Speaking of Sex has been running some quality podcasts for a while now. They asked me today, to post their latest series here: Preventing Pregnancy.
It is in two parts, video and audio. Please visit their site. I have already invited them to cross-post here at any time.
Preventing Pregnancy Show #48 posted on March 18, 2009
Preventing a pregnancy is too important to be left to chance. Hormonal birth control comes in a variety of methods that are easy to use and more than 99% effective. Watch our video to learn why we think hormonal contraception is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Preventing Pregnancy: Continuing the Conversation Show #49 posted on July 01, 2009
Our audio follow-up delves deeper into the issue of hormonal birth control. A Planned Parenthood educator offers information for women curious about methods. A New York artist discusses how he uses birth control pills to make a fashion statement and a statement about family planning. And we share new information about a recent study on male birth control.
I am sure that there are more polyamorists than we can ever know. Considering the risk of persecution for openly living this love-style of consensual multi-partner relating, most poly people are not lining up to be counted. Consequently, polyamorists have been called the last sexual minority still in the closet, but how in the minority are we really?
Aside from innumerable closeted polyamorists, there is a good possibility that some people who are unfaithful within monogamous relationships are naturally polyamorous and are struggling with the commitment issues and sexual boundaries of monogamy. How about serial monogamists who inevitably become interested in someone else and end the established relationship to pursue a new one? What about some bisexuals who go back and forth between male and female lovers as they try to balance an attraction to men and women while maintaining a monogamous existence?
I was introduced to the concept of sexual literacy as a member of Indiana University’s Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy, one of four pilot programs launched in 2008 by the National Sexuality Research Center (NSRC). A term coined by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, “sexual literacy” was developed by the NSRC and is described in its literature (www.nsrc.sfsu.edu) as “a new model for sexual health, sexuality education, and sexuality research.” With the vision of a “sexually happy, healthy and well society”, the NSRC set out on its public mission in 2003 “to equip advocates, academics, and researchers with the knowledge, skills and resources to improve lifelong sexual literacy and sexual well being” using a “positive, integrated, and holistic view of sexuality from a social justice perspective.”
My understanding of sexual literacy expanded when I recently attended the NSRC’s first ever Sexual Literacy Midwestern Regional Training and Conference held in Bloomington at Indiana University (home of the famed Kinsey Institute). The conference’s stated intention was to connect students, researchers, and advocates working in the field of sexuality, to introduce us to the various advocacy and sexuality research going on in our community, and to teach us how to use the sexual literacy framework as guidelines for our advocacy and research.
Arvan suggested that my first authorial post to Sex/Gender/Body be this one, which I wrote a couple months ago. Enjoy!
What's my "agenda"? What does it mean to be a "pro-BDSM activist"? What's the "sex-positive agenda"? Who is part of the "sex-positive movement"? These are all questions I've been thinking about a lot lately -- and they seem to constantly recur around the blogosphere, in varying forms. But here's a question that's rarely posed explicitly, and it's the one that preoccupies me the most: What action can I take in the real world to help create a powerful, energetic sex-positive -- and pro-BDSM -- movement?
I'm thinking fairly pragmatically and concretely these days. Sure, I love discussing highly theoretical questions like, "Why is there stigma against certain sexual identities?" But what I really want is to have a larger cultural impact, not just worry ineffectually at these mysteries like a dog worrying at a bone.