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As feminists, fans of Lawrence, or just culturally progressive people, we can decide not to align our reactions with the hacker’s intent.
The only way to prevent a market for these type of photos is to stop treating them, and the “secrets” they reveal, as revelatory or scandalous. They don’t tell you anything new about Lawrence. They don’t make you think differently about her. You know why? Because sexuality isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a dirty secret. In her public appearances and interviews, Lawrence has never attempted to make it so. And just because it’s private doesn’t mean it’s dirty — but that’s an algebra that the scandal machine has labored tirelessly to invert, decades before Monroe’s own “dirty” photos came to light.
In the end, it’s not Lawrence’s job to correctly “play,” and thus diffuse, this potential scandal. Instead, let it be our task to perform the difficult but necessary labor of not being scandalized at all.
Those Jennifer Lawrence Pictures Aren’t Scandalous
Samuelson’s argument is centered around the idea that gay marriage harms … someone. But whom? Posner demands an answer. Samuelson suggests that gay marriage would harm society at large. But how? Samuelson shrugs; he just doesn’t know. It’s a painful conclusion to a judicial bloodbath, a cringing moment of bathos that reveals the state’s argument for the intellectual joke that it is. Let’s hope the Supreme Court is listening.
Listen to Judge Richard Posner destroy arguments against gay marriage.
Kurtz gives the game away in his discussion of “American exceptionalism,” which he defines as “the notion that America is freer and more democratic than any other nation, and for that reason, a model, vindicator, and at times the chief defender of ordered liberty and self-government in the world.” That notion, he says, is absent from the AP U.S. history framework. An intelligent reader—indeed, an intelligent student—might well say: yes, if that’s the accepted definition of “American exceptionalism,” good riddance. That definition of exceptionalism has become an ideological shibboleth, wielded as a weapon against anyone who would dare to subject America’s influence in the real world, for good or ill, to close examination.
The right wing steps up its attack on the teaching of U.S. history - LA Times
Because I know I’m not the only journalist of color who feels this way, I’d love to introduce solutions journalism to as many others as possible. Frankly, one of the reasons I was excited to discover the Solutions Journalism Network and its mission was that I immediately recognized its potential to positively impact historically disadvantaged populations. As defined on this website, “Solutions journalism is critical and clear-eyed reporting that investigates and explains credible responses to social problems.”
Why Motivation Matters | Solutions Journalism Network
Although AIDS did not signal the end of sexual liberation, the epidemic did change the meaning of sex for many gay men, mixing potent feelings of fear with otherwise pleasurable acts. In Tim Murphy’s recent piece on PrEP for New York Magazine, Sarit Gloub, a psychology professor at Hunter College, described her research findings that half of gay men think about HIV most or all of the time during sex. This fear is in part a result of the very “sex-positive” programs that gay men’s groups developed in the 1980s, which eroticized safer sex for gay men but also represented sexual contact between men as dangerous.
Sexual Pleasure, AIDS, and Gay Politics | NOTCHES
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