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Savage Love: The ethical sadist

My 15-year-old son has been watching sadistic porn—and ONLY sadistic porn—for a couple of years. He also tells us (husband and me) that, though he’s not had sex (which he defines as penetration), he’s had oral sex, handjobs, etc., and that he didn’t “flash on” violent images at those times. But he says he thinks about this type of porn all the time—all day, every day—and fantasizes about doing sadistic things to the girls he dates. This all came out as we started having conversations about respect and dating! I proceeded to freak the hell out (though not around him). As the mom and as a woman, I’m upset. I want information, but it makes me sick to read about sexual violence. Particularly when I know there’s an unwilling partner involved, as my son hints he prefers—gang rapes are an example. […]

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Astrology forecast for February 2015

According to the Bible, Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Author David Foster Wallace added a caveat. “The truth will set you free,” he wrote, “but not until it is finished with you.” All this is apropos for the current phase of your journey, Pisces. By my estimation, you will soon discover an important truth that you have never before been ready to grasp. Once that magic transpires, however, you will have to wait a while until the truth is fully finished with you. Only then will it set you free. But it will set you free. And I suspect that you will ultimately be grateful that it took its sweet time. […]

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Flea market brings vintage, antique goods to Cedar Rapids

Vintage, antique and repurposed artifacts: That’s what people can expect find at Revival on the River, a flea market this weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. Revival on the River launched last July, and the flea market has gained attention in the area. “We were fortunate enough to be […]

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New Iowa City community garden set to open in 2015

This summer, Iowa City residents will have a new place to grow fresh produce, plot-by-plot. A city-sponsored community garden entitled Chadek Green will open at the intersection of Friendship St. and 5th Ave., and should be available for public use this summer, officials say. The property spans 5.2 acres, and once completed will have between […]

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