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May 30, 2009 – Page 2 – QNotes

S.C. House: Some teens are more equal than others

Guest Commentary

We are all equal, but some of us are more equal than others. That’s the fundamental assertion of inequality at the heart of that classic novel “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell. “All animals are equal,” the pigs declare, “but some animals are more equal than others.” So the pigs, who control the government, proclaim the …

A cluster of firsts

General Gayety

The first half of 2009 has brought a happy helping of lesbian firsts. Early in the year Johanna Sigurdardottir became the first openly lesbian head of state when she accepted the job of prime minister of Iceland. Now, we have two more prominent firsts. I could get used to this. I’m exceedingly willing to try. …

Enhancing sensuality in your lovemaking

Sensuality: “unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures.” The very definition just conjures up images of opulence and fulfillment, which is just what lovemaking should be. When should making love ever be a chore, a given or simply something that you might as well do because there’s nothing on TV? Think about a time when you have …

Gender roles

We are (usually) trained in our sense of gender roles within heterosexual families. There, still, the feminine becomes associated with the female, the masculine with the male. There are norms concerning how men and women may acceptably behave. Those norms remain and have, to a greater or lesser extent, been learned and internalized by gay …

It’s the skin game

Femskin offers trans-friendly products that aid in the transition process

The process of gender reassignment is long, complicated, and expensive. There are many difficulties a transperson must endure as part of his or her transition, on top of the marginalization experienced from both heterosexual and LGBT communities. But attitudes are changing (albeit slowly) and thanks to the internet there are many options for products and …

Simulated penetration — how and why

Men don't have to to 'all the way' to have fun Online Only

Simulated penetration can feel strange, as if it isn’t really sex, more a poor relation — as if you should really be doing something more. It can certainly lead to more, but can also be enjoyed in its own right, whether as cock-rubbing or with one partner’s penis sliding between the recipient partner’s thighs and …

Under the influences

Audiophile

Read any press release promoting a new album and you’ll find a paragraph crowing that the collection was influenced by this legendary artist or by that classic album. It’s a simple, effective way to hook the media and create buzz among taste-making record buyers. After getting burned a few times, though, you understand that it’s …

How to play ‘the game’ of picking up someone

Tell Trinity

Dearest Trinity, I’m an honest, hard working, well-rounded guy with lots to offer. But, I have a terrible fear of going over and talking to someone I’m interested in. Isn’t there an easier way to play “the game?” Stalemate, Wichita, Kansas Dearest Stalemate, The “pick up” game is truly all about one thing, fear (or …

Out in the Stars: May 30-June 12

Come out this June and show the world the true meaning of Pride. The Sun opposes Pluto and sets off a chain of dramatic events that gets us where we need to be. Where do you think you need to be? GEMINI (05.22-06.21) Love for sale? It may seem that way when lovers demand expensive …