Judges, Women, Sex and Responsibility

EXTRA EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! FEMALE JUDGE LIKES KINKY SEX, DOCUMENTS IT AND HAS TO STEP DOWN BECAUSE SHE CAN NO LONGER MAKE JUDICIAL DECISIONS!

This week, one of the major Canadian news headlines was that a Manitoba judge, Lori Douglas, was embroiled in a sex scandal. According to the published stories, she engaged in “kinky” sex acts and had photos documenting this. Her husband, Jack King, then posted these photos online. This information came out when a client of King’s, Alexander Chapman, filed a complaint against both the spouses alleging that King had sexually harassed him when Chapman had engaged the husband as legal counsel. According to CBC.ca, Douglas did not know that her husband had shown these photos to anyone, or that he had posted them online.

Reactions to this story have been swift and mostly negative. While many journalists and commentators have expressed sympathy towards Douglas and the fact that she is facing such difficulties because of the thoughtlessness of her husband, most are also blaming her for even engaging in such activities at all. Her decision to even allow nude photos to be taken of herself has been seen as foolish and representative of an immature mind. In fact, according to Sébastien Grammond, Dean of Civil Law at the University of Ottawa, “if pictures of you naked end up on an internet site, it’s quite difficult to say you have the credibility to be a judge” (Quote taken from the above cited CBC article).

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Obama’s Twist on Sex Ed in the United States (Or How the Status Quo Never Dies)

The rise of Obama to power in the US was supposed to represent a new direction in US domestic and international policy, shifting away from Evangelical Christian based morality. Unfortunately, those hoping for more progressive and innovative policies have been sorely disappointed. Which leads me to this lovely commercial recently released (in Fall 2009) by the Obama administration (in specific, the US Department of Health and Human Services).

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