will.i.am, famed co-creator of Black Eyed Peas, did an interview with Elle wherein he says women who keep condoms handy are tacky. Yea he’s got a beautiful romantic spin on it, but in this day and age with teenage pregnancy and STDs being a serious concern, I wish role models such as will.i.am were more concerned with safe sex than how “tacky” a woman may seem. Call me a pessimist, but I don’t trust a potential hottie to always carry condoms with him. As a sex educator in my personal life, I aim to always have protection with me to not only model good behavior but I generally have enough to share, as well. Women who are proud of their bodies and strive to be healthy should not be chastised for taking care of themselves and their partners.
“Suggesting that nail polish has anything to do with sexual preference or gender identity indicates a serious lack of knowledge about homosexuality, transgender issues, or child development. But even if there were some sort of magical nail polish that could turn a kid gay or transgender, who really cares? The argument at the heart of this homo- and trans-phobic frenzy is the notion that there is something undesirable and wrong about being a gay or transgender child.”—Jessica Valenti, on the controversy surrounding J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons painting her son’s toenails pink. Read Valenti’s opinion, “Petty in Pink: The uproar over a J.Crew ad reveals deep-seated hatreds.” (via thedailyfeed)
“I think it’s degrading to women to say porn is inherently degrading to women. Of course, not all women choose porn out of desire or free agency, and especially during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we should be cognizant of this fact and the institutional factors that make it so. But many women consume and/or participate in porn actively and frequently, with enjoyment and discerning ethics. Discounting our participation erases our sexual agency and restricts our free sexual expression.”—In defense of porn - The Daily Cardinal (via sexisnottheenemy)