RI: Sex ed business banned from opening

City officials cite zoning violation

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:59 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:59 PM EDT
Dan Gouthro

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – The city of Pawtucket has banned a new adult business from opening inside the Grant Building on Main Street.

Megan Andelloux planned to open the Center for Sexual Pleasure on Saturday. She says the business was supposed to provide classes and information on sexual health. But now city officials have informed Andelloux the area is not zoned for “educational” use.

Andelloux says her business is not a so-called spa. Other tenants in the building are also coming to her defense.

“As far as I know, she is a wonderful, intelligent, well-educated woman who does therapy,” Karen Pace, a cafe owner, tells us.

Andelloux has scheduled a meeting with the Pawtucket Mayor on Thursday.

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Fearless feminism

Jessica Yee talks about sexuality, race, youth engagement – and how they all fit together
Marlo Campbell

“One thing I can say about Catholic school is that it makes really great activists,” quips Jessica Yee, sitting at a downtown Subway restaurant a few hours before her flight back to Toronto.

The self-described “Indigenous feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter” says she found her calling at the age of 10, thanks to an anti-choice presentation during one of her elementary school classes. Continue reading

ZAMBIA: PEPFAR prevention approach too narrow – report

JOHANNESBURG, 30 June 2009 (PlusNews) – The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has taken a damagingly narrow approach to HIV prevention in Zambia, ignoring realities on the ground and neglecting the most at-risk populations, says a new report.

Researchers from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a non-governmental organization that advocates sexual and reproductive health education and services, travelled to Zambia to determine what nearly US$577 million in PEPFAR funding between 2004 and 2008 had achieved.

Their findings are based on interviews with HIV/AIDS organizations, activists, medical professionals, community leaders, policymakers and programme participants. Continue reading

Trinidad & Tobago: FPA pleads for increased funding

Monday, June 29th 2009

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago is pleading with the Government to increase the annual subvention it provides to the association.

The organisation’s president, Jacqueline Sharpe, made the call for increased funding on Thursday while delivering “A Report to the Nation” at the association’s annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Port of Spain. Continue reading

Sex Work: In Bed with the Religious Right

By Dagmar Herzog
June 11, 2009

Is American sexual culture schizophrenic? Yes, and this has everything to do with the sexual politics of the religious right. Sexual opportunity is everywhere, but sexual rights have, at the same time, been concretely eroded.

Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics
By Dagmar Herzog
(Basic Books, 2008)

What inspired you to write Sex in Crisis? What sparked your interest?

Sex in Crisis has a great deal to do with my prior book, Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (2005), which offered a major revision of our assumptions about the Third Reich’s sexual politics and its aftermath, including close attention to the complicity of the Christian churches under Nazism. In his book American Fascists, Chris Hedges had drawn direct parallels between the religious right Continue reading