Category Archive: Sex and sexuality

Why Americans Did Not Watch The Oscars

(x-posted to The Valve) The Oscars mean two things to most Americans. First, it’s a chance to celebrate the most impressive films of the year, from a mainstream point of view. We wash… Continue reading

The Feminist Bookstore Video and Yes Means Yes

That prankster Jessica Valenti, of Feministing, is back at it (in the aftermath of her book Full Frontal Feminism) with an essay collection in progress entitled Yes Means Yes. As sometimes happens, I’ve… Continue reading

(Radio Interview) These Cats Aren’t Laughing Out Loud

(x-posted to The Valve) (The following are excerpts from a recorded interview between Terri Gross and Lion-O, the young lord of the Thundercats. It was originally aired on National Public Radio and its… Continue reading

I’m McLovin It: Sexuality in the Age of Advertising

(x-posted to The Valve) The setting is a mojitos-and-burgers place in the Lower East Side: shaded, pricey, with outdoor seating and fresh guacamole. I’m there with two friends, two other women I’ve just… Continue reading

In Response to Projekt Enlightenment

Dear readers, I’m still drowning in work, and unable to post as I would like. Still, I try to keep up how I can, and just commented over at Projekt Enlightenment in response… Continue reading

The History of Nice Guys

Dear readers, I am suddenly in Boston, still exhausted from 23 hours in planes and airports. In two days I begin teaching at a prep school here, all the way until I return… Continue reading

Nietzsche’s Unexpected Feminisms: Iphigenia, Helen, and Penthesilea in Derrida’s Spurs

(x-posted to The Valve) If you’re into this sort of thing, what follows is a close reading of Trojan allusions in Jacques Derrida’s study of Nietzsche, Spurs. There is a pay-off: Derrida discovers,… Continue reading

Porn, Dracula, Lynch, Lebowski

(x-posted to The Valve) In a marvelous post at Is There No Sin In It?, A White Bear (AWB) gives us her definition of pornography: I’d like for [my students] to see pornography… Continue reading

Cansei De Ser Sexy and Joss Whedon’s Firefly

CHAZZ: We’re going to dance to one song, and one song only. (sings) My hump, my hump, my lovely lady hump. JIMMY: I don’t even know what that song means! CHAZZ: No-one knows… Continue reading

On Decadence

In a remarkable new post at Is There No Sin In It?, A White Bear gives us her “half-assed” (not really) theory of decadence. She writes, I hold that decadence is taking pleasure… Continue reading