“I've always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.”
--Michael Stipe, songwriter
I teach abnormal psychology at the local community college. I’ve been teaching the same class every semester for nearly 5 years now and I absolutely love it. One of the things that I love most about teaching these engaged and engaging students is that they often ask wonderful questions that cause me to question my own assumptions.
The other night I was lecturing on sexuality and in the midst of a lively discussion, a student raised a very astute point, saying “I think we need to first talk about what we mean by ‘sex’”. It led to a discussion of how certain assumptions about what ‘sex’ is or isn’t might exclude or marginalize large portions of...