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Bristol Says The Darndest Things

When Bristol Palin got knocked up at age 17, she made national headlines. We applauded her for realizing that “everyone should be abstinent or whatever but it’s not realistic at all,” and we were hopeful (for three seconds) that she would turn this unfortunate situation into a positive one by promoting safe sex. But when she said seconds later that “you should just wait ten years,” we got on her case. The girl is a walking contradiction. And it hasn’t stopped there. Keep reading »

No More Love For Love Land Theme Park

Chinese officials have shut down China’s first sex-themed amusement park before it could open. Love Land was supposed to open this October and inspire people in China to be more open about sex, a taboo subject there, and educate visitors about proper condom use and other sex related topics. But the theme park had the opposite effect. Love Land incensed officials in Chongqing, who were offended by the risque nature of the park and ordered its destruction. I guess being greeted by a giant pair of women’s legs in a red thong was a little too much for officials that aren’t even accustomed to public displays of affection. [NY Times] Keep reading »

What Happens At An Adult Theme Park?

Public discussion of sex is taboo in China, where even kissing your significant other in public is frowned upon. But the builders of an adult theme park are trying to change all that. Love Land will be China’s first sexually explicit theme park when it opens in October in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing. But with the increase of swing clubs, burlesque shows, and easy-access to online porn, what exactly does an adult theme park have to offer? Not much. Guests will be greeted by a signboard bearing the park’s name straddled between a giant pair of women’s legs topped by a cheesy red thong. There are giant genitalia sculptures and butt sinks for hand washing. Love Land will feature exhibitions about sexual history and proper condom use, and it will host sex technique workshops. The park will help visitors “enjoy a more harmonious sex life,” according to Lu Xiaoqing, Love Land’s manager. “We are building the park for the good of the public,” he said. “Sex is a taboo subject in China but people really need to have more access to information about it.” China seems to be embarking on a sexual revolution. The Chinese government recently launched a sex education campaign with the goal to get people to seek STD and infertility treatment. However, Love Land sounds pretty boring for people who have been allowed to discuss sex in the open. It probably won’t be the tourist destination for foreigners seeking a bit of debauchery. For that, they’d have to head to Jamaica’s Hedonism resort. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Comedy Central Is Going To Educate Your Kids About Sex

Comedy Central, the network which, thanks to “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” has hijacked the news and made it relevant, entertaining, and funny, has greenlighted a TV version of the cult online series “Midwest Teen Sex Show.” Despite its title, the show is hardly hardcore and offers valuable sex education information for teens and young adults via funny sketches about birth control, oral sex, porn, and STDs. It may seem odd that a comedy network is taking up the task of educating teens about sex, but many states do not offer comprehensive sex education. The network has been successful with bringing the news to teens and young adults, so I don’t have a doubt that their joint effort with the “Midwest Teen Sex Show” will rock, too. Check out an online episode! [EW.com] Keep reading »

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 »

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