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Erosophia Podcast #25: Children and Sexuality Part 3


In this episode of the Erosophia Podcast Jason, Devin, and Joia conclude the discussion of sexuality as it relates to children and adolescents.

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Today’s Topic: Children and Sexuality

Rounding out the discussion of children and sexuality is a great set of listener questions: What do you think of Lena Dunham’s story?  At what age should minors first look at pornography? Is it appropriate to buy your daughter a vibrator? At what age should you start teaching your children about sexuality? When should you start your children on birth control? All of this and more is in this episode!

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Objectivist Blog Carnival

by Jason Stotts

Welcome to the June 21, 2012 edition of Objectivist Round Up!

This is the last time Erosophia will host as the Carnival as we know it is ending.  I want to thank Jenn for her efforts with it over the years and to all of my fellow contributors and hosters who have made it so successful.  For this week’s quote, I want to return to the essence of Objectivism. When asked one time to explain Objectivism “while standing on one foot”, Ayn Rand said that Objectivism is:

1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2. Epistemology: Reason
3. Ethics: Self-Interest
4. Politics: Capitalism

Without further ado, enjoy this week’s Carnival!

Darius Cooper presents The French Physiocrats on Natural Order posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, “I present a brief summary of the French Physiocrats”

Rational Jenn presents On Spanking and Limit-Setting and Keeping Kids Out of Traffic Already posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “This is my response to some recent internet discussions about spanking children.”

Diana Hsieh presents NoodleCast #141: Q&A Radio Podcast: Objectivity, Friendships, Child Labor, and More posted at Philosophy in Action, saying, “In Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg and I discussed objectively assessing yourself, friendships with subordinates at work, keeping up with the news, child labor laws, and more.”

Paul Hsieh presents The Nanny State And Universal Health Care posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “My latest Forbes OpEd was on “The Dangerous Synergy Between The Nanny State And Universal Health Care”.”

Mike Zemack presents The Social Security Injustice posted at Principled Perspectives.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of objectivist round up using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Assorted News Stories

by Jason Stotts

I’m somewhat behind on a number of news stories I’ve been meaning to blog about, so I’m going to do each of them here so that they don’t get missed.

1. Masturbation Helps Procreation.

It turns out that the old adage “if you don’t use it, you lose it” is literally true.

2. Global Warming is a Fraud.

When some of the most honorable members of the American Physical Society are calling fraud, maybe we should listen.  Or does no one remember ClimateGate when it cam to light that the climate data had been intentionally altered? (ClimateGate)

3. E-Books Making Traditional Publishing Less Profitable for Publishers and Authors.

Given that I’m trying to get a book published right now, this is definitely not welcome news.

4. A New Sexuality Survery has been Released.

The new survey is the comprehensive one done in many years and shows changing trends in the sex-lives of Americans.

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

by Jason Stotts

In addition to it being Columbus Day, today is also National Coming Out Day.

For those of you who are going to take the plunge and come out as gay, bi, etc., I wish you luck and much happiness owning your sexuality.

We The Living

by Jason Stotts

If you want to help out a sweet up and coming Objectivist band, go and vote for We The Living in Mead’s new music contest.  They have a sample song on the contest page and their albums are in iTunes.  I’m a fan of their music and own three of their albums, my favorite of which is “Heights of the Heavens.”

If you want to know more about the band, check out their website

Oh, and if the guys from the band want to send me a signed copy of their CD for the plug, e-mail me.

Interesting Information about Atlas Shrugged

by Jason Stotts

I recently stumbled across an article about Atlas Shrugged called “The History of Atlas Shrugged: An Essay on the Genesis of the Book” that has some interesting information in it.

The origins of Atlas Shrugged

Before she had finished The Fountainhead (which was submitted to her publisher on December 31, 1942), she “had a novel in mind. . . . But it was not what you would call a plan for a novel; only the theme. I wanted to write a novel on the mind versus the heart, a novel in which the theme would be the superiority of the mind to emotions. And that’s all. I had no plot, nor even a suggestion of an idea in literary terms; only a theme which I wanted to handle.” In the late summer or early fall of 1943, shortly after the publication of The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand was engaged in a phone conversation with a friend on the subject of the moral philosophy in her novel.

The friend was urging Miss Rand to write a nonfiction work on her philosophy, something she had no interest in doing at that time. When the friend insisted that it was Ayn Rand’s “duty” because her readers “needed it,” she responded: “Oh, they do? What if I went on strike? What if all the creative minds of the world went on strike?” “That,” she told her friend, “would make a good novel.” By the next morning, “the mind on strike” had become the theme of her next novel.

The whole article has really interesting information in it, but I find it particularly interesting how she got the idea of “the mind on strike.”  It’s interesting to me how little ideas can blossom into whole books and how discussions that seem mundane at the time can cause radical changes in your life.

Get Fuzzy

by Jason Stotts

I am a fan of the comic strip “Get Fuzzy” and I was surprised to see that today the strip had a reference to Descartes (link):

Poor Descartes, he only gets respect from mathematicians anymore…

Sexual Perfection Outline

by Jason Stotts

The general outline for my book-in-progess, Sexual Perfection: Foundations of a New Sexual Ethic, is now available here on Erosophia.  You can either navigate to it using the bar above “Sexual Perfection” > “Outline” or go directly to it at

In the coming weeks, I will be posting the general overview of the book itself as well as chapter overviews.  Until then, if you would like to make any suggestions or comments about the outline, feel free to do it on this post as I’m not allowing comments on the outline page itself.