January 22, 2019

Sexual arousal does not leap from person to person like a virus, duh. But what if what many conservatives actually fear is not physical, but rather moral, contagion? Read more

January 14, 2019

One of the biggest anxieties around sex education is the fear that if kids learn about sex, they’ll want to DO it. But guess what: sex is not a virus that takes over your system once you’re exposed to it and forces you to perform perverse acts. Read more

January 2, 2019

The anti-sex-worker bias seen in the American Plan dovetails with forced sterilization and medical experimentation, as well as straight-up misogyny. It was enforced until the 1960s and 70s, if you can believe it. Here’s a rundown of the American Plan’s impact. Read more

January 1, 2019

We can blame war for a lot of things; among them is America’s decision to lock up women suspected of being sex workers, and to do so indefinitely while forcing dangerous medical treatments on them. Read more

December 31, 2018

In 1917, the American Plan became law, authorizing doctors and the police to indefinitely imprison women assumed to be sex workers, sexually loose, or infected with STIs. This law was on the books until the 1960s and 70s, but practically no one has heard of it. Read more

December 27, 2018

Bouncing between large- and small-scale evaluations of a culture can be complicated sometimes, but I think it gets less complicated when we reduce the issue to: does the culture under discussion dehumanize roughly half its population, y/n? Read more

December 24, 2018

When I first learned about the term emotional labor, it was like I’d just been given a key to unlock experiences I’d been having but didn’t have the words to describe. Did I then go on to misuse the term? I initially wrote about gender and emotional labor, defining the latter as “the set of expectations – often gendered – according to which certain people are socially expected to manage both their emotions and those of others.” I then went… Read more

December 22, 2018

After teaching about sex education for a semester, my students and I had a lot of conversations about what consent is and why American schools aren’t handling the topic well. This comes down to – in part – a faulty understanding of consent. Read more

December 21, 2018

I recently got into a Facebook debate with someone who was convinced all Muslims were basically evil. I’m fairly sure no group of people is entirely evil unless we’re talking Nazis or similarly extremist bigoted views, and here’s why. Read more

December 20, 2018

The workload alone was almost too much for me – and then there was the drama, most of which I actually can’t get into here. But trust me, it was terrible, and necessitated excellent coping and self-care strategies. Read more

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