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237 Reasons to "Do It"

The New York Times is just full of S-E-X these days. 

John Tierney reports on the new study from The Archives of Sexual Behavior "The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting":

Scholars in antiquity began counting the ways that humans have sex, but they weren’t so diligent in cataloging the reasons humans wanted to get into all those positions. Darwin and his successors offered a few explanations of mating strategies — to find better genes, to gain status and resources — but they neglected to produce a Kama Sutra of sexual motivations.

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**Sex in The Public Square "Coming Out" Party**

Join us to celebrate the launch of!

Sex in the Public Square is dedicated to expanding the space for public discussion of sexuality. Blending the techniques of blogging and social networking (think Blogger meets MySpace -- but all open source!), Sex in the Public Square is a space on the Internet where members can explore which parts of sex are private, which parts are public, and what happens when private and public collide. We believe that sexuality is a fundamental component of human life, and that by excluding it from "polite conversation," we lose an important element of democratic participation.

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We now have a "Member Profiles" page!

Ever wonder who the other folks in the square are? Even the quiet ones who don't post or comment much? Now you can see a list of all the Square's members on the "Member Profiles" page. (You might have noticed the new menu link on the left side of the Public Square menu.)

Of course lots of members haven't made profiles yet, so the page looks a bit sparse. If yours is one of the blank ones, stroll over to your account area and upload an avatar, add some of your interests, tell us what you're passionate about, you know, reveal a bit of yourself! (Oh, and if you're one of the folks whose avatar disappeared in the great avatar heist of several weeks ago, please do re-upload your avatar!)

Can't recall how to edit your profile info? Click here! Want to know why we want members to have profiles? Click here!

And as always, if you have ideas about new info you'd like to see in the profiles, just use the contact form and let us know!

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Democrats vote to increase funding for abstinence-only "education"

I don't know how I missed this item posted on the Advocates for Youth web site last week:

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Tom Paine says we make a difference!

Tom PaineTom Paine, co-author of Polyamourously Perverse (and a member of this site), calls us a blog that makes a difference! Click here to read his description of our site and others that he thinks "make a difference."

A quick correction, though: You don't need to join this site post comments. You do need to join ifyou want to post new forum topics. And of course we encourage you to join because above all we're trying to build community, and communities need members.

Elizabeth's picture

CLOSED: Submit a question for the first ever LGBT-oriented Presidential debate!

So it seems that "new media" users and activists are spurring challenges to the way we think about presidential campaigns. We've had the YouTube/CNN debate, and now we're gearing up for the HRC/Logo debate. While neither HRC nor Logo are "new media" entities, they want to use the democratizing force of the Internet by inviting you to submit questions that will be asked by HRC president Joe Solmonese, singer Melissa Etheridge, and journalist Jonathan Capeheart.

Issues that uniquely affect the lives of LGBT citizens are often neglected in presidential politics. Do you have a question you'd like the candidates to address? Is there an issue you think has been left out of the traditional debate scheme too often?

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Dr. Don McLeroy's Take On Sex Ed in Texas

Dr. Don McLeroy, Ready to Destroy Education in TexasOn the heels of my post at UDreamOfJanie about anti-science Sunday School Teacher Dr. Don McLeroy being appointed head of the Texas Board of Education, allow me to bring to your attention another of Dr. McLeroy's religiously motivated dangers to education in the Lone Star State.

I'll spare you the awful frames at his homepage this time, and point you directly to his statement on abstinence only Sex Ed.

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1st Ever Presidential Debate devoted entirely to LGBT issues!

Human Rigths Campaign and MTV Logo host the first ever presidential debate devoted entirely to LGBT issues. From their release:

This historic two-hour forum, moderated by Margaret Carlson, will be broadcast live on the Logo network and online at the Logo website on Thursday, Aug. 9, starting at 9 p.m. EST.

Confirmed candidates now include:

  • Hillary Clinton,
  • Christopher Dodd,
  • John Edwards,
  • Mike Gravel,
  • Dennis Kucinich,
  • Barack Obama, and
  • Bill Richardson.

The panelists asking the questions will be Joe Solmonese (HRC president), singer Melissa Etheridge and journalist Jonathan Capeheart.

For more information or to submit a question for the candidates, click here.

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Kissing Michelle Vitt

Michelle Vitt, Local Non-KisserMichelle Vitt looks happy enough. She’s pretty in the picture of her in today’s Jacksonville Daily News. Sitting in the Starbuck’s there on Western Blvd., in her Abercrombie T-shirt, pretty smile, lovely cheeks, cell phone and keys on the table next to her frozen coffee drink, you might think she’s just your average American college age girl. But Hope Hodge of the Daily News Staff tells us there’s something very atypical about Michelle that you can’t see in that photograph, or even in person.

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Mitt Romney: Never age-appropriate to talk to 5-year-olds about sex

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney I don't tap into the mainstream media news broadcasts often, but I was in the pizza place last evening and caught a story about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and something about sex ed for kindergartners, so of course I had to pay attention! Here's an ABC News link about the story.

I wonder how many 5-year-olds Mitt Romney has spent much time talking to. Yesterday Mitt Romney attacked Barack Obama, who supports age-appropriate sex ed for all school kids, including kindergartners, saying that it was never age appropriate to talk about sex to 5 year olds.

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