Photo: RyanMcGuire via Pixabay by STEPHEN JOHNSON Photo: RyanMcGuire via Pixabay A new CDC report shows rates of sex and drug use among teenagers are declining, though other health risks pose alarming dangers. The results come from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is administered by the CDC and contains nationwide data on thousands of adolescent students from 2007 to 2017. CDC officials can’t verify the accuracy of each questionnaire, but say it’s about as accurate as any self-reported survey can be. “Today’s youth are making better decisions about their health than just a decade ago,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who directs CDC’s … Continue reading CDC: Sex and drug rates down among teens, suicidal thoughts up
by C. Brian Smith “You seem plenty tough, Brian, but you’re not prison tough,” warned Mark, a public defender who represented me when I got a DUI back in 2006. “You need to suck up to the prison guards because you’re not going to survive the Aryan Brotherhood.” I was/am acutely aware of what they do to guys like me — preppy gay white boys with delicate features — in prison. It’s estimated that roughly 200,000 people are raped in prison every year, the vast majority of whom are adult men since the vast majority of people we lock up are adult men. And a 2012 study … Continue reading Life as a Gay Man Behind Bars
by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) Concerned that someone on the vast and undefinable gender spectrum might be offended by the continued use of the longtime acronym, the University of Wisconsin – Madison is officially scrapping “LGBT” from the name of its “LGBT Center,” which will now be known as the “Gender and Sexuality Campus Center.” In a recent announcement, the university explained that the new name is designed to be more inclusive and less intolerant because, in case you didn’t know, there are far more sexual orientations and genders beyond just gay, lesbian, bisexual, male, female and transgender these days. So after “careful consideration,” … Continue reading Moving the goal posts: University claims “LGBT” label is not “inclusive” enough… wait, what?
Members of the bissu, a community of highly respected spiritual leaders who are regarded as artists and holy people in Indonesia. Photo by Darren Whiteside/Reuters In Indonesia, high ritual power is held by those whose identity goes beyond female and male. The West is just catching up by Sharyn Graham Davies is associate professor in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her latest book is Gender Diversity in Indonesia: Sexuality, Islam, and Queer Selves (2010). Edited by Sam Dresser Transgender issues seem particularly modern in the West. Perhaps this is because of how highly structured Western societies … Continue reading The transcendent bissu
Realbotix/Esaias Tan/Victor Tangermann by Kristin Houser There are so many ways the future might play out. Maybe we’ll have flying cars, but maybe we won’t. Maybe we’ll live on Mars, but, heck, who knows. But one thing is pretty clearly going to happen: we’re gonna be banging robots. There are lots of people who, even now, are working to make this happen. And it’s not hard to picture how that might go, you know, in a physical sense. But we actually have pretty much no idea how that would affect our psyches. To try to understand what the effects might be before having sex … Continue reading We Have No Idea What Having Sex With Robots Might Do to Us
by Bridget Phetasy Inspired by MEL’s Summer Body Issues package, I got to thinking, how much do men actually care about a woman’s “bikini body”? This, of course, sent me down a rabbit hole of vanity, insecurity, Ashley Graham videos, BIKINI BODY MOMMY™ workouts, beauty standards and what really constitutes “the male gaze.” Most importantly, the call I put out to my Twitter followers on the subject left me feeling deeply sad for women because by far the most common answer was: “I wish she could see herself the way I see her.” To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such thoughtful, heartwarming and tender answers. (In all, … Continue reading Do Men Really Care About A Woman’s Stereotypical ‘Beach Body’?
by Tracy Moore Would you rather have perfectly good sex with a reliable, emotionally stable woman you can bring around your friends, or have a kinked-up fuck with a hot nut job you’d never take home to mother? Choose carefully men, because there is no third option. At least, the sort of people who hold fast to the belief that crazy women are better in bed don’t seem to allow for one. In this worldview, women are saints or whores, nice girls or femme fatales. There are girls you fuck and girls you marry. The ones you marry can fuck okay. … Continue reading Why Do Men Think ‘Crazy’ Women Are Better At Sex?