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.
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?
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.
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.
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.