Ideology: February 2010 Archives

kidder_jade.jpgEver since I was a kid, I've loved magazines. I love the thrill of opening a brand new Popular Science and learning about all the cool new marvels of engineering and discoveries the pages revealed. When I open a copy of Ski Magazine, I'm flooded with joy as I fantasize about zipping down my favorite mountain and learning how to tune my skis for an even faster ride. Every Macworld has a gem or two that help the very computer I'm writing this on behave in a little less annoying fashion. The photos and illustrations make it all so clear in ways that most books cannot describe with simply with words.

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7simpleWays.jpg1. Know the basics. If the last time you learned about sex was in the class your gym teacher taught in high school it might be time to brush up and make sure your knowledge is correct. Basic info about safer sex is always changing as science advances and we learn more about how we can best protect ourselves. If you want to be a sex positive advocate make sure the information you are sharing is correct!

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coming-out.jpgComing out is an incredibly tough choice and there are so many things to take into account before taking it on. The media presents coming out as a process that is usually painless and viewed as a joke - some obvious, effeminate man identifies himself as a homosexual, everyone has a laugh, and the plot continues. However, there are countless faces in America and around the world of homeless lesbian, gay, bi, and transsexual people. As a matter of fact, the majority of homeless youth primarily consists of GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) youth. It's fantastic that people are coming out earlier and earlier in life, but one can put themselves at risk by doing so. Here are some tips to consider before coming out.

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vulvaphobia.jpgEvery time I'm out with a friend who is gay, he seems to refer to the vulva as a bad thing; a really, bad thing; a scary, unknown, horrible monster that is going to eat you when you go to sleep thing. In all honesty, I used to be a counselor of that camp. The idea of labia flapping in the breeze and trying to vacuum my dick in to a lady's nether regions terrified me. Birds could be creating nests in there. It could queef at you in defiance. There is a movie with the premise of a young girl who gets raped and, in an act of revenge, her vagina grows teeth to bite off any penises attached to men whom anger her. Teeth! AH!

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Talk to MeAs a sex educator often I spend more time talking about communication than about vibrators, condoms, and anatomical function put together. From what I have experienced, it seems that the biggest indicator of whether or not you will achieve your sexual and emotional desires is largely dependent on how good of a communicator you are. Take a look at the various sources relationship advice. It may be phrased differently but I guarantee you that the majority of advice out there boils down to three things: communication, talking more, and communication. So there it is, your magic bullet. That said, if it is that easy why are people still hesitant to be open and honest with each other about what they want and need?

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Kidder Kaper

kidder@sexisfun.net


Kidder has been theorizing and writing about human sexuality since 1993, when he began work on his primary goal: "Teaching the world to be unafraid to enjoy sex."


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Laura Rad

laura@sexisfun.net


Laura Rad has been educating herself and others about sexuality for over seven years. You can find Laura every week chatting with the crew of the Sex is Fun Podcast.


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Gay Rick

rick@sexisfun.net


Gay Rick is an HIV Educator and Co-Host on the Sex is Fun podcast. He is also a certified Hepatitis C Educator.


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Coochie

coochie@sexisfun.net


The in-house audio engineer.


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John Stark

JohnStarkWriting@gmail.com


John writes a blog titled We Sleep Together. He is in his twenties, and has been in an open relationship for six and some years.


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Walrus

emailthewalrus@gmail.com


The Walrus is an avid SIF listener, married, and recently became a proud father. He spends his days working in IT, but has always been interested in pushing the boundaries of traditional and conservative thoughts sexually.


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Cooper Beckett

cooper@lifeontheswingset.com


Cooper Beckett's life isn't like other people's. When he's not writing or podcasting at Life on the Swingset, he's living it up with his wife Marilyn as evangelical swingers, spreading the good word that "sharing is caring."


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Beth Swings

bethswings@hotmail.com


Beth is an English rose, happily married and happily swinging in the UK and abroad. She has a full-time vanilla career which she loves. Beth counts sex and naturism among her many extra-curricular passions in life.


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Mari Rose

marie@cakesandcuffs.com


Mari Rose and her family live in Colorado, love life and do their best to maintain balance and sanity and in this crazy, sexy, beautiful world.


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Lorax

lorax@frivinc.com


Lorax runs everything behind the scenes at Sex is Fun. If she's not maintaining the website, gathering articles, or directing art you can find her wakeboarding or snowboarding with her husband.