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The "Biology v. Choice debate" has no place in a discussion of sexual freedom and civil rights

I'm more than tired of all the uproar over whether sexuality is biologically determined or chosen. Actually, that's not true. I'm frustrated by the denial that sexuality isomplicated than that question would indicate, and the refusal to believe that the answer has no place in a discussion of rights for gays.

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Some thoughts on religiosity and sex

According to a Pew Research Center poll on attitudes toward premarital sex 38 percent of adults in the US think that premarital sex is always or almost always wrong (note that the question is framed in terms of heterosexual couples only).

I thought this was odd given that a much smaller percentage of people actually do wait until they are married before having sex, so I poked around in some of the charts. In terms of basic demographics, there are predictable differences between people's attitudes depending on their age group, with older respondents being more likely than younger ones to think that premarital sex is wrong. Other demographic factors that are correlated with a greater likelihood of thinking premarital sex is wrong include income (as income goes up tolerance for premarital sex also goes up) and education (people with more education are less likely to think that premarital sex is wrong), thought the differences are small.

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Arse Elektronica

A conference that brings together sexologists, sociologists, technicians, artists, philosophers, and lots of people who, predictably, cross such arbitrary boundaries!

From the Arse Elektronika 2007 "About " page:

From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. No one can predict what the future will bring, but history indicates that sex will continue to play an essential role in technological development.

For a list of speakers, click here.  

For the schedule, click here


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A "blog about the future of smart sex, bringing you erotic intelligence for a hotter tomorrow through a wide range of posts and features, including the Future of Sex video podcast." Written by Melissa Gira, Lux Nightmare and Irene Kaoru.
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New Feature: Sex in the News

Many thanks to Viviane of the Sex Carnival for explaining to me how she acquired for her sidebar the ever-updated list of news items on so many sex-related topics! I've adapted it for use here, and you can see a page devoted to "Sex in the News" if you click on the "New Feature: Sex in the News" item that has magically appeared in your navigation menu on the left. (That's the menu with your name attached or, if you're not logged in, that simply says "Navigation".)

It looks like this:


news page screen shot


You can see the list of news topics there near the top under the heading "In the news". (They look like tags.) When you click on one, Google pulls together the most recent stories found using that search term and displays them for you on the page.

Sex in the news

Near the top of the page under the "In the news" heading you'll find news stories collected by topic (powered by google news search).

Below that you'll find news stories collected by source.

If you've got search terms or news sources you'd like us to include, drop us a note and let us know. We'll check into it!

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Sex 2.0

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From the conference web site :

Sex 2.0 will focus on the intersection of social media, feminism, and sexuality. How is social media enabling people to learn, grow, and connect sexually? How is sexual expression tied to social activism? Does the concept of transparency online offer new opportunities or present new roadblocks — or both? These questions, and many more, will be addressed within a safe, welcoming, sex-positive space.

Respecting the confidentiality and protecting the identities of participants who wish to maintain a degree of anonymity will be a top priority at Sex 2.0.

Note: We will be following the unconference model, which means everyone is a participant rather than a passive attendee. This is YOUR event!

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Pink Ghetto Blasters -- A new sort of superhero or a SXSW Panel?

That depends: It will only be a SXSW panel if enough people vote for it, so head over to our SXSW panel picker page and vote! (You'll need to register there to vote, but I promise you it isn't a terrible process, and it's not like you'll have to remember the password for long!)

SXSW (which stands for South By Southwest) is a week-long annual music, film and "emerging technologies" festival that takes place in Austin, TX. The SXSW Interactive festival focuses on the emerging technologies part.

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Marty Klein's less formal but more frequent writings on sex, society, culture, politics, and media
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Prenuptial Bliss

Wedding Procession, by Taylor Dundee @ FlickrChandra Marie Schaefer was just sending the groom off to his wedding with one last wild oat to remember (via the AP wire on Lycos, and an article at The Forum in Fargo to which I no longer have access and can’t link). Nathan Ross Blair had apparently carried his bachelor party a bit far, and was reported to police by a friend at about 3:15 AM for flashing a peek above his garters to passing motorists. He was wearing a kilt, and it seems reasonable to assume that the residents of Fargo, ND are now privy to the answer to the age old question of what Scotsmen wear underneath those things.


Ms. Schaefer apparently liked what she saw, as the pair was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and fornication when the police found them near a tree and away from the car where they began their tryst.

Ms. Schaefer pleaded guilty and received a $300 fine and a year of unsupervised probation for her her troubles, while Mr. Blair pleaded not guilty and has a date with the judge on October 16.

No word on whether they will speak to the back-stabbing friend again.

Also no word on whether the bride showed up at the chapel.

From whence came the art:

That photograph is titled Wedding Procession, by Taylor Dundee.

Crossposted at UDoJ .

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