The Erotic Intelligentsia

Winners of the 2003 Sexual Intelligence Awards

| September / October 2003

Jack McGeorge, Hans Blix, & Kofi Annan: U.N. officials

In November 2002, The Washington Post reported that Jack McGeorge, one of the U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq, was a national leader of America's growing S/M community. 'I have been very upfront with people in the past about what I do,' he told the Post, 'and it has never prevented me from getting a job. I am not ashamed of who I am -- not one bit.' Nevertheless, to protect the work of the U.N. weapons inspection program in Iraq, McGeorge offered his resignation to chief inspector Hans Blix, who rejected McGeorge's offer, pointing out that his sexual activities have nothing to do with his competence.

When U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was asked whether McGeorge's S/M involvement might be offensive to Iraqi Muslims, his office noted that all weapons inspectors are required to be sensitive to local cultures. And that was that.

Jesse McClure: Teen Defendant

Jesse McClure and his girlfriend were both 16 (over the age of consent) when her mother found them having sex in the girlfriend's bedroom at 3 a.m. Charged under Georgia's fornication law -- which criminalized consensual sex between unmarried people -- McClure was ordered to pay a fine and write an essay on why he should not have engaged in sex. In response, he wrote that it wasn't any of the court's business. With the help of the ACLU, he challenged the law, which was overturned. 'Invading personal privacy just isn't right,' he said after the decision -- which made Georgia the 40th state in which unmarried adults can legally have sex.

Renee Walker: Sex Ed Policy Challenger