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It’s Not About Sex

Molly Crabapple The New York Review of Books
The courtesan in literature is an object of desire, but prostitutes of any gender are despised in law and in the popular culture. The book and film under review excoriate the reactionary hypocrisy and chart sex workers fighting back.

Dialectics of Christmas

Fred Halliday Verso Blog
A vintage holiday treat from the UK's Black Dwarf, Christmas 1969*, where the author analyzes the dialectic of Christmas in which the desire for happiness is marshaled into a tool of subjection (and alcoholic oblivion).

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Why Reds Were Better in Bed

Ann Schneider The Indypendent
A counterintuitive if rigorous argument that the sex lives of men and women under the Soviets were better than those in the capitalist West, based on the system's ability to deliver the sort of social benefits unavailable even in Scandinavia.

Friday Nite Videos | October 5, 2018

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A Conversation on Consent. Willie Nelson - Vote 'Em Out (Texas Rally for Beto). Trump Takes a Stand for the Real Victims: Men. Movie: Vice. GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Explains 'No' Vote on Kavanaugh.

Sex and Gender Diversity Is Growing Across the US

Georgiann Davis The Conversation
Despite the challenges sex- and gender-diverse people face, their numbers will keep growing as sex- and gender-diverse movements get stronger, more people gain access to the internet and connect with other marginalized sex- and gender-diverse people.

Tidbits - March 1, 2018 - Reader Comments: Parkland vs. NRA; Need to Tackle Military Budget; War on Workers - Labor in 70s, Janus, West Virginia Teachers; Fight Continues - Memphis - April 2 - 4; and more.....

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Reader Comments: Parkland vs. NRA; Trump's Arming of Teachers - Not; Criticism of Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America; Labor - War on Workers, Labor in the 70s, Janus, West Virginia Teachers on Strike; Science; Sex and Drugs; I AM 2018 - The Fight Continues - Memphis - April 2 - 4; and more.....

What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement

Jane McAlevey In These Times
For the #MeToo moment to become a meaningful movement, it has to focus on actual gender equality. Lewd stories about this or that man's behavior might make compelling reading, but they sidetrack the real crisis... Until we effectively challenge the ideological underpinnings beneath social policies that hem women in at every turn in this country, we won't get at the root cause of the harassment.

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How Times have Changed: Sex, Drugs and Bowling

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
From outlawing bowling in colonial America to regulating violent video games and synthetic drugs today, Mark Stein’s Vice Capades examines the nation’s relationship with the actions, attitudes, and antics that have defined morality. This humorous and quirky history reveals that our views of vice are formed less by morals than by power.
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