Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cripples and lunatics.

“The sexual impulse, not to put it any higher, is a fundamental impulse, and starvation of it can be almost as demoralizing as hunger.  The evil of poverty is not so much that it makes a man suffer as that … Continue reading

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If sex is outlawed, only outlaws will have sex.

One criticism of abstinence education is that it increases the chance of unplanned pregnancy.  The idea is, teenagers who believe in abstinence will feel badly if they prepare for sex by arranging birth control, but feel less culpable if sex … Continue reading

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Thinking deeply about my sexual nature.

“Being in a massive heterosexual majority where you don’t really have to think very hard or deeply about your sexual nature, and where it is easy to drift along without examining core premises of your emotional life, can deny people … Continue reading

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Smoking pot with a homophobe.

Several years ago, I received a call from a friend of mine, “Karl.” “Oh man,” he said, “So I smoked some pot with this guy.  And he totally started flipping out.” “Really?  I thought pot was supposed to mellow you … Continue reading

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Kind of hard to avoid.

When I was eighteen, in an Indian summer evening, I went for a walk with a young woman.  We came to a park, and climbed up on a jungle gym, as eighteen year olds will sometimes do.  As I recall, … Continue reading

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Reformed alcoholics.

When I was in Junior High, the administration would sometimes invite outside speakers to come and motivate the kids.  Among the speakers, one of the more disturbing varieties was the “reformed alcoholic.”  This person generally gave a rambling, agitated presentation, … Continue reading

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The raging sexist.

Last month, someone wrote a letter to Dan Savage: “Here’s my problem: I love women. The way they look, move, and sound. But the idea of actually interacting with women absolutely fucking terrifies me. I’m a virgin at 30.” … … Continue reading

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