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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Abstinence Ads

The Department of Health and Human Services’ latest abstinence ad commands the viewer to “tell your kids you want them to wait till they’re married to have sex.” That’s the Bush administration for you: Forget about the heaps of data that show a strategy doesn’t work and just keep throwing money at it.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
cnn.com

Hall of Infamy

Sen. Larry Craig has joined that elite group of Idahoans who make up the Idaho Hall of Fame. Yes, there really is an Idaho Hall of Fame, and the country’s most famous bathroom visitor is now really a member.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


chastity belt
totallychoice.com

Congress Re-Ups Abstinence-Ed Program

File under “Your Tax Dollars at Work”:  Congress has once again approved a three-month extension of a $50-million nationwide abstinence-education program, a move detractors say ignores indications that the approach (shock!) may not be working for America’s teens.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Pace on Gays and ‘God’s Law’

While attempting to clarify his previous remarks on the immorality of homosexuality, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace on Wednesday managed to put his foot even deeper into his mouth, saying that, while he’s willing to keep an open mind, our nation should not “condone activity [read: gay sex] that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Prairie Justice

Warren Jeffs, a polygamist prophet, is on trial for aiding in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl he married off to her cousin. It’s a sad story featuring an abhorrent man, but something about the case just doesn’t feel right to Ellen Goodman.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
AP Photo / Troy Maben

And Then Again, Maybe Not

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is apparently not absolutely certain he will resign on Sept. 30 following the discovery of, and ensuing media blitzkrieg about, his June arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  According to Craig’s camp, the embattled senator is considering his options, including the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
cnn.com

Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE


Those Sexy Seniors

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week reports that American men and women are enjoying active sex lives well into their autumn years.  If the article is indeed an accurate indication, well over half of the country’s seniors (at least up to age 85, given the study’s parameters) are doing their job to challenge some stereotypical views of sex at an advanced age.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Seniors
life-senior-insurance.com

Sex Ed for Seniors

Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


embrace
Illustration by Karen Spector

Why We ‘Do It’

Granted, social science must always be consumed with caution. Still, papers about people’s sex lives are entertaining if not always illuminating. Here, we’ve taken the 10 most frequent reasons cited by participants of a sex study conducted by the University of Texas psych department in which people were asked to select motivations for having sex from a list of 237 choices. The choices ranged from “I realized I was in love” to “I was slumming.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Birth Control Is Back

The U.S. continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, despite this week’s reports of doubled sales of the controversial over-the-counter birth control method Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning-after pill.”  So why does Washington continue to push abstinence-only sex education against all better scientific judgments?

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Jones
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Mike Jones on Ted Haggard and Hypocrisy

The former escort who blew the whistle on Ted Haggard’s homosexuality explains why he felt morally compelled to come forward, what the fallout has been and what he feels is the real tragedy of the situation.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


fashion show
wulfweard.blog.co.uk

The Battle Over Sex Education

While many schools continue to move toward abstinence-only (aka “keep your fingers crossed”) sex education, some communities are fighting for more candid and honest curricula. A Maryland school district, for example, just won the right to teach middle and high schoolers about homosexuality and the proper use of condoms.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


oreilly factor

Teachable Moments With Bill O’Reilly

A high school student from Boulder, Colo., who appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to weigh in about a recent assembly at his school that featured frank discussions about sex and drugs successfully dammed the rising tide of outrage coming from Bill O’Reilly by taking a page from the Fox pundit’s own book.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


Flynt Trolls for Capitol Hill Sex Tales

Hustler founder and rabble-rouser Larry Flynt is once again offering money—$1 million, to be exact—to anyone who can prove that they have had an illicit sexual encounter with a member of Congress—the same strategy he used to try to root out Capitol Hill philanderers during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment ordeal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


AIDS Czar Caught With His Pants Down

Abstinence advocate and Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias had to resign after admitting to $300 “massages” furnished by the “D.C. madam,” but the real scandal is the administration’s support—to the tune of billions of dollars—for a faith-based AIDS prevention philosophy that simply doesn’t work.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


DC Madam
news.bbc.co.uk

Alleged D.C. Madam Will Name Clients

Deborah Palfrey, the alleged head of a multimillion-dollar prostitution service in the nation’s capital, says she plans to call on high-profile clients to testify at her trial. Last week a deputy secretary of state who had called for cracking down on global prostitution admitted he was a client of her escort service and resigned.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Texas Governor’s Order for Cancer Vaccine Blocked

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been rebuked by the state Legislature for ordering Texan girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. Lawmakers passed a bill by a comfortable margin that would block the governor’s order for four years.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Rick Perry
news.yahoo.com

Texas Governor Ignores the Zealots

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has issued an executive order mandating the use of the HPV vaccine, which can help prevent cervical cancer. The conservative Christian’s decree trumps opposition in the Legislature and elsewhere from opponents who feel the treatment encourages premarital sex. Texas will be the first state to require that schoolgirls receive the vaccine.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Doctors
fox.com

The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


fingers crossed
researchmatters.harvard.edu

95% of Americans Have Had Premarital Sex

A new study of 38,000 Americans has found that 95 percent had premarital sex, challenging the wisdom of the abstinence-only sex education programs favored by the Bush administration.  According to the study’s author: “It would be more effective ... to provide young people with the skills and information they need to be safe once they become sexually active—which nearly everyone eventually will.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Savage and Colbert

Savage Goes ‘Straight’ With Colbert

Stephen Colbert defines straight sex for gay sex columnist Dan Savage.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Haggard
rockymountainnews.com

More Fun With Gay Sex, Conservative Style

A prominent evangelical preacher and opponent of gay marriage has temporarily stepped down from his church leadership role amid allegations that he had a three-year relationship with a former male escort.  Though the Rev. Ted Haggard denies the claim, Mike Jones says he has voicemails and a letter from Haggard, and intends to take a polygraph test.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Global Sex Study Debunks Myths

“People aren’t losing their virginity at younger ages, married people have the most sex, and there is no firm link between promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases,” according to an AP report on a worldwide study of sexual behavior.

  • Also: Heard about “sleepsex”? Neither had we; and frankly, we’re skeptical.

  • Posted on Nov 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Racial and Sexual Politics

    There’s something off about making a TV ad that equates your first time voting with your first time having sex.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


    New Jersey Backs Same-Sex Unions

    Hurrah for the Garden State, whose state Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples are entitled to “the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes.”

    Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Sex Scandal Stalls Bush’s Anti-Terror Talk

    The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
    Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.

    Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Cuban cigars
    AP / Jose Goitia

    Do Cigars and Sex Boost Cubans’ Lives?

    Cuba’s high number of centenarians say their longevity is down to laying off alcohol, but indulging in coffee, cigars and sex.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: The Gang That Couldn’t Talk Straight

    More disturbing than the GOP’s attempts to shift blame in the Foley scandal is the emerging narrative of dereliction and coverup.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Foley dramatization

    A Reenactment of Foley’s IMs

    A comedy troupe has put together a dramatization of actual instant message exchanges between Mark Foley and an unidentified teen. Scary part: It’s all true. (Check the record—.pdf file)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley

    Stewart Lampoons GOP’s Harboring of Foley

    Newt Gingrich says House leadership would have been accused of gay-bashing had it aggressively addressed Mark Foley’s misdeeds.  On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart snapped back: “And by the way, equating a 52-year-old congressman who preys on 16-year-olds with being gay may be one reason the GOP is accused of gay-bashing.”

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Snow and O'Brien

    Snow on Foley: ‘Simply Naughty E-Mails’

    Watch as the White House flack does his best to shield the GOP leadership from the fallout of the Foley page scandal.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foleygate"
    AP / Lawrence Jackson

    Foley Scandal Could Cost GOP Control of Congress

    George Stephanopolous says that if Republican leaders knew of and kept quiet about X-rated text messages (as opposed to the simply “overfriendly” ones) former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a page, “It’s game over. The leadership will have to resign.”
    (More after the jump...)

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley fallout

    You’ll Never Believe What Caucus Foley Ran…

    Mark Foley, the GOP rep who resigned over sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old page, was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Check out this video clip for the irony.

     

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Colombian Wives to Gangsters: Lay Down Arms or No Sex

    They’re calling it a “strike of crossed legs,” and it’s supported by the Pereira, Colombia, mayor’s office: The wives and girlfriends of gang members will deny their partners sex until they vow to renounce violence.

     

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Europe Is Called Lax in Fight Against Child Trafficking

    A report by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes says Europe is not doing enough to address child trafficking, with thousands of children smuggled into Western Europe annually to become sex workers and slaves.

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Gender variance
    Photo: zauberbilder.de / Illustration: Peter Scheer

    Having an Open Attitude to Kids’ Gender Identity

    Two private elementary schools in Oakland, Calif., have adapted to a phenomenon known as gender variance?when kids identify as the opposite sex.  Some grow out of it, some don’t, but the schools’ open attitude is meant to bolster self-esteem and avoid the kind of scars that can follow children into adulthood.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Fetal Horror in Punjab

    Authorities in the Indian state of Punjab recently made a grotesque discovery that has prompted public outrage and a government crackdown. Acting on a tip, police and health officials raided a private clinic and found a 30-foot well with over 50 female fetuses inside.

    Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


    sex toys
    From Book22.com

    O Lord, Send Me Guidance on This Dildo…

    In what appears to be a first, an Oregon couple has set up a Christian-themed sex toy website for married pairs only. The “about” page is unintentionally hilarious. It reads, “We have prayed every step of the way for guidance on what products to offer on this site.”
    What’s that, Lord? The grape-flavored anal lube? Or the edible crotchless panties?

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Popping the Cork Halfway on Plan B

    With the FDA set to restrict over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after pill” to people over 18, right-wingers are sending the message to young girls that motherhood is their punishment for having sex.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Girls Gone Wild party
    From Claire Hoffman / From the L.A. Times

    Behind the Scenes at Girls Gone Wild Inc.

    The founder of the wildly popular pornographic video series takes an L.A. Times reporter into his $40-million-a-year world.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    bonobos
    From iun.edu

    A Brief History of Human Sex

    To get an idea of how we humans might act if unfettered by cultural restraints, we could look at bonobo chimpanzees, which engage in frequent sexual acts ... “a fairly quick, perfunctory and relaxed activity that functions as a social cement,” according to an expert.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Sex in Space
    From Vanna Bonta via MSNBC

    Complications in Space Sex

    Experts tell MSNBC that “new devices and data would be needed to hit the zero-G-spot.” But an author who has written about the topic says space sex would be “the killer app of space tourism, because every couple…is going to want to try this.”

    Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Technical Virgin
    Via Boing Boing and Google Video

    PBS Kiddie Show Host Fired Over Sexy Spoof Videos

    The PBS KIDS Sprout network has fired the host of “The Good Night Show” upon learning that she appeared seven years ago in videos called “Technical Virgin,” which dealt satirically with anal sex and masturbation. PBS’s president said the videos “undermine [the host’s] credibility with our audience.”

  • Link to the videos in question

  • Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Men sleeping
    From the BBC

    Bed Sharing ‘Drains Men’s Brains’

    Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones, a study has found. This is despite most men reporting a better night’s sleep alongside a woman, and happens regardless of whether the couple has sex. The impairment doesn’t appear to apply to women.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Pope Benedict XVI
    From Emilio Naranjo / EPA/ Time Mag

    The Pope Apparently Has God’s Playbook

    And he’s using it to make statements like this to an audience in Spain, where same-sex marriages were legalized last year: “The family is a unique institution in God’s plan, and the church cannot fail to proclaim and promote its fundamental importance.?
    God, what a guy: powerful enough to create a universe but still needs the help of a former Hitler Youth to stigmatize homosexuals.

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Migraines Linked to Higher Sex Drives

    Susceptibility may be a plus, not a negative, in the bedroom, researchers find.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Feminist Blogs Afire Over Oral Sex Debate

    Salon wittily wades through a debate raging in the feminist blogosphere over whether the act of a woman performing oral sex on a man is inherently demeaning. It’s reg req’d for Salon, but Pandagon sums up most of the argument on her free site.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Sanity: House Doesn’t Up Funds for Abstinence-Only Programs

    Maybe it was towering piles of evidence attesting to the fact that virginity pledges don’t work, but whatever it was, Congress declined to add more funds to abstinence-until-marriage programs. (Via Salon.)

    Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


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