Nobody Asked

  I answered this reader’s question on my own blog a year ago, but since it addresses issues that arise periodically I felt it would be worthwhile to revisit it here: I’m passionately against sex-trafficking, and on the whole I do not support sex work.  If the existence of the sex industry hides trafficked victims,

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St. Valentine’s Day

A few Februaries ago my husband called me from the road one day to tell me what a fantastic wife I was, and how lucky he was to have me; I replied that although I wholly agreed with those statements, I was at a loss to understand what exactly had precipitated them in the middle

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Call for Papers: Postgrad and Early Academic Network CFP

PECANS (Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars) is a network of research students and early career academics working in the fields of Law, Gender and Sexuality, broadly conceived. It has, in recent years, hosted a number of reading groups and a yearly workshop aimed at broadening participation, strengthening research networks, and nurturing interdisciplinarity

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Column: Conflation Creates Criminality

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.  –  Karl Kraus Criticism is distinguished from insult by its intent; the former is an analysis and can even be constructive, while the latter is simply an attack.  So while the two may be indistinguishable to the irrational person (who nowadays is

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Thought Experiment

The dignity of man is in free choice.  –  Max Frisch One of the most important negative effects of the popular concept that sex is somehow magically different from all other behaviors is the modern fixation on pimps.  The nightmares of neofeminists and the masturbatory fantasies of trafficking fetishists teem with brutal (and usually dark-skinned)

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Blood on the Sand

In cinema and television, the goodies and baddies are usually distinctly different and in opposition to one another; the enemy of the baddie is a goodie, and anything done to bring down the baddie is automatically good.  But real life is rarely like that; in the real world, the enemy of a baddie is nearly

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Comment: Devil’s Advocate

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.  –  H.L. Mencken Oppressions always start with those nobody is willing

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Case Study

In the process of writing my blog and these essays for Cliterati, I read and scan a tremendous number of news stories every week, from websites based all over the world.  I get many of them from links on Twitter, and my readers send many others; some of them I stumble onto by chance while

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Columns: The Differences That Aren’t

We think we know what we’re doin’ We don’t pull the strings It’s all in the past now Money changes everything.  –  Tom Gray When I first published “What’s the Difference?” on The Agitator, a number of readers took exception to my premise that, absent the possibility of conception, sex is no different from any

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Columns: What’s the Difference?

I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman. – Henri Leclerc No matter what Western religions claim, sex is no different from any other human activity once the possibility of creating human life is removed by birth control.  I strongly suspect that realization is the real driving force behind most of

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Columns: I’m Sex Positive by Cliff Pervocracy

I’m sex-positive! And I’m realizing that’s a painfully ambiguous term.  I’ve seen people use it to mean everything from “not viewing sex as inherently evil” to “insisting that everyone should have tons of orgasms and it’ll solve all their problems.”  You can see how people using the first definition could have some seriously unproductive arguments

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