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Entries from 2009 March

26th March 2009

Eros Versus Pathos

Posted by: Craig Young

Courtesy of the classifications and decisions database of the Office of Film and Literature Classification, here are some bizarre items that have been banned by the OFLC and its predecessors over the years.
Bondage Landlord. Tranvestite Quarterback. Tranvestite Husband. Tales from the Leather Nun. Fraternity Boys in Bondage. Flossie in Bondage.
Some of these titles are deeply […]

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Tags: Politics

26th March 2009

Canada: British Columbia’s Polygamy Debate (Part Two)

Posted by: Craig Young

In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Conservative Party activist Tom Flanagan expresses concern at the possible consequences of heterosexual polygamy.
What would happen if the British Columbian and other Canadian courts struck down Section 293 of the Criminal Code on the basis that it constituted a violation of religious freedom? However, he argues, the state can […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

20th March 2009

The Delayed Extinction of the Kiwi Party

Posted by: Craig Young

At the moment, the Christian Right is experiencing a slow news sequence. Family First is still rabbiting on about A Christian’s “Right” to Spank, while the Maxim Institute looks weirdly centrist, Right to Life New Zealand is still sniping at the Family Planning Association over RU486 -derived abortion proposals, and SPCS is strangely silent and […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

19th March 2009

Religion and Politics Notes: Exclusive Brethren IR Amendment Axed, Danish Adoption Reform and Pope’s Condom Remarks…

Posted by: Craig Young

Canberra: In the federal Australian Senate last night, the Commonwealth Parliament voted to delete a ’special rights’ industrial relations law amendment that had previously allowed the Exclusive Brethren to ban unions from their small business workplaces on religious grounds, regardless of whether or not the staff actually wanted that. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Family […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

18th March 2009

Review: Antje Kampf: Mapping Out the Venereal Wilderness: Public Health and STDs in New Zealand 1920-1980 (2007)

Posted by: Craig Young

Antje Kampf: Mapping Out the Venereal Wilderness: Public Health and STDs in New Zealand: 1920-1980: Lit-Verlag: Berlin: 2007. ISBN: 9783825897659
This German medical and social historian has done us much good through his brief account of the histories of venereal disease, the discipline of venereology and affected populations.
The volume examines how changing sexual attitudes were premised […]

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Tags: Politics

18th March 2009

Lesbian Vampires: Deadly, Powerful and Invincible Women

Posted by: Craig Young

I got an email from someone who noted that while gay male zombies are the monster du jour in LGBT horror these days, lesbian vampire stories predate them, and have far greater audiences than undeadgayboys do.
True. It’s been that way since Sheridan Le Fanu first wrote about the beautiful and seductive Carmilla Karnstein, subject of […]

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Tags: General

16th March 2009

PLAGAL: The Gay Christian Right?

Posted by: Craig Young

When I learnt that there existed a lesbian/gay anti-abortion group, PLAGAL (the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians), I was shocked.
For the most part, the contemporary LGBT movement has allied itself closely to the pro-choice side of the abortion debate, reasoning that if there’s more space for non-reproductive sex due to safe contraceptive and abortion […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

16th March 2009

Review: Jack Kerouac and William S.Burroughs: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

Jack Kerouac and William S.Burroughs: And the Hippos were Boiled in Their Tanks: New York: Grove Books: 2008.
The absurdity of this book’s title belies its more serious subject matter, and revelations that dent the posthumous reputation of an alternative gay cultural icon.
In 1944, modernist author William S.Burroughs and Beat poet Jack Kerouac were in New […]

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Tags: Politics

12th March 2009

Gay Men, Disability and Sexual Rights

Posted by: Craig Young

Why is it that lesbians are far more pluralistic than we are when it comes to bodily diversity in our respective erotic media?
I’m not sure whether it has something to do with feminism and its dialogue with disability rights organisations, but there have been some commendable efforts insofar as realistic and diverse depictions of lesbians […]

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Tags: Politics

12th March 2009

Whatever Happened to “Sex Radicalism?”

Posted by: Craig Young

Before the current focus on family policy and spousal rights came to dominate LGBT politics, ’sex radicalism’ was an alternative contender, at least amongst LGBT academia during the late eighties and early nineties. So, what was it? And why did it decline?
“Sex radicalism” was primarily about protecting sexual minorities from state and religious intrusion by […]

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Tags: Politics