Myth of the Day 46
MYTH: Sex in a hot tub / sex standing up / jumping up and down /douching after sex… will prevent STDs, including HIV, and/or pregnancy.
FACT: For those who are having sex, the ONLY way to prevent the spread of STDs, including HIV, and pregnancy is to use a condom. None of the above will reduce risk of STD or pregnancy before or after sex.
SPARK a Movement!: PSA ON EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
If you are 17 or older, you can get Plan B without a prescription. If the pharmacist or pharmacy tech says you can’t, they are wrong. If you live in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Vermont, or Washington, pharmacists can prescribe and dispense EC …
fuck yeah sex education: Cunnilingus Exercises
To be able to perform for extended periods of time, there are a number of exercises that can be used to strengthen the muscles in your mouth. Here are a few tongue exercises and positions for performing cunnilingus:
Stick your tongue as far out of your mouth…
These condoms are lubricated with a chemical that kills sperm. Ok for vaginal intercourse, but not recommended for oral or anal sex.
Women and men who are sensitive to spermicide can use spermicide-free condoms. Condoms have very…
Incorrect info of the day!
Listen, y’all, I’m a Sex Educator and within the past year, the business I work for contacted Lifestyles, the condom company, to ask if there were any latex-free condoms that were safe to use with oil based lubes.
Oil based lube is ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH LAMBSKIN CONDOMS. It breaks down the rubber/plastic in any other material.
Also, lambskin condoms are not vegan-friendly and DO NOT PROTECT AGAINST STIs.
Sex education should focus not just on the mechanics of heterosexual sex and how to keep it safe – important as these are – but on varieties of sex. Sex between girls, sex between boys; the importance of enthusiastic consent – in effect, discussion of how to have good sex rather than just safe sex. The fact that girls as well as boys enjoy sexual activity is important to emphasise. I’ll never forget overhearing a conversation on a bus where a boy was asking a female friend of mine, both around 18, why girls masturbated. That alone demonstrates to me the need for better education.
The “age of consent is largely arbitrary” is too blanket-y for me, but I like this.
Weekly news roundup
Here are a few of the stories we’ve been paying attention to:
- Our Lizz Winstead event is a critic’s pick in Time Out New York: http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/comedy/1951473/planned-parenthood-i-am-here-for-you
- And the Village Voice ran a Q&A with Lizz Winstead: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/lizz_winstead.php
- Feministing did a ticket giveaway: http://feministing.com/2011/09/16/ppnyc-ticket-giveaway-spend-the-night-with-lizz-winstead/
- And Feministe did a promotional discount: http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2011/09/15/feministe-and-planned-parenthood-are-hooking-you-up/
- As did The Awl: http://www.theawl.com/2011/09/special-tickets-for-you-to-this-awesome-planned-parenthood-benefit
- And Sandra Bernhard listed the event on her website: http://www.sandrabernhard.com/2011/09/planned_parenthood.html
- If you haven’t heard, the anti-choice Bob Turner defeated pro-choice David Weprin in the race for Congressional District #9 (to replace Anthony Weiner: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/147128/gop-upsetturner-defeats-weprin-for-weiner-s-congressional-seat
- National outlets are calling it a message to Obama: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/weiner-race-has-jewish-voters-sending-a-message—to-obama-administration/2011/09/13/gIQAlaAvPK_story.html
- While the NY Daily News is blaming Weprin: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/09/14/2011-09-14_only_in_ny__the_guy_in_the_twit_pix_isnt_the_car_wreck.html?r=news/politics
- NBC Writes about the abortion rates by zip code: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/blogs/go-healthy-ny/abortion-abortion-rates-Chelsea-health-pregnancy-birth-control-129795898.html
- WNYC has a story about our state likely missing our health care exchange deadlines: http://empire.wnyc.org/2011/09/new-york-likely-to-miss-another-federal-health-exchange-deadline/
- There’s some controversy surrounding the Staten Island head of priests for life: http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2011/09/staten_island_pro-life_advocat.html
- The CDC is fighting HIV with an innovative new tool – comic books: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63262.html
- IUDs may reduce the risk of cervical cancer: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/womenshealth/story/2011-09-12/Study-IUDs-may-also-prevent-cervical-cancer/50373772/1
- The New Yorker looks at Michele Bachman’s claims on HPV: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/09/hpv-perry-and-bachmann.html
- As does CNN: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/politics/republican-candidates-battle-over-hpv-vaccine.html?_r=1&hp
- TIME fact-checks Michele Bachmann’s claim that the HPV vaccine is harmful: http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/13/vaccination-causes-mental-retardation-fact-checking-michele-bachmanns-claim/
- Though Rick Perry also had strong financial ties to the drug maker: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/perry-has-deep-financial-ties-to-maker-of-hpv-vaccine/2011/09/13/gIQAVKKqPK_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost
- Though ABC asserts that his stance is because of one woman who died of cervical cancer: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/heather-burcham-helped-convince-rick-perry-mandate-hpv/story?id=14527117
- And CNN asserts that the vaccine is safe: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/14/opinion/bocchini-hpv-vaccine/
- And the NY Times Editorial Board weighs in: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/opinion/sunday/governor-perrys-vaccine-tribulations.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
- And USA Today calls Bachmann’s claims irresponsible: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/story/2011-09-18/Bachmann-HPV-Perry-vaccine/50457830/1
- A CNN poll shows that Americans are still pro-choice: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/09/16/poll-shows-americans-still-believe-choice
- Though not as much pro-Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/us/politics/obamas-support-is-slipping-poll-finds-but-his-jobs-plan-is-well-received.html?_r=1&ref=politics
- And Congressional approval is at an all-time low: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/approval-of-congress-matches-record-low/
- Virginia just approved serious abortion restrictions: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/us/virginia-panel-tightens-abortion-clinic-rules.html
- DC Students will be tested on sex and drug education: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/15/dc-students-to-be-tested-_n_964331.html
Stand Up For Women's Health: Weekly News Roundup
· Sex education is now mandatory in New York City Schools! NBC runs an interview with us: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mandatory-Sex-Ed-Returns-to-City-Schools-127443688.html
· As does RH Reality Check: …