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  • What is a Prostitute?

    07/03/2008 3:16:04 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 42 replies · 538+ views
    It was 2000 and I was at a dinner party in Cairo. I was sitting with *Malak, a belly dancer, and we were eyeing up a young woman who had large oval eyes thickly lined with black kohl and a wide mouth painted salmon. It was the first time Malak and I had seen her at Haroun’s house. After she’d been introduced around to the group of friends—dancers, actresses, businessmen, and me, an American anthropologist—that met every Thursday night for drinks and dinner, Malak looked her up and down skeptically, and then she said to me in a low voice,...
  • Virginity Pledges May Help Postpone Intercourse Among Youth (RAND Corp. Study)

    07/01/2008 1:19:42 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 285+ views
    News Release OFFICE OF MEDIA RELATIONS 703-413-1100 x5117 and FOR RELEASE Tuesday June 10, 2008 Virginity Pledges May Help Postpone Intercourse Among Youth Making a virginity pledge may help some young people postpone the start of sexual activity, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers found that adolescents who made pledges to remain virgins until they are married were less likely to be sexually active over the three-year study period than other youth who were similar to them, but who did not make a virginity pledge, according to the study published online by the Journal of Adolescent...
  • Lorena Bobbitt: 15 Years Later

    06/25/2008 6:03:30 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 78 replies · 725+ views
    Exactly 15 years ago this week the world first heard the story of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt. John Wayne, an ex-Marine, was accused of coming home drunk and raping his wife. Lorena was accused of retaliating by cutting off her husband's penis while he was asleep. Lorena went from anonymous to notorious - her story the subject of countless newspaper and magazine articles. Now in her first ever network morning show interview she discusses how she's using her notoriety to help others. "All of a sudden, my private life is out in the open and it's an open book...
  • Where will it all end: An open letter to the ELCA Human Sexuality Task Force

    04/18/2008 5:32:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies · 73+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | 18 April AD 2008 | Rev. Robert S. Ove
    Dear sexuality task force, First I must compliment you, the Human Sexuality Task Force of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on a well-documented and thorough study of the sexuality issue. You have put much work into a very difficult subject, and at the present I’m not sure what more you could do given your stated assignment and the lay of the land. I felt that you tried to be open to all views, but I do have some critical comments that I hope will help bring this topic to light from a different perspective. First I have to comment...
  • Anti-Catholic Education

    03/14/2008 8:39:03 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 43 replies · 854+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 14, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Anti-Catholic Education by: Malcolm A. Kline, March 14, 2008 The faithful are increasingly likely to face hostility to their beliefs in secular educational settings, the Catholic League’s 2007 Report on Anti-Catholicism shows: • On February 21, 2007, “A substitute teacher wiped the Ash Wednesday ashes off the forehead of a student at White County High School,” the League reports. “When the girl and her classmates protested, they were berated by teachers.” • On April 19 in Lake Bluff, Illinois, “A middle school teacher gave an assignment to her students pinpointing who was responsible for the Holocaust and listed Pope Pius...
  • Hooking Up for Credit

    02/22/2008 9:40:30 AM PST · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 139+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 22, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    Hooking Up For Credit by: Deborah Lambert, February 22, 2008 When Family Security Matters released its 2nd annual tally of “America’s Most Dangerous College Courses,” reporter Jason Rantz noted that little has changed on college campuses. He said the fact that professors incorporate rants about George Bush, the war on terrorism and social justice into their class sessions means that students are being seriously short-changed. Among the courses on the 2007-2008 list is “College Sexualities,” offered by Occidental College, which studies the “hook up” culture of college students. “Offering not an iota of academic value,” Rantz says that “the course...
  • College Confidential

    02/19/2008 8:25:07 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 19, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    College Confidential by: Deborah Lambert, February 19, 2008 Remember the days when movies like “Love Story” recounted the joys of campus courtships? Things have changed, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Sue Shellenbarger, who says that today’s pragmatic students are more focused on grades and careers than on moonlight serenades. One survey found that nearly 20 percent of young marrieds or those in serious committed relationships were more likely to have met at the office than at school. This all makes sense. After all, since today’s competitive work environment requires post-graduate degrees and flexible re-location plans, it could take years...
  • Adult Academic Book Store

    12/07/2007 6:22:25 AM PST · by bs9021 · 15 replies · 452+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 7, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Adult Academic Book Store by: Malcolm A. Kline, December 07, 2007 Our academic elites love to point out to the rest of us how unenlightened we are. Perhaps they can explain the scholarly value of some of the books rolling off of their own university presses, such as the trio of tomes reviewed by Camille Paglia in the September 21, 2007 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education: • Images of Bliss: Ejaculation, Masculinity, Meaning, by Murat Aydemir (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). • Impotence: A Cultural History, by Angus McLaren (University of Chicago Press, 2007). • Sperm Counts: Overcome...
  • Conservative groups blast MD county's 'gender identity' proposal (guys in the girls' restroom)

    11/14/2007 7:59:05 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies · 45+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 7 Nov 07 | Jim Brown and Jody Brown
    A large Maryland county near Washington, DC, will soon decide whether to declare transgender people a "protected class" under law and become the latest in a growing list of jurisdictions nationally to ban discrimination on the basis of "gender identity and expression." The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to vote next Tuesday (November 13) on a bill that would add "gender identity" to the county's existing non-discrimination policy. The measure (Bill 23-07) is being pushed by the homosexual activist group Equality Maryland and by three Council members, including one who has a transgendered male staff member. Two conservatives groups --...
  • New Study Finds Christian Counseling Effectively Assists Leaving Homosexual Life-Style

    09/22/2007 12:25:11 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 30 replies · 511+ views ^ | September 18, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    New Study Finds Christian Counseling Effectively Assists Leaving Homosexual Life-Style Study also finds leaving the lifestyle not psychologically harmful By Meg Jalsevac NASHVILLE, September 18, 2007 ( - A new study, entitled the Exodus Project and conducted by two psychologists, has determined that, through "religiously mediated means", it is possible for homosexual individuals to leave their old lifestyle and embrace the heterosexual lifestyle.  The study also determined that, contrary to mainstream scientific thought, the effort to change one's inclinations away from homosexuality does not appear to be psychologically problematic. In the words of the authors themselves, "The study is the...
  • Are We Goin' to San Fransisco?

    08/16/2007 9:01:39 PM PDT · by · 7 replies · 542+ views
    CWIPP (Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet) ^ | Aug 15, 2007 | Dr. Peter Jones
    by Dr. Peter Jones In 1974, when I left the States to teach in "godless" France, the cultural revolution was a Left coast/San Fran' phenom', and America was still "Christian." When I returned in 1991, I was in for culture shock, but still never imagined what lay ahead. One man warned us. In 1978, Pastor Charles Mcllhenny recorded his experiences after his church fired a homosexual organist (When the Wicked Seize a City). Church property was repeatedly vandalized and his family almost killed by a firebomb. "Law enforcement" never found the culprits. Mcllhenny used San Francisco as a striking example...
  •'s Mission India: A Second Trip to India Filled with Blessings and Adventures

    08/02/2007 11:24:05 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 159+ views ^ | July 27, 2007 | John-Henry Westen's Mission India: A Second Trip to India Filled with Blessings and Adventures Editor John-Henry Westen was invited to give several talks this year at the Divine Retreat Centre in Potta, India By John-Henry Westen POTTA, India, July 27, 2007 ( - After the harrowing adventures related to last year's trip to India to speak at the Divine Retreat Centre's Power 2006 Youth Conference, the good Fathers who run the giant retreat centre asked me to once again address the annual Youth Conference and associated Couples Conference. Power 2007, was like its inaugural predecessor a huge success with thousands of...
  • Sexualizing Girls [Mona Charen]

    03/11/2007 2:01:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 2,951+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 26, 2007 | Mona Charen
    The American Psychological Association has discovered that too early sexualization of children, particularly girls, is damaging. How about that? Because I have well-developed views on this subject, I almost didn't read the long article about it in the Health section of The Washington Post this week. But I'm glad I did because just when you think you're up to date on cultural decline, you are surprised. Here is reporter Stacy Weiner on the state of preteen fashion: "Ten-year-old girls can slide their low cut jeans over 'eye-candy' panties. French maid costumes, garter belt included, are available in preteen sizes. ....
  • Montgomery Starts Sex-Ed Pilot Program

    03/07/2007 2:34:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 495+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 7, 2007 | Daniel de Vise
    A health teacher at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring spoke to eighth-graders yesterday about sexual orientation. And so began a pilot program in Montgomery County schools that delves deeper into issues of sexual and gender identity than most other school systems in the Washington region, if not the nation. The field test, which will start in five other schools by the end of the month and -- barring legal intervention -- the rest of the county in fall, marks the first time Montgomery teachers have broached homosexuality as a part of the official lesson plan in eighth- and 10th-grade...
  • Solution elusive as churches weary of gay clergy debate

    02/05/2007 1:27:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 82 replies · 1,396+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 5, 2007 | John Blake
    Yet church members slog on through the gay clergy debate because leaders can't seem to devise a solution that satisfies both sides.Ron Miller is a member of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta who says he would have "no problem at all" accepting a gay pastor. But the genial church elder says he'd rather focus on something else — and so should other churches. "A lot of time and energy is being spent by governing bodies and individual churches over this issue," Miller says. "That time could be devoted to the real mission of the church: helping the poor, the...
  • Obama discusses sexuality, spirituality at AIDS conference

    12/01/2006 3:08:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 110 replies · 1,545+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 12/1/06 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    LAKE FOREST Potential presidential candidate Barack Obama stood before one of the country's largest evangelical churches Friday for a frank discussion of sexuality and spirituality that included the declaration that condoms should be made more widely available to fight AIDS. The Democratic senator's appearance at the Saddleback megachurch was a source of dispute among evangelical leaders, with some of the most conservative saying that a politician who supports abortion rights should not have been allowed to speak at such a prominent church. Obama urged unity despite political differences to fight the disease that has killed 25 million people since the...
  • Feminism vs Femininity-Book Review "The Female Thing:Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability" by Laura Kipnis

    10/23/2006 12:34:03 PM PDT · by klossg · 14 replies · 669+ views ^ | Oct. 18, 2006 | Laura Miller
    Feminism has collided with "an unanticipated opponent: the inner woman." The book centers on the most stubborn aspects of the inner woman, the impulses and irrational passions that rise up and swamp us despite our efforts to stick to the designated feminist path. Kipnis wrestles with Dworkin's writings. "Dworkin didn't read the culture wrong: it's true that all the idioms for penetration: 'getting f__ked', 'screwed over' are about humiliation and exploitation. Which does make it hard to see how anyone can avoid a certain duality about it, even when it's pleasurable Kipnis reads a passage from Pearson's "I Don't Know...
  • Film explores spiritual life and sexuality of 'sassy' Saint Teresa

    08/25/2006 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies · 2,122+ views
    Timos Online (UK) ^ | August 25, 2006 | Dalya Alberge
    THE Church is facing another onslaught from film-makers. After the furore over The Da Vinci Code, it is now contending with an allegedly blasphemous account of the life of St Teresa of Ávila. Geraldine Chaplin heads the cast of Teresa: Death and Life, a feature film about one of the great Christian figures. The writings of the saint — a mystic who said that Christ conversed with her — are revered as spiritual masterpieces four centuries after her death. But film-makers don’t do spirituality as easily as sexuality and, in exploring the saint’s sex life, they find themselves accused of...
  • The Altar of Androgeny

    08/17/2006 5:33:51 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 16 replies · 790+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 17 August 2006 | Carey Roberts
    Fact and feminism keep tripping over each other. For decades, radical feminists have prostrated themselves upon the altar of androgeny, flatly declaring that all differences between the sexes are socially constructed. So when men earn more money than women, they say that’s proof of sex discrimination. But men have the Y chromosome, while women don’t. And it turns out that one chromosome contains 78 very important genes. Those genes contain programming instructions that control a man’s brain structure, sex hormones, and a host of other functions. These critical genetic differences play out in thousands of ways that influence risk-taking, sex...
  • Bay State Gay Rules

    06/22/2006 10:01:45 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 25 replies · 855+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 21, 2006 | Matthew Murphy
    Just over a year ago, David Parker was arrested for trespassing onto school property. Parker, whose son was a kindergartner at the time, was on site to meet with the school’s principal and Lexington’s Director of Education to discuss his objections to the school teaching his child about homosexuality and transgender without his consent. In a statement made after his arrest, Parker explained the situation, “We have officially stated on many occasions—to the Lexington school administration—a request that we be notified when these discussions are planned, and want our 6-year-old opted out of such situations when arising ‘spontaneously.’” “Our parental...
  • The USCCB and the “Safe Environment” Programs: Safe isn’t Safe Anymore [VIRTUS]

    05/23/2006 10:54:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 462+ views ^ | 05-23-06 | Elzabeth Schwab
    The USCCB and the “Safe Environment” Programs: Safe isn’t Safe Anymore by Elizabeth Schwab   May 23, 2006 Those who grew up in the 50s and 60s may still remember their first elementary reader about the adventures of Dick and Jane. It was a simpler world back then, and Dick and Jane were as gay as could be. Gay. They were happy, carefree. Today a quite different meaning comes to mind. Amazing, isn’t it, how that one word has changed forever. Another word undergoing a similar transformation today is the word “safe.” Suddenly there is a push for safety in all forms...
  • Alarming News About Handsome Men

    04/09/2006 7:18:01 AM PDT · by twippo · 18 replies · 679+ views
    Netscape Channels ^ | 4/9/06 | Netscape Channels
    Ladies, beware of dashing men. They could be dangerous. Young men who are good-looking and know it are more likely to engage in risky sex than guys who have a less positive body image, according to a new study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University. However, sexually active young women who are happy with their looks are less likely to undertake those same risks, which include having sex without condoms and sex with multiple partners. The study: Led by Dr. Eva S. Lefkowitz, associate professor of human development and family studies, and graduate student Meghan M. Gillen, the Penn State...
  • Author of Radical Sex Ethics Bokk Issues Challenge to the Religious Right

    03/30/2006 10:31:29 AM PST · by klossg · 40 replies · 791+ views
    Yahoo News (PRWEB) ^ | Tue March 21, 2006 | Desmond Ravenstone
    (PRWEB) - Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 21, 2006 -- The author of a newly published book on sexual ethics has gone beyond criticizing the “puritanical moralists” of the religious right. He wants to challenge them to face-to-face debates on college campuses and radio programs. ADVERTISEMENT Desmond Ravenstone wrote “The Principled Libertine: Erotic Ethics for Everyone” (published by Lulu Press) as a response to the viewpoint of social conservatives who want to promote a “traditional” morality on sexual matters. “When I read their writings or hear one of them speak,” Ravenstone says, “it doesn’t sound at all like an ethical discourse....
  • Sexless and Proud - Asexuals Say They're Misunderstood in a Sex-Obsessed World

    03/23/2006 11:42:25 AM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 139 replies · 3,264+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/23/06
    ABC News Sexless and Proud Asexuals Say They're Misunderstood in a Sex-Obsessed World March 23, 2006 — - David Jay has had plenty of girlfriends. But despite the 23-year-old Californian's success in dating, he's a virgin -- and he plans to stay that way. He's not joining the priesthood or taking any vow of celibacy; he said he simply has no interest in having sex -- ever. "I'm sure that life is really, really great when it's all about sex. But life is also really, really great when it's not about sex," he told "20/20's" JuJu Chang. Keith Walker of...
  • Carnal College

    03/21/2006 12:44:48 PM PST · by JSedreporter · 38 replies · 1,837+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 20, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The pornography that once characterized Times Square in Manhattan and 14th Street, NW, in Washington, D. C. has virtually disappeared from those neighborhoods and moved to college campuses, sometimes literally.

    03/17/2006 5:51:34 AM PST · by klossg · 12 replies · 679+ views
    Mirror - UK ^ | 28 February 2006 | Victoria Bone
    MIRROR CAMPAIGN Sex ordeal still haunts Olga SADNESS in her eyes, Olga tries to explain. "With my life, it was hard to refuse," she says. "I didn't think anything could be worse." But it was. When Olga was just 20 she was stopped in the street near her home in Lithuania by a "kind" stranger who promised to help her find a better life. "I had no mother or father," she says. "My sisters were alcoholics. My life wasn't very good and nobody cared about me. I believed he would give me a new start." Olga was brought to the...
  • What I know about men...

    03/15/2006 1:41:04 PM PST · by klossg · 48 replies · 693+ views
    Gaurdian Unlimited ^ | Sunday March 12, 2006 | Ann Widdecombe
    Note: The author, Ann Widdecombe is a longtime member of the English Parliament, 58, MP, single. A man's company is preferable. Men are vastly more relaxing. I find talking about all that emotional rubbish with women so incredibly wearing: I hate introspection. Men are far less screwed-up than women. They don't make emotional demands or talk endlessly about themselves; they talk about politics, the theatre, that sort of stuff. They like to be strong and like to be thought to be strong. I think that's perfectly normal.
  • Adults need to draw a line for modesty

    03/13/2006 12:09:46 PM PST · by klossg · 22 replies · 743+ views
    The Weatherford Democrat ^ | February 27, 2006 10:32 am | Taylor Amerding
    "Slippage." That was by far my favorite word in the letter Andover's West Middle School Principal Denise Holmes e-mailed to parents regarding their children's attire, or lack thereof, at school. Her note was prompted by the outfits a group of girls was wearing on Valentine's Day, with skirts so short that ... well, let Ms. Holmes explain. "This one girl had the cutest pink underwear on," she said. "I shouldn't have known that." Well, no. But she's not the problem. The problem is that all the boys knew it as well. So Holmes sent out a gentle reminder. Very gentle....
  • Ancient Passion

    03/13/2006 11:49:48 AM PST · by klossg · 10 replies · 481+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Sat, Feb. 18, 2006 | ADELLE M. BANKS
    When Denise and Roger Friesen planned a Valentine's Day dinner for their Omaha, Neb., church, they immediately knew their theme: the Song of Solomon -- sometimes called the Song of Songs -- the sexiest book in the Bible. "O, that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!" says a woman to her lover as the book begins. "For your love is better than wine." Later language compares male legs to alabaster columns and female bosoms to clusters of fruit on a tree. The Friesens, both 47, credit the little book in the Hebrew Bible with helping to...
  • The happiest wives

    03/05/2006 10:21:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 100 replies · 3,677+ views
    NY Times via Neshoba Democrat ^ | March 01, 2006 | JOHN TIERNEY
    Freud confessed that his “thirty years of research into the feminine soul” left him unable to answer one great question: “What does a woman want?” Modern feminists have been arguing for decades over a variation of it: What should a woman want? This week, two sociologists from the University of Virginia are publishing the answer to a more manageable variation. Drawing on one of the most thorough surveys ever done of married couples, they’ve crunched the numbers and asked: What makes a woman happy with her marriage? Their answer doesn’t quite jibe with current conventional wisdom. Three decades ago, two-thirds...
  • Why Wait: The Benefits of Abstinence Until Marriage

    03/02/2006 9:51:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 10,850+ views
    Why Wait: The Benefits of Abstinence Until Marriage by: Bridget Maher The mainstream media constantly bombards young people with sexually explicit messages. Television programs regularly feature premarital sex and sexually provocative content, giving the impression that all young people are sexually active before marriage. The good news is that despite the media's targeting of young audiences with sex-saturated shows, teens prefer the abstinence message.More Teens Remaining AbstinentIncreasing numbers of young people are practicing abstinence today. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the percentage of teens who have had premarital sex declined during the 1990s. In 1991, 54 percent of...
  • Cohabitation and Sex before marriage - a recipe for disaster.

    03/01/2006 7:15:47 AM PST · by klossg · 67 replies · 926+ views
    AOL Black Voices ^ | 2006-02-22 10:54:08 | Dr. Creflo A. Dollar
    Many times born again believers find themselves accepting the ways of society instead of the ways of God. The temptation to do this is tricky and in many cases has become the norm. You can simply pick up a magazine or turn on the TV, and instantly, you are exposed to compromising lifestyles. We must remember, however, that just because an idea, concept or way of life seems acceptable doesn't mean it is right in God's eyes. Popular shows display people living "cheerfully" in a manner that opposes God and his word. A prime example of this is the cohabitation...
  • The naked truth about art

    02/28/2006 11:38:34 AM PST · by klossg · 31 replies · 1,965+ views
    Herald Today ^ | Thursday, February 23, 2006 | Joan Altabe
    Too bad Ginger White, a Bradenton figure artist and director of the Anna Maria Island Art League, found it necessary to go to Sarasota to exhibit her work. White experienced censorship at the Manatee County Public Library in Holmes Beach last year and had to relocate her work to the Digital 3 Gallery in Sarasota. Chalk drawings, which included bared breasts, were taken from view at the library because they were said to be too near the children's section. As if children haven't seen breasts since birth. As if children think of nudity in the same way adults do. Not...
  • 'Roses Are Red, Viagra is Blue...' Pfizer Knows Better - Shame on You! Says AHF

    02/16/2006 1:58:40 PM PST · by klossg · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | Monday, 13 February 2006, 12:01 CST | Lori Yeghiayan
    'Roses Are Red, Viagra is Blue...' Pfizer Knows Better - Shame on You! Says AHF LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation, (AHF) the nation's largest AIDS group and a direct provider of HIV/AIDS medical care to tens of thousands of AIDS patients in the US, Africa, Central America and Asia, issued a warning today that it expects Pfizer, Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company, to run a Valentine's Day-themed ad for Viagra as part of its ongoing shameless holiday-themed advertising campaign for its blockbuster sex drug. For the past several months, Pfizer has been running a direct-to-consumer...
  • One Night Stranded Should Tell Woman Something

    02/16/2006 10:01:20 AM PST · by klossg · 112 replies · 1,376+ views
    Divorce Interactive ^ | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2006 | Susan Deitz
    One Night Stranded Should Tell Woman Something DEAR SUSAN: I am 45 and soon to be divorced. I raised three children, who are now grown and married. My husband and I grew apart in the last years of the marriage, and I've been celibate for two years. Lately, though, I've been feeling very alive and sensual. Recently, I asked a wonderful single man I know if he'd consider a few hours of "pleasure," no strings attached. He said he would, but then he changed his mind. He didn't give a reason. How do I ask another man in a way...
  • Pope shares thoughts on love

    02/16/2006 8:41:15 AM PST · by klossg · 2 replies · 282+ views
    The Sun News ^ | Sun, Feb. 12, 2006 | Richard N. Ostling
    Pope shares thoughts on loveBy Richard N. OstlingThe Associated PressJust in time for Valentine's Day, Pope Benedict XVI issued an encyclical letter on love. Popular prejudice thinks a Roman Catholic priest talking about human love is "like a blind man talking about colors," Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Vatican's council for charity, told reporters with a humorous touch unusual for Vatican news conferences. Turns out, a celibate, 78-year-old pontiff has perceptive things to say in his first encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" ("God Is Love"). Moreover, he says them with a clarity that could begin notable improvement in papal...
  • Teens fight for a chaste Valentine's

    02/15/2006 6:18:36 AM PST · by klossg · 31 replies · 795+ views
    The Diluth News Tribune ^ | Tue, Feb. 14, 2006 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Teens fight for a chaste Valentine's ABSTINENCE: Some high school students suggest honoring Feb. 14 as a "Day of Purity. BY STEPHANIE SIMON LOS ANGELES TIMES High school sophomore Ally Hall plans to exchange valentine cards with her friends today. But her true tribute to the romance of the season was Monday, in the principal's office at Lebanon High School in the small town of Lebanon, Ohio. Hall wrote a brief script to be read over the public-address system. Her message: The most romantic way to celebrate Feb. 14 is to honor it as a "Day of Purity," by pledging...
  • Men, Women, and Ghosts in Science

    02/07/2006 11:32:33 AM PST · by klossg · 7 replies · 443+ views
    Public Library of Science ^ | January 17, 2006 | Peter A. Lawrence
    At the current pace, European women are not expected to reach parity with men in academic science positions until 2050. —Gerlind Wallon [1] Some have a dream that, one fine day, there will be equal numbers of men and women in all jobs, including those in scientific research. But I think this dream is Utopian; it assumes that if all doors were opened and all discrimination ended, the different sexes would be professionally indistinguishable. The dream is sustained by a cult of political correctness that ignores the facts of life—and thrives only because the human mind likes to bury experience...
  • Undercover as a Man

    02/06/2006 1:10:13 PM PST · by klossg · 17 replies · 605+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | February 05. 2006 6:59AM | COLLEEN LONG
    Undercover as a man Book explores male identity BOOKS COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer NEW YORK -- The only time Norah Vincent was ever accused of being too feminine was when people thought she was a man. And when she bound her breasts, wore a pressed blue suit, a fake penis and faux stubble, and went to strip clubs and men's groups to research her book, "Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back," she realized how undeniably female she is. The result is an intimate account of the 18 months Vincent spent as "Ned," penetrating tight circles meant...

    02/06/2006 12:22:11 PM PST · by klossg · 43 replies · 1,245+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 6, 2006 | ELIZABETH HAYT
    February 6, 2006 -- My history with battery-operated pleasure devices dates back a shocking 30 years when, as a teenager, I discovered my brothers' Penthouse magazines and ordered a clunky, whirring, rubber phallus from a back-page advertisement. I hid the gizmo in my dance bag, burying it between my ballet slippers. God knows why the housekeeper was digging around in there one day, but she found my toy and told my mother - who silently placed it on my bed. ...
  • Marketing Effluent

    11/26/2005 4:38:18 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 2,865+ views
    grey_whiskers | 11-26-2005 | grey_whiskers
    INTRODUCTION: This article is written in response to the knee-jerk reactions of many liberals, and what might be considered a “stealth” hypocrisy. On the other hand, it might not be hypocrisy at all—it might be that the liberals really do like to have different standards in different areas of their lives. Read on and maybe things will make more sense… It is interesting to watch the behaviour of liberals when they are considering the impact of human activity on the environment. Words and catch-phrases such as “sustainable development,” “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally sound” come to one’s mind without even having to...
  • Facilitator for Listening Process on Human Sexuality Sought

    09/02/2005 9:36:09 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 568+ views
    A “Facilitator for the Listening Process on Human Sexuality” is being sought by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in London to comply with the 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution 1.10 on Human Sexuality. The position was advertised this week in London and seeks an individual familiar with the “Anglican Communion and its instruments” but who has “no previous public alignment on the subject of human sexuality.” The advertisement, which has not appeared outside the United Kingdom, states the 1998 Lambeth Conference “wished to establish ‘a means of monitoring the work done on the subject of human sexuality in the Communion’ and...
  • What Bishop Chilstrom would have said to Lutheran Assembly

    08/28/2005 6:05:21 PM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies · 560+ views
    Lutherlink | 23 August AD 2005 | Herbert W. Chilstrom
    I had also been asked to speak in support of Recommendation Three. I was in line to speak when there was a call for a vote and debate ended. Had I had the opportunity to speak, this is what I was prepared to say: Bishop Hanson: At the 1992 meeting of the synod bishops that I referred to earlier, I also said that in my judgment our ELCA should not ordain persons in same-gender relationships. I felt that as a church we simply had not done enough study of the biblical and other materials related to homosexuality. After I retired...
  • Elementary schools shouldn't be teaching homosexuality

    08/17/2005 1:16:17 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 133 replies · 1,834+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | August 17, 2005 | Al Kinght
    The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been busy for 10 years ... creating gay student groups at hundreds of high schools and passing laws or regulations that limit or eliminate harassment aimed at homosexuals....The organization has also used part of its $4.3 million budget to promote a reading list for students as young as those in kindergarten.... At the high school level, some of this indoctrination might be excused on the grounds that students are old enough to make personal choices and maybe some of them can define terms like "sexuality" and "gender." No such excuse can...
  • Darwinian thought and the march to the Holocaust

    08/01/2005 7:26:21 PM PDT · by david ford · 6 replies · 464+ views
    I'll reply to this with a chronology.
  • Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited

    07/05/2005 12:05:45 AM PDT · by freespirited · 24 replies · 1,584+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/5/05 | Benedict Carey
    Some people are attracted to women; some are attracted to men. And some, if Sigmund Freud, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and millions of self-described bisexuals are to be believed, are drawn to both sexes. But a new study casts doubt on whether true bisexuality exists, at least in men. The study, by a team of psychologists in Chicago and Toronto, lends support to those who have long been skeptical that bisexuality is a distinct and stable sexual orientation. People who claim bisexuality, according to these critics, are usually homosexual, but are ambivalent about their homosexuality or simply closeted. "You're either gay,...
  • Marriage: A Path to God

    06/30/2005 7:04:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 366+ views
    Catholic ^ | 06-30-05 | Paula Huston
    by Paula Huston Other Articles by Paula Huston Marriage: A Path to God 06/30/05 My friend Larry has a term for it: “spiritual divorcées.” They often crop up in small, intimate Christian groups, particularly those that focus on deepening spirituality. Spiritual divorcees are married people who have heeded the call to greater solitude, silence, and prayer in their lives, and now find themselves in a marital crisis. The more seriously they practice these disciplines, the greater the gulf grows between them and a once-beloved husband or wife, who either cannot understand, does not approve, or perhaps does not believe in God...
  • Sex researchers convene in San Francisco to study 'moral panics'

    06/19/2005 8:38:15 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 36 replies · 1,421+ views
    AP ^ | 6/219/05 | Lisa Leff
    Researchers here want to talk about sex, and not just the naughty bits. Academics, social scientists and policy makers from around the world are gathering this week at San Francisco State University for a conference on human sexuality and the "moral panics" caused by such charged topics as homosexuality, abortion and sex education. And while there's plenty of talk about Hollywood, masturbation and all topics titillating, the premise is that ignorance and intolerance about sex have disastrous consequences - whether it's an inadequate response to AIDS, the stigma suffered by rape survivors or teenagers having unsafe sex. "Better sexuality education...
  • Geneticists identify 'master switch' that causes female flies to behave like males

    06/15/2005 7:43:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 379+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 16 Jun 2005 | Hannah Hickey
    Turning on a single male-specific gene produces a female fruit fly that displays male courtship behaviors: chasing other females, tapping their abdomens and performing wing-beating love serenades. The results, published in the June 15 online edition of the journal Nature, show that a single gene can determine how females and males detect and respond differently to sexual cues. ''In these experiments we see all the steps of the male courtship ritual you could physically expect a female fly to do,'' says Bruce S. Baker, the Dr. Morris Herzstein Professor in Biology at Stanford and co-author of the study. ''It's a...
  • Darwinian a-morality; Hitler was a homosexual

    06/02/2005 4:17:31 PM PDT · by david ford · 38 replies · 1,189+ views
    I'll reply to this with details.