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Bi-Weekly Sexual Freedom Newsletter
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Top Stories This Week

1. Don’t miss our final program for #SFS20
2. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s human rights legacy;
3. How to find a sex positive therapist;
4. A survivor’s perspective on abolition;
5. Why trans activists lead the way in protest movements;
6. The anti-abortion movement’s quest to end the Pill; and
7. Using humor to cope with pre-transition trauma.


Join us on Thursday for our final program for the Virtual Sexual Freedom Summit. During our Summit we’ve covered a wide range of topics, all of them posted to our archives here. On Thursday, we are thrilled to have Hugh Ryan discussing his book When Brooklyn Was Queer, which won a 2020 New York City Book Award and was a New York Times Editors' Choice in 2019, and a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Awards. Don’t miss out, register here.


(American Constitution Society)

RBG’s Human Rights Legacy (American Constitution Society) 

Risa E. Kaufman and Martha F. Davis celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s human rights legacy: “Justice Ginsburg was a champion for gender equality and equal citizenship rights, as reflected in opinions (both controlling and dissenting) addressing gender-based discrimination, reproductive rights, voting rights, and corporate campaign spending. She was not perfect. She had significant blind spots. But her understanding of equality as grounded in human rights principles should be an enduring aspect of her legacy. Building on such a legacy would lead to more explicit recognition under constitutional law of the ways in which discrimination based on gender, race, and poverty intersect.” Read more.


(Seth Laupus)

How to Find a Sex-Positive Therapist (VICE) 

Penda N’diaye underscones the importance of sex-positive and kink-aware therapy: “Therapists have a responsibility to provide accurate, community-informed care to their kink patients. To clients and experts, that means beginning with having clinicians evaluate their own biases and attitudes about kink, addressing how those can affect their interactions with clients, and making an effort to study and offer resources that pertain to kink- and poly-inclusive identities. Most important, clinicians must have the education and context to determine whether a person’s consensual kink behaviors, fantasies, or sexualities, by themselves, are directly related to their reasons for seeking therapy—or are simply their methods of sexual expression.” Read more.


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Aching for Abolition: As a survivor of sexual violence, I know prison isn’t the answer. (The Cut) 

Camonghne Felix, a survivor of sexual violence, writes about abolition: “If we wanted to protect rape victims and serve survivors, our systems would attack harm and its causes at the root. It would center its solutions in harm reduction, in transformative justice, in restorative processes of accountability, and move away from punitive solutions that do nothing to stop assault from happening. A commitment to ending harm is a commitment to providing housing, food, employment, free education, extensive, trauma-informed mental-health care.” Read more.


(Scout Tufankjian:Polaris:eyevine)

‘Our love is radical’: why trans activists lead the way in protest movements (The Guardian) 

Sam Levin discusses trans activists’ leadership in protest movements: “While the dominant headlines on trans issues have focused on death and culture wars, on the ground, trans people are on the frontlines of activism, organizing some of the most powerful demonstrations against police violence this year, standing up to rising far-right violence and exposing neo-Nazis, and defending the safety and rights of the most marginalized.” Read more.


 (Angelica Alzona)

Inside the Anti-Abortion Movement's ‘Feminist’ Quest to End the Pill (Jezebel) 

Molly Osberg explains the anti-abortion movement’s quest to end the Pill: “In the expansive, invigorated world of the modern anti-abortion movement, the Catholic position on the Pill has been mainstreamed and tumbled together with longstanding anxieties about feminism’s destructive effect on the family. And in recent years, those anxieties have expanded to address more universal concerns about the medical industry’s failure to accurately treat or diagnose women—a resonant message that could, as much as any legal brief or federal rule, put a dent in the roughly six million women using contraceptives in the United States.” Read more.


(Ohni Lisle)

Ignoring My Pre-Transition Trauma Wasn’t Working — So I Started Laughing At It Instead (them.) 

Samantha Allen writes about using humor to cope with pre-transition trauma: “ If comedy is tragedy that happens to someone else, I essentially have to look at that set of circumstances from an outside perspective and voilà, it isn’t so sad anymore. That’s precisely how the mechanism of humor has worked for me: It helps me get outside of my head. Both in my writing and in my personal life, as I’ve tried to make jokes out of memories that were once too wince-inducing to remember, I have gained the distance from them that I have always wanted but could never achieve by simply letting them accumulate dust in the back of my hippocampus.” Read more.


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