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.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A recent NIH study says there's no such thing as 100 percent safe sex. So should we throw out condoms and preach abstinence as the only sexual option? Conservatives think so.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

We take to infidelity more naturally than we admit. Otherwise we wouldn't so readily jump into bed with Gary Condit, Chandra Levy and accounts of their salacious sex.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Like a pimply teenager smoking his first pack of Marlboros despite its warning label, President Bush has soundly rejected the Surgeon General's latest advice about sex.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to profiting off sex, there's not much difference between pop stars like Madonna and desperate teen strippers -- except for subtlety and fortune.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

My best sex hasn't been for love or power, but for pure, exquisite pleasure. So when the Surgeon General admits that "beyond procreation, sex is for pleasure," it isn't radical to me ... but it is to right-wing moralists.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Once again, we have something in common with our former enemy. Russia is also held hostage by right-wing extremists when it comes to sex ed policies.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Last year President Clinton designated June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. This June President Bush discontinued it. But that's not the half of it: Bush is our most anti-civil rights president of the civil rights era.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When the FCC slapped a $7,000 indecency fine on a radio station that played a sassy -- but hardly obscene -- rap song by feminist Sarah Jones, it revealed a stark double standard about sex on the airwaves.

Posted on: May 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Called the biggest kept secret in medicine, emergency contraception can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. Too bad the right is on a mission to deny the medication.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

AlterNet's sex columnist goes head-to-head with founder of the National Alliance Against Christian Discrimination. The subject: masturbation.

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Pornography -- America's closet sex educator -- has gotten more technologically sophisticated, explicit and accessible. What's happening to a nation bent on titillation?

Posted on: May 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In case you didn't know, the third annual Masturbate-A-Thon is upon us.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Are you down? Do you suffer from Female Sexual Dysfunction? Well, help's on the way, thanks to the brave new world of clitoral marketing.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2001, Source: AlterNet

At 75, the founder of Playboy is awash in blond booty and Viagra -- a hero (for some) of the adolescent age of American sex.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

America's teen queen songstress and most geriatric member have teamed up to plug Pepsi -- evidence undeniable that the US is hostage to a schizophrenic approach to sex.