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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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Is the concept of the “rape continuum” useful?

Words and concepts are only our best approximation of reality; we look for the closest fit to describe our world.  Human sexuality is complicated and subtle, and so the fit between words and reality is always going to be a … Continue reading

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Somewhat worse than not helpful.

Chloe at Feministing recently wrote about the latest anti-rape social marketing campaign in Edmonton, Alberta, which seeks to discourage rape with messages aimed at men, saying “Don’t Be That Guy.”  She heralded this campaign as one that targeted perpetrators, rather … Continue reading

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Rape and the locker room.

Back in junior high school gym class, a theft had occurred in the locker room.  Somebody had stolen a watch.  The gym coach was a nice guy, but this tested his patience.  He had us all wait at the end … Continue reading

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On “Schrödinger’s Rapist”

Last year, “Phaedra Starling,” a guest-blogger on the now-inactive “Shapely Prose,” penned an open letter entitled Schrödinger’s Rapist.  I found a few responses on the web, but nothing that said what I thought should be said, so I penned my own … Continue reading

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