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Sexual Identity, Race, and Gender: The Evolution of Equality

Thanks, Upworthy, for pointing me in the direction of this infographic from Daily Infographic. It puts many things in context. (While, of course, leaving out others, but on the balance I like it.)

Conception, contraception, and … Superheroes!

I have a lovely little jar that I pass around my college classes.  I call it my Jar’o’Sex.  When I pass the jar around, each student must write an anonymous question and put it in the jar.  Often the semester starts off with lots of questions, and then they slow to a trickle and eventually […]

Parental self worth

I recently finished reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory for the first time. (I know, I know, color me behind on the latest novels. Blame it on grad school, children, and running my own business and move on please.) Now, I’ve read up on some of the controversy on whether Mary Boleyn was […]

Conversations on gender

Gender is such a malleable concept.  And it can be difficult for people who are entrenched in the general understanding of gender to understand the variances. I spoke with  my friend Sarah Dopp here some months ago, but I’m not sure I mentioned her website Genderfork, which explores androgyny and gender variance through artistic photography. […]

Gay Marriage Legalized in California!

While I napped this afternoon, the most amazing thing happened… It takes effect in 30 days.  Read more from the New York Times.  Or, perhaps more fittingly, the Los Angeles Times.

The Body Project, by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

The Body Project is a great book to give you a historical understanding of how American society developed to the point where girls are obsessed with their bodies. The story begins with how the time-line of reproductive development has changed over many years from the mid-teens to late-childhood. The Body Project goes on to discuss […]


(Written by guest blogger Wendy Harlowe.)  First, again, please feel free to e-mail me privately at wendyharlowe@gmail.com if you don’t want to post comments here. I look forward to hearing from you. I’ve been gratified by the response to my first post, including comments and private e-mail correspondence. (Over the years I’ve worried about being […]

Venetian Chastity Belts

One of the places I went on vacation was Venice. It was truly amazing. The history was immense and fascinating. Venice survived as a city state for more than a thousand years. Sometimes Venice managed this through its location (great for trade, extremely difficult to attack), sometimes through it’s extreme wealth and penchant for gaudy […]

Prudes or caretakers? Enfranchisement or detachment?

I am delighted to be back home and back at work in this New Year. Thank you so much to Just Another Teen – I hope everyone enjoyed reading your posts as much as I did! Later in the week, there are several topics I want to cover from my experiences on vacation (chastity belts […]

Abortion and politics

RH Reality Check had a really great post on abortion yesterday. While I highly recommend you read the whole thing, here are several of the points that stood out to me: “There were many disturbing moments during the Republican presidential debates last week . . . But what had to be one of the more […]