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Sex in the Public Square Presents…

Please take a moment to read this. I’m crossposting an important announcement from Elizabeth at SitPS:

sex work forum banner

For one week, starting next Monday, on SexInThePublicSquare.org, we’ll be devoting a forum to that discussion of reducing harm to sex workers and ending human rights abuses involved in the movement of labor around the globe. This is not a debate on the legitimacy of sex work but rather an exploration of how to protect people’s human rights. We’ve invited some of the smartest sex worker advocates we know — representing a range of connections to the sex industry — to talk about the intersection of these complicated issues (and also to talk about how to make them easier to discuss!). Here’s how it’ll work:

On our forums page there will be a forum with the title “Sex Work, Trafficking, and Human Rights.” As participants post forum topics they’ll also appear here on the front page, and you’ll be able to go straight to the entire forum itself by clicking on the banner above (which will appear at the top of this column during the forum). The forum will be open, but comments strictly moderated for tone and for staying on topic. Debating the legitimacy of sex work as work is not on the agenda.

What is on the agenda? Items including but not limited to:

Defining our terms: Is the way that we define “porn” clear? “Prostitution”? “Sex work” in general? What happens when we say “porn” and mean all sexually explicit imagery made for the purpose of generating arousal and others hear “porn” as indicating just the “bad stuff” while reserving “erotica” for everything they find acceptable? When we say sex work is it clear what kinds of jobs we’re including?

Understanding our differences: How do inequalities of race, class and gender affect the sex worker rights movement? Are we effective in organizing across those differences?

Identifying common ground: What are the areas of agreement between the abolitionist/prohibitionist perspective and the human rights/harm reduction perspective? For example, we all agree that forced labor is wrong. We all agree that nonconsensual sex is wrong. Is it a helpful strategic move to by highlighting our areas of agreement and then demonstrating why a harm reduction/human rights perspective is better suited to addressing those shared concerns, or are we better served by distancing ourselves from the abolition/prohibition-oriented thinkers?

Evaluating research: What do we think of the actual research generated by prominent abolitionist/prohibitionist scholars like Melissa Farley, Gail Dines, and Robert Jensen? Can we comment on the methods they use to generate the data on which they base their analysis, and then can we comment on the logic of their conclusions based on the data they have?

Framing the issues: What are our biggest frustrations with the way that the human rights/harm reduction perspective is characterized by the abolitionist/prohibitionist folks? How can we effectively respond to or reframe this misrepresentations? What happens when “I oppose human trafficking” becomes a political shield that deflects focus away from issues of migration, labor and human rights?

Exploring broader economic questions: How does the demand for cheap labor undermine human rights-based solutions to exploitation in all industries, including the sex industry?

Participants are listed below the fold.

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Filed under: Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Education, Equality, Forums in which we poke around, Friends, Politics, Sex, , , , ,

If you can’t have a weenie,

…settle for Disney World.

A peek above our garters to Dr. E for pointing us to that.

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Church Burnin’ Ebola Blog

 The unitarian church in fire in may 1987, by guil3433 @ FlickrYes Virginia, there is now a blog.

Go say “hi”.

From whence came the art:

That image is titled The unitarian church in fire in may 1987, by guil3433.

Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Forums in which we poke around, Science, The After The Bar Closes Fun, , ,

**Sex in The Public Square Launch Party**

Hey, Digg this up, this thing needs some serious exposure! —>

Location

Sex in the Public SquareRapture Cafe
200 Avenue A between 12 St. and 13 St.
Manhattan, NY
United States
See map: Google Maps

Start: 17 Aug 2007 – 7:00pm
End: 17 Aug 2007 – 10:00pm
Timezone: EDT/GMT-4

Join us to celebrate the launch of

SexInThePublicSquare.org!

 

Sex in the Public Square is dedicated to expanding the space for public discussion of sexuality. Blending the techniques of blogging and social networking (think Blogger meets MySpace — but all open source!), Sex in the Public Square is a space on the Internet where members can explore which parts of sex are private, which parts are public, and what happens when private and public collide. We believe that sexuality is a fundamental component of human life, and that by excluding it from “polite conversation,” we lose an important element of democratic participation.

There’s more below the fold.

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Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Censorship, Education, Equality, Erotica, Forums in which we poke around, Friends, Literature, Literature and Literotica, Photos, Politics, Science, Sex

Intelligent Design – The Blog

Blogging on Pseudo-Scientific Douche-BagsWant to know what Intelligent Design Creationism is all about? Let’s give it a fair shake. Follow me if you will, to Uncommon Descent, the blog of the ID movement’s numero uno guy. The place where you’d think you’d find the single largest repository of ID science news. The blog of the guy who’s referred to as “The Isaac Newton of Information Theory” or some such nonsense honorific. Dr. Dr. (count them, TWO Doctorates) Billy Dembski, the discredited mathematician piss-poor theologian world renowned information theorist who knows more about biology than thousands of biologists, has a blog with which to trumpet the science of ID, to announce the world-view shattering, cutting edge research we’ve all waited so long to see.

Here’s a big ol’ peek above our garters to hooligans from AtBC, who took the time to categorize all the UD posts since April of this year. It’s been a banner year for The Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax.

His categorization of all the UD posts since April is just below the fold:

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Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, BPSDB, Education, Forums in which we poke around, Fundies, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, The After The Bar Closes Fun,

Cultism And Child Abuse

As mentioned on The Boy‘s blog,

Over at After the Bar Closes, there’s a discussion that’s been taking place off and on for about a year now involving (as the title of this post suggests) cultism, child abuse, and whether extreme christian indoctrination qualifies under those headings.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this as well, so do drop over and read that AtBC thread and then comment at either of those two places, or just comment here if you’d rather.

Filed under: Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Education, Forums in which we poke around, Fundies, Religion, Science, The After The Bar Closes Fun, UDoJ's Other Sites

Sex In A New Public Square

Elizabeth is still ironing out some of the kinks (or ironing them in, I suppose!), but the new web address for Sex In The Public Square is http://sexinthepublicsquare.org/.  Be sure to update your links.

There’s still the blog, plus now there are forums and all sorts of new goodies.

It’s a fantastic place to keep up with and discuss all the aspects of sexuality and public policy.   Be sure to check it out!

And remember, sex really is best when it’s in the public square.

Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Education, Equality, Forums in which we poke around, Politics, Rants, Science, Sex

Wow. Talk About Drawing A Picture

The video below the fold is quite a piece.  A stunning history of the Christian mythology, with clear and concise pointers and explanations of the massive plagiarism and astrology inherent in the religion.

I highly recommend taking the 26 minutes to watch it.

A peek above our garters to Phonon at AtBC.

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Filed under: Education, Fundies, Literature, Religion, The After The Bar Closes Fun, Video

Swallow Your Coffee First

Blogging on Pseudo-Scientific Douche-BagsBefore you head below the fold.

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Filed under: Biology, BPSDB, Education, Entertainment, Forums in which we poke around, Fundies, Humor, Memes, Photos, Religion, Science, The After The Bar Closes Fun, Time Sink, UDoJ's Other Sites,

“Own Goal” O’Leary Strikes Again

I just want to echo The Boy‘s comment from AtBC

From Uncommonly Dense….

O’Leary // Nov 22nd 2006 at 7:26 am

Esssentially, the Darwinists cannot find enough fundie whackos to discredit the idea of design in nature, so they are compelled to impersonate them.

In addition to the humorous appellation he hangs on MorphoDyke, I agree with The Boy (not as frequent an occurance as you might suspect).

MorphoDyke just pointed the finger right at her whole movement and called them “fundie whackos”.

That’s friggin’ hilarious!

Filed under: Fundies, Humor, Religion, The After The Bar Closes Fun

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