Politics & Law

It's So Big! Stigma

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

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.

Argumentum ad Womanem

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

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

Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

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,

Our Fear of Sexuality is the Root of Rape Culture

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

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:

Uganda's Anti-Gay Law: Unconstitutional & Very American

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Submitted by Steven Ing on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:24

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:

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