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Skipping The Summer Reading

This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.

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Poor Partners

In classical art, you almost never see Athena and Aphrodite depicted together. There’s a reason for that, and it’s not the same reason you never see Clark Kent and Superman in the same room.

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Lessons From Bar Fight Litigation

By special request: Burt Likko reflects on a dozen or so not-particularly-glamorous cases from early in his career.

Nick Gillespie’s Weird Criticism of Spitzer/Weiner

Nick Gillespie of Reason has written for The Daily Beast what is an essentially boring and rehashed “liberalism-multiplies-its-own-failures” libertarian critique. What caught my eye, though, was the way he decided to begin his argument (emphasis his): The second coming of disgraced and oversexed pols Anthony Weiner (quite probably the next mayor of New York City)…

The Development of Sex, Marriage, and Nature in Christian Thought

“To have intercourse without intending children is to violate nature, which we must take as our teacher.”  – Clement of Alexandria Throughout many traditions of Christian thought, theologians have taken nature, by which they’ve generally meant human nature, as an instructor of moral norms.  It would be a mistake to read “nature” here as simply…

The Pick-Up Apologist: Kickstarter, Reddit, The Awl, and The Real Problem With Seduction Culture

Last night a reader forwarded me The Awl’s interview of Ken Hoinsky by Maria Bustillos.  To be honest, I hadn’t intended to chime in on this story when I first came across it via Ethan — no real controversy here, I assumed.  But after reading Bustillos’s apologetics of Hoinsky, I’ve foolishly decided to add my…

U.C. Davis Investigation…

…confirms common sense about that atrocious pepper spray incident last fall. Added touches: the cops acted against orders; they were untrained and unauthorized to use the spray; and — what else? — a sex panic. Figures that anything this fished up would just have to involve a sex panic too. From the report: “On balance,…

The Roots of Scandal

The clergy-abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic church throughout the last decade has probably gained the most attention regarding the criminal way that problem priests were moved around and never turned in to authorities. What has been given far less attention is just what lead to the abuse in the first place. A new report…

Sailing Away to Irrelevance: Rush Limbaugh & The Right’s Self-Destructive Dependency on The Media Machine

Nine months ago, Jaybird asked readers and contributors alike to take a stab at predicting the outcome of the then-burgeoning 2012 Presidential Campaign. My answer then stands today. (BTW, a big hat tip to the GOP for self-destructively going out of their way to make me look like fishing Kreskin.): The economy will be slightly…

Porn, again

A quick follow-up to the surprisingly popular mini-post on porn. Granted, apocalyptic predictions of pornographically-inspired sexual violence aren’t very accurate (hat tip to commenter Plinko for the second link), and I also think that society has done a decent job of weathering the sexual revolution and its aftermath. But to my mind, the most compelling…