Elizabeth Smart, ex-porn stars, and feminist professors

By Jonathon Van Maren September 30, 2016 (Update #3 from the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, Texas.) Ran Gavreili was a combat soldier in the Israeli military, and his presentation: “In Our Homes: Preventing Sexual Violence and Educating for Healthy Relationships” makes adolescence and the now extended adolescence of the twenties sound…

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So this is what an anti-porn conference looks like

By Jonathon Van Maren September 28, 2016 I touched down in Houston, Texas, in mid-afternoon with my colleague Josh Gilman, the executive director of the two-year-old Canadian anti-porn start-up, Strength to Fight. We were flying in to attend the third annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, a gathering of anti-porn activists, researchers, scholars, and organizations…

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The question Kellie Leitch can’t answer: What are “Canadian values,” anyway?

By Jonathon Van Maren Judging by the comments in my Facebook feed, Conservative Party leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch’s suggestion that we force immigrants to agree to a set of “Canadian values” before permitting them to come to Canada is quite popular among quite a few conservative Christians. On the face of it, this makes sense:…

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Sorry, CBC, porn actually is turning us into damaged losers

By Jonathon Van Maren “The idea that we should all feel ashamed of ourselves, that we’re all damaged losers is really preposterous,” announced the CBC post on Facebook, featuring an article titled, “Why Pamela Anderson is wrong to shame porn when denouncing Anthony Weiner.” The statement comes from Kristen Gilbert, director of education at Options…

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