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When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Sex and Power Are Inextricably Linked

As I engage with the current dialogue about sexual harassment, I continue to be struck by how people want to simplify it. This widespread harassment that is bubbling to the surface has many layers and many meanings and we do ourselves a disservice when we try to box it into being about one thing. Let’s [...]

By |November 10th, 2017|Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

How White Supremacy and Misogyny Connect

This past weekend I was honored to go see a man whose music I grew up on and loved shine his heart-light on a crowd of adoring long-time fans. Neil Diamond is a gem, one of the greatest songwriters of our modern world, and a true gentleman. He ended his show as I predicted, encoring [...]

“Is it Possible to Drop Our Identities And Just Be Human?”

I was listening to the Dalai Lama talk this morning in San Diego about how much happier and less lonely we’d be if we saw ourselves as one human family and stopped disconnecting and separating ourselves from one another with “I’m this” and “You’re that.” At Los Angeles Pride last weekend Adam Lambert repeated a [...]

13 Reasons to Have Hope Around Sexuality, Justice and the World in 2017

Most of us would agree that 2016 has been a challenging year, with so much loss, grief, polarization and despair. We've gone through a lot as a culture and as a nation and certainly, individuals are going through their own deep pain on a personal level as we feel what is happening in our world. [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

Intersectionality & What It Means to “Call In”

In the sexuality field we have been having rich conversations over the last many years about both intersectionality and what it means to “call someone in” rather than “call them out.” Too often when we have an issue with something someone has done or said we feel the need to “call them out” and tell [...]

By |December 19th, 2016|Sexual Politics & Culture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sexuality Breathes Life into the Revolution

We like to categorize and compartmentalize nearly everything. It can help us manage the many parts of our life rather than feel lost in all of it and it can sometimes prevent some of the overwhelm that otherwise shows up. Yet life is interconnected, as are all the pieces of our lives. As I listened [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

Trailblazing for Liberation: Gender and the Election

On Wednesday, November 9 half of our country was stunned by the dreaded and realized result that Donald Trump was now our President-elect.   Every woman who ever stood for something felt the deep sting Secretary Clinton experienced, as she stood and faced us in her concession speech. It was a powerful moment. We know [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Politics, Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

Predatory Behavior All Women Know

Last week’s debate was disturbing on many levels. The way Donald Trump loomed menacingly over Hillary Clinton, using threatening body language and posturing chilled most women to the bone. Why? Because we all know what that predation feels like. Watching it on a presidential debate struck a deep chord in many women’s psyches that set [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|Advocacy, Politics, Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

Donald Trump, Sexual Agency & Entitlement to Women’s Bodies

This week inarguably marked one of the most inflammatory moments of any political campaign we’ve seen in this country since Watergate. Donald Trump's abhorrent, flippant comments about women and our bodies, and his braggadocio on-camera claims to his ability to sexually assault women because he is a “star” are the linchpin for his demise. His [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|Advocacy, Sexual Politics & Culture|0 Comments

Why I’ve Had Over 1,000 Pelvic Exams

From 2001 to 2011, I had the distinctively unique position of teaching medical and nursing students, and occasionally residents, in every major medical institution in New York City how to give proper breast and pelvic exams. What made this work so unique was that I used my own body as a teaching tool to work [...]