Adam Fisher @ Kinsey Confidential | Why Don’t We Talk To Our Parents About Sex? Fisher interviews sex educator Corey Silverberg.
Austin Duus @ In Our Words | Don’t Care About the Old Folks: Gay and the Elderly. A thought-provoking piece about ageism in the queer community. ”What I had resented about (straight) senior citizens is that they are both politically enfranchised and had the good fortune to grow old with the esteem of society and recognition for the wisdom they have accumulated. Ten years ago I didn’t see those things as the future of my community. That is no longer the case.”
Heina @ Skepchick | For Instant Outrage, Just Add Sex. ”All of these experiences have made me regard any efforts to single out sex work as bad with a great deal of skepticism. Is there not plenty of degredation, humiliation, and dehumanization inherent to many types of work, not just sex work, especially when you consider places where there is no enforced protection of workers?”
Flavia Dzodan @ Tiger Beatdown | Behold the power of the penis! Erotica, porn and escorts for cis straight women. The mainstream porn version of what we in fan-fiction land refer to as the “magic penis” trope (penes can make anything/everything better!)
Historiann | Sex preferences among expectant parents: are they antifeminist? Interesting conversation in the comment thread!
Miriam @ Radical Doula | Update on The Radical Doula Guide and an excerpt from the intro. The amazing Miriam Zola Perez is putting together a radical doula guide (full disclosure, as a supporter I’ll be getting an advance copy and reviewing it in May). Here’s a excerpt; I’m so looking forward to the full publication!
carrienelson @ Bitch Media | Visi(bi)lity: Invisi(bi)lity in the Culture Wars. In her series on bisexuality in popular culture, Carrie Nelson writes about the erasure of bisexuality in the sex scandals of anti-gay culture warriors.
Charlie Glickman @ Adult Sexuality Education | Queer as a Verb. ”When I see someone queering gender, sexual orientation, sexuality, or anything else, I know that I’m seeing a bold person. I know that they’re doing one of the scariest things people can do.” Also: Enthusiasm for sex isn’t the same as sex positivity.
Clarisse Thorn | [classic repost] BDSM As An Orientation, and the Complication of the Orientation Model. She’s talking specifically about BDSM, but I think a lot of these “complications” are similar across any notion of our sexuality as an innate orientation. In sum: for any aspect of our sexuality, for some people it’s experienced as a core component of self and for some people it’s not. Any model that relies to heavily on the core-component formulation will leave the fluid/contingent/situational folks out in the cold.
Katie Roiphe @ Slate | Why Is the Sex on HBO’s “Girls” Such a Drag? I know, right? Katie Roiphe actually takes mainstream television to task for their sexual conservatism!
Caperton @ Feministe | Why “I prefer small boobs” isn’t helping. Body acceptance is about the celebration of all bodies, not just the rejection of one hierarchy of beauty with another.
What have you been reading/writing Harpies? Share links in the comments!