January 13, 2013 |
Showtime's "Dexter" two years ago served as a lead-in for the launch of "Homeland," the premium channel's Emmy-winning drama. Now both shows are being used to help launch two new Showtime shows. "Our plan is to harness the strength of these two shows to launch the next generation of new dramas on Showtime," said David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime. "Dexter," about a police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer, will return to prime time earlier than usual on June 30 as a lead-in to "Ray Donovan," a new drama starring Liev Schreiber. The show centers on a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous.
February 23, 2010 |
There was an elephant in the San Francisco courtroom where lawyers contested the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California law that prohibits the marriage of same-sex couples. One key issue should influence every aspect of the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger proceedings yet remained unspoken: What makes people gay? Is it a choice or is it innate? Most geneticists consider sexual orientation a phenotype -- namely, an observable set of properties that varies among individuals. Although physical phenotypes like height and weight are easier to quantify, behavioral phenotypes are intensely studied in animals and humans.
December 7, 2009 |
In his Nov. 22 Times Op-Ed article, "Monogamy isn't easy, naturally," biologist David P. Barash claims that because monogamy is rare in the animal world, it is therefore unnatural behavior for humans. The logic of the argument is critically flawed. In stating that dedication to a single individual is "against" human nature and that no one is "cut out for monogamy," Barash fails to recognize that the human is unlike any other creature on the planet. Comparing our behavior patterns to birds or animals may, at times, prove helpful in understanding our species, but it should not be used to determine what is and what is not "natural" for humans.
August 21, 2009 |
Chastity Bono's decision to physically become a man has left us to wonder: What happens to those who are physically one sex but want to be the other? Human sexuality then becomes something that has shades of gray, varied interpretations and repercussions far beyond the bedroom. In "Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of the Two Sexes," author Gerald Callahan breaks down the general belief that there is only the male and the female. He argues that the idea that there are only two sexes is a mere myth we hold on to to make sex simple.
August 18, 2009 |
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination opened debate Monday over a proposal to allow noncelibate gays and lesbians to serve in the clergy. Leaders of the 4.7-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are expected to decide during their weeklong Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis whether to alter existing policy, which requires gays and lesbians in ministry to remain celibate. The new policy would permit local congregations, if they wanted, to choose ministers or lay leaders who were in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships."
June 2, 2007
Re "Too sexy for my students," Opinion, May 29 Much as some parents might wish to ignore it, these are truths: Younger and younger children are engaging in sexual activity; much of their knowledge of things sexual is learned from peers; and many immature kids are intellectually unprepared to make age-appropriate decisions about sex. Nevertheless, a teacher for an after-school language enrichment program is fired because she tried to provide, in...