Stories by Lara Riscol

Lara Riscol's writing has appeared in the Nation, Salon, AlterNet, RHReality Check and Religion Dispatches, plus chapters in several college textbooks. She is writing a book called Ten Sex Myths That Screw America: a pleasure polemic. subscribe to Lara Riscol's feed

Posted on: Dec 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

America is still a puritanical, consumer nation bent on policing sexual expression, while selling smut and sanctimony steeped in shame.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

America treats sex, not violence, as the biggest threat to families and the nation.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2012, Source: Religion Dispatches

'Violent attacks' reported are more likely personal vendettas by disgruntled ex-collaborators

Posted on: Mar 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

If prescribing to dogmatic absolutes worked, then the most conservative Christian red states wouldn’t have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, divorce and porn consumption.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Choose the pursuit of happiness instead. For yourself, and for your child.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2009, Source: McGraw-Hill

America, "Land of the Free", continues to swing between smut and sanctimony.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

We've spend years being bludgeoned by zealots wielding sex as a weapon to divide America. Is it time for a new sexual revolution?

Posted on: Jun 6, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

Mainstream media perpetuate the false assumption that sex and family values don't mix by only talking to conservatives about religion and sexuality.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

A fourth of American teen girls have an STD. Playing sex police only makes the problem worse.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

It's time we stand up for sexual health education, services and civil rights so everyone can have pleasure with dignity -- or without, as we choose.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

It was a year when conservatives made sexual perversion an art form.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The right is rallying its 'pro-family' troops for 2004, reacting as if sanctioned sexual privacy poses a bigger threat to national security than Osama bin Laden.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The abstinence movement has glommed onto Miss America's triumphant victory as the ultimate virgin-slut morality tale.

Posted on: May 20, 2002, Source: Salon

Right-wing moralizers wink at boys' sexual foibles -- it's unfettered female sexuality that they think is leading us into perdition.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The 81-year-old Miss America pageant doesn't look that firm standing next to the uberwomen of Victoria's Secret.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Colin Powell recently came under intense fire for advocating condom use among young people. Can the "abstinence-only" Bush crowd survive Powell's honesty?

Posted on: Oct 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Despite Bush's simplistic analysis that "they hate us because we love freedom," Islamic fundamentalists most definitely hate our sexual freedom. As the Religious Right does here.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A day after Terrible Tuesday, the Family Research Center praised our country's courage, but added, "Americans are not rising up to defend the right to slaughter the unborn [or] so homosexuals can marry." This is their idea of unity?

Posted on: Aug 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The legal love drug Viagra is the proud sponsor of Earth, Wind & Fire's next tour. Finally, baby boomers can get their sex, drugs and rock & roll all in the same concert again!

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The upcoming American Pie 2 has a marketing deal with Lifestyle condoms. And for that -- not for the graphic sex jokes -- Hollywood's MPAA won't approve its TV ads.