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Monday, February 3, 2003
Pat Ware, Jerry Thacker, & Exodus
In fact, Bush administration conservatives saw Thacker's paper trail of rhetoric for what it was: weak on medicine, lacking in compassion, inappropriate among Christians, and no more tenable among conservatives than Trent Lott's remarks about Strom Thurmond or Pat Ware's white-bashing.

2/3/03:10:58:55 PM PST    comment
Martha Campbell - The Bully At The Table
Last month, the United States was defeated for the first time in its attempts to reduce access to family planning around the world.

2/3/03:10:09:40 PM PST    comment
Sharon Basco - Forget Condoms; Just Say No To AIDS
This compassionate president spent his first two years in office waging "War Against Women," to quote a recent New York Times editorial headline. The Times inveighed about "the administration's anti-Choice obsession," and its efforts to "freeze millions of dollars in financing for... the World Health Organization and the U.N. Population Fund to advance reproductive health and combat HIV and AIDS."

2/3/03:10:03:02 PM PST    comment

Thursday, January 30, 2003
The Chinese are big readers of The Safer Sex Pages. I am continually amazed at the amount of mail I get from Asia. But it's always particularly interesting to note that this site has not been censored by the Chinese government. Perhaps that is about to change. I have never mentioned China on this site until just this week. I am confident Communist censors will soon notice I used the word China. I would be very surprised if censorship did not immediately follow.

Dave writes about China, publishing, & freedom. The Peking Duck is a peculiar hybrid of personal journal, dilettantish punditry, pseudo-philosophy and much more, from an Accidental Expat who somehow ended up in Beijing for reasons that are still not entirely clear to him. That accidental expat is named Richard. Dave asks "How much longer will The Peking Duck be available outside China, or for that matter behind the firewall in China? That's the big question."

China, like some other countries, for instance Iraq, (notice how Saddam Hussein's website is not even on a domain with Iraq's tld) put all their citizens access to the internet behind a firewall. This means the government firewall acts as a censor to keep out all information which the government's censors decides is dangerous to the citizenry. Information dangerous to citizens, got it?, check.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that South Korean police say a Chinese computer hacker group is suspected to be behind a virus that wreaked havoc on the Internet over the weekend (01.25.2003).

Back in 2000 a Chinese consumer electronics firm Hisense had a firewall challenge in order to engage the Q&A; skills of crackers worldwide.

The Chinese sector of the net is an area of some concern for a lot of parties. For several years now the Chinese have been placing a firewall between their citizens and the rest of the net. Bennett Haselton of Peacefire recently informed me that he is working with the Voice of America to develop further methods of infiltrating and disabling Chinese firewalls.

It looks to me as though the answer to Dave's question is there will be many more Peking Ducks. And for the foreseeable future there will be an arms race between the censors and crackers over who exactly gets to speak in Peking.

1/30/03:12:15:58 PM PST    comment

Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Chasing the HIV Bug.

1/28/03:10:41:16 PM PST    comment

Monday, January 27, 2003
U.S. Stance Roundly Rejected by Delegations to Bangkok Population Conference
"The countries spoke one by one as they made clear their united support for the ICPD Programme of Action and their belief that this document does not promote abortion or 'underage sex'? the only two issues that the U.S. delegation allowed to seriously be discussed at this meeting.

1/27/03:11:59:53 PM PST    comment
While few in the media noticed, American foreign policy has moved towards opposition to condoms and towards promotion of "natural" birth control methods such as rhythm and abstinence. It has been reported that the White House political arm believes that Bush Pere lost the presidency because it did not pay enough attention to the right wing. What better gift to the right than deep-sixing Roe and going much further by limiting the availability of contraception?

1/27/03:11:48:34 PM PST    comment
Chinese men
use 3 condoms per year

1/27/03:11:01:45 PM PST    comment

Sunday, January 26, 2003
is the best music video ever! Get your dancing shoes on. Follow me!

1/26/03:12:54:12 AM PST    comment
Alicia Sindel
gives a road map of female gential mutilation on the web.

1/26/03:12:54:12 AM PST    comment
Boys Will Be Boys - Gender Identity Issues
I have been asked to offer some comments on gender identity issues as these impact on Muslims living in post-traditional contexts in the West, and particularly as they affect people who have traded up to the Great Covenant of Islam after an upbringing in Judaism or Christianity.

Mr. Murad may have something of interest to say about boys and the work of Germaine Greer but to be honest I don't care. I take with grains of salt those who identify as Christians or Jews if they conjoin that with the truth or accuracy of their opinion. Mr. Murad has done that here and yet also had the temerity to say "trade-up?"

I wonder, does this religion come with an arrogance quotient?

1/26/03:12:54:11 AM PST    comment

Islam, Irigaray, and the Retrieval of Gender
Islamic theology confronts us with the spectacular absence of a gendered Godhead. A theology which reveals the divine through incarnation in a body also locates it in a gender, and inescapably passes judgement on the other sex. A theology which locates it in a book makes no judgement about gender; since books are unsexed. The divine remains divine, that is, genderless, even when expressed in a fully saving way on earth.

1/26/03:12:54:09 AM PST    comment
"Male Genital Aesthetics and Their Relation to Lipodermos, Circumcision, Foreskin Restoration, and the Kynodesme"

It is a biological norm in Homo sapiens that, in youth, that part of the penis known as the prepuce often runs to impressive lengths, frequently representing more than three-quarters of the length of the penis. This anatomical fact is not without its cultural or artistic consequences.

1/26/03:12:54:08 AM PST    comment

How To Be a Porn Star
One smartass writer's attempt to make hay out of porn & the dot com implosion. Banal.

Still though it does have a few insights into the life of porn actors. For example, bring your own prophylactics. Don't hold everyone on the set up because you don't like the brand or type of condom offered. Bring your own by gum!

Sounds like a class I would be sure to love.

1/26/03:12:54:06 AM PST    comment

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