleshpots of the city himself to observe the offenses to common decency and recorded them in meticulous detail to be included in the Society's reports. For this, at least, we can thank him, and perhaps advocate that he be let out of whatever hellpit he's roasting in now, for a few seconds each millenia.

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"Kentuckiana" Anti-Porn Campaign

I was shocked when I saw this billboard on I 65 near Jeffersonville Indiana. (Jeffersonville about two hours south of Indianapolis and across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky). The photo above isn't mine - I wasn't quick enough - but is an image of the same billboard from the sponsoring organization's web site. The organization is called Reclaiming our Culture (ROCK) and their mission is to fight adult businesses in southern Indiana and north central Kentucky ("Kentuckiana" in their parlance).

The ROCK web site explains:

The focus of this billboard’s message is the threat pornography and the sex industry pose to our most vulnerable citizens – our children.

As you might expect, their web site offers no specific evidence of harm to communities and no specific data on porn addiction.

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Tag-Teaming Richard Dawkins and P.Z. Myers

A note to Amber C-F: there's pretty much nothing hotter than a woman exclaiming that the idea of fucking two of the great popular biologists and atheist thinkers of our time makes her wet. My own nerd fetishes are well-known, so I can only envy P.Z. and the esteemed Dr. Dawkins and wish you luck. Apparently P.Z. Myers has already taken note of this little video lust letter, so you at least have a shot.

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E for Excellence

With the complications post-move from one host to another (and singing the praises of Elena at our new home, Host Discovery, for her incredible assistance), and with the craziness of wrapping up the semester, I've been delinquent in responding to posts, comments and emails.

Let me begin my catching up by thanking the brilliant and beautiful Caroline Shepherd of Uncool for awarding us an E for Excellence. She listed us in some pretty esteemed company, so we're flattered and honored and if a blog could blush we'd be blushing!

Caroline is also the lead organizer of the Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy, a much needed collection of feminist writing that supports exactly what it claims to support, without excluding sex worker, fetish, kink or other kinds of sexual expression. It's a monthly carnival and if you've read something or written something that you'd like to see collected there, let her know at uncool [dot] blog [at] gmail [dot] com. (The next carnival will be hosted by Chere Juliette on June 2!)e for excellence badge

There are many blogs and sites I think are truly excellent, but let me share a short list here:

  • Bound, Not Gagged, a blog by sex workers about sex work, and absolutely the first place I look when I need information about a sex work story in the news (or about one that should be in the news but isn't).
  • Lux Alptraum's Boinkology - great sex ed and sex and culture podcasts!
  • Debbie Nathan's blog - fantastic writing especially on immigration, but also on sex laws and moral panics.
  • Chris Hall's Literate Perversions - full disclosure: Chris is co-founder of this site, but that aside his original blog is not to be missed.
  • Chelsea Summers Pretty Dumb Things - because nobody does literary sexy and personal as well as she does.
  • Debauchette - another very personal and very beautiful blog by a smart and beautiful woman.
  • Emilie Dice - former escort, current dominatrix, very sharp writer whose blog I'm just getting to know, but can already tell is excellent.

Thanks Caroline!

Interview With Dr. Carol Queen

Sex in the Public Square is proud to present this interview with one of the great sex writers and activists of our time, Dr. Carol Queen. This interview was conducted by Sabrina Chapadjiev in 2005 and originally published in her 'zine, Cliterature.

This is a crucial cultural function of erotic literature: It always serves as a kind of protest literature exploring (and exploding) taboos, gender roles, and socially imposed notions of appropriate sexuality. So says the erotologist, the academic analyst of erotica, in me, but more than that, it is crucial to me personally as I try to carve a space for myself in the world that acknowledges the true possibility of an alternative female sexuality that is exploratory, voracious, curious, pansexual, open to multiple sources of pleasure.
from the essay, "What Do Women Want? We Want to Be Big Slutty Fags, Among Other Things," by Carol Queen

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Sex 2.0 interview is up

Cory Silverberg asked me some damn good questions about Sex 2.0, and the interview is now up at An excerpt:

On your website you describe Sex 2.0 as focusing on “the intersection of social media, feminism, and sexuality.” What does that mean exactly?

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