The winners of the Sex Positive Journalism Award (The Sexies) have been announced!!! And here they are:News or feature (daily newspapers): “Never Too Old for Sex,” by Jill Bauer, Miami HeraldNews story (other general-topic news publications*): “Hysteria, Exploitation, and Witch Hunting in the Age of Internet Sex,” by Debbie Nathan, CounterpunchFeature (other general-topic news publications*): “Naughty Nursing Homes,” by Daniel Engber, SlateNews or feature (sex-themed news publications): “Sex in Iran,” by Pari Esfandiari and Richard Buskin, PlayboyOpinion (all news publications): “Abstinence 1, S-CHIP 0,” by Amanda Robb, New York TimesColumn (all news publications): Between the Briefs, by Alysha Rooks, Res Gestae, University of Michigan Law SchoolFrom the Sexies Site:
More often than not, sex seems to fall outside of the media’s standards for objectivity and fairness: The spectrum of sex-education opinions is assumed to run from abstinence-only to abstinence-primarily. Science-based information on sex, sexuality, and the diversity of human sexual practices is lacking, and sometimes misleading conventional wisdom is reinforced. A man in a court case who participates in BDSM is described as having “unsavory habits” and a professional domme is described as an “admitted” dominatrix. No sources are sought to counter the government officials who proudly describe how they are manipulating local ordinances to shut down a sex toy store or a venue that hosts “swingers” parties. Stories that treat sexuality as something other than a problem or prurient curiosity are few and far between.