In the July 18th, 2004 issue of The New York Times Magazine, feminist activist Amy Richards gave her account of deciding to undergo "selective reduction." The procedure reduces the number of fetuses carried by a pregnant woman - in Richards' case, from triplets to one baby.
Her controversial choice reignited debates about reproductive freedom and the ethics of choice. Richards recounts the backlash of the article and the many challenges of raising her son in Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself. Richards is co-founder of The Third Wave Foundation and has written feminist.com's advice column "Ask Amy" since 1995.
Internationally-syndicated columnist Dan Savage dispenses with taboos when writing about sex and relationships. Since 1991, his column "Savage Love" has offered advice that examines and dispels conservative models of love, sex, and family.
With great humor, Savage encourages a "good, giving, and game" approach to safe sexual experimentation and skepticism of "simplistic" views of monogamy. Dan Savage is also a contributor to "This American Life" and editorial director of The Stranger, the Seattle weekly that first published his popular column.
His book The Kid relates Savage's experiences adopting a baby boy with his partner. The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family, his memoir of family, includes Savage's commentary on the gay marriage debate- City Arts & Lectures
Amy Richards is co-founder of The Third Wave Foundation and has written feminist.com's advice column "Ask Amy" since 1995.
Daniel Savage is an American sex advice columnist, author, media pundit, journalist, and newspaper editor. Savage is best known for penning the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. Its tone is humorous, profane, and often hostile to social conservatives, as in the Santorum controversy.
Savage has often been the subject of controversy regarding his opinions that pointedly clash with both traditional conservative moral values and those put forth by what Savage has been known to call the "gay establishment".
Steven Winn is the arts and culture critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, a position he assumed after 22 years as a theater critic at the paper.
His work has appeared in American Theatre, Art News, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and various other publications.
Wow, "Joey", I know this is 4 yrs later and you'll never see this comment, but as evidenced by your reference to Colbert, you really do simply cut and paste this same exact argument into every Dan Savage video out there. Did you even watch this fora.tv video ? You really should have - it was very interesting. Did you not read any of the responses made to you on other comment pages underneath other Dan videos by people who completely disagree with your take on him ? One comment was by a gay man who had listened to 60 - SIXTY - of Dan's podcasts and had been reading his advise column for many years and totally disagreed that he was against HIV+ men. He pointed out to you that the only things he's said were against HIV+ men who have unprotected sex with HIV- men. That is where the 'ticking viral time bomb' thing comes from.
It's true that Dan has admitted to viewing his column more as entertainment than anything else - but for anyone who has cosistently read it, he comes off compassionate way, way more times than not, and certainly in his punditry he is a huge and consistent and unceasing champion for gay causes. And this was even before he co-founded the It Gets Better project. This guy may be flippant and ornery and sarcastic at times, but for eff's sake, I do believe his heart is in the right place and that he's a fantastic spokesman for gay causes. Seriously -"Joey", will you please direct your anger at a more deserving opponent ? There are loads of them out there. Thank you.
it's interesting that Dan Savage, the man who thinks that HIV positive men are "ticking viral time bombs" unworthy of relationships with gay men, continues to give "advice" to the gay community. He certainly isn't speaking for my interests.
He's said in his columns for years that he prefers to just bring up enticing and campy topics that will get a rise, but is such a good lap dog when he goes on mainstream media, isn't he?
Too bad he goes from sounding rational and charming on Colbert, but in his column is leading gay people into the same pattern as political pundits in the U.S. who keep themselves going on disagreeing and making a scene such as Hannity and Colmes, Hardball, Crossfire an even the solo guys like O'Reilly. It's more about getting ratings and selling subscriptions/advertising than actual political progress.
So now that our country is recovering from Jerry Springer-esque politics, having finally elected a level headed president, the gay community is entering that arena. It's just such a shame that they've had to ostracize the very people who unwittingly sacrificed their lives and/or health to get gay rights where it is now.
In discussing this a few months ago with an AIDS activist, I was told that the compassion from gay men has always been historically outstanding, but I think gay people can now be very assured, they really are like everyone else.