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Gender & Sexuality

Gender & Sexuality

Dan Wasserman | Strange 'Defense of Marriage' Bedfellows / Slate.com

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Why Are We Often Terrified of Our Own Sexuality?

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  • While so much about sexuality is brazenly public these days, we haven't advanced very far in our ability to talk about our sexual fears and anxieties.
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  • Journey to the In-between
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Michael Ventura, Psychotherapy Networker

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Photo Credit: viZZZual.com

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Midnight,
One more night without sleeping.
Green door,
What's that secret you're keeping?
-- Pop song by Bob Davie, 1956

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Today, sexuality still seems to be a territory as private and filled with fear as ever it was. You might argue the opposite, because so much about sexuality these days is fearlessly public -- and that's true, if by "public" you mean the merely visible. But privately, we haven't advanced far in our ability to talk of our own sexuality, one with another.

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5 Things You Don't Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases


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There's a lot you probably don't know about sexually transmitted diseases.

William Smith, RH Reality Check

I like to think I am relatively knowledgeable. Academically, I have been steeped in political philosophy and can discuss Plato’s Myth of the Cave or the uniqueness of American federalism and how it shapes public health. Important topics, for sure, but not always the most useful in the day-to-day. I also thought my many years of doing sexual and reproductive health work made me an expert of sorts.

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Then I entered the world of sexually transmitted infections and diseases...and doubt settled in.

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I am now three months into my new role as the executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and I have begun to reflect on a few things I did not know previously that have been, well, shocking to me, and have tested what I thought was a well-honed repertoire of knowledge. We’ve been working here at NCSD to highlight some key issues related to STDs given that April is National STD Awareness Month and I thought I would take the liberty of providing a few reflections of my own.

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Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics

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  • Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.
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  • Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation
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  • After political gift, Target feels backlash
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  • Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him
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Michael A. Jones, Change.org

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Target, practically everyone's favorite discount retail store, is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. But along with precious bodies of water, Minnesota is home to some pretty rabid anti-gay politicians and groups. Among them include Tom Emmer. And Target, it seems, is apparently filling  his campaign coffers with nearly $150,000.

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Follow the money. At least, that's the message delivered by an article at sfist.com by Matt Baume<>, who tracks $150,000 from Target's coffers, through a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward, all the way to Tom Emmer, who himself supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels around the state saying that it's moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians.
For those into algebra, it looks a little like this: Target + Minnesota Forward + Tom Emmer = Support for a rather dangerous and radical political philosophy that diminishes LGBT people to pests that should be murdered. And Target is cool with this?

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Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.

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Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation, Michael A. Jones, Change.org
Get your Kleenex ready, because one of the sweetest mothers in the entire country just smacked back at Target for its anti-gay donation of $150,000 to an organization supporting a politician in Minnesota, Tom Emmer, who believes that gay and lesbian Americans should be second class citizens.

After political gift, Target feels backlash, Jackie Crosby and Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune | MN
After criticism from gay-rights advocates, CEO Gregg Steinhafel defended the gift to MN Forward.

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Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
Minnesota case the next phase of national battle over campaign finance reform

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Surprising Turn-Ons for Women

Women dish on what they like men to do -- and it's not in the bedroom.

Jennifer Soong, WebMD

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When I casually asked my friend Becky about secret turn-ons for women, she didn't hesitate for a second. "Doing the dishes," she responded, as her husband looked at her in disbelief. "That's hot!"

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For many women, turn-ons aren't necessarily about traditional romantic gestures like getting roses on Valentine's Day or canoodling during candlelit dinners. Simple everyday rituals like pitching in with the dishes or having coffee together at sunrise can be downright sexy. (Listen up, fellas, you don't even need to spring for a card.)

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"When a partner can really count on these kinds of little loving gestures on an ongoing basis, it really makes for the kind of connection that's absolutely necessary to have a relationship hang on through the good and the bad and all the crazy stuff," says Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill, EdS, LMFT, a couples therapist in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. and author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage.

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