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Critically Examining the doctrine of gender identity - YouTube
A presentation by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper for Coventry Skeptics. The Q&A (linked from the description) is interesting too.

A concept of gender identity which is entirely exhausted by "I am what I say I am" doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of a professional philosopher like Reilly-Cooper, and I hadn't realised that people were saying things like "my penis is a female sex organ, because I am female" (as opposed to saying "it's a woman's, because I am a woman").

I do wonder how much harm is being done by people believing wacky things in this case, though: is it common for males to cynically claiming to be women in order to harass women?
gender  sex  feminism  identity  identity-politics  biology  philosophy 
march 2016 by pw201
What I've Learned About Female Desire From Reading
Mallory Ortberg is fun. "100% of women want to have sex with a man who embodies the fox version of Robin Hood from the cartoon Robin Hood, but most do not actually want to have sex with a fox or a man dressed as one."
mallory-ortberg  funny  reading  sex  desire  books 
april 2015 by pw201
TAM2014 - Carol Tavris - Who's Lying Who's Self-Justifying - YouTube
"Social psychologist and author Carol Tavris on "Who's Lying? Who's Self-Justifying?: Origins of the He Said/She Said Gap in Sexual Communications". Discusses sexual assault but is mainly about discussions of sexual assault and dissonance.
sex  sexism  psychology  scepticism  cognitive-bias  evidence 
august 2014 by pw201
The Porn Block Fiasco goes mainstream « Complicity
"The knowledge that attempting to block porn on the internet is bound to backfire has now gone mainstream. (BBC News, Telegraph) Well, there’s a temptation to say “we told you so”, because we did. Repeatedly. So far, sites we know that are subject to overblocking on either TalkTalk and BT include BishUK (a sexual education site for teenagers), LGBTfriend, Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Sexual Abuse Scotland, Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline and Reducing The Risk (Another domestic abuse help site)."
porn  internet  censorship  talktalk  sex  filtering  david-cameron 
december 2013 by pw201
Do try not to get your penis stuck in a toaster. A message from the fire brigade | Dave Brown | Comment is free |
"Our #FiftyShadesofRed campaign is designed to remind people we should be attending fires, not tambourines on heads or yet another handcuff incident."
fire-brigade  bdsm  sex  funny 
july 2013 by pw201
Why Does Talking About Creepers And Harassment Make People So Angry? | Popehat
"We write about things that make people angry: sometimes on purpose (u mad bro?), sometimes because the topic interests us. But few topics are as consistent in their ability to draw anger and trolling and bizarre visitors as the issue of sexual harassment and responses to it."
sex  creepers  harrassment  feminism 
july 2013 by pw201
The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is Some Sex Wrong Even Among Consenting Adults? - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic
Does consent make everything OK? An article summarising responses to another article about a shoot. (In the comments, I somehow end up arguing with someone about whether St Paul thought Jesus would be back within his lifetime).
kink  bdsm  sex  consent  porn  ethics 
may 2013 by pw201
Hegemonic Heterosexuality
"hegemonic heterosexuality is the vast cultural conspiracy to describe all heterosexual relationships as the unending war between stupid people and crazy people." Good observation of the view of the world promoted by TV and film. Via auntysarah.
psychology  relationships  sex 
february 2012 by pw201
What Do Women Want? - Discovering What Ignites Female Desire -
Interesting stuff on the differences between male and female sexual responses.
sex  psychology  women  science 
april 2011 by pw201
Savage Love by Dan Savage - Columns - Savage Love - Dan Savage - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper
Excellent sex advice columnist Dan Savage responds to criticisms that he advocates an "anything goes" approach to sex at the expense of fidelity.
sex  dan-savage  advice  marriage  monogamy 
april 2011 by pw201
Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research «
Revisiting that "I've noticed you around, will you go to bed with me?" study (as popularised by popular beat combo "Touch and Go") and disputing the conclusion that women just don't like sex: "the only consistently significant predictor of acceptance of the sexual proposal, both for women and for men, was the perception that the proposer is sexually capable".

It being a feminist blog, they then go against the science the other way and say that perception of risk is a much higher factor than the study suggested (the study thought it was an effect, but not the primary one).
science  sex  feminism  gender 
march 2011 by pw201
Why the Cornish hotel ruling should worry conservative Christians | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |
Andrew Brown on the ruling against a some Christian hoteliers who refused a double room to a gay couple. The Christians would also not allow unmarried straight couples to share a double bed, but the judge made the decision on the basis that the gay couple were civil partners.
religion  sex  homosexuality  law  society  andrew-brown 
january 2011 by pw201
Double agent | World news | The Guardian
"Norah Vincent spent 18 months disguised as a man. She relives the boys nights out, the bad dates - and what happened when she ended up in bed with another woman." Women don't quite know what dating is like as a guy, it turns out. Or at least, Norah didn't, and ended up being quite sympathetic when she'd tried it :-)
equality  gender  women  men  dating  sex  relationships 
january 2011 by pw201
Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! « OkTrends
OKCupid, the dating site, took data from uploaded photographs and used it to work out some interesting stats. The better the camera you use for your pic, the hotter you look. iPhone users get laid more. Using a flash makes you look older. And so on. Interesting stuff. Via Mefi.
photography  statistics  research  dating  iphone  okcupid  sex  relationships 
august 2010 by pw201
Common Sense Atheism » Am I Sexist? (index)
Link to a series of posts: Luke at Common Sense Atheism put up a fairly crass "15 sexy scientists" post with pictures of said scientists (the scientists were all women, with the exception of PZ Myers). He got quite a strong reaction, especially over at Pharyngula (Myers's blog), read some Martha Nussbaum and eventually apologised and took down the posting.

Of note: for all that the atheists at Pharyngula tend to regard Christians as irrational, they aren't too keen on rationality when someone applies it to a domain where they mostly navigate by strong religious convictions (feminism, in this case). Luke initially seems hopelessly naive but ultimately finds the right answer and knows why it's right, which seems better than being cowed by yelling. Well done to him for publicly changing his mind.
rationality  feminism  sex  objectification  martha-nussbaum  philosophy  ethics  morality  sexism 
july 2010 by pw201
The 10 Most Important Things They Didn't Teach You In School |
From the author of "John Dies at the End". Mostly obvious, but well done.
education  funny  cracked  life  sex 
june 2010 by pw201
Curing the gays « Derren Brown Blog
Derren Brown (who's gay, and who used to be a Christian): "I have, however, attended these sorts of church sessions and even courses which set about healing the ‘brokenness’ of homosexuality... I read of such things now and shiver."
derren-brown  gay  homosexuality  christianity  religion  philippa-stroud  sex 
may 2010 by pw201
Top Tory Adviser Ran Prayer Group to "Heal" LGBTS
Focusses on why the media have ignored the story. Contains a comment from one of the people quoted in the original Observer article, something which the regular media won't print, apparently.
philippa-stroud  conservatives  conservative  politics  sex  religion  homosexuality  demons 
may 2010 by pw201
AlterNet: What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp
Via Metafilter. Comical yet sad stuff: you do end up really feeling for these guys even as you laugh at the silliness of the camps.
homosexuality  religion  christianity  sex  conversion 
april 2010 by pw201
The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality :: Desiring God
Well known complementarian John Piper explains how God sent a tornado to break the spire of a Lutheran church as a "a gentle but firm" reminder that gay sex is bad. Via a more sensible Christian on Unreasonable Faith.
church  homosexuality  sin  bible  christianity  reformed  sex  gay  piper  lutheran  lolxians 
april 2010 by pw201
Boring men?
In response to a Metafilter posting linking to an article about how all men are boring, Mefi user Pastabagel shares their idea of what it would be like if men responded to women asking what was on their minds.
funny  metafilter  relationships  sex  women  boring 
april 2010 by pw201
Brainboxes, booze and sex – what a fascinating combination - Telegraph
Ah, Newnham. (Though Celia Warden rightly says that the papers are only interested because of "posh girls shagging" angle).
sex  newnham  cambridge-university  funny 
february 2010 by pw201
Oh no! "Licentiousness breeds extremism"
"Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has a worrying column in The Independent. It is not worrying because of the concerns she raises about "licentiousness", "social nihilism", "debauchery", etc., but because it is another example of blaming the victims. Somehow the blame for Islamist terrorism is to be sheeted home to the relative sexual permissiveness of Western (in this case, British) society. It is also worrying because Alibhai-Brown is supposed to be an example of a moderate Muslim"
islam  muslim  uk  politics  sex  religion  terrorism 
january 2010 by pw201
A gay witch hunt in Uganda
Andrew Brown: "A bill currently before the Ugandan parliament (pdf) proposes seven year prison sentences for discussing homosexuality; life imprisonment for homosexual acts; and death for a second offence. Sober observers believe it will be passed. The Anglican church in Uganda appears to support it, and the Church of England in this country is absolutely silent."
homosexuality  morality  anglicanism  religion  christianity  sex  uganda  john-sentamu  sentamu  andrew-brown 
november 2009 by pw201
I’m Belle de Jour
Former blogging prostitute Belle de Jour reveals her real identity to the Times. She was an impoverished PhD student.
culture  sex  identity  anonymous  science  prostitution 
november 2009 by pw201
Allergic to "grilled cheese" - Love Letters - Relationships questions, advice and more
Via Metafilter, a problem page letter from a man whose wife won't make him a grilled cheese sandwich, if you catch my drift.
sex  funny  language  relationships  humour  euphemism  grilledcheese 
june 2009 by pw201
The Logic of Life by Tim Harford
Great Google Talk by Tim Harford, author of "The Logic of Life" and "The Undercover Economist". We're apparently more rational than we might think we are.
books  economics  video  sex  dating  crime  rationality 
february 2008 by pw201
Three Chick Flicks and Their Unintended Message
It's OK for women to cheat if your male partner is a bit dull.
culture  funny  movies  film  psychology  rationality  women  society  marriage  Sex 
july 2007 by pw201
Silver Bling Thing
There's more to the "Silver Ring Thing" case than first meets the eye.
christianity  education  fundamentalism  news  silver  ring  Religion  silver-ring-thing  SRT  celibacy  sex 
july 2007 by pw201
slacktivist: No effect
Abstinence based sex ed has no effect on whether kids abstain
education  politics  sex 
june 2007 by pw201
divalion: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Sort of a more measured version of the famous Heartless Bitches essay
nice  relationships  sex  dating 
november 2006 by pw201
Ted Haggard | New Life Church | MetaFilter
Metafilters huge thread on the Ted Haggard business.
haggard  religion  sex  metafilter 
november 2006 by pw201
The Revealer: Haggard's Downfall
Thoughts from the man who wrote the original Harpers article about New Life Church.
politics  religion  sex  haggard 
november 2006 by pw201

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