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‘What Would You Do If a Gay or Lesbian Were In Your Shower?’ and Other Pentagon Survey Questions – Political Punch

Posted: July 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The Pentagon angered GLBT groups by spending $4.5 million on a survey they called "insulting" and "derogatory." In the survey, questions are "repeatedly phrase[d]…in terms of 'if' the repeal happens," Jake Tapper writes, despite Obama's announcements that the only question is when.

One "question asks troops 'If [DADT] is repealed and you had onbase housing and a gay or lesbian Service member was living with a same sex partner onbase, what would you most likely do?' Options range from 'I would get to know them like any other neighbors' to 'I would probably move offbase.'" Servicemembers United, a lobbying group, says "In questions about how the belief that a coworker was gay or lesbian impacted the unit's morale, the 'question and its accompanying answer choices…suggest a negative impact on morale. No options are given to express a belief in a positive impact on morale.'"

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Ugandan Gay Activist Found Beheaded :: EDGE Boston

Posted: July 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This week, "some in Uganda are not waiting for the [Anti-Homosexuality 2009] bill to pass into law: a priest has vanished after delivering a sermon urging compassion for gays, and a young GLBT equality activist, who had also disappeared, has been discovered dead—his head severed from his body and thrown down a latrine." Although mainstream US media outlets have been silent on this issue, "[o]ne or more suspects had been arrested before the head’s discovery, according to a news report that has subsequently been posted at YouTube. The report noted that 'blood stained clothing' was discovered along with the head."

Killan Melloy reports, "The dismembered head of Pasikali Kashusbe, who, together with his partner—referred to only as "Abbey"—worked with GLBT equality group Integrity Uganda." Make absolutely no mistake: such horrors are partly the result of American conservatives' spewing hatred.

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Update: SayenCroWolf points us to this retraction by Box Turtle Bulletin: “We’ve worked hard at BTB in establishing our credibility, and I believe that a key component of that is also to maintain an atmosphere of transparency and accountability when we get it wrong. Along the way, I’ve learned that some sources on the Internet are trustworthy, and others are not worth the electricity it takes to power their servers.” It sounds like there’s still some mystery over what happened in Uganda but, either way, I’m really glad to see how quickly reputable sources can self-correct themselves when they receive new information. Good on you, BTB, and thanks to SayenCroWolf for the stunningly fast pointer, too!

Update: xMech points us to an even fuller explanation from Box Turtle Bulletin. Thanks!

Think Progress » Wisconsin GOP U.S. Senate candidate wants to outlaw homosexuality and pornography.

Posted: July 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Cue the space music (no, srsly, there's space music), because Republican Senate candidate Ernest J. Pagels Jr. from Wisconsin is "vying for the opportunity to run against Sen. Russ Feingold (D) this September." His campaign's premise: "if elected I will initiate a bill to outlaw homosexuality, abortion, and all forms of pornography. I think these are three ills that are plaguing our nation and bringing it down." (Emphasis ours.)

Although he's in Wisconsin, Mr. Pagels's platform parrots the official Texas GOP 2010 platform, itself eerily similar to Uganda's unabashed anti-gay human rights violations. But don't worry, Pagels' 1-minute TV ad scrolled a Bible verse along with the space music, so we'll be fine. (Right?) Gotta give the haters props for staying on message….

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DOMA decisions released (ruled unconstitutional by federal court judge)

Posted: July 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

"In an enormous victory for same-sex marriage, a federal judge in Boston today (Thursday, July 8) ruled, in two separate cases, that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional," Lisa Keen reports. "Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Congress violated the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when it passed DOMA and took from the states decisions concerning which couples can be considered married," and he also ruled that "DOMA violates the equal protection principles embodied in the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment."

The ruling is expected to be appealed at the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Tauro took only 2 months to decide that "there was no justifiable reason to the federal government to treat same-sex couples [differently]." According to a report by Denise Lavoie, Nancy Gill, a plaintiff in the suit against DOMA, said she is "thrilled" with the decisions.

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Kink On Tap 48: They Call Themselves Gayglers

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Muslims can buy Halal sex toys online, men might soon have a birth control pill of their own, gays at Google (“Gayglers”) get a tax-break in the form of higher pay, a syndicated parenting columnist worries that social networking is replacing sex, and last but certainly not least, a 6-story Jesus statue gets destroyed by God’s wrath. Take that, false idol!

In this episode, Emma and I were joined by the jovial creator of FetLife.com, John Baku. And no, we didn’t just ask him on the show because we couldn’t get American guests for our July 4th recording! :P John is, first and foremost, a character, an exceedingly kind and generous one. We asked him about his views of the proposed .xxx Internet top-level domain, and whether or not he’d get one for FetLife.com. We also tangled over differences of opinion in Missouri’s new blue-law. All told, I hope next time Emma and I aren’t the only ones enjoying wine on-air!

It should also be noted that John and his team at FetLife used to produce a similar, BDSM-focused podcast called This Week In Kink, which I was once a guest on. Although I had some criticism of the show, it was part of what gave me a kick in the ass to start Kink On Tap again, for which I’m very grateful to John and the rest of the FetLife employees. As usual, please send us your feedback and comments or help us out with an iTunes review. Thanks!

The First Thing Young Women Do in the Morning: Check Facebook [STUDY]

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

In a sampling of 1,605 women aged 18-34, 79% of them are fine with kissing in photos, 42% think it’s okay to post photos of themselves intoxicated, and 50% of women believe that it’s just fine to date people they’ve met on Facebook, compared to 65% of men. All this and more according to a recent study released by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research, Ben Parr reports for Mashable.com.

Now, I raise my eyebrows at the fact that "49% of women believe it’s fine to keep tabs on a boyfriend by having access to his accounts (42% of men think the same way)." I'm not sure if that means 42% of men feel comfortable having tabs kept on them or if they're keeping tabs on their partners, but it does bring up an obvious question: why aren't more folks simply communicating more honestly? Reassuringly, however, 89% agree that "you should never put anything on Facebook that you don’t want your parents to see." So I guess many people don't mind their parents seeing them drinking. That's pretty chill.

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More Women Without Children – Pew Research Center

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

"Nearly one-in-five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s," according to a recent Pew Research report. Childbearing and rearing is arguably the most telling indicator of attitudes towards gender, and this report is full of interesting tidbits of that sort: "children increasingly are seen as less central to a good marriage. […] About half the public…say it makes no difference one way or the other that a growing share of women do not ever have children. Still, a notable share of Americans…say this trend is bad for society."

The authors write, "social pressure to bear children appears to have diminished for women and that today the decision to have a child is seen as an individual choice. Improved job opportunities and contraceptive methods help create alternatives for women who choose not to have children." The issue is partially classist, as white, well-educated women are still the most likely to be child-free.

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For Women, Biological Clock is an Aphrodisiac | Miller-McCune Online

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"27- to 45-year-old females 'think more about sex, have more frequent and intense sexual fantasies, are more willing to engage in sexual intercourse, and report actually engaging in sexual intercourse more frequently than women of other age groups,'" Tom Jacobs reports of yet-another-study. Psychologist Judith Easton asked 827 women to complete "a detailed online survey that included questions about their sexual desires and behaviors." The horniest respondents were dubbed RE or "reproduction expediting," an academic euphemism.

And why are they horny? Yet-another-evolutionary psychology theory: "women evolved a psychological mechanism…that motivated them to capitalize on their remaining fertility before likelihood of conception [became] less probable." But as Easton concedes, older womens' "increasing comfort with sexuality" may also account for some of their findings. Either way, a notion of men being driven by "spreading their seed" while women aren't similarly motivated is bogus.

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Last Night’s TV – The Sex Education Show: Am I Normal? Channel 4; Imagine, BBC1 – Reviews, TV & Radio – The Independant

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Did you know that the BBC has a television show entitled "The Sex Education Show: Am I Normal?" Did you know that this show is now in it's fourth season? If you answered no to both these questions, you may be American. And stunned! Although some, like the writer of this article, aren't entirely sure that this show doesn't push it's everything-is-normal, i'm-ok-and-you're-ok message a little too far, it's still impressive that the show managed to get on air at all, let alone for four seasons! They show nude pictures to high school students! Well done, UK TV. Now to look into getting BBC America….

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2010 World Cup: Jemele Hil on HIV-Positive, Co-Ed Soccer Leagues – ESPN Soccernet

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

South Africa has garnered much praise, internationally, for its hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. But in a suburb of Johannesburg, other soccer games are taking place, where the players are all female and all wear jerseys with bold lettering "HIV Positive." It's a game played by HIV patients from around the city and surrounding area, with doctors and activists in attendance, organized to help return some visibility to the issue of HIV in Africa generally and South Africa in specific. If everyone is looking at soccer, then HIV activists will play soccer. South Africa has the third highest rate of HIV among adult populations of any nation in the world – some 18% of adult South Africans are HIV positive. And while the current administration has generally had proactive and forward moving policies on this, activists and doctors fear that the World Cup has taken both attention and funds away from the struggle with HIV.

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