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Intimate Lines in the Sand


The transcendent values we fight for are beyond the political. Sex inspires lines in the sand, too. In our Spring edition, three writers explore Intimate Lines.

Popular music is filled with sexually explicit content and misogyny. That’s nothing new. But in “Teaching Daughters About Lollipop Politics" Margot Mifflin discusses what pop lyrics generally teach kids about sex- and what Lil Wayne has to say that’s different.

"His five minute ode to oral sex offers something you don’t see much in the endless stream of rappers bowing under the weight of their Sisyphean masculinity: a lyric describing a man satisfying a woman, and enjoying it,” she says.

In “Shaping Sexual Futures on a Budget,” Donna Schaper tosses the old sex ed. model out, claiming a new and realistic version is needed.

“I see an intimate sexual future as meaning fun sex and smart sex conjoined,” she says.

Rebecca Chalker in “Know Thy Clitoris” explains the extra-special and complicated muscle. This informative story is a how-to guide on how the clitoris works and the anatomy behind it.

“This explosive little bean is only the tip of a powerfully responsive organ system with at least 18 separate parts that function together to produce pleasure and orgasm,” she says.

Open up a different take by visiting the Café, the section of On The Issues Magazine that is updated weekly. In “Put Self-Objectification Under Wraps,” Lu Bailey dissects how females, especially girls, are denigrated and treated as sex objects in the culture, and calls on women and men to rally against it.

Also in the Spring Edition is Pam Chamberlain’s piece “Common Enemies: LGBT, Abortion Share Foes,” which reminds us that with compromises come consequences. Chamberlain discusses The Third Way, a new group that attempts to merge evangelical Christians with progressives. She argues that compromising from the progressive standpoint is dangerous as it only allows the right to chip away slowly at abortion rights and reproductive freedom.

“They [the right] appear to be conciliatory, while negotiating to get federal funds to block abortion access,” she says.


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