Sex News: Bill Brent, Prince Harry, porn’s syphilis epidemic disgrace, circumcision decline

by Violet Blue on August 24, 2012

  • China’s embrace of social media is fueling a sexual revolution the government can’t stifle, as Chinese use microblogs and GPS-based apps to learn about sexuality, talk about sex and, yes, hook up.
    China Discovers Sex Online as Porn Invades Social Media (The Daily Beast)
  • In a new Japanese Toyota ad, the long-haired 19-year-old Ukrainian Stav Strashko struts toward a car as the camera lovingly follows the model’s perfect, red bikini-bottomed butt. Yup, that bare chest is flat, but the bulge in the bikini bottom is not.
    Toyota’s gender-bending win (Salon)

  • Studies have uncovered a gap between the number of women who can be potentially diagnosed with Female Sexual Dysfunction and those who seem to actually have a problem.
    Sex Science: The Making of a Disease (Cliterati)
  • Frieze caught up with John Waters at his Baltimore home to discuss sex, death, God, and the art world. Here’s the highlight reel.
    Watch This: At Home with John Waters (UnBeige)
  • Trigger warning for sexual trauma and abuse survivors: “It would not be long before I would learn firsthand that in the vast majority of states — 31 — men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy.”
    Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over (CNN)
  • Barnes & Noble is crediting sales of the erotic series Fifty Shades of Grey—along with the liquidation of its archrival, Borders—with helping the company narrow losses this quarter, to $41 million.
    Sex Helps Sell Books, Barnes & Noble Learns (Businessweek)
  • Way more fun than I ever had on that site… Huh. Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek behind doors left slightly ajar. This week, the “Funemployed” Williamsburger Using OkCupid: Female, 28.
    OkCupid Sex Diary (Daily Intel)

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1 John August 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

It’s a little revolting how they’re trying to pin failings of public health policy on a decline in circumcision. Nobody who’s read anything about the putative protective effects of circumcision – a 30-40% reduction in transmission rates at best – would consider it adequately preventative, and trying to hype it above and beyond sane safer sex practices is just ridiculously irresponsible.

There’s no need or justification for circumcision in a society that can afford condoms, much less one that can afford STI testing, and making a big deal out of it just encourages men who are circumcised to be more careless.

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