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Turning “Yes We Can” into “YES WE WILL!”

Join the conversation at Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit in 2017! #SFS17 is August 3th to 6th, 2017 Deadline for Workshop Proposals: Monday, February 6, 2017! The thing every single Trump advisor, nominee and cabinet member shares is a negative attitude toward our personal autonomy, toward our sexual freedom. Most administration members could care less about…

We will stand firm! Woodhull joins 200 organizations nation-wide to uphold civil and human rights under Trump

The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is standing firm in the face of threats from the Trump Administration and Congress.  As a proud member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition consisting of more than 200 national organizations, we wholeheartedly sign on to the following statement. This outlines our key priorities for achieving…

Transgender People Aren’t Sick – They Are Failed By An Inadequate Classification System

Yesterday, Pam Belluck of the New York Times reported that the World Health Organization is working toward removing transgender identity from the list of mental health disorders in its International Classification of Diseases. Removing it from the list of mental health disorders is apparently not controversial. The question Belluck spotlights in her piece is the…

Low-Income Children Need Public Support No Matter Who Their Parents Are

Two republican state legislators in Illinois co-sponsored a bill that lit up my social media feeds this week and sparked an outpouring of fury about regressive ideas about family and cold-hearted attitudes about public assistance. The good news is that, at least in part because of all that criticism, one co-sponsor withdrew his support from…

Even Moms Get Kinky. Even Dommes Get Sick.

Today marks three years since my mother’s death, and I want to remember her by sharing with you a piece I read at BedPost Confessions at Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit this past August in Alexandria, VA. It is adapted from a chapter of My Mother’s Cross: Cancer, Kink, Sex and Death, the memoir I’m writing about my mother’s…

Will the Rachel Dolezal Story Be A Nail In The Coffin Of Identity Politics?

Last week the internet was on fire with the question “what makes a woman?” Over the last two days, the case of Rachel Dolezal, has shifted the focus to what makes a white woman, or what makes a black woman. We must not equate the acceptance of transwomen with the feigning of a racial identity,…

What Makes A Woman? What Doesn’t!

There is no single answer to the question “what makes a woman.” Women are not born women. They are born babies, and many of those babies are assigned as female then raised as girls. Some are not. Some are assigned as male and raised as boys and become women later on. Some of the babies assigned as female and…

Raw Deal: The Unseen (And Unjust) Struggle Over Child Support

Editor’s Note: Recently on Sex In The Public Square I posted a critique of the criminalization of poor parents who fall behind on their child support. Today I’ve invited a dear friend, someone I’ve known since the 6th grade, to share a guest post that describes the frustration she experiences as a single mother denied…

Oppression Is Not In the Interests Of The Children

Yet the state, and many citizens, use them as proxies in the fight to protect systems of privilege and oppression. Walter Scott may have been running from Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed him on April 4, because he was afraid of going back to jail for failure to pay child support. Kim Brooks tells her own…

Injustice In Iowa: Pleasure, Danger, and Dementia

You know that I’m working on a book about sexuality, aging, illness, and dying, and that it’s a mother-daughter memoir, and so you know that issues about parents’ sexuality and the care that hospitals and nursing homes afford them are important to me. Yesterday morning as I read the paper and sipped my coffee I came…