Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Save Sexuality Studies Petition

From: "NSRC " <>
Date: February 18, 2009 11:08:29 AM PST

Subject: Save Sexuality Studies petition

Greetings, Advisory Board.I wanted to alert you all to a petition the NSRC launched on Monday, and ask for your support in promoting it. The petition, called 'Save Sexuality Studies," supports sexuality studies and the role of science in policy development and health interventions. Georgia State University researchers are testifying today before the state senate to defend their research on oral sex and male prostitution--and other universities are also being threatened. Legislators and the media have miscast their research as "disgusting” classes being taught to college students--purposefully stoking a moral panic. Our petition has gathered over 1200 signatures in about 36 hours in support of their work and sexuality studies and sexuality research in general.I spoke to one of the researchers testifying yesterday, Mindy Stombler, and to a GSU communications director this morning--they are exceedingly grateful for our support.

The GSU official I spoke with said they've been limited in their ability to respond to media inaccuracies because of internal concerns about being targeted further--this makes it even more vital that those of us who are protected get the right message out.Here's the link:

I ask that each of you use the connections and platform you have to support our petition. Send it to your contacts, link to it from your website or blogs, etc. Thanks to Rachel Venning for blogging about this today on Babeland's site. I welcome your support, and your ideas for dissemination and amplification--we are planning on sending out a press release after the testimony this afternoon.


Ann Whidden, MPHCommunications and Internet
Director National Sexuality Resource Center835 Market Street, Suite 517San Francisco, CA 94103telephone See what we're up to on our homepage: provocative articles on sexuality, visit American

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some Old Images from my Files:

Working on Old Photographs

I am working on old photographs. New posts to come here. Some posted on my other blogs and on the MySpace page. These are mostly old color negatives I made a quarter century ago.

Watching response to the financial and banking crisis with great interest.


In this my personal Christian blog, I hope to be discursive and now and then critical. What I write here is tentative and tensive. I post thoughts, feelings, and observations somewhat randomly and often in immediate response to current events and posts on other blogs.

"Serendipitous Creativity" from Gordon Kaufman

"I suggested that what we today should regard as God is the ongoing creativity in the universe - the bringing (or coming) into being of what is genuinely new, something transformative; …

"In some respects and some degrees this creativity is apparently happening continuously, in and through the processes or activities or events around us and within us(…) is a profound mystery to us humans(…) But on the whole, as we look back on the long and often painful developments that slowly brought human life and our complex human worlds into being, we cannot but regard this creativity as serendipitous …

"I want to stress that this serendipitous creativity - God! - to which we should be responsive is not the private possession of any of the many particular religious faiths or systems …

"This profound mystery of creativity is manifest in and through the overall human bio-historical evolution and development everywhere on the planet; and it continues to show itself throughout the entire human project, no matter what may be the particular religious and or cultural beliefs."

Gordon Kaufman, Mennonite Life, December 2005 vol. 60 no. 4

Melville is a rational man who

"Melville is a rational man who wants God to exist. He wants Him to exist for the same reasons we all do: to be our rescuer and appreciator, to act as a confidant in our moments of crisis and to give us reassurance that, over the horizon of our deaths, we will survive." (John Updike)

And that is a problem for me.

Fragmented Notions

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