Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

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So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Same-Sex Romance Comes to Star Wars

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“Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” Yoda’s observation about the Sith is about to take on a whole new kind of meaning, and let’s not even think about those long lonely nights on the Millennium Falcon. BioWare, Electronic Arts, and LucasArts are set to introduce same-sex romance to [Read More...]

The Sexual Excesses of Modern Civilization

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Okay, so that title is total click-bait, but there’s a real story behind it. If you want some good inadvertent comedy (and tragedy as well), check out this article in Atlantic Magazine, and marvel at the Stan Laurel-style head-scratching of a liberal academic elite trying to make sense of facts that demolish their carefully manufactured [Read More...]

“Tolerance” and Chicken Sandwiches in Oceania

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Not wanting the Mayor of Boston to be the only jackass attacking the president of Chick-Fil-A for doubleplus ungoodthink, Philadelphia is going to “condemn” a private citizen because of his opinions. City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is totally not pandering to the gay vote and trying to score some easy ink, wrote Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy [Read More...]

Congressman/Priest Accused of Sexual Assault

In a piece published at Slate, writer Emily Yoffe recounts a sexual assault by Fr. Robert Drinan, who passed away in 2007. Yoffe, who writes Slate’s “Dear Prudence” agony aunt column, relates three tales of sexual abuse from the course of her life, ending with this account involving Fr. Drinan: The last incident was not [Read More...]

Sexting and Teens: The Myth of Safe-Sexting

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Offered with my standard caveats about “studies,” here’s your depressing factoid of the day: high-school students appear to be texting sexually explicit photos of themselves at a rate of about 20%. Previous studies had put the rate for high-school kids closer to about 13%, with college students admitting to either sending or receiving sexually explicit [Read More...]

Sexual Imagery and Teens

I just love BS sciency headlines that draw absurd conclusions from facts not in evidence, cite studies that are woefully incomplete even by the standards of the scientists involved, and make bold declarations with no connection to reality. In this case it’s an article at Phys.org that wants to assure us that swimming in a [Read More...]

Talking About Sex With Your Kids

Simcha Fischer is a treasure. Today she follows up a column on the problems with some abstinence-only education programs with some ideas about how to talk to your kids about sex. No one likes having “the talk”. If you approached it with any kind of enthusiasm, then I’m kind of concerned about you. I went [Read More...]


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