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Meghan McCain Thinks The GOP Doesn’t Understand Sex

Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain is like an unpredictable lover. Sometimes her columns hit the spot. Others leave me utterly unfulfilled. When she ably took down Laura Ingraham for making fun of her weight and stood up for gay rights, I cheered. This week’s column seemed especially promising, given the subject matter. “The GOP Doesn’t Understand Sex” targeted the GOP’s support of abstinence-only education and argued that conservatives have a serious problem with sex. Sounds compelling, right? McCain thinks so, tweeting, it’s “possibly my most revealing so far. I really hope everyone likes it.”

Actually, I thought it was meh. While I agreed with much of what she wrote, I didn’t find any of it particularly illuminating. Yes, the Republican party is super stodgy about sex, especially when it comes to teens and women. But I wanted and expected an insider’s look at why this is the case, not a regurgitation of the obvious. Keep reading »

Sex Ed Through Text Messaging

If you take a shower before you have sex, are you less likely to get pregnant? Does a normal penis have wrinkles? If my BF doesn’t like me to be loud during sex but I can’t help it, what am I supposed to do? These questions were texted to the Birds and Bees Text Line, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina’s latest effort to provide teens between 14 and 19 with sex education and information. Within 24 hours, every text sent in is answered by a nameless, faceless adult from the center who gives a cautious, nonjudgmental response via text. The Birds and the Bees Text Line started on February 1 and reaches teens through the one device that consumes their lives — their cellphones. Keep reading »

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the U.S. The first year, 2006, ended a 14 year decline. More than 70 percent of Black babies and 51.3 percent of Hispanic babies were born to unmarried women in 2007 and the teen birth rate increased by five percent between 2005 and 2007. Some experts are blaming the increase on the Bush administration’s “abstinence-only” education policy. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Another Naylin’ Paylin Clip!

  • Whee! Another “Naylin’ Paylin” clip! Looks high quality huh? [The Daily Beast]
  • Izzie will start seeing the deceased Denny again on “Grey’s Anatomy.” [EW.com]
  • Tragic news — the mother and brother of Oscar-winner (and “American Idol” alum) Jennifer Hudson were reportedly found shot in a home in Chicago — both are dead. So sad. [ABC News]
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    Quickies!: Ali & Lindsay Lohan May Shack Up?

  • Lindsay Lohan might have Ali Lohan move in with her because she’s such a good influence now. [Celebslam]
  • Celebrity moles. Sweet. [Lemondrop]
  • Sex education is necessary because the average person still can’t tell when a celebrity has actually flashed her vagina. [Boinkology]
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    Debate This: Should Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy Be Off Limits?

    The sudden pregnancy of Bristol Palin is a touchy issue that the media has their paws all over. When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin was his running mate late last week, a firestorm of Internet activity erupted as “skeletons” came crawling out of Palin’s closet. But the biggest bombshell — that 17-year-old Bristol is pregnant — has opened up a much larger debate about whether the families of political candidates are always off-limits.

    I feel really bad for Bristol Palin. At 17-years-old she’s having to deal with a very adult situation — pregnancy, marriage, and the responsibility of being a first time parent. And she’s having to do it with very bright studio lights shining on her — some are critical of her and her parents, while others are cheering on her decision to keep her baby and marry the father sooner than she might have otherwise. I cannot imagine how she’s doing it and with such serenity. While I feel badly that Bristol has to deal with these new pressures while the media discusses her every move, I do think the media has every right to do so, but only to a point. I don’t think Sarah Palin’s parenting should be questioned and I don’t think Bristol’s pre-marital sexual behavior should be judged, by anyone. But I do think the contrast between Sarah Palin’s personal life and her political ideologies is wide open for discussion, no matter what side of the fence you sit on. Keep reading »

    Birth Control Makes You Sterile And Other Lies!

    At first glance, Pam Stenzel seems like a pretty good sex educator. As Feministing pointed out, she’s got the cool, hip aunt vibe down pat, making her seem approachable to the average kid curious about sex and protection. Too bad she manages to slip in all sort of scary lies into her lectures, like the fact that “no one has ever had more than one partner and not paid”, girls develop anorexia and bulimia “because of an abortion they couldn’t take back”, and that birth control pills and shots make her “ten times more likely to contract a disease than if she were not taken those drugs, sterile, or dead.” We’re frightened for the audience of teens sitting in front of her, in rapt attention. [Feministing]

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    The Daily Squeeze: Diabetes And Pregnancy, Having What You Want, And Teens And Sex Ed

  • More women are entering their reproductive years with diabetes, and pre-existing diabetes is more likely to lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, and babies with birth defects due to elevated blood sugar during the first trimester. Amelia, this means you need to lay off the leftover Peeps. [Ivanhoe]
  • Research published in Psychological Science suggests that people who want what they have tend to be happier than those who want less of what they have. People who have more of what they want tend to be happier than those who have less of what they want. Who’s on first? [Newswise]
  • Teenagers from Healthy Teens Connecticut rallied with HIV/AIDS advocates at the state capitol, calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would provide money for sex education. [Medical News Today]
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    STD Prevention Factoid!

    Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn’t teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News] Keep reading »

    Teaching Kids About Safe Sex Doesn’t Make Them Go Out And Hump Like Rabbits

    In today’s “Like, duh?” news, a new study suggests that teaching teens about safe sex not only might lead to less teen pregnancy, but also does not increase the number of sexually active teens or incidents of STDs. Not that the debate over abstinence education versus sex education is going to be over any time soon. [News-Medical.net] Keep reading »

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