Topic: sexual health

Poll: Would You Want To Unlock Foursquare’s STD Badge?

Poll: Would You Want To Unlock Foursquare's STD Badge?

If you were about to get tested for sexually transmitted infections and diseases, would you want everyone to know? Foursquare, the popular social media app that lets users check into local businesses and attractions to gain points and unlock badges, went out on a limb and assumed that you would…and they were right. Partnering with MTV to meld social media with social awareness, Foursquare created an online “movement” to encourage young people to get tested. Every time users checked into a clinic, they unlocked badges and shared their whereabouts across social media platforms. According to them, their campaign resulted in thousands upon thousands of participants. I know the Foursquare homepage says “it’s more fun with friends!” but this might be pushing the envelope.

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Newsflash: You Don’t Have To Be Thin To Have Hot Sex

Newsflash: You Don't Have To Be Thin To Have Hot Sex

When Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s hit Baby Got Back came out in 1992, the opening verse became anthemic for so many curvaceously-plump women taking pride in their badonk-badonks (even if his taste was qualified with “itty-bitty waists”). But what about the girls with big…everything? Where’s the number one hit record for that, eh? There has always been some murmuring on the down-lo about men who prefer to date big, beautiful women, or “BBW” as they’re known in cyber circles. They’ve been mostly underground for fear of reprisal, but now the Village Voice has spoken to some men who are finally “coming out of the closet,” as they put it, and into the arms of their lovely 300-pound lady friends. And as it turns out, there are more BBW admirers than you might imagine. Remember that overweight girl from high school who everyone assumed would be celibate for the rest of her livelong years? She’s probably having hotter sex than her former classmates, because newsflash: You don’t have to be thin to have hot sex. More »

Cosmopolitan’s 75 Sex Moves Men Crave: Setting Sexual Health Back 75 Years

Cosmopolitan's 75 Sex Moves Men Crave: Setting Sexual Health Back 75 Years

Magazines like to teach us weird sex positions, most of which we’ll never try. But when Cosmopolitan recently found its way to my table in a cafe, I was still surprised by what was inside. The cover alone made me laugh: Currently, it features a young starlet I don’t recognize (nothing like a magazine to make you feel old), and headlines that sound like a joke: Look Sexy! Makeup That Flirts For You and This Sex Position Increases Female Orgasm by 56%. (I realize their headlines need to be catchy, not scientific, but what does that even mean?) The header that really caught my eye was 75 Sex Moves Men Crave; frankly, I was skeptical they could deliver the goods. (75? Come on.) The article raised my eyebrows, but not because of groundbreaking news about sex. Instead of explicit diagrams of sex moves I’ll never do, it was full of quotes from men (aged about 18-35) about what they wish their exes had done better in bed. It wasn’t just useless; it was actually damaging for sexual health. Instead of giving me 75 great tips, Cosmo set set me back about 75 years. More »

Morning Links: Study Says Shopping Increases Life Span

Morning Links: Study Says Shopping Increases Life Span

Eating Disorders Rising Among Older Women – A new study shows eating disorders strike older women more than we thought; body image isn’t just a problem for teens and young women. (Daily Spark)

Shop For Your Life…is not a line from RuPaul’s Drag Race; it’s the conclusion of a study that shows shopping makes people live longer. We have yet to find out how personal finance experts will interpret this one, but for now: You know what to do with your tax return. (FitSugar)

Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed – Put your best face forward with these four steps for flawless skin, minus the gobs of makeup. (Health) More »

Morning Links: Coast Guard Lowers Passenger Limits to Accommodate Obese Americans

Morning Links: Coast Guard Lowers Passenger Limits to Accommodate Obese Americans

Too Fat to Travel – The Coast Guard is lowering passenger limits to accommodate Americans’ weightier physiques; how do Americans not realize they’re obese? (Shots)

Spring Fever is Real – Turns out spring really does get us in the mood (but if it doesn’t work for you, click anyway for tips on how to boost your libido). (SELF)

Get Flex-Time for Your Health – Studies show that jobs with flexible schedules improve family life and reduces turnover; time to work from home. (PsychCentral) More »

With So Many Health Benefits, We Should Be Teaching Masturbation to Our Kids

With So Many Health Benefits, We Should Be Teaching Masturbation to Our Kids

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, we’ve come a long way in terms of talking openly about women’s sexual health. Or have we? Let’s face it: Masturbation in our society as a whole (at least in the U.S.) remains a taboo subject, particularly with regard to women. Of course, when it comes to a guy jerking off, it’s perfectly acceptable for that image and act to be the recurring punchline in any number of movies and TV shows. But if women do masturbate, they certainly aren’t expected or encouraged to talk about it. This unfair double-standard has always bothered me, so I asked Dr. Julie Elledge — a psychotherapist for individuals and couples who deals with many issues of sexual health — about some of the physical and mental health benefits of masturbation, and her thoughts on when the hell our society is going to wake up, learn, and accept that women masturbate, too, and that it’s perfectly normal, natural, and healthy. More »

Exercise In Bed: Sex Is Good For You

Exercise In Bed: Sex Is Good For You

Taking relationship advice from Samantha from Sex and The City may not be a wise decision, but occasionally, Sam got things right. She once explained to her friends that “sex is a barometer for what’s going on in the relationship.” And while we might not agree on all counts, when it comes to health benefits, she did have a point.

Sex is just plain good for the body, and may even be on par with diet, exercise, and genetics when it comes to living a healthy life. More »

Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

As if having frequent headaches wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that taking painkillers may cause erectile dysfunction. In a study published in this week’s Journal of Urology, researchers observed over 80,000 men aged 45 to 69, beginning in 2002. They found that men who regularly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen or aspirin) were 2.4 times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. More »

Need Protection? iPhone App Helps You Find Free Condoms

Need Protection? iPhone App Helps You Find Free Condoms

According to Jay-Z, there’s nothing you can’t do in New York City. And thanks to a new app launching today (on Valentine’s Day, clever), one thing you can definitely do is find free condoms. The new app, built for iPhones and Android phones, is designed to help New Yorkers find free condoms, wherever they are: just type in an address, and find five places nearby that stock free NYC condoms, courtesy of the city’s health department. More »

Morning Links: Regulations Limit Organic Wine Production

Morning Links: Regulations Limit Organic Wine Production

It’s Hard to Find a Good Wine – Ever wondered why more wine isn’t organic? The USDA forbids sulfites from anything labelled organic, but winemakers say sulfites are what make a good wine. (LA Times)

Cancel Your Tickets to London – Hospitals in England are canceling operations to make room for flu patients in their intensive care units, and there’s a shortage of vaccines and medicines in many clinics and hospitals. (The Telegraph)

Yoga Makes Everything Better, Including Sex – If sex toys aren’t your bag, try these yoga tips for better sex. Mind over, er, dildos? (Elephant Journal) More »

Rape as Political Theater: Do WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Alleged Rape Victims Deserve More Respect?

Rape as Political Theater: Do WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's Alleged Rape Victims Deserve More Respect?

Bond girls are often victims rescued by Bond, fellow agents or allies, villainesses, or members of an enemy organization (typically the villain’s accomplice, assistant, or mistress). Some are mere eye candy and have no direct involvement in Bond’s mission; other Bond girls play a pivotal role in the success of the mission. Other female characters, such as Judi Dench’s M, and Miss Moneypenny, are not typically thought of as Bond girls.

— Wikipedia entry, “Bond girls”

In our favorite espionage stories, women often play accessories to men who really drive the plot, usually adding something pretty to look at, or exposing the weak spot in a hero’s otherwise unflinching resolve. Then there are the women whose pleasant exteriors mask ugly character flaws and evil motivations (usually spurred by a male super-villain). But at the end of the day, they’re either dead at the bottom of a cliff or safely in the hero’s arms, and we don’t really need to worry about her (or the sex she’s been having with guys she’s not attracted to for the sake of her job).

In this week’s most popular tale of espionage, politics, and conspiracy, women are hardly elevated above those traditional, limiting roles: Whether you see WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as hero or villain, the stories of two Swedish women, “Miss A” and “Miss W,” are significant but vague asides to the more fascinating battle between political sides. Both of Assange’s alleged rape victims (and the rapes themselves) are interesting insofar as they compromise Assange or benefit his opponents, but hardly a headline wonders about the health and well-being of two women who’ve been molested and forced to endure non-consensual sex.

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