Property of the State

One of the tragic flaws of the human race is that the mass of people are wholly unable to see the big picture, which gives a powerful advantage to people and institutions wise enough and patient enough to invest their energies in a long game.  While many people can recognize the immediate problems with some

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Delightful Conversation

In early December, Elytte and Miranda Barbour were arrested on a charge of murder in the first degree, three weeks after getting married and moving from North Carolina to Pennsylvania: [The Barbours]…lured a man to his death with an ad on…Craigslist…because they wanted to kill someone together…Elytte Barbour told officers…that he and his wife, Miranda…[lured] Troy

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Helping Themselves

For most of the Twentieth Century, “authorities” in many Western countries (especially the United States) chose to portray sex workers as either criminals to be jailed or “problems” to be solved, “social evils” as the Victorians had termed us.  But by the 1970s, that narrative was wearing thin:  the sexual revolution had opened many people’s

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News: New Sex and Feminism Research Made Available by Harvard

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS), Harvard University, has completed a five-year project to address its backlog of uncataloged print, manuscript, and audiovisual material.  This involved cataloging of the entire print backlog (12,813 titles), 207 manuscript collections and 8,479 unpublished audiovisual items. Unexpected discoveries include a videotape of the last

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Columns: Long Spoon

The casual modern observer can be forgiven for perceiving the issue of “human trafficking” as nothing but a moral panic conjured up as a disguise for anti-sex work efforts, inextricably bound up with “end demand” rhetoric and supported by dodgy statistics, grandiose claims and bombastic rhetoric, because that is what it has become.  But it

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Chauvinism

Language changes over time; words come and go, and new words are used in place of older ones.  One word which was common in my youth but has since declined sharply in popularity is “chauvinism”, meaning “blind and fanatical devotion to something”.  A chauvinist is one who believes his own group, belief system or whatever

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Sexual Health: Coming Clean

It isn’t often that I find myself at the city’s Sexual Health clinic, but this morning I was there to offer support to my friend Claire* who joked that she’d been, in the immortal words of Beyoncé Knowles in Lady Gaga’s utterly fabulous video Telephone “a very bad girl. A very, very, bad, bad girl”.

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Wise Counsel From Susan Quilliam: Termination Troubling

Dear Susan, When I fell pregnant last autumn, it just wasn’t the right time. Matt and I both agreed we wanted to wait until we were settled, got our careers sorted, had a good income, so I terminated my pregnancy. No problem. End of story. But I can’t seem to put it behind me, and

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