Bi-Weekly Sexual Freedom Newsletter Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Top Stories This Week
1. The Stonewall Generation 2. Queer liberation and prison abolition; 3. Exploring sexual fantasy; 4. Anti-racist sex education; 5. Sex offender registries; 6. The Black radical tradition; and 7. Black feminists rally for trans lives.
Join us to discuss The Stonewall Generation with author Jane Fleishman and Mandy Carter and Hardy Haberman, both featured in the book. Read the book and tune in to hear about sexual liberation from those who led the fight, Thursday at 3:00 PM ET.
In The Stonewall Generation, sexuality researcher Jane Fleishman shares the stories of fearless elders in the LGBTQ community who came of age around the time of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. In candid interviews, they lay bare their struggles, strengths, activism, and sexual liberation in the context of the political movements of the 1960s and 1970s and today.
Op-Ed: There Is No Queer Liberation Without Prison Abolition (them.)
Gem Nwanne argues that queer liberation requires that we fight for abolition: “Abolition encourages us to face the lies we have been told about what justice looks like and take active steps towards unlearning and rebuilding. In addition to the removal of the violent systems that seek to oppress us, abolition also requires an active commitment to building support systems that actually make our Black, queer communities safer. If we are to continue living in a world that seeks to disappear us through prison and police violence, abolition must be central to any movement for queer liberation.” Read more.
Love No Limit: Exploring Sexual Fantasy during the Pandemic (Bitch Media)
Josie Pickens explores the topic of sexual fantasy in this time of crisis: “We’re all thinking about pleasure in different ways right now: Sex is the last thing on some of our minds because we now have so many other competing priorities. Plus, our fantasies may revolve around the plans we’d made before the coronavirus turned our worlds upside down; instead of our vacations, museum visits, exquisite dining, and other forms of pleasure, we might find ourselves longing for sexual connection, orgasms not crafted by our own hands, and the kind of sex we’ve been waiting our entire lives to experience.” Read more.
Why Students Need Sex Education That’s Honest About Racism (Rewire.News)
Christine Soyong Harley argues that it is imperative for sex education to be anti-racist: “Those of us who work in the field of sex education are no strangers to having difficult conversations. We have made great strides in orchestrating effective discussions around topics of sex, sexuality, and gender among parents, policymakers, educators, advocates, and young people. However, there is one topic that we all need to work to better address within sex education: race. [...] We need to do our part to honor George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the many other Black lives taken by police violence and white supremacy.” Read more.
Sex Offender Registries Are Fueling Mass Incarceration — And They Aren’t Helping Survivors (Jacobin)
Paul M. Renfro discusses sex offender registries and the ways in which they bolster the carceral state: “US sex offender registries now list nearly one million people. Federal, state, and local ordinances prohibit convicted sex offenders from living within a certain distance of schools, parks, day care centers, and other spaces where children might congregate. [...] Such measures might seem sensible to a broad swath of the American public. Indeed, as Judith Levine and Erica Meiners argue, sex offenders’ very humanity remains an open question. Yet these sorts of steps misrepresent the scope and nature of sexual harm in the United States, fueling mass incarceration while doing little to actually help survivors.” Read more.
(Blake Nissen:The Boston Globe:Getty Images)
The Black Radical Tradition Can Help Us Imagine a More Just World (Truthout)
Brian Lozenski writes about the Black radical tradition and the capacity to imagine a more just education system and world: “If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic and the mass uprisings against racialized state violence have effectively exposed the farce of an education system largely built on the rationalizations of free-market economies, social hierarchies, and dehumanizing, technicized approaches to teaching and learning. Understanding that this pandemic, once survived, is simply one iteration of more to come in a configuration of global power that praises regimes of production at all human and non-human costs, the world’s only choice is to abandon these regimes and their inherent practices of social control.” Read more.
(Brooke Wagstaff for @showingupforracialjustice)
Changing Tides: Black Feminists Are Mobilizing for Trans Women (Bitch Media)