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About Thad McGregor

Pseudonym for a writer who has been around the global block, leaving a pile of lovers, political victories, and empty beer bottles in his wake.

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Two Cheers for the New BDSM Study, with a Dash of Caution about Hierarchies of Sexuality

I am in sympathy with any attempt to vindicate the perception of people who are into unorthodox sexual practices. The enforcement of bourgeois standards of “normalcy” in sexuality is a good example of cultural bio-power, characteristic of the kind of social control exercised in both democratic and totalitarian societies. The fact that even the latest

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Capitalism Stole My Orgasm

A new study by the National Sleep Foundation suggests that twenty five percent of married or cohabitating Americans are too sleep-deprived to have sex. Now, this truly sucks, for reasons I’ll get to below–but what’s nearly as awful is the spin put on this and similar data by mainstream bourgeois news organizations like CNN, which

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Fifty Shades of Bourgeois

Perhaps we should be happy that twenty million readers worldwide have embraced their inner spanker and/or spankee. Perhaps we should accept that the vessel of truth is, in this case, highly imperfect. Written as a spin-off of Twilight fan fiction, entirely in present tense, with awkward inner monologues and lacking in any descriptive prose, the

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Love is Not a Commodity: A Relationship Transition Wish-List for Progressives

Here’s what I want: A radical new notion of love, and an accompanying radical new notion of loss. Of loss, healing, redemption, and forgiveness. Radical forgiveness is asymmetrical, not reciprocal. Radical forgiveness transcends the question of whether you have been adequately forgiven by the other person. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not

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Love Lessons for Progressives: Wilco is NOT sex music

There will be some nomenclature, some rhetorical subdivision, some dreaded categorization and definition in what follows. Unless you’ve never had good sex, you’ll agree that sometimes, drawing lines is good. Lines like “good sex” and “bad sex.” I had just finished giving the Duchess of Hardcore Activists the drilling she’d asked for. It had been