Just One Day’s Sex News

December 19, 2014

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"Well here it is, folks, all the sexual news you can use."  None of us have ever heard a legit news outlet make such a claim but someday we will and here's why.  Two words: the Internet.  Although the Internet is new, OK, newish, the principle of systematic desensitization is as old as our species.  What was formerly taboo to discuss or what was simply not important enough to command the attention of a species struggling to survive--that is, human sexuality--is now out, way out, of the bag.  A sample of one day's silly and serious offerings: A town council in Poland voted down using Winnie-the-Pooh as a playground mascot because "he doesn't wear underwear" and he is of "dubious sexuality."  Asexual?  Hermaphrodite?  Vanguard of Gay Apocalypse? Spanish police arrest three priests and a religion teacher for sex abuse after a man wrote the pope about his abuse. Turkish President says at a women's rights conference that "women could never be equal to men."  A hate crime? Rebooting his political career, former French President Sarkozy takes cue from Putin's anti-gay campaign, seeks to reverse marriage equality.  Gays can't be the same as the rest of us, can they? Buddhist priests...

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Moneyballing Sex Offenders

December 18, 2014

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A brilliant article in the NY Times recently described how Cyrus Vance, Jr., is approaching crime--more acting, less reacting; more prevention and a lot fewer victims; smarter and cheaper rather than more police state emphasis on violence. "Nowhere have declining crime trends been more striking than in Manhattan, where last year burglaries, shootings and murders were the lowest since the city began keeping formal records in the early 1960s; so far this year, statistically speaking, the epidemic of civility rages on. It’s still a shock — where did Gotham go, the dangerous dark of nighttime Central Park, the East Village addicts brandishing box cutters, the cardsharps and sallow denizens of Times Square, which now seems overrun by Elmo impersonators and wide-eyed naïfs in fanny packs?" "...Vance’s most significant initiative, one that has been emulated in jurisdictions from Brooklyn to San Francisco, has been to transform, through the use of data, the way district attorneys fight crime. 'The question I had when I came in was, Do we sit on our hands waiting for crime to tick up, or can we do something to drive crime lower?' ...I wanted to develop what I call intelligence-driven prosecution.” Read the article and see...

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In These Shoes? Let’s Do It.

December 3, 2014

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While men's fashion remains obsessed with getting laid the women's fashion scene continues to evolve as a portal for human rights, spirituality and yes, beautiful clothing.  Men's fashion remains juxtaposed against travel advice, work out tips, and Top Lists like Best 10 Bourbon's and so forth.  It would appear that the boys are just a bit behind the curve of integrating their sexuality and spirituality.  OK, it would be more accurate to say that men are about a century behind the level of social evolution of the ladies.  The gap between the two genders in regard to the integration of sexuality and spirituality is more like 1,000 years. Consider the current issue of Vogue.  Instead of a grown-up version of a talking Barbie ("I like new clothes!"), the magazine regularly features insights into social responsibility, thoughtful interviews with intelligent men and, along with teaching aesthetics in personal wear, the latest in girl power.  This month's issue of Vogue (not available online) actually contains an update on an actual girl superpower--tetrachromatic supervision.  Instead of a million colors, apparently these ladies (and yes, it's only the ladies) see hundreds of millions of colors. Elle magazine is about fashion, sure.  But also...

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