We need to stop asking when the wave of allegations will stop, and instead, we need to ask how it all began.
Politics & Law
We are a country of inclusiveness, as is evident by our very name: The United States of America. How we treat transgender soldiers should be no different.
Alarmingly, there are still differing opinions on conversion "therapy." My opinion? That you can't call it therapy if you need therapy when it's over.
Here is my editorial recently featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal. Why do I believe as I do? Because science, that's why.
Whew! Sexual-based stigma is a whole lot bigger than I ever thought it could be. Sure, gays get their share of the hate and we all call that homophobia. Women get their second-class treatment and we call that misogyny. These are real problem behaviors that cause genuine suffering by promoting discrimination. I have no desire to minimize them or to suggest that we should stop talking about them. But there is a problem with thinking that these forms of ignorance and discrimination are only about gays or only about women. That is to miss the larger picture. Gays, women and...sex offenders.
According to the FBI, crime in America is down. More people doing the right thing and that's a good, mmm, thing. But then there's the Dark Web. If you think it sounds a bit creepy you're not alone.
Putin dissed Clinton recently. Not such a newsworthy diss actually, not even as bad as the (Caution: completely vulgar!) UnNews about Putin. Putin's words were nothing for the Clintons who, through long years of taking personal attacks must surely have developed skins as thick as Godzilla's. But for sexual futurists Putin's words have a deeper meaning--about him of course. Here's what the
Consent. In this one little word lies the difference between our thinking of women as (1) chattel, property to be owned as opposed to (2) humans equal to men and their potential partners in life. The "killer app" of the 21st century, to reference Niall Ferguson, author of "The West and All the Rest," is gender equality. Consent is a natural and logical consequence of gender equality. And the cultural failure to truly embrace the notion of consent is why some nations will remain poor,
Rape in India, as in America, seems to be a question of legitimate rape...or not. Two young girls, ages 14 and 15, stepped out in a field at night on May 27th to relieve themselves (a common practice in India) where they were sexually assaulted. The next day their bodies were found hanging from the branches of a mango tree. From New Delhi:
Because President Obama is the cause of all things bad, CNN has headlined their story on the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision as "Supreme Court Rules Against Obama in Contraception Case." But the real story, as is so often the case, about human sexuality.
On August 1, 2014, the Constitutional Court in Uganda struck down Uganda's anti-homosexuality law which set life sentences for anyone caught engaging in "aggravated acts of homosexuality." Great news! A barbaric and draconian law designed to imprison Uganda's 500,000 gay adults struck down by the land's highest court. A tremendous win for human rights! Right? Wrong. From Al Jazeera: