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Integration of Sex & Religion

Although sex and spirituality are often treated as very separate issues, and even understood to be in conflict in many societies, including U.S. society, we believe that sexuality and spirituality are natural and intersecting parts of human being’s lives and that for many people sex is deeply spiritual. The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance understands that sexual freedom and freedom of religion are both fundamental human rights, and that neither one can negate the other.

Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. All persons have the right and responsibility to lead sexual lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure. Grounded in respect for the body and for the vulnerability that intimacy brings, this ethic fosters physical, emotional and spiritual health. It accepts no double standards and applies to all persons, without regard to sex, gender, color, age, bodily condition, marital status or sexual orientation. Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing from the Religious Institute.

Porn industry leaders join Web crusade against the Stop Online Piracy Act

Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act just received a few x-rated allies.

Free porn websites, such as Youporn, Pornhub and Tube8, have taken up the cause against SOPA with banners on their sites encouraging people to visit the American Censorship website.

The bill “modernizes our criminal and civil statutes to meet new IP enforcement challenges” and provides law enforcement agencies the “tools to protect American intellectual property from counterfeiting and piracy,” according to the Committee on the Judiciary website.

Last week, thousands of users voiced concerns across pretty much ever social media platform possible, most notably Twitter, Tumblr and Canvas. On Reddit, in particular, dozens of posts have cropped up asking people to sign a White House petition challenging the bill, call their local representatives, and educate themselves.

With that level of support, it’s no surprise to see thousands of people praising the multibillion-dollar-porn industry for their anti-SOPA sentiments. In one Reddit post today, which has collected about 100 comments and more than 1,040 upvotes, redditor ThomasJefferson69 called the people behind these sites “pornpatriots.”

“Porn has always been an industry that reacts very harshly to any twinge of censorship. Being that their industry is inherently offensive and objectionable to some people, they’ve always had a very staunch first amendment slant,” wrote sevendeadlyninjas. “Some people hate the industry, but free speech isn’t a matter of some/a few/most/all people agreeing or disagreeing one way or another. That’s the free part.”

Most of the other commentators in the thread were far less poignant and instead expressed outrage over the threat of losing their free porn.

“They may take away our freedom, but they’ll never take our FREE PORN!!!!” wrote yousless.

Female gamers get more sex

2009101200816_140The numbers are out and female gamers have more sex than anyone else.

According to a Harris Interactive survey of 2,000 adults, 57 percent of women who play online games reported having sex, compared to 52 percent of women who do not play online games.

Not surprisingly, the people who reacted most favorably to this news were male gamers.

“Note to self, Its a XBOX Christmas for the Girlfriend,” commented Jason Gleason.

“Hello. Any of you ladies play farmville ? :-D,” tweeted @schmmuck.

When it came to female gamers, however, the response was more varied.

Women who play games might have more opportunities to connect with men than women who don’t game, according to Colette Bennett, a reporter for CNN Geek Out.

“I know that when men find out I game, they tend to light up,” she told the Daily Dot. “I think more and more women are realizing being a gamer is like a secret weapon for their sex life.”

Morgan Dempsey has another perspective. A gamer, writer, and software developer who blogs frequently about gender and gaming, Dempsey said she didn’t find the survey to be newsworthy.

“Really, 52 percent vs 57 percent does not strike me as statistically significant,” she told us in an email. “I’d like to see this same survey applied to other hobbies, such as rock climbing or square dancing or pottery throwing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the results were similar.”

Daily Dot reporter (and female gamer) Fruzsina Eördögh remembered that this isn’t the first time female gamers’ sex lives have been in the news. In June, a survey commissioned by Doritos discovered that female online gamers prefer games over sex.

Both the Harris survey and the Doritos survey were random samples of roughly 2,000 adults.

What gives? Perhaps we should defer to Dempsey:

“I’m always wary of surveys where I can’t see the methodology behind them,” she said.