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Arts & Pop Culture
Steven Ing discusses Handmaid's Tale, the novel, in light of the upcoming TV series on Hulu.
What can this new show teach us about human sexuality?
You can no longer regularly read Dear Abby without finding a sexual issue--and those sexual issues are increasingly the subject of her advice. But sexuality is also making its way regularly to the actual news sections of newspapers and online news mediums. Consider this recent column from the New York Times:
For the last few years Sexual Futurist has helped make possible a discussion about human sexuality that could be based on reason and knowledge. Our most recent effort is a book--the type of book that has never been available before. Using everyday language with no vulgarity, no scientific terms for anatomy (no discussion of anatomy whatsoever!), and no religious tie-ins we examine the notion of "sexual needs" in the same manner one might take a look at intellectual needs, emotional needs or any other kind of human need. The book is a celebration of human diversity and human unity: we may
Ever had a dark, yet unspoken, sense of something really important missing from your personal sex life? You're not alone: witness the enormous popularity of sex toys, pornography, erotica, sexy lingerie, and oh yes, "Fifty Shades of Grey." It's not that we don't love our partners, but the lubes, new positions, and battery-powered toys (fun thought they might be!) are simply a distraction for a limited period of time from a level of boredom with a soupçon of fear, maybe even terror. Is this really all there is? I
By now you have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the murders of writers and cartoonists in Paris this week. The whole thing is just so sad on so many levels. Sexual futurists send their thoughts and best to the survivors and the families involved. The murders are a tragic reminder of how threatening words and conversations can be to people who have run out of ideas.
Funny thing about sexuality--it can be very funny. You may have realized this in your house of worship--those guys understand the need to cut up about things that are awkward to discuss. Or perhaps you experienced sexual humor in a sex education class in school--easier to learn when we can all relax. Or in your family conversations that involved Aunt Edna (a former missionary), Grandpa Lester (fresh out of a 20-year prison stretch) or after the sour look Mom gave Dad when some familial black sheep pipped up with a lighthearted "Ever hear the one about the preacher (or rabbi or imam) who
The slick ad from SALVO magazine that came to my home in this week's mail asked the question "Who's in your head?" The question was juxtaposed against photos of people like Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, Neil deGras Tyson and Bill Maher. Two Jews, a lesbian and a black scientist--all the people Salvo believes we can, oops, CAN'T trust but whose images do sell magazines. They're also selling good fundie doctrine (only slightly used) to people who otherwise might be listening to these very funny Jews, lesbians or even lesbian Jews who like to skewer hypocrisy. True, SALVO doesn't like scie
"Well here it is, folks, all the sexual news you can use."