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Shakesville | We Live in Modern Times

Posted: June 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Shakesville | We Live in Modern Times

The clever advertisers at French car manufacturer Renault have had a brilliant realization: If sex sells, perhaps safe, liberated, accepting sex will sell even better. They've created a series of short, funny ads, including a son pulling up to a club, recognizing one of the drag queens outside as his father and saying "Hey, Dad, can you get us in?" and a grandmother finding a strawberry flavored condom in her daughter's bag, saying "Sophie…I thought you didn't like strawberries" and then tucking the condom away in her own pocket. The ads, for their new car model the Twingo, end with the tagline "We live in modern times" – and as a modern person with a love of safe, gender variant sex, I've got to say I'm fairly sold!

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I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor – Learning From Soap Operas – NYTimes.com

Posted: June 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor – Learning From Soap Operas – NYTimes.com

Some of the most dedicatedly watched television programming world wide, Soap Operas and telenovellas serve an unexpected purpose – education about female empowerment, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and other health issues. They are watched – or listened to – by everyone from stay-at-home-moms to doctors, from America to Ethiopia. Various communities and organizations, getting wise to this fact, are even creating new programs directly aimed at educating about health or breaking down the taboos around HIV/AIDS. Turns out, there's more to "Days of Our Lives" than anyone had guessed!

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