May 14, 2009 Intimate Lines in the Sand

May 14, 2009 Intimate Lines in the Sand

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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.

“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 Cafe, the section of On The Issues Magazine that is updated weekly. In 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.


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.