Author Archives: Franklin Veaux

Food for Thought: The GOP’s Bizarre War on Sex

From Salon.com comes this article about the US Republican Party’s all-out assault on sexual freedom: Rick Santorum, who has compared gay sex to bestiality, outdid himself in an interview that resurfaced this week in which he suggested that states should … Continue reading

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The Problem with “Sex Addiction”

The Telegraph’s Web site recently ran an article by Dr. David Ley with the provocative title Why There’s No Such Thing as Sex Addiction: [T]here’s no standard definition of sex addiction. It hasn’t been recognised as a bona fide disease … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: “Why, Yes, I Am an Islamophobe”

From the Web site Altmuslimah comes this story by a lesbian woman struggling to live within a conservative Muslim society: Even if I were not a lesbian I would find it difficult to make myself “available” to men because that … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: “In Defense of Casual Sex”

From Psychology Today comes an article called In Defense of Casual Sex, which has this to say: The truth is, long-term relationships or marriage do not guarantee a satisfying emotional life or sexual intimacy. Everyone knows someone stuck in a … Continue reading

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Food for thought: Modesty

“I think the pressure on women to expose themselves for the sake of titillating men is wrong, sexist and unfair. “Girls Gone Wild” is exploitative. Victoria’s Secret uses photoshop to mutilate models’ bodies and capitalize on the insecurities of young … Continue reading

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Sexual Double Standards and Complicity

Quite some time ago, I had a strange dream. In this dream I’d met and made friends with a woman. Don’t recall her clearly–long black hair, big brown eyes, that’s all that stuck. Anyway, in the dream, shortly after we … Continue reading

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Sexual Values, Moral Myopia

“Quand la morale triomphe, il se passe des choses tres vilaines.” (When morals triumph, many very evil things happen.) –Remy de Gourmont The extent to which people confuse sexuality with morality never ceases to amaze me. It shouldn’t be amazing, … Continue reading

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High Weirdness: The Lawson’s Vaginal Washer

From the depths of Victorian sexual prudery comes this device, the Lawson’s Vaginal Washer, designed to clean the inside of one’s vagina by means of a perforated water-spraying tube surrounded by–and I shudder to say this–rotating squeegee scrapers. Tweet

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Teen’s Threesome Goes Wrong. Is it…Satan?

Culture is a funny thing. It seems that most–perhaps all–cultures have, somewhere down deep in their collective folklore, some very strange embedded ideas that simply refuse to go away no matter how implausible (or impossible) they are. In the Congo, … Continue reading

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