Sex News: WestboroBaptistChurch.xxx, Milla Jovovich, Bad Sex in Fiction, Heat Activated Superhero Boxers, Sex Worker Childhoods

by Violet Blue on December 8, 2011

  • This is BAD. Wednesday the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary is overriding the decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift the age restriction on emergency contraception – Plan B®. SIECUS is condemning the HHS override and demands they make emergency contraception available over-the-counter for all women. Morning After Pill (SIECUS)
  • To introduce their new Ultimate Plunge bra, WonderBra is projecting this ad featuring model Adriana Cernanova onto London’s Battersea Power Station. Starting today, women are invited to bungee from a giant crane into Cernanova’s plunging cleavage. WonderBra fans bungee jump between model’s boobs (Copyranter)
  • Not sex-related, but someday soon it could be: People have started to wake up to the fact that companies like Google and Facebook hold huge quantities of data about their users. Hugo Campos is asking the same question about a different kind of personal data – that being collected by a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest. Who Owns The Data Collected About You From Devices Inside Your Body? (Techdirt)

  • Heroes will rise, indeed. Design company Diesel collaborated with DC Comics to create a selection of superhero-themed men’s boxers for their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Unlike standard comic apparel these boxers appear to have superpowers of their own, from heat-activated images to armor detailing that appears after multiple wears and washes. Diesel x DC Comics Boxers Feature Superpowers of Their Own! (ComicsAlliance)
  • Britain’s Literary Review names an awkward Oedipal shower scene winner of its infamous Bad Sex in Fiction Award – “Ed King,” David Guterson’s modern retelling of the Oedipus myth, in which the title character ends 12 hours of marathon lovemaking with his mother with one last quickie in the shower. The worst sex writing of the year? (Salon)
  • Chemistry blogger, PhD and chemistry evangelist Antony John Williams is seriously miffed that porn stars have better (and more numerous) Wikipedia pages than chemists. (That’s because there are more obsessive -and trollish- porn superfans than devoted chemistry superfans.) Why are pornstars more notable than scientists on Wikipedia? (ChemConnector Blog)
  • Personal financial website Mint.com turned their 404 (“not found”) page into a dating pitch/profile for their adorable programmer. Awww! <strong>Nothing found for Accounting (Mint.com, via Hacker News)
  • “Let’s talk about a subject I’ve touched on before: Male Privilege and how it applies to geeks and – more importantly – geek girls.” Nerds and Male Privilege (Paging Dr. NerdLove)
  • The XXX domain is live. Many companies are opposed to the concept of the XXX domain and consider it to border on extortion, requiring them to acquire the XXX domain just to protect their brands. The truth is, there really is no need. Why You Don’t Need to Buy an XXX Domain (PCWorld Business Center)
  • “I know plenty of men believe that every sex worker has had a screwed up childhood. For me, though, accusations of familial damage cut a lot deeper when they’re thrown around by women, particularly women with otherwise feminist chops (*coughcough* Tina Fey.)” You’ve Got Problems: Sex Worker Childhoods (Tits and Sass)

{ 4 comments }

1 Farfetch December 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

It’s interesting that a 15 year old in the US cannot get the morning after pill without prescription or parents knowing.

In the UK there are a few choices but all are anonymous and without telling the parents :

-Doctors are allowed to give the pill on prescription
-They can get the pill from a sexual advice clinic
-They can get it from a pharmacy though officially it should only be sold to under 16s with medical supervision (i.e. the girl is referred to a doctor or sexual advise clinic – note the latter is not like some of those in the US, they are not judgemental and they will not try and talk the girl out of abortion). In the UK we have odd laws for the different countries though, so the Welsh can get it free from a pharmacy under 16 whereas everywhere else they have to pay for it (approx £25).

Also available from: any family planning clinic, any genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or sexual health clinic, any NHS walk-in centre, any young persons’ clinic or Brook Advisory Centre, some hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments.

They can also get the coil from the GP, family planning centre and some young persons/Brook advisory centres.

I’m in a long term relationship and we do not want children, access to the pill in an emergency is a fundamental right for us in the UK and I’m so glad we are not led by the religious hysterics that you so often highlight for the US.

2 criolle johnny December 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

A pregnant 15 year old will not get the morning after pill WITHOUT a prescription, OR the parent knowing about it.
The pregnant 15 year old cannot vote.
The parent CAN vote.
Politics overrode medicine. Why are you surprised?

3 Dr. NerdLove (Harris) December 8, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hey, thanks for linking to my article! Hope you enjoyed it and the rest of the blog.

4 Farfetch December 8, 2011 at 4:30 am

I suppose it’s ok that technology can bring a child to a male/female couple who can’t have kids that could end up in a situation where there is a parent missing but not that the same technology can be used to allow a male/male or female/female (or any other combination) that have just as much chance of being stable and loving parents.

It’s shocking he genuinely believes a gay couple will not be proper parents or that a straight couple (on the grounds that the latter have a penis and a vagina that could be used to conceive) are automatically good parents for a child.

There are so many cases of bad male/female couples, even those that just have child after child even though they can’t look after them properly. In the UK we had a case in 2009 of a couple who have every kid they have (13 born, 1 on the way) taken into adoption as they are deemed as unfit to look after the kids through neglect, aggression and general lack of parental ability – yet that, while extreme, is the sort of relationship deemed ok by Santorum?? (link to article on UK Sun newspaper – http://tinyurl.com/lvyv9o)

We also have similar issues with sex workers in the UK, countless letter pages, from the notorious lefty Guardian to even the free papers (e.g. Metro) are stuffed with men and women talking about sex workers as if they were all forced into it, they’re abused, they’re kidnapped from Europe, they’re all hooked on drugs and made to do it etc etc. Even after an actual sex worker responds about how they enjoy their job, enjoy the money and are doing it out of free will, the attitude remains with the negative assumptions about sex workers being applied to all of them, regardless of situation.

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