Sunday, February 05, 2006

"Boys Will Be Bad"--A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Here's an excellent op-ed column from today's Washington Post by a sex educator named Deborah Roffman about how she tries to teach her students that the sexualized images, messages, and narratives (often involving implied abuse and even violence) so prevalent in the mainstream media (including some of the commercials we will no doubt be seeing during today's Super Bowl) are actually almost as degrading to males as they are to females.

It's a great example of how we need to think and talk about real values in relation to sex and social relationships--rather than acquiescing to the manipulative, controlling, joyless, and ultimately futile anti-sex doctrines of the Christian Right.

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