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ahli
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I do believe that it is International Month for Masturbation, and in this spirit, I would like to ask few questions about Sexual Activism.

Firstly, why should people who are under 18 be precluded from becoming involved in sexual activism of this nature? People are far more readily accepting that adults masturbate, but never that teenagers masturbate...

Additionally, there has been moves here in Australia by the QLBT movement to protest the Red Cross Blood Donation Drive because the Red Cross will not accept blood from someone who has had homosexual sex in the last 12 months. Does Scarletteen endorse the Red Cross's position on this?

Thirdly and finally, it appears that Scarleteen is broadly in support for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender peoples. Does Scarleteen support Gay Marriage? Or does it believe that Marriage - QLBT or heterosexual, is perpetuating a hetero-normative stereo type, and a form of state sponsored monogomy?

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciate, although I know that Heather is busy at the moment.


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Gumdrop Girl
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AskST is moderator-reply only, so in the spirit of broadening the response pool, I'll move this to... (reading over contents again) Sex Ethics and Politics

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Bobolink
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Scarleteen tries to be broadly inclusive of people's sexual orientation. On our splash page, it says that Scarleteen is a pro-choice site. That is the only sexual issue on which we have an official position. If you go to the Guidelines (link at top of this page) you agreed to them when you registered, you will see our rules about conduct on this site. We also do not support illegal actions.

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ahli
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quote:
Originally posted by Bobolink:
If you go to the [b]Guidelines (link at top of this page) you agreed to them when you registered, you will see our rules about conduct on this site. We also do not support illegal actions.

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Thank you for pointing out the Guidelines. However the question was not in reference to 'illegal' actions, and I believe you have answered my question superficially - perhaps due to the fact that Scarleteen only has one 'official' status.

Perhaps Bobolink, Gumdropgirl and Miz Scarleteen and others could give their own personal opinions on these questions: let me rephrase them...

1. Do you think that under 18's should be able to participate in 'National Masutrbation Month'?

2. Do you support the Red Cross's stance to refuse the blood of people who have been engaged in Homosexual relations in the last 24 months?

3. Do you support gay marriage? Do you believe that marriage is an institution for state sponsored monogamy?


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quote:
Perhaps Bobolink, Gumdropgirl and Miz Scarleteen and others could give their own personal opinions on these questions: let me rephrase them...

If you want to ask everyone these questions, you're welcome. But you're likely to find that different people answer them differently, and none of those answers will represent some sort of Official Position Of Scarleteen.

Scarleteen aims to give people information so that they can make their own choices; that inevitably makes us pro-information, sex-positive and pro-choice. But we're not out to dictate what people should believe beyond that.

Personally:

1. Since under-18s can and do masturbate at any time of the year, I'm not sure what the problem would be with them masturbating during any one particular month! If I'm missing something, please explain.

2. I think the Red Cross is misguided. I do understand the reasons for trying to screen out people in high-risk populations, and think they have the right to try to do so (in fact, I'm barred from donating blood under the UK rules, as my work means I get regular scratches and bites that break my skin). But sexual orientation alone obviously doesn't make someone any more at risk of having blood-borne diseases!

3. As long as anyone has the right to marry legally, I think that same-sex couples should have that right as much as anyone else.

I personally would also support extensions of marriage rights to groups larger than two, and a range of civil partnership options for people who don't want to marry but do want their partnership acknowledged by society.

I don't see anything intrinsically heteronormative or stereotyped about monogamy per se, even though I object when it's presented as the "right" choice for everyone.

There. My personal opinions. Not Scarleteen's.


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Gumdrop Girl
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1. There's a pretty strong pop culture current that acknowledges that teens masturbate. And the joke is that they do it ... a lot. I mean, I was in high school when Green Day put out "Longview." That song's entirely about young folks slothing about and wanking (among other things). I agree with logic_grrl that we don't need a specific month to advertise masturbation. But we could do things everyday to increase the public discourse on the topic. For one thing, talking about it in a mature manner with peers helps. The less taboo it seems, the more people will be open to it.

2. My profession is public health, and frankly, I side with the Red Cross on their rules for donation. I'd rather have large number of higher-risk people elevated from the donor pool than have one or two people taint a supply that would affect thousands. Outbreaks like that cause far angrier public outcries than what we see for the LBGQT crowd. Is that necessarily, fair? No, but blood donation isn't a civil right, and there are serious risks involved. In a more perfect world where every group was contracting various diseases at equal rates, i'd love to see the donor pool expanded to include groups typically left out. Bear in mind my position is generally different from a lot of folks here as I'm not a political liberal. There's a great blood donation disucssion at http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum8/HTML/000770.html check it out.

3. To each their own. I don't believe gay people could ever do a better job of perverting the institution of marriage than heterosexuals are already doing. I am in favor of letting gay people get married as far as civics go. I won't push churches to embrace the trend, but then again, I'm a Buddhist, and it'd be odd for me to tell Christians how to run their church. I do personally favor marriages because I think it's easier to raise a child in a two-parent household than in a single parent household, and whatever's in the kid's favor is fine by me. On that note, I'm okay with gay couples adopting. There aren't enough people adopting, imho. Plenty of kids need stable and loving homes. And if people want to be polyamorous, well whatever floats their boat. As long as no tax fraud is being committed, it ain't my business.

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ahli
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Awesome responses guys. Please... any more people who want to voice their own personal opinions?
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feefiefofemme
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1. Well, I think this question is a bit... off. Anyone can masutrbate privately, it's not anyone else's buisness. Therefore I think no one should be barred from participating in National Masutrbation Month. I actually wasn't aware that such a month existed, but I have no objection to it.

2. I think there's nothing wrong with barring people not in monogamous relationships, but if a person has been having sex exculsively with one person for a year or two and hasn't tested positive for any STDs, I think they shouldn't be barred from donating blood, regardless of their sexual orientation.

3. What with my username and all I don't really need to say that I support SSM. It's kind of a given. However, I'm not really all that into marriage in general. It's not a bad thing, but I just don't think it's for me. My opinions may change and I do like the idea of a big fancy, expensive ceremony, but I don't like the idea of being tied down to someone for the rest of my life.


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maglight
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Do you even need to indulge in masturbation? Perhaps there are alternatives, like practicing chastity? Personally I think self-control is a much more valuable asset to one's psychological faculties then succuming to such desires. If you do indulge in such an act regularly, then you won't be able to function without it -- creating an additiction. Just a warning.
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LilBlueSmurf
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Do you have any scientific studies to back this claim, maglight? If so, i'd like to see them. If not, please stop spreading false information.

Granted, people can become addicted to almost anything, but masturbation in itself is not addictive.


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Heather
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Just wanted to drop a note in here as a reminder that often, simple activism can work even more easily than you'd imagine.

The Walgreen's corporation had recently signed into policy that pharmacists could refuse prescriptions to customers on moral/religious grounds. Namely, birth control and emergency contraception.

Our local chapter of NOW here organized a rally at one of the most visible branches in the city, down the block from my apartment. Notices were sent to local NOW members to attend the rally.

I pretty much never say no to a rally. Never have. Why?

In any event, I rushed over there after teaching this morning, only to find out that not only had Walgreen's tossed the policy out in response to the rally, they did so without us even having to have it at all. They so much did NOT want visibility drawn to this policy from women's groups that just hearing about an organized rally caused them to alter the policy late last night.

Which meant a bunch of us got to instead sit down, toast with our water and enjoy things truly working as they should, which is immensely satisfying, especially given the current political climate when it comes to women's rights.

So.

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Heather
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(And maglight, no, there is no physical or emotional need to masturbate.

But most people want to, find it beneficial in many regards, and there has NEVER been any medical data to show that masturbation is in any way harmful or addictive, nor creating a chemical dependency, which we can't say, for instance, about something even less needed or beneficial, but almost as widespread, as fast food chains cheeseburgers, candy bars or soda. And once more: misinformation being posted here is against the user guidelines you agreed to when registering.)


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