Hugo Schwyzer

Hugo Schwyzer
Pasadena, California, USA
May 22
Pasadena City College
Hugo teaches history and gender studies at Pasadena City College. His interests include men's work, youth ministry, feminism, marathoning and vegan cooking. He and his wife are active in the animal rights community, and help run an international chinchilla rescue. He blogs at

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APRIL 18, 2009 12:47PM

Vermont gets it right on "sexting"

As has been widely reported, Vermont (the first state in the notion to approve same-sex marriage through the legislative process) is now considering decriminalizing "sexting", the much-ballyhooed practice by which teens take and send explicit images of themselves using their cell phones. The absurd… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2009 1:18PM

Self-Medicating versus Self-Soothing

Over the holidays, I met with one of my former youth group kids. Miguel is at university now, doing very well. He's in a steady relationship with the same girl he's been seeing since the start of his sophomore year, a year and a half ago. And while… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 13, 2008 9:59PM

Prop 8, boycotts, and villains who aren't villains

Nine days after the election, the reaction to the narrow passage of Proposition 8 -- eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry in California -- continues to build. Major demonstrations are planned at city halls across the state this Saturday, and a series of grassroots organizations have sp… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 8, 2008 8:21PM

Bigotry or Conscience? Pro-choice, anti-gay marriage voters

In a comment below a post-election reflection at my blog, Hector (a pro-life Anglo-Catholic Obama voter with a strong social conscience) remarked, in regards to the various state results:

It’s truly sad that many social conservatives in America appear to care more about whether something is cRead full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2008 12:13AM

"A Son, Not a Husband": A Response to Jill about Marriage

Noted feminist blogger Jill Filipovic had a great post up last year: I'm Never Getting Married. It opens:

I actually don’t know if that’s true (her claim in the title of the post), but the closer I get to standard marrying age, the less I think it’ll everRead full post »

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OCTOBER 22, 2008 11:44PM

Exams, Women, Perfectionism: Fighting the "Martha Complex"

I'm grading midterms today, with an eye to passing them back Monday. I gave all of my classes their midterms this week or last. In each class, including my women's history course, the midterm was designed to take ninety minutes. Within that time, students were to answer two… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2008 7:15PM

Hard Times: Men, Erections, Anxiety, Growth

I count fellow Angeleno and men's rights advocate Glenn Sacks as a friend, even though he and I are likely to disagree on virtually every issue. I winced a bit, however, at his rather snarky linking to an old post I had written at my blog in praise of erectile… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 3:19PM

Gay marriage, gay history, and long views

In my Intro to Lesbian and Gay American History class, we talked a bit about gay marriage yesterday. The course is structured chronologically, and as we approach the middle of the term, we're just now getting to the 20th century. (I've been lecturing on the likes of Karl Ulrichs, Karl Benkert,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2008 8:07PM

The Madness of the Double Bind: Virginity, Feminism, Success

Yesterday in my women's history class, we began making our way through Joan Brumberg's The Body Project.  I've been using the book for years and years, and it's a huge hit with my students each semester.

It is Brumberg who first drew my attention to statistics about menarche, marriage, and the… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 11, 2008 9:32PM

Rape, Enthusiastic Consent, and the Stoplight Problem

I'm very much looking forward to Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman's forthcoming anthology: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. I submitted a piece for inclusion, but a while ago received a very kind rejection note from the editors. I don't think the… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 10, 2008 12:35AM

Porn, empathy, and the misuse of the "disease" model

My previous post on bridging the porn divide on "rethinking a virulent anti-porn/sex work stance" attracted a great many comments at my blog and is attracting a few here at Salon.  Amber Rhea put up a lengthy and thoughtful initial response at her place, and both she and Ren took issueRead full post »

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OCTOBER 9, 2008 3:47PM

Bridging the Porn Divide: sex, feminism, and dialogue

If you ask most folks who have been blogging for a while, they'll remember the one "break-out" post that got them noticed, or first attracted a significant number of comments and hits. For me, it was this post about pornography back in April 2004. I wrote in response to… Read full post »