Every Friday, The CSPH shares with you stories, reports, and headlines we’ve come across during the week focusing on sexuality, gender, sexual health, sexual politics, and more. These may be stories we found to be controversial, thought-provoking, or just plain interesting! Without further adieu, here is the roundup for the week of April 20, 2012!
1. Sex Positivity Does NOT Equal Coercion
Dr. Charlie Glickman examines the ways that traditional proponents of sex positivity harm the rights of sex workers, and offers solutions to dispel popular myths surrounding sex workers and help to understand the difficulties they face.
2. Imagining a Life of Freedom
Does anyone else find it funny that one of the most industrialized countries in the world gives credence to the regressive ideas on sex spewed by old, celibate men basing their opinions on their targeted readings of mistranslated proverbs accumulated over the centuries by a religion that initially struggled for acceptance, co-opted the beliefs of other religions, and liked to declare holy wars on other faiths?
3. First Charges under the LGBT Hate Crime Law
As two Kentucky men are the first to be charged under the federal law for LGBT hate crimes, it makes one shocked that not only did it take this long to enact that attacking someone for their sexual identity is a hate crime, but also that there are people bigoted enough that it even needed to be said in the first place. Progress?
4. Aspirin Between Legs is a Contraceptive. What an Imbecile.
Foster Freiss, who suggested women keep an aspirin between their legs as a form of contraceptive, continues on with his stupidity.
5. What Part of “Intro to Human Sexuality” Did You Not Understand?
In an instance of completely-missing-the-point, a Fresno State University student complained to administrators about a film shown in class depicting sexually explicit audio and video. A film produced by the Sinclair Institute, for adult sexual education. In an elective class on human sexuality, where students “may opt out [of viewing certain materials] at their discretion.”