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LGBT Action Alert!

Posted in Activism, LGBT Rights, Medical with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by girlonpiano

Action Alert from the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is currently circulating a letter in the Senate, requesting funds for the addition of a question about sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the federal government’s most comprehensive and influential survey. This question is vitally important for gathering the information needed to understand and address the health disparities affecting the LGBT community.

Please call your Senator today and urge them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse’s letter. To contact your Senator, please dial the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121, give your state, and ask to speak to your Senator. When you are connected to your Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff member who works on Health and Human Services Appropriations. Tell them you are a constituent who supports appropriating an additional $2 million for the National Health Interview Survey and that you would like them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse’s letter.

In order to sign on, they must contact Nick Bath in Senator Whitehouse’s office and enter their request in the Appropriations Committee’s database. If they have any questions, please have them contact Rebecca Fox at 202-558-6828 or rebecca@lgbthealth.net

Guys Who Pay For it Turn Out … Kinda Normal Actually

Posted in Legal, News with tags , , , on January 20, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Nope, I'm Really Not Gonna Let Him Live This Down

I’d never really inquired very far into why our clients are colloquially known as “Johns”. I’d always assumed it was because of the old joke about a couple checking into a motel as the “Smiths” or something or other intended to sort of nod and wink at the hush hush nature of sex work or the idea that clients are all pretty much the same.

Turns out there’s an element of truth there.

Jessica O’Reilly, writing for Carnalnation.com (article found here), shares the results of new research out of Simon Fraser University that suggests men who pay for sexual intimacy are not any more or less likely to become violent.

The article explains itself, so I’d just like to draw attention to a couple of points. One, I’m very glad the writer sought the comments of the Sex Workers Outreach Projects, one of the few groups out there that has any business speaking for us.

However I’m one of those who feels the need to raise a little suspicion about the research methodology. First of all, it’s based on surveys. Anonymous surveys, insist the researchers, with no reward, implied or real, for concealing the truth. Maybe.

But these are 1000 online volunteer surveys. To me, that raises a host of issues. Not everyone is online. I would venture to guess most sex workers in fact are still invisible and don’t maintain an online presence.

I also mistrust what I suspect is a narrow definition of sex worker. They asked self described clients of sex workers. This can encourage unintended bias by not getting responses from men who say, oh, strippers don’t really count.

But perhaps my biggest gripe is this: Let’s say for the sake of argument that their figures are true, there is no greater incidence of violence committed by “johns” when compared to the population at large. Can we then conclude that “johns” are no more or less risky?

For every appointment I make and keep, there are probably 9 or more who raise giant red flags for me. Some are aggressive. Many are drunk. MANY show me pictures of themselves naked as if I’ll sacrifice my livelihood to be with them for free. Many insist on seeing pictures of my face. Many try to talk me out of my non-negotiable fee. These are just a fraction of the troubles I manage trying to get and keep reliable, clean gentlemen. And I want to add here, I am very grateful and genuinely warm and loving with those gentlemen. You guys make my day!

Point is though, the rest? This is why we SCREEN. We screen because we know we’re at greater risk. We weed out as much as possible anyone who asks things like “Have you had a busy day?” and then tries to arrange a late night appointment so they can jack us. We weed out the naked pics alot of the time, because these guys can be really easy to provoke and their pride is sickened at the idea of paying.

Personally, I suspect that these results tell us less about would be “johns” and alot more about how many sex workers are getting more educated, safer, and more careful every day, often with the help of groups like SWOP, The Desiree Alliance, COYOTE and others.

Did you fill out the Sexual Freedom Survey?

Posted in Activism, Feminist Sex, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, porn, Religion, Sex Ed, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by girlonpiano

If not, YOU BETTER, or SiP will hunt you down and take away your sexy license.

Take the survey now!!!!

Let’s start the New Year off in a proactive way, by adding your voice to the Sexual Freedom Report!

This questionnaire will be the foundation for the first report on the State of Sexual Freedom in America today.  If you already responded to the questionnaire, and many of you have, thank you!  If not, we would really value your opinions!

As I shared with you in the first email, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation plans to publish regular reports on the sexual freedom movement, designed to help identify the social changes taking place, or that must take place for progress to be made, on the diverse issues on which we work. We are particularly interested in recognizing opportunities for already-established sexual freedom issue groups to work together.

We would like to know what you think are the most pressing sexual freedom issues this country is facing and so we are asking for a bit of your time and a lot of your knowledge and expertise.

We will treat your responses as confidential, unless you specifically give us permission to share your comments.  To protect the confidentiality of our participants, we will download the responses each day and they will be taken completely offline.  With that assurance, we are also asking that you provide your contact information on the survey.

I do hope that you’ll take some time right now to respond to the questionnaire.  What you think really does matter to us and to this project.

Please click here or at the link below to begin the survey.

Thanks for your time and your participation!

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Ricci Levy, Executive Director

PS:  Please make sure to give us an email address in the questionnaire so that we can email you a copy of the completed report immediately prior to its public release.

Researchers stuggle to find G-spot

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Medical with tags , , , , on January 5, 2010 by Chase

British researchers compared twins, both identical and non-identical, regarding whether or not they report having a g-spot.

(From Times Online) “If one identical twin reported having a G-spot, this would make it far more likely that her sister would give the same answer. But no such pattern emerged, suggesting the G-spot is a matter of the woman’s subjective opinion.”

Thus, they concluded that the g-spot may indeed be a myth, further cementing it’s status as the unicorn of vaginal intercourse. I’m deep into my own research on this topic… stay tuned

HT: Slog

Chimps trade meat for sex

Posted in Crazy/Funny with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2009 by Chase

Researchers have found evidence to confirm the suspicion that male chimps who share their catch with certain females end up getting it on twice as much.

(From BBC) “We looked at chimps when they were not in oestrus, this means they don’t have sexual swellings and aren’t copulating.” said Dr. Christina Gomes. “The males still share with them – they might share meat with a female one day, and only copulate with her a day or two later.” Dr Gomes thinks that her findings could even provide clues about human evolution. She suggests this study could lay the foundations for human studies exploring the link between “good hunting skills and reproductive success”. Read more

I think these monkeys clearly have their priorities straight. Of course this isn’t too far off of humanity’s gold standard, trading money for sex… how different would our culture be if we valued meat in line with the other two? Perhaps there is still time to learn from these noble creatures. After all, monkey see, monkey do…

(hey, check out SiP’s favorite monkey  @ Hoody’s World!)

There are no porn virgins!

Posted in Crazy/Funny, News with tags , , , on December 3, 2009 by girlonpiano

A researcher at University of Montreal tried to compare men who have seen porn to men who haven’t. It didn’t work.

Excerpt: “The objective of my work is to observe the impact of pornography on the sexuality of men, and how it shapes their perception of men and women,” explains Lajeunesse. “We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography but we couldn’t find any.”

Read more about the research at CarnalNation

National Geographic examines gay twins

Posted in Medical, News, Videos with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by Chase