Tag Archives: language

Nicole Daedone and the Invisibility of Asexuality

There’s a youtube video making the rounds of a TEDxSF talk by Nicole Daedone, founder of OneTaste Urban Retreat Center, and there’s a lot of great stuff there. She talks about many of the challenges we have around sexual shame in general, and female orgasm in particular. She speaks with authenticity about topics that many […]

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Call for Participants: Survey on Transgender Language

This showed up in my RSS feed today. If you’re transgender or genderqueer, these lovely people would appreciate your input on trans-inclusive and respectful language. See below for details and pass it on! Greetings! Ten years ago, we conducted a short survey of our community‚Äôs reactions to the use of descriptive terminology in the professional […]

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Gender, Bodies, and Language

You might already know this, but I like to geek out about language. In my experience and observation, our language both reflects and shapes how we think and feel. I also believe that we can only think clearly about something to the degree that we have a language for it. Plus, interpersonal friction often arises […]

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A New Sex Word: Valprehend

The ever-fabulous Becca got in touch with me recently and asked if I knew of a word for the receiving penetrative sex that’s more active. After all, you can be the one who gets penetrated and be the active one. Heck, you can even be the dominant one and be penetrated. But most of our […]

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Words That Are Transphobic

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This showed up in my tumblr feed today. It’s from the UC Davis LGBT Center and according to their site, you’re welcome to download it and pass it along.

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Why Do We Call It “Using Porn”?

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On one of the sex education email lists that I follow, someone posted a question about “porn use.” And while I’ve seen this phrase used more times than I can count, it suddenly seemed to me that the term implies a bias that runs so deeply that it’s effectively invisible. I think it’s rather interesting […]

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Vocabulary Lesson: Cisgender

There’s a really useful word that’s been floating around in certain communities and I want to take a moment to help it spread. Cisgender refers to people who experience and present their gender in a way that’s aligned with the sex of their body. It contrasts with transgender, which refers to people who experience their […]

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