Each month, Sexual Intelligence™ examines the sexual implications of current events, politics, technology, popular culture, and the media.
Dr. Marty Klein is a Certified Sex Therapist and sociologist with a special interest in public policy and sexuality. He has written 6 books, over 100 print articles, and has published 7 sets of training CDs. Each year he trains thousands of professionals in North America and abroad in clinical skills, human sexuality, and policy issues.
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13th Annual Sexual Intelligence Awards®
13th Annual Sexual Intelligence Awards® honor individuals and
organizations who challenge the sexual fear, unrealistic expectations,
and government hypocrisy that undermine love, sex, and
relationships--and political freedom--today.
Last year's winners were Dr. Larry Magid, Internet Child Safety Advocate; Dr. Debby Herbenick, Sex Researcher and Author; Sex At Dawn, the best-seller by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá; and the global forum Sexuality Policy Watch.
grew up in a highly religious Kansas family--a preacher grandpa,
preacher cousins, and parents who later became missionaries. Sexual
repression and its consequences were a key reason that Ray saw the light
of atheism. Ever since, he's been helping others overcome the
oppressive effects of religion.
the tremendous difficulties many people have in escaping their
religious families, communities, and even livelihoods, Ray founded Recovering From Religion, which now has meetings across the U.S..
Ray recently founded the Secular Therapist Project,
which pairs secular mental health professionals with adults needing
their services. In many communities, secular therapists or would-be
patients (or both) are in the closet, often unaware of the others'
existence. This growing registry, which charges no fees, even helps
clergy who wish to talk with someone about leaving their faith or
profession. Therapists are encouraged to register with the project here--leveraging Darrel Ray's Sexual Intelligence across the country.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
is devoted to protecting the rights of college and high school students
to express themselves on and off campus. This is critical, says
Executive Director Greg Lukianoff, because if students learn that free
expression is dangerous or prohibited, they won't notice--or care--when
their free speech rights are later limited as adults. In his new book Unlearning Liberty,
Lukianoff persuasively argues that the polarization of today's politics
is partly due to colleges actively suppressing robust intellectual
debate--under the guise that someone's feelings might get hurt.
promotes Sexual Intelligence most effectively when it is publicizing or
challenging vague, undemocratic speech and behavior codes at colleges
across the country. Such codes are a dangerous attempt to control
adults' consensual dating behavior, and the expression of ideas about
gender, sexual orientation, and sexual activity.
Examples of policies FIRE has challenged or publicized:
* Pasadena City College's last-minute intervention to bar the public from a school event featuring a porn actor;
student government's demand that school officials pressure Facebook to
take down two student Facebook pages describing the school's sexual
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill disciplining a student for violating
its speech code for publicly criticizing the university's handling of
her allegations that a fellow student raped her.
Brockport's campus policy listed the following as examples of
punishable "harassment": "cartoons that depict religious figures in
compromising situations"; "calling someone an 'old bag'"; "jokes making
fun of any protected group"; and even merely "discussing sexual
on American campuses is now being restricted to that which the most
sensitive or least tolerant student can bear. FIRE is working hard to
The Scarleteen website
has too many colors, too many fonts, bad puns, and references to social
media I've never heard of. So it's perfect for its audience--teens and
early '20s who want sexual information.
Since 2006 Scarleteen's site has received a billion hits. What do visitors get?
of articles, factsheets, and Q/A on sexual health and relationships.
The content is written by adults and teens/young people.
message boards, a text/SMS service, and an active presence on Facebook
and Twitter--written by staff, volunteers, and young adult users.
* Referrals to other services such as STI testing, contraception, pre-natal and abortion care, and crisis care.
Corinna founded it in 1998, Scarleteen has provided young people with
accurate information along with social justice activism and a fierce
commitment to a diversity-oriented, non-pathology model of sexuality.
The U.S. has 1.5 million home-schooled students and 6 million high
school-age youth no longer in school. Scarleteen is a crucial part of
their sex education.
are proud to join organizations such as UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, and
The Boston Women's Health Collective in recognizing Scarleteen and
Heather Corinna for raising the Sexual Intelligence of the world's young
Australian Sex Party
with natural beauty and great weather, the Australian Sex Party is one
of Australia's features. While a political party called The American Sex
Party would have trouble being taken seriously, consider if you'd vote
for a party whose platform included:
On the other hand, consider if you'd vote for a party whose platform included:
* an end to internet censorship and an increase in internet privacy;
* government investigation of child sex abuse in religious institutions;
* ending tax exemptions for religious institutions;
* decriminalizing assisted suicide for the terminally ill;
* legal protections for sex workers;
* legal protections for those engaged in consensual S/M.
Sex Party is expertly guided by their primary candidate, Fiona Patten.
This tireless businesswoman has gathered enough libertarians,
progressives, business owners, and sexual enthusiasts to make ASP the
country's most important minor party. Whether or not Patten wins the
next election, her public statements and the Party's position papers are
raising her country's level of Sexual Intelligence.