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Opinion | America’s Leaders Need Sex Ed
This is without even getting into politicians’ misguided notions about comprehensive sex education, their insistence that the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices cause abortions and their curious views about birth control in general. (“Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s O.K., contraception is O.K. It’s not O.K,” said Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, in 2011. “It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”)

As members of the anti-abortion movement have sought increasingly extreme restrictions on the procedure — and have rolled back access to contraception and other health services — their justifications have become further removed from science and fact. It would be naïve to think that giving every elected official a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” would change that.

But facts do still matter. And it sure wouldn’t hurt for more people in power to learn about the bodies they’re trying to regulate.

Nor would it hurt for supporters of reproductive freedom to remember they’re fighting a war on multiple fronts — and ignorance about women’s bodies is one of them.
education  gender  politics  culture  sexual  government  feminism 
14 days ago by jtyost2
The enduring, endearing cult of gray sweatpants thirst
But the gray sweatpants phenomenon has required many men to figure out how to be objectified — without assuming that everyone doing the objectifying is actually planning to have sex with them. Women, of course, have for so long been objectified that to comment publicly on a woman’s appearance is practically expected. Talking about a guy looking good in his gray sweatpants, on the other hand, was once the stuff of private jokes and group chats. Now that it’s far more socially acceptable for women and gay men to perform our desire in public online spaces, it becomes a form of entertainment — an almost subversive one — that we finally get to enjoy together.

Gray sweatpants, as a thirst phenomenon, are almost endearing in their mundanity: While you could theoretically argue that they just show how low the bar is for men, gray sweatpants are also perfectly innocent as clothing items. It’s nobody’s fault that everyone can sort of see the outline of your genitals through them, and in fact, the sweatpants-ification of men’s pants (joggers are just fancy sweats!) proves that the look is a desirable one. Being attracted to dudes is hard enough, but when men wear gray sweatpants, everyone wins.
culture  internet  fashion  gender  sexual 
5 weeks ago by jtyost2

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