Sally Ride’s Decision to Come Out Posthumously

As we mourn the untimely loss of history-making astronaut Sally Ride, the AP’s David Crary noted that the obituary Ms. Ride co-wrote with her life partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, has gotten a great deal of attention due to its final line, wherein they “disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years.” ...more
 @elaineR.N.  Absolutely agree, Elaine.  She made it possible for other women to stand on her ...more

Girl Power

Ladies, ladies, ladies, I must say, bravo for brazen sexuality! Maybe it's always been there and I've just been clueless but I have to admit, 50 Shades of Grey combined with Magic Mike sure look to me like the world is finally getting it. Women are just as sexual, if not more so, as our male counterparts. Shocker! Yes, this is something we females have always insisted to be true but our actions thus far have not matched our words on a global scale....more

Fifty Shades of Magic Mike - or, Sex and Twinkies

It’s become a big deal these days for people to engage in being naughty. The Fifty Shades of naughty bondage, and this evening Magic Matthew McConaughey comes to theatres. Everyone seems to have an opinion on all the hubbub. The first time I heard of Fifty Shades of Grey, it was on some Facebook status from one of those people who are on your Facebook because you know you knew them in high school but you just can’t place them and you accepted them because you didn’t want to be a bitch… One of those. And then I heard about it again on some talk show....more

What's Love Gotta Do With It?

  This summer is turning out to be a Summer of Love.  You may have missed the message because it often gets lost in other news stories.  Being a hopeless romantic, they always catch me eye.     Around here, I've been following my friend Steph's support of the Pride Parade because she values human rights, not just her own.  I admire her ability to take a stand on issues.  I want to be more like her. ...more

Explaining to my children the anatomical difference between boys and girls

I suppose I've been remiss in enlightening our boys about the difference between boys and girls. As a new mother, I invested in big-bound books on how to raise your child, from in-utero until age five. I've stopped buying those big-bound books. Motherhood has begun to feel intuitive. I can figure out on my own the how and when to discuss sexual differentiation – I didn’t realize I had to figure it out by the early ages of six and seven. “They don’t know the difference?’ ...more

Damn you, Matthew McConaughey. Why'd you have to take your shirt off?

There I was, innocently watching "The Lincoln Lawyer." I was busy working while watching. I was, in fact, organizing my homeschool materials for next year. I was feeling pretty good about being so far ahead of schedule. I was thinking about our country's great government, and how I was going to teach my children all about it next year....more
I'm sorry, did you say something in between the pictures of the hotness? I wasn't listening.more

The Suitcase Rule: What's Your Approach to Teen Sex?

When I was 17, I brought my first serious girlfriend to spend the weekend at my grandmother's ranch. Before we left, my mother took me aside to remind me of her mother's rule: our luggage would be placed in separate rooms. "Nocturnal traffic," as she put it, between my room and my girlfriend's would be ignored, provided that we were quiet. Is this this how I will raise my own daughter? ...more
@Jane Byers Goodwin NO, me too. Me too. ...more

The Impact of Sexual Shame

Why is sex always surrounded by shame? Shame is not guilt. Guilt is an internal notion about a specific action. Shame is an external force exerted by others. Shame tells you not that you've done something bad, but that you are something bad. That idea takes away your autonomous control over your sexuality. And anybody who wants to take your autonomous control over your sexuality does not have your best interest at heart. ...more
First of all, I really like this video. HOWEVER, I do have two criticisms of it.   1) While I do ...more

The Retail Sexualization of Teens

If you didn’t see this post by fellow blogger Vinobaby’s Voice, you need to read it (after you read this,  of course). It’s regarding the high school senior who is raising all sorts of chaos because her school’s yearbook staff rejected the girl’s senior photo submission. Once you see the pictures, I’m sure you’ll understand why they rejected them. Yes, It’s Too Sexy for ANY Yearbook...more

Momentum: Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism, and Relationships - The Conference to Attend in 2012!

The second annual MOMENTUM Conference takes placeMarch 30 to April 1, 2012  in Washington, DC.  ...more