The contretemps over former California Rep. Katie Hill showed Democrats and progressives will come down hard on anything #MeToo. But how do they — especially their presidential candidates — feel about #WeThree (not the musical group)? Or more? Party leaders knew Hill had to go amid allegations of an affair with a male legislative director. She also admitted to a prior liaison with a 22-year-old female campaign staffer.Yet, nary a peep in protest of the revelation that Hill and her now-estranged hubby were flaunting their marriage vows in a “throuple” relationship. The term occasioned titillation — but not a hint of condemnation from Democrats of a brand of romance that alone would have doomed a political career very few years ago. Rather, defenses proliferated rapidly from the left. “Revenge porn.” “Slut-shaming.” A “double standard” affecting women politicians. “Smear campaigns.” “GOP enemies” … [Read more...] about MAISTROS: In Post Katie Hill-Era, How Many Democratic Presidential Candidates Support Polyamory?
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Immigration politics exploded to the front-burner of the Democratic primary process on Wednesday as presidential hopefuls took turns blasting President Trump in the wake of the deaths of a Salvadoran man and his two-year-old daughter, drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. 'It's heartbreaking. It should also p**s us all off,' said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro during the first primary debate of the 2020 election season. Castro called for a change in federal law that would no longer 'criminalize desperation' by reclassifying border-jumping as a civil infraction instead of a crime. Ohio Rep Tim Ryan blasted the Trump administration for presiding over a longstanding but deteriorating system that houses children separately from the adults who bring them into the US. 'What kind of a country are we running here?' he asked, claiming that 'we've got kids literally laying in their own snot with three-week-old diapers that haven't been changed.' Wednesday's … [Read more...] about First 2020 debate erupts into a fiery shouting match on immigration in wake of father and daughter’s border deaths – and candidates compete to speak in Spanish – as Trump tweets ‘BORING!’
Protesters at Thursday's debate in Houston, Texas waited until the last question of the night to storm the stage and break out in chants pleading for help, claiming their lives are at risk because they are DACA recipients. As ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos went in reverse order from the opening statements, shouts interrupted first respondent, Joe Biden. 'We are DACA recipients!' a group of protesters shouted as Biden began to answer a question asking the candidates to explain their biggest professional setbacks. 'Our lives are at risk!' they continued to cheers from the audience. Shouts from the demonstrators could be heard for more than 30 seconds, but faded as they were escorted out of the debate hall. A law enforcement officer at the entrance of the debate location told DailyMail.com that the protesters were detained by security inside the building on Texas Southern University, where the third round of Democratic primary debates was taking place. The officer said they would be … [Read more...] about Immigration protesters storm Democratic debate stage shouting ‘We are DACA recipients! And our lives are at risk! Please save us!’ and stop Joe Biden’s final answer
Social change used to come slowly in Ireland. Now, it cannot seem to come fast enough. Three years ago this month, the Republic voted in favour of same-sex marriage – and became the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. A year later, Leo Varadkar, who was a number of firsts rolled into one, became taoiseach. At 38, he was the country’s youngest ever prime minister, the first from an ethnic minority background and the first to have come out as gay. Now, voters are about to go to the polls to have their say on arguably the most bitterly and repeatedly contested issue in modern Ireland: abortion. This is the sixth referendum on the subject in the past 35 years. But while previous votes were about small, esoteric changes to the existing law, this time the Irish people will decide whether to liberalise, once and for all, one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world, or to keep the status quo. Voters will be asked on 25 May if they want to repeal … [Read more...] about Ireland’s abortion referendum: ‘It’s painful and it’s personal’
Source: Chris Potter/Wikimedia Commons Though sex addiction remains excluded from the American Psychiatric Association’s catalog of mental and behavioral disorders, the concept has gained substantial prominence in American approaches to problematic sexual behaviors. Though it is commonly believed that sex addiction remains a niche, “pop” form of treatment and diagnosis, it has crept substantially into American legal and forensic cases and is gaining disturbing levels of credibility. In 2015, this writer, with two co-authors, published the first ever review of forensic applications of sex addiction. An exhaustive review of hundreds of legal records was conducted. Though it has been suggested that there is little likelihood of the sex addiction or related hypersexual disorder concepts being misused in legal settings, this review found a volume of evidence suggesting that our legal system should undertake thoughtful consideration of this issue. Further, sexuality … [Read more...] about Forensic Misuse of Sex Addiction