The Problem with Penises

Recently, I wrote an essay on Mock Paper Scissors about the Problem with Penises.

This essay isn’t about bashing men. Good men know who they are. Women recognize and appreciate those men. In fact, you’re our gold standard for how all men should treat women. The fact that I need to include this disclaimer is part of the issue.

Since forever, penises and their handlers (PH’s) have been granted astonishing privilege and power over vaginas and their handlers (VH’s). Penises are lauded as funnier, smarter, decisive, and significantly more adept at everything. They’re encouraged to treat VH’s as the fairer sex, less than, and to behave like a gentleman through acts of chivalry. Or as we call it, misogyny, mansplaining, sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, or rape adjacent behavior, among other things. PH’s think it is their birthright to exert total control over a VH whenever they see fit. Society has taught VH’s that we were put on this earth to live in servitude of PH’s, and that our worth is tied to a PH’s desire to marry us [].

Why you Must Subscribe to The American Bystander Print Humor Magazine

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Dorian Katz: Art Exhibit in San Francisco at the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco

Dorian Katz artist, art exhibits, san francisco
My cousin Dorian Katz is a brilliant artist who focuses on sex positive art and in this exhibit, gender constructs. The exhibit is at the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco. Please read below and go.
ABOUT Art Practice makes Art Pervert is a solo exhibition of Bay Area-based artist Dorian Katz curated by Dorothy R. Santos. Her drawing series “120 Days of Sodomy” appropriates the Marquis de Sade’s book title 120 Days of Sodom. While Katz’s non-human beings don recognizable human characteristics, they are playful, whimsical, and sometimes political hybrids and chimeras. The artist imagines a sex utopia that ponders what it would be like if humans were socialized like other species such as the bonobo monkey. The non-tentative, bold line work mirrors the way her creatures live and exist in the world. It’s as if the lines from Hans Bellmer crossed paths with Robert Crumb’s and made lush new creatures far more telling of human sex and sexuality than their originators. The artist long standing alter ego Poppers the Pony makes fantastical visits into parts of the series. The drawings push against gender constructs and binary structures. Each piece works towards understanding gender non-conforming beings through vibrant characters engaging in extreme sex acts, uninhibited gender liberation, and sexual freedom.
DETAILS: Art Practice Makes Art Pervert
Friday June 2, 6-9 pm
Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission Street, SF 94103
June 2 – August 15

Via Shaun King | Raise the Age

The State of New York is about to decide whether or not it is going to be the last state in the nation to Raise The Age of minimum prosecution. Kids don’t belong in adult jails or prisons, but New York sends kids to adult prisons – no matter what the crime – and it’s doing tremendous harm to them.

But, and this is where it gets ugly, a few politicians in New York are playing games with this bill. It’s already passed the legislature, but the State Senate is stalling it out for the 5th year in a year. This is despicable. The bill has passed in virtually every deeply conservative state in America, but New York keeps messing this up – and people’s lives are being devastated in the process.

I am ashamed that New York has done this. Let’s let these politicians know that they need to step up and do right and Raise The Age in New York like it has been done nationwide.

Today, we have to make our presence known. We have to make it clear to each and every member of the New York State Senate that they need to pass Raise The Age.

I want you to email, call, tweet, and Facebook every single member of the New York State Senate.

I don’t care if they say they support the bill or not. Every single member of the New York State Senate needs to step the hell up and work this out…TODAY.

Here is all of their information. EVERYTHING.

Now, what I am about to tell you is the ugly truth. Some people are saying they support raising the age, but they are lying. I spoke last night with several State Senators who told me that many Democrats are saying publicly that they support it, but that behind the scenes they are either doing absolutely nothing to make sure it passes or worse – actually working against it.

Because of that, I am asking you to contact EACH AND EVERY member of the New York State Senate.