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Politics, Re-Spun: Ashley Madison Is Not Nearly So Black and White

The Ashley Madison hack is bad news for cheaters—and just as terrible for everyone else – By Harris O’Malley

It’s like the royal family: glamorize them so we can bash them down to earth.

A bit of a mindfuck.

If Ashley Madison were a straight infidelity website among heterosexual couples in a world of simple heterosex, then yes, let’s judge all these people. Because we love to judge.

But if you’re interested to see what kind of other people use[d] Ashley Madison for arguably not so black-and-white sinful reasons, you may realize that quite a few people are getting hosed (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Because words matter: Differences Between Sex and Gender

Every once and awhile something good bubbles up from the seething mass known as tumblr. This is a good summary of what sex and gender are and how they interact in our society.


“It seems like on here at tumblr there’s a lot of misinformation going around. people are using sex and gender interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. There’s a lot of unclear information and everything seems rally vague and distorted so the goal of this post is to help clear some of this up.

What are the differences between sex and gender?

The (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Marriage and Divorce and Trolls and Haters

I moderate my comments because I once got 67 comments about carpet cleaning on one post. I rarely get comments at all, so I hate to block any I do get, but an anonymous writer sent in a comment on my recent post on Krakauer’s latest book. The comment had little to do with the post; it’s largely just misdirected vitriol, so I thought I’d share it here for some closer scrutiny. (Sorry about the swears.)

We men must boycott marriage, and never marry. Why? Because there are ZERO benefits for men in marriage. If you get married, there (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators.

“Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”.

I wonder what a search of @Reuters for "Religious assailant" turns up in other similar terrorist attacks?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 30, 2015

I looked on Google with this search “Religious assailant” -jerusalem to see what other news comes up. Nothing of note. Apparently this is the first publicly noted crime by a “religious assailant” in years, if ever.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Protesting Censorship in Sask will get you Censored

A Swift Current person censored a dancer criticizing the Saskatchewan Government. The Premier’s home is Swift Current. A recording is available and is not really work safe.

Rosie Bitts Interrupted at Chautauqua via Soundcloud

A Puff of Absurdity: Sex Ed Redux

The papers are full of stories about the fight for and against new sex education legislation.  Wynne seems to be holding her ground this time, though, so I’m not sure any of the debating will come to anything.  But it’s raised some interesting questions and ideas, and provoked a long talk with my 10-year-old daughter, which I get to below.

The curriculum (and all school curricula) is easy to find on-line.  Curriculum documents are unwieldy though, and it might take a while for the uninitiated to know which bits to look at.  There are many pages that aren’t really essential (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ontario’s Sex Education

As Frank Zappa sang in his 1968 song, What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?: What’s the ugliest Part of your body? What’s the ugliest Part of your body? Some say your nose Some say your toes I think it’s your mind, your mind, I think it’s YOUR MIND, woo woo I’m not a fan […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Where Abstinence Sex-Ed Goes Wrong

She's being completely condescending. "You can look up anything on the internet" Then refers him to site on abstinence education!

— Alice Dreger (@AliceDreger) April 15, 2015

"You'll find a good girl. If you find one that says 'no,' that's the one you want." HE ACTUALLY JUST SAID THAT.

— Alice Dreger (@AliceDreger) April 15, 2015

This hilariously depressing account of an American sex-ed classroom is a sight to behold.

A Puff of Absurdity: Changing the Curriculum

Months ago, Kathleen Wynne proposed guidelines for sex ed in Ontario, and many parents are still furious.  A group called Campaign Life Coalition has put quite a spin on it all.  In grade one, kids learn all the correct names for all the parts of their body. CLC calls that “graphic lessons on sexual body parts.” And at grade three, when kids learn about fluid gender identity, they call it “normalizing a mental disorder.” The teachers will also “normalize homosexual family structures without regard for the religious/moral beliefs of families.” Piece of work.

Wynne tried this before, (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Sex Ed, Double Standards, and the Red Herring of Consent

We discussed Erin Anderson’s article from Friday’s Globe and Mail in my philosophy class on Friday, and it provoked a whole gamut of topics.  I’ll try to encapsulate some of them here.  The article starts with an important question:

“The question left is whether we’ll waste this moment, leaving the teenagers today to have the same conversation decades from now.  It’s time to talk about solutions – in the courts, on the Internet and in our schools.”


The article calls for better sex ed in the high schools.  I agree, but what it fails to realize is (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: It’ll Be Fast: On Yes Means Yes

Globe and Mail.

I was struck by the report of an intimate exchange between a man and woman in today’s Globe & Mail; the woman later questioned how consensual the act really was.  She said, “Please stop,” and he responded, “It’ll be fast.”  Later she says “yes,” then later again “no.”

But that “fast” line struck me because of when else it’s typically said.  We don’t offer the cushion that an event will be over quickly unless we’re well aware that it’s not an event that’s desirable.  I might say it when my child’s about to get a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Learning Lessons of History

11. Government handing over the most vulnerable to religious groups has worked out well in Canadian history: look at the residential schools

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

1. Canada is now a country that will offer sex workers the "option" of being sent to religious reeducation camps:

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

I’ll give old clothes to Salvation Army, and shop in their thrift shops, but I wouldn’t attend a re-education camp of theirs.

@HeerJeet Also, how will people of First Nations descent caught up in this react to being offered 'ride out of (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Social Media, Public Opinion, and Jian Ghomeshi

I doubt anyone in North America is unaware of the furor surrounding CBC’s recent firing of radio show Q’s host, Jian Ghomeshi last week. In case you were on the moon when it happened, you can read some of the many stories on the Star and other news sites (just Google it…). It’s a complex story; about […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Words, Your Brain and Sex

One of the reasons I’m a dedicated librocubularist* can be found in a story on IFL Science that is headlined, “Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs.” It opens: While it doesn’t get much better than sex and drugs for many out there, new research has found that simply learning […]

The Canadian Progressive: Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations

The plot is thickening around Jian Ghomeshi’s departure from the CBC as the radio star announces a $50-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.

The post Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To think, he was once the King of Spain

I think #JianGhomeshi learned the one way to trend at the top of Twitter that's as bad, or worse, than dying.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 27, 2014

“Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scottish Fish Invented Sex

I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. #Scotland

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014

Microbrachius dicki was the fish that realized it could use sex to reproduce. Feeling unsatisfied, fish eventually returned to spawning instead.

MT @CBCQuirks "Sex first emerged 'in ancient Scottish lake' (insert joke here) " – Microbrachius dicki. Insert Dicki joke is what he did.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October 20, 2014

Politics, Re-Spun: How to Not Commit a Sex Crime

You participate in a sex crime if you search for or look at revenge porn.

It is really that simple.

A Richmond, B.C., woman hopes her story of having nude photos leaked online will foster laws to protect women against cyberbullying.

Anisa Salmi was working at her desk when she got the call from a friend: Did you see what was posted about you online?

When the 27-year-old typed her name into Google she saw intimate photos of her posted online on The Dirty, a U.S. website known to feature photos of men and women and comments about them.

“It was (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Sex, violence and TV shows

We just finished watching the third season of Game of Thrones on DVD this past weekend. Before that, we watched The White Queen, another DVD series (one season only, although it deserved more). As we watched both, I found myself wondering why directors and producers felt the need to insert gratuitous – but apparently obligatory […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Avoid Brown’s Social House

Nicola Tee wrote:

Hey! Just wondering why you have the archaic & sexist rule that your waitresses have to wear a minimum 1″ heel while they’re on their feet all night? The men don’t have the same rule. That’s terrible, and I actually won’t be back because of it. Please pass that on to head office, thanks.

Brown’s wrote: “the policy that our girls need to be in a 1″ heel is a brand standard…”

I won’t be opting to return to Browns because of this. I’m also going to be telling my friends to avoid Browns, and will (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On That List of Excuses for Not Having Sex Floating Around the Interweb

I wanted to chime in on a facebook discussion about that list (a man made a spreadsheet of his wife’s excuses for refusing sex), but it wasn’t started by an official FB friend, so I couldn’t comment on it.  I’m not sure the etiquette on this, so I’ll just keep everyone anonymous.  Here’s the opener attached to a link that suggests women never owe men sex:

This analogy seems to suggest that, like a game of badminton in which nobody actually hits the ball is not actually a game of badminton, marriage in which nobody has sex isn’t actually a (Read more…)

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque

“Butt sex should never be a surprise.”

So begins the very catchy tune that opens Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque. Alternating skits and burlesque numbers with vox pop video segements, this show aims to “educate through laughter”, and to some degree it succeeds.

The safe sex aspects of the show are largely limited to condom use, making it a useful refresher for anyone who sleeps with men and hasn’t had any sex ed since high school. (It’s worth pointing out here that the artists are based in the United States, so while it seems like basic information to a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Anti-Pornography? Absolutely.

The idea that somehow pornography is good for society, or that it serves some sort of preventative function for males, or (insert rationalization here), make me ill. Pornography, like religion, has no place in a civilized society. I found this awesome quote while browsing the interwebs and I agree with much of what it has to say about pornography, the porn industry and human sexuality. Thank you Jasmina for writing so eloquently about this important topic.


I would like you to know, in a nutshell, that I am against the porn industry.

I am against white (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Should your daughter get the HPV Vaccine?

I can understand the anxiety about the vaccine. I can. Something that is intimately tied to our daughters sexuality is really freaky especially when we’re talking about children that we don’t even want to think about as sexual creatures.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Our Continued Sexual Repression

Sherlock & John

I watched the first episode of the new season of Sherlock last night.  There’s a sub-plot with no spoilers here:  John Watson gets engaged to Mary.  Mrs. Hudson, the landlady, is shocked that he’s engaged to a woman since he and Sherlock were obviously so close – and so soon after his passing and all.   John vehemently objects to the insinuation that he is now, or ever was, gay.  

In class before the break I read a bit about Montaigne’s affection for La Boétie, and the very first comment I got from a pretty enlightened group (Read more…)