Category Archives: sex

America: Death Before Discomfort

Craigslist ditches personals ads following passage of sex-trafficking law (Miami Herald) Female homicide rate dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform (thinkprogress.org) In 2011, when the nation was transfixed by the “Craigslist murders” in Ohio, I had a unique vantage point to what was going on. Not only was I living in Ohio, but I was going through a period of very low employment; I had some freelance writing work to help me pay my bills, but I wasn’t teaching, and I really needed…

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Let’s Talk About Sex Work

Conner Habib thread on Maggie Jones’ New York Times Magazine article and other recent threats to erotica (twitter.com) Do Trump’s alleged affairs even matter? (Washington Post) For all that I understand the appeal of this whole Stormy Daniels thing to a lot of people — salacious “sex scandals” will always attract eyes and ears, even more so when they can be juxtaposed against a political group that still ties itself so closely to what it calls “family values” — I’m not comfortable with how much attention…

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The Sweet Spot of (Intellectual) Stimulation

‘We’re sex workers and we vote’: Women’s March event shines light on a marginalized group (yahoo.com) I released my second book of classroom exercises, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes 2, a few days ago. As with the first book in the series, it’s an extension of my efforts to find ways to reach modern students, to stimulate their minds and get them to think about a variety of issues from various perspectives, to help them develop the critical thinking skills that will help…

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Packing (Dildoes) on Campus

Dildos descend on UT Austin in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ protest of guns on campus (mysanantonio.com) In honour of the release of my first book, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes (and yes, I’m gonna self-promote the everloving crap out of it, so get used to lots of gratuitous links and mentions), I thought I’d explore a news story from this past week that ties in directly to one of the exercises in my book: The promised protest of open carry laws on Texas college campuses this past…

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On Cloppers and Clopping

The original Star Trek television series was the backdrop for a lot of the bonding I did with Mom when I was young. Back before we had cable, reruns of the original Star Trek were one of the few things my mother made a point of catching whenever they were on, because she’s always had a huge crush on William Shatner dating back to before he even appeared on The Twilight Zone. For my part, I identified a lot with Spock, if only because he was the closest…

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