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Sex and the Senior Set

May 21, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
The notion that older people have sex lives isn’t as quaint or as easily dismissed as in years past, I believe. The age of Viagra® allows countless men to stand at attention and report for duty even as they qualify for the senior menu at most any chain restaurant. Then there’s the phenomenon of “cougars” – older women hooking up with younger guys – that has such cultural cache its spawned everything from television shows to niche online dating sites. The idea that “40 is the new 30” has been stretched to the point that even those in their sixth and seventh decades look, feel, and act “younger” than in generations past.

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Egads! Where are the 'nether regions'?

May 11, 2010 | Sexual Health |Adolescent health | Comments (1)
Okay. So the 11:00 pm news is on and I perk up when I hear news about sexting by teen girls recently uncovered in a suburban county in Maryland. No surprise of course, but newsworthy and in my backyard. Then, a normally articulate, police department spokesperson attempts to describe these texts. Uh oh. What’s a nice guy to say on national TV? Well, these images are troubling. In fact, these girls were sending very explicit pictures, he explains. Including pictures of “their nether regions, if you will.” Seriously? Their nether regions? Holland maybe?

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Condoms and Earth Day: Wrap Your Willie and Save the World?

Apr 23, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health |Condoms | Comments (1)

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the Center for Biological Diversity distributed 250,000 latex condoms to counter what it says is the harsh environmental impact of an expanding global population.

Ah, but there was a hitch to their pitch. Leslie Kaufman, writing in the Green blog on the website of the New York Times, points out that critics note the condoms given away by the organization are made of latex, which doesn’t break down easily when discarded (think landfills) and might be considered a somewhat odd choice for a group promoting environmental responsibility.


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Is Oral Sex “Sex”? The Original Matryoshka Doll

Apr 15, 2010 | General |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
According to an article by Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Healthstudy conducted in 2007 by the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington indicates that only about 20% of the participating 477 university students regarded oral-genital contact as “sex.” The article cites similar data collected in 1991 where approximately twice the amount of survey participants regarded oral-sex as sex. Students surveyed in 2007 had a lot more information readily available and more efficient tools to access it than students in 1991. So it can’t be that today’s college students don’t get it… but rather that they just disagree with their predecessors.

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Wisconsin’s Tussle Over Sex Ed

Apr 13, 2010 | Sex ed |Adolescent health | Comments (0)

Wisconsin’s Governor recently signed into law the Healthy Youth Act, a measure that requires schools in the state to update their human growth and development curricula to offer age-appropriate comprehensive sexual education. This includes information on the use of birth control and contraceptives.

Good for them, and I hope they have thick skins and steeled nerves. They’ll need them.


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