By Alex Distefano
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Taormino bravely goes and writes where many do not dare (or at least admit to). So her concerns for the safety of her readers' health (and other treasured places) are greatly appreciated. "Toxic tensions" are an important issue of concern for the sex-toy industry, but also for dating and freedom of speech. Taormino's warnings make me take notice, and I smile at her frank openness.
MURDER SHE WROTE
Honestly, we've had three installments of "Married, Not Dead," and it's killing me. It's been basically the same column three times running, and it's probably the most benign, vanilla writing that the Voice has ever seen. As a longtime reader and admirer of the paper, I'm utterly disappointed by this column and wish things would go back to the way they were: anal exploits from Taormino, snarky but insightful sexual commentary from Savage, and the totally slutty exploits of the Lusty Lady. This "I'm a sexually frustrated/conflicted married gal" column is killing me.
Madison, West Virginia
THAT'S THE WAY LOVE GOES?
As someone who has organized public events on the topic of disability and sexuality, I was delighted by your Valentine's Day cover and by the prospect of an edgy, intelligent article on the topic. There is an urgent need for public awareness about the sexual lives, desires, and rights of people with disabilities. What a grotesque disappointment, then, that Mara Altman's article on Larry Seiler ["Something in the Way He Moves," February 1420]turned out to be such cruel rubbish. The opening sentences, where Larry is described as potbellied, double-chinned, with feet "like a duck's," shoulders that "hunch up toward his hairy lobes" and "pockmarks and pimples that stretch from the tip of his short brown hair all along his jawline," set the tone, and are breathtaking in their mean-spiritednessall the more so because the photographs show an attractive, pleasant-looking young man. What exactly was the point? To show that even men with disabilities can be jackasses when it comes to women? By the end of the article, I did feel sorry for Larry, but not because of his Neanderthal views on women and certainly not because of his disability. I felt sorry for him because he clearly confided in a journalist who repaid his trust by disrespecting him and presenting his private confidences in a way that snidely set him up as an unattractive, pathetic loser.
Director Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU
Last week's article "While Schumer Slept" refers to the now defunct Concerned Stuyvesant Parents Association. That organization should not be confused with its successor group, the Concerned Stuyvesant Community, which fought to clean up Stuyvesant High School in the wake of 9/11, and which continues to exist today.
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