Race to the Bottom

November 24, 2014

thumbnail

Different members of the Sexual Futurist Community think, well, differently.  We differ in our reaction to the education scandal in the Gilbert, Arizona where the school board (helping a student at left) recently told students to tear out the pages of their AP Biology text that referred to contraception, abortion, tubal ligation and lots of other forbidden knowledge--forbidden, that is, if you're living in the Middle Ages.  The pages involved are forever preserved (and now universally distributed) by the inestimable Rachel Maddow.  The following represent the thoughts of one member of the SF Community. The seventeenth century English philosopher Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power” and for nearly four-hundred-years this simple statement has been accepted fact.  In October, The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board in Gilbert Arizona voted to remove all mention of contraception from the human biology curriculum, while leaving chapters on human reproduction intact.  The district plans to replace the missing chapters with a program of “abstinence only education.” The chapters were removed because of lobbying efforts made by the somewhat ironically named organization Alliance Defending Freedom.  Although with whom they are allied with and what freedom they are defending remain unclear. I am helping to raise...

More

Read the News Lately? It’s About Sex

November 22, 2014

thumbnail

We've got the Weather Channel, 25 different ESPN channels for sports, business news channels for everyone from socialists to those enjoying the current reincarnation of the Gilded Age--and even actual news news channels--lots of them.  What's missing?  Sexual news of course.  Whether we call it the Sexual Futurist News or the Sexual News Channel (tagline: "All the news...no really, ALL the news") or whatever, the point is that there are no news outlets that allow us to see the forest--it's just one big phallic tree after another with no sense of the trends in the 'hood or the world. ABC cancels Bill Cosby following sexual assault allegations Marriage equality takes another step forward--this time in Montana Murder of Miss Honduras and her sister Obviously there's a lot of news about human sexuality but no outlet out there sees this vast dimension of the human experience as worthy of attention like, say, the weather.  Strange when you think about it.  Upsetting enough to pull a knife when you really understand our species' fascination with the naughty bits and our inability to have a conversation based on reason and knowledge about the overall trends.  Trends like: ...

More

Why Hasn’t Anyone Tried This Before?

November 18, 2014

thumbnail

If your elected officials could put an end to the "oldest profession in the world," and didn't do that--what would that mean?  That they desire prostitutes in your community?  That they're getting kickbacks from pimps?  Probably not.  Most likely, their inaction would simply mean a complete inability to even imagine a future different than the past they and untold generations have experienced.  Well, the sexual futurists of Sweden have imagined such a future and they're living a blessedly rational life--at least when it comes to intelligently managing the "Typhoid Mary" of criminality.  From the Women's Justice Center comes a boldly rational idea that is offered as a substitute for the moral diagnosis of current policies: ...In just five years Sweden has dramatically reduced the number of its women in prostitution. In the capital city of Stockholm the number of women in street prostitution has been reduced by two thirds, and the number of johns has been reduced by 80%. There are other major Swedish cities where street prostitution has all but disappeared....  By what complex formula has Sweden managed this feat? Amazingly, Sweden's strategy isn't complex at all.... In 1999, after years of research and study, Sweden passed legislation that...

More