What’s On Our Radar 11/09/12

Happy friday to everyone reading this today. So tuesday was a big day in the United States. Gay marriage and marriage equality laws were passed in four states and the number of women elected in the senate rose significantly. Also, the Republican rape apologists all got the boot. When 50% of the population is female, and almost 100% have mothers (except kids with two dads), you just cant say some of the ignorant shit that those old dudes said. So it was a good night…except in California:

So Measure B Passed… and porn actress Stoya is pissed. And rightly so in my opinion. Though I get the arguments for this measure I also fully understand the arguments against and I feel like it needs further discussion, something that is unlikely to happen in the main stream due to it being about porn. – Stoya

Perhaps worse than that Proposition 35 was passed, this pre-election article explains why that is a really, really bad thing for sex workers: California’s Prop 35: Targeting The Wrong People For The Wrong Reasons. – Truthout

According to a British study Children are becoming addicted to internet porn, I don’t particularly like the tone of this article but they make some good points about the availability of hardcore porn and young peoples expectations of what sex is – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dan Savage: The Gay Man Who Teaches Straight People How To Have Sex – The Atlantic

Only ‘Yes’ Means Yes: Why Sometimes What You Think Is Consensual Sex Is Actually Rape – Role/Reboot

And finally Lehmiller answers the question Are There Limits to Being Sex Positive – The Psychology Of Human Sexuality

Lehmiller writes his brilliant definition of Sex Positive in this last article and I’m going to post it here for all the TL:DR types:

(1) adopting comprehensive and inclusive definitions of gender and sexual orientation, (2) rejecting narrow definitions about what constitutes sex (e.g., the view that only vaginal intercourse “counts”), (3) giving due consideration to the potential positive and negative consequences of being sexually active, (4) providing people with the information and tools they need to optimize their sexual health and to make healthy decisions, (5) promoting healthy and respectful sexual and romantic relationships, (6) recognizing that monogamy and marriage are not universal relationship goals and ideals, (7) understanding that not everyone is a sexual being and that a lack of sexual desire is not inherently dysfunctional, and (8) respecting people who have different views about sex than you.

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