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The Shrinking Public Square

2008-09-29 12:58:22.912972+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Next up on the non-fiction reading list is Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America[Wiki], by William N. Eskridge, Jr[Wiki]. It's not a light read, and I'm just working my way through the 1881-1935 chapter right now, but what strikes me is how strongly correlated, throughout history, the anti-pornography and anti non-procreative sexual practices forces have been with those who are against any sort of equal rights for women.

These things come in waves, and just because we've made tremendous strides in the past four decades or so doesn't mean it can't all come crashing down.

In this new millenium we have been backsliding quite a bit, Chris over at Sex in the Public Square talks about The Shrinking Public Square, on Audacia Ray's struggles with CitiBank, iTunes, and Google Checkout.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-29 15:31:12.054001+00 by: m

It is the tenor of our society. Sexual issues are always on the front lines because they are the most difficult to defend to those who lack the power of critical thought. Protesters lag a little, but not far behind. For a good look at the ever worsening Zeitgeist:

The Denver Police Union printed some 2000 copies of a shirt with a graphic and a logo stating

"We get up early to beat the crowds."