Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dumb teenagers who have sex.

I never had sex in high school.  I didn’t even try.  And the reason for this wasn’t just shyness or lack of self-esteem (although that was certainly part of it).  The other reason, in retrospect, was snobbery.  It wasn’t a … Continue reading

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Hitting children.

Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing.  They shall be treated with respect for their person and their distinctive character and may not be subject to corporal punishment or any other humiliating treatment. – Swedish Children and … Continue reading

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Employment and the disposable man.

The thing about sexist attitudes is that they’re often expressed semi-unconsciously.  For example, I haven’t yet seen an article or blog post entitled, “Men are worthless if they’re unemployed.”  But look at the first paragraph in Hugo Schwyzer’s “Good Men … Continue reading

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Female CEOs, personality, and a better world.

Via Ethecofem, I came across a lecture by Sheryl Sandberg on the dearth of women in positions of power. She mentioned the usual suspects:  Women underestimate their abilities.  Women don’t raise their hands.  A new study shows that 57% of … Continue reading

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Why were the early 90s so terrible?

The early 1990s were a low point in the sexual zeitgeist.  A few years back Judith Warner wrote about Thelma and Louise and how things have changed since then. I’ve sometimes wondered why the early 90s were so awful, sexually … Continue reading

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Going to the grave with your syphilis slightly informed.

The question of whether and when it’s appropriate to be flip about serious matters became an issue – two and a half years ago – when two columnists from Jezebel were guests at a New York City “event.”  Somewhat late … Continue reading

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The eraser test.

To even the casual observer, it’s obvious that many people promote a sexual ethic from which they once deviated – often in spectacular fashion – when they were younger and exploring their own sexuality.  Yet these people aren’t usually labeled … Continue reading

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