Articles by Dr. Marty Klein

  • What Do Law Students Learn About Porn?
    ...Well, that's not exactly the way it was described when I was asked to moderate a panel there yesterday. The title was Obscenity and Free Speech, part of the Law School's week-long Adult Entertainment Symposium.Published April 12, 2012
  • The News Keeps Focusing on the War On Sex
    First, why is "slut" considered an insult? After all, it's simply a woman who's willing to have sex with several men with whom she isn't married, and probably doesn't even "love." Published March 11, 2012
  • In the Real World, People Need Planned Parenthood
    If you thought the Susan G. Komen pink ribbon campaign against breast cancer was really about women's health, think again. It turns out they're only in it for themselves. The organization just terminated their funding of Planned Parenthood programs that screen for breast cancer and related health problems.Published February 2, 2012
  • Creating Panic About Sex Trafficking--A Growth Industry
    Sex trafficking--the real thing, not the political consumer product or object of sloganeering--involves kidnapping or manipulating someone out of their community, forcing them to engage in sex acts somewhere else, and not allowing them to leave at will. It's horrendous.Published January 30, 2012
  • Religious Right Lies About Emergency Contraception
    President Obama has joined President Bush in opposing the widest possible access for Emergency Contraception (Plan B). And he's done it for the two worst possible reasons: emotion and "common sense." After years and years of dishonest stalling, the FDA has finally recommended that minors get complete over-the-counter access to Plan B.Published December 9, 2011
  • People or Sperm-&-Egg? Mississippi Voters to Decide
    People in the state of Mississippi just spent a few cool millions of dollars arguing about how many fetuses can writhe on the head of a pin. That is, they just voted on a ballot measure that would decide the simple question of when life begins. How many textbooks, hepatitis shots, firefighter salaries, and fresh vegetables would that money buy?Published November 9, 2011
  • Yes, Let's Raise "Awareness" About Porn--With the Truth
    Coinciding with the horrors of Halloween, this is Pornography Awareness Week. Sponsored by groups including Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Morality in Media (MiM), the goal of the week is "to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and what can constitutionally be done about it."Published November 1, 2011
  • Abstinence-Only Sex "Ed" Never Really Went Away
    Like a bad penny-or like an abusive ex-husband, or a public policy cancer-abstinence is back, just when we thought it was gone.Published October 7, 2011
  • Is Lying About Porn Moral?
    The lobbying group Morality In Media wants to eliminate adult pornography. But they have a problem: adult pornography is one of the most successful consumer products on earth, and it is generally protected by the Constitution. So MiM has resorted to a desperate measure-repeatedly connecting adult pornography to a reviled product (child porn) and a reviled behavior (child molestation).Published September 4, 2011
  • Newsweek Lies, Calls YOU a "John"
    If you've never paid a prostitute for sex, you may be surprised to read that Newsweek refers to you as "the John next door"--a "man who buys sex." You should definitely check out this dishonest article about some misleading research.Published July 24, 2011
  • Presidential Qualification #1: No Affairs?
    As next month's GOP straw poll in Iowa draws ever closer, all Republicans who wish to be President are being urged to sign "The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage & Family." Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum have already signed.Published July 11, 2011
  • Hard to Keep Faith With America When You're An Expert Witness
    Last week I traveled 14 hours to Staunton, Virginia to testify in an obscenity trial. A guy was accused of selling DVDs in his shop that showed adults having sex with each other-which, of course, he had. Published August 18, 2008
  • The New Expertise: "I'm a Victim"
    The plural of "anecdote" is not "data." But people who believe that America is loaded with victims of porn have no data. All they have is anecdotes.
  • Kids Need Sexual Literacy, Not Internet Censorship
    What could unite the PTA, Christian Coalition and American Library Association? The goal of protecting kids-from a law that supposedly protects them.
  • Phoenix Declares Martial Law, Closes Sex Clubs
    The Phoenix, AZ City Council recently decided to eliminate sex clubs for adults. Do you feel safer now?
  • Censorship Isn't American; Fear of Sex Is
    Censorship is frequently discussed as a civil liberties issue. As the title of this talk suggests, I want to discuss it in another way, on a more psycho-social level.

Abstinence programs prepare kids for what they won't experience: adolescence and young adulthood without sex. They're being systematically unprepared for what they will have: Sexual relationships and sexual decision-making.

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