Slut Riot: On the intersection of shaming, rape culture, and patriarchy

What a fantastic Sluts Week we’ve been having during our SLUT RIOT! We’ve had intense conversation generated from thought-provoking and sometimes controversial guest posts — here and on Facebook and twitter. We’ve looked at it from different angles. We’ve poked a stick at so much slut-shaming with photos and a Big Slut Riot Music Video.…

AB230 testimony: I speak for the unwanted and abused

For those of you who did not attend and/or watch the marathon Nevada State Senate committee hearing on the comprehensive sex education bill (AB230) yesterday… I don’t even know where to begin. A lot of it was pretty much like the April 1 Assembly hearing, but the fierce factor was definitely dialed up a notch…

Pay It Forward Day: Nevada Big Give and more

Today is Pay It Forward Day and all I can think about is how we’re going to make the world a better place. Actually, we are making it a better place. You show me that all the time. Whether it’s the success of the hate crimes event last week, your generous spirit in turning the…

Why abstinence-only is winning: We are undone by our apathy

Talk about AB230, the comprehensive sex education bill, was all over the TV yesterday! Even your humble Siren got in the mix as a guest, with my pal Annette Magnus, of Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, on Ralston Reports. Likewise, Annette made appearances on Fox 5 in the morning as well as The Agenda. Taking it…

Lower Ed: The absurdist theater at the NV Leg sex ed hearing

Although it was April 1, the hearing on the comprehensive sex education bill (AB230), was no joke. Except when it was hilarious — in a decidedly macabre, nihilistic, dark-comedy sort of way. I sat through four-and-a-half hours of discussion and testimony on AB230 — which seeks to amend and update existing sex ed curriculum, passed…

The Progressive Agenda: A Legislative Wish List

Today marks the start of 77th (regular) session of the Nevada Legislature! Can you feel the excitement? For the next 120 days of the (regular) session, people across the state will be watching (and hopefully participating in great events like Grass Roots Lobby Days) as our representatives tackle the business of the Silver State. And…