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    News and Other Interesting Things

    by Jason Stotts

    1. Would the Candiru Fish Really Eat Your Genitals?

    We've all heard the stories of "that fish" in the amazon that can even swim up your stream of urine and lodge itself in your urethra. But, is it true?

    2. Are You Guilty of “Virtue-Signaling?”

    Some people use moral outrage as a signal of their own virtue. This is a very interesting inquiry into this phenomenon and raises some very good questions.

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    Tea and Consent

    by Jason Stotts

    Consent can be a tricky subject to understand, but this video gets it precisely right.

    (Except the part about putting milk in tea.)

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    2015 Retrospective

    by Jason Stotts

    Usually, in early January, I do a big “Best of” the year post that highlights my best essays from the year. This year, however, there weren’t many essays on Erosophia. Nevertheless, it’s been a really big year for me! (Older best of’s: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

    First, Erosophia turned 10  this year! I’ve been blogging for ten and a half years now. It’s funny, because I started blogging on a lark. At some point I started to really enjoy it and people kept reading it, so it's just worked out that I'm still doing it.

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    "None of That"

    by Jason Stotts

    Take a look at this very well-done little video. I think it perfectly captures the religious inclination to destroy all that glorifies man in order to appease their resentiment and hatred of human life.

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    News and Assorted Articles

    by Jason Stotts

    1. FDA Overturns 30-year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

    Well, sort of...

    Yesterday, the FDA decided that gay men (or any men who have sex with men) are allowed to donate blood IF they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. I guess this is a step in the right direction, but given that tests can screen out any sort of STI's (which not only men who have sex with men have, obviously), this is still a pretty thin attack on men who have sex with men.

    2. Breasts No Longer Considered ‘Nude’, says AGLC

    In Alberta Canada, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)  has ruled that breasts are no longer considered "nude". Interesting.

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    Coffee House Chronicles: Episode 5

    by Jason Stotts

    I've posted about it before, but some of my friends are doing a web-series about the realities of gay dating today. This episode touches on pegging, which as you know I've written about before at length (On Pegging & On Pegging 2). I have it on good authority that I may even have had an influence on this particular episode. Anyway, check out the episode and, if you're interested, my essays on the subject.

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    Update on Eros and Ethos

    by Jason Stotts

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    I'm writing with an update on my forthcoming book Eros and Ethos: A New Theory and Practice of Sexual Ethics. Eros and Ethos is completely written and is in editing now. I'm making great progress with my editors and we hope to have everything ready for publication in the Spring. As we get a little closer, we'll be setting up a website for the book launch at www.ErosandEthos.com (it's not live yet). We'll also announce a firmer publication date and set up a pre-order system.

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    [Fiction] Shift

    by Jason Stotts

    Note: This is a (probably short) story I started writing to see where it would go. If it sounds interesting, let me know and maybe I'll finish it.

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    Delta Airlines Flight 8432 to Toronto, departing at 5:15, will begin boarding momentarily. Please verify your ticket and group assignments…

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    Porn on Halloween

    by Jason Stotts

    What kind of porn do people look for around Halloween? According to PornHub, people's taste in porn goes along with the season:

    (Source: PornHub)

    They've got a lot more data for those who want to find out the details, so check it out.

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    Aporia: Pleasure

    by Jason Stotts

    Aporia (ἀπορɛία): an impasse, puzzlement, doubt, or confusion; a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.

    In this Aporia, I want to inquire into the nature of pleasure. In Eros and Ethos, I made the claim that:

    Now, I want to explicitly make the controversial claim that all pleasure operates as an emotion and in response to our antecedent beliefs. By this I mean that our beliefs determine whether we will find any particular action pleasurable. I think that this particular claim must be tempered by the recognition that some things are common to us across all cultures, like comfort, although the particular actions that qualify as “comforting” will vary, sometimes widely, between cultures and so the action that might cause comfort in one culture might not in another. For this reason, I have to insist that pleasure is not innate and that we determine what things will be pleasurable, even if this determination is made culturally and only accepted by us as individuals implicitly through the culture. Human life is so imbued with meaning and that meaning comes from our values, that there is no aspect of this that is not affected, all the way down to our core. Now, of course, I do not mean our sense faculties themselves are affected. Sight is common for us, as long as our faculties are working normally, as is hearing, smell, touch, and taste. But our emotional response to these things after we have identified what we are experiencing will depend on us and our beliefs and values. When we move from pure perception to the conceptual level, we bring our values to bear and we do this immediately, automatically, and whether we wish it or not. And our values determine how we will appraise the thing and how we will respond to it.

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