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Tuesday Quickies!

  • How to know if you’re fertile without getting accidentally knocked up. [Daily Bedpost]
  • Jay-Z demands his melons like, uh, Beyonce’s melons. [Candy Kirby]
  • A recent study found that human skin produces a marijuana-like substance that is necessary for a healthy complexion. [Asylum]
  • Welcome the new Project Runway hopefuls and see if you can judge a designer by her cover. [Fab Sugar]
  • To tuck or not to tuck…your gladiators, that is? [Fab Sugar]
  • No surprise here. Teen pregnancy rates are up for the first time in more than 15 years. [Shine]
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    Pregnant Teen Says There Was No Pact

    The possible pregnancy pact story continues! One of the pregnant teens, 17-year-old Lindsey Oliver, told Good Morning America there was, in fact, no pact, just as reader Go-To-Girl suspected. “No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna … they were already pregnant before they decided this. That they were gonna help each other with their kids so they could finish school and raise their kids together, to do the right thing was their decision. Not, let’s get pregnant, like, as a group,” she said. Her boyfriend said she was on birth control, and they weren’t planning on getting pregnant. It’s interesting to hear his perspective. Andrew Psalidas is 20 and goes to community college. “It was definitely hard to begin with,” Andrew said. “Now, we have to deal with everybody knowing that she is having a baby … now it’s like, she’s ‘one of those Gloucester girls having a baby,’ so it’s like we’re doing something wrong when we’re trying to do everything we can to make it right for the mistake that we made.” He actually sounds really mature and makes a good point. [TheBostonChannel.com] Keep reading »

    Massachusetts Teen Pregnancy Pact A Total Sham?

    So, remember that teen pregnancy pact story we wrote about yesterday that was featured in Time? Well, one of our frequent commenters, Go-To-Girl, pointed us to a blog post she wrote where she theorizes that the pact story is actually a bit of a scam. After doing some serious number crunching and some nosing around the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s statistic, Go-To-Girl figured out that the percentage of teen pregnancies that the school reflects is actually lower than the lowest state pregnancy rate in the nation (North Dakota) — which she says blows a hole in the “pregnancy outbreak” story hook. Additionally, the pact aspect is also in question according to Go-To-Girl’s research. More info, after the jump… Keep reading »

    High School Girls In MA Want To Get Pregnant

    Most sexually active teen girls probably live in fear of the day they miss their period, but a group of high schoolers in Massachusetts all decided to get pregnant and raise their babies together — 17 of them succeed, and one was even knocked up by a 24-year-old homeless man, according to Gloucester High School’s principal, Joseph Sullivan. Normally there are about four pregnancies at this school of 1,200, which is located in a largely Catholic community. When girls came multiple times to the school clinic for pregnancy tests and seemed more upset if they weren’t pregnant than if they were, the school started asking questions. A girl in the class above the pregnancy pactmakers said she thinks they wanted to have babies because of the unconditional love they believed would come with having a child. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.,” she said. We smell a Lifetime movie coming out of this. [Time] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: R. Kelly’s Trial, A Flying Penis, And Girls In Gangs

  • This week, jurors for the R. Kelly child pornography trial watched a 26-minute tape showing oral sex and other acts being performed. R. says the tape doesn’t show him or the alleged victim, so basically the jurors might have watched random people doing it. [Reuters]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Bans In China, Teenage Pregnancy On TV, And Mail-Order Brides

  • Actress Tang Wei’s commercial for Pond’s has been banned in China, most likely because of her steamy role in Ang Lee’s movie Lust, Caution. Her seven-minute sex scene had to be cut from the movie to be shown on China’s mainland. [Reuters and Telegraph.co.uk]
  • The 16-year-old character Starr on One Life to Live had sex with her boyfriend on the show, and for about 40 episodes, One Life to Live will delve into the aftermath. “It’s not going to be glamorous at all,” said Frank Valentini, the show’s executive producer. Pregnancy never is, Frank. [Reuters]
  • A Phoenix man has started a mail-order bride website called loveme.com, and it’s doing quite well so far, with 150 engagements this year alone. “The American men have such a great reputation in these countries that it just opens the door,” said Ken Aingee, who runs the site. “The women want to meet them, they actually almost fight over you to meet you.” Oh dear. Let’s not stroke their egos too much. [KTAR.com]
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    Fergie, Seventeen Mag & Candies Talk to Teens

    From Juno to Jamie Lynn Spears, teenage pregnancy is making a comeback — LL Cool J style (don’t call it a comeback, it’s been here for years!). Thankfully, Seventeen magazine and the Candies clothing line are stepping up like a big sister to talk to teen girls about the trend. In the February issue, they lure the babies in with a candy themed make-up article, then get down to business, talking about the choices, chances, and responsibilities involved with sexual activity. From tips on handling tough situations to quotes from other girls who have gotten pregnant, Seventeen does a bang-up job with their spread. Bonus points to Fergie for being the poster girl for the new initiative — she knows what to put out. So take a hint from the headlines — if you’ve got a teen queen, you’ve got to school her in the ways of love. Or just make her turn to page 110. [Seventeen Magazine] Keep reading »

    It’s Not Fair That Guys Are Incapable Of Getting Pregnant

    The New York Times had an interesting op-ed piece entitled “Sex and the Teenage Girl” in yesterday’s paper. Basically, it brings up the fact that the effects of a pregnancy—whether it is terminated or the baby is given up for adoption—are lasting. The writer says that Juno is a fairy tale, albeit a very entertaining one. In the movie, Juno is able to go on with her adolescent life after she gives up her baby. In the world outside of the movie theater, she would have lived with physical and psychological burdens, whatever her decision had been. And even though it takes two to tango, or whatever people say, the only worry guys have is getting infected with an STI. Since they aren’t bulging in the belly, they can escape association (or claim they’re not the father). Do you think things would be a lot more equal if guys could have babies, like in that movie Junior? [NY Times] Keep reading »

    The Bush Administration Spanks Washington State For Teaching Sex Education

    So, the whole issue of government funded abstinence-only education is a confusing one, but we’re here to give you the low-down. Basically, the Bush Administration, in an attempt to offset state-funded sex education programs, has given many states millions of dollars in funding for abstinence-only education — public service announcements and school curriculum promoting abstinence. And for the record, in case it’s been awhile since you were in junior high, sex education always stresses that the only truly “safe” sex is no sex at all, but abstinence-only education stresses that and that alone. Well Washington State just had their abstinence-only grant revoked because the state requires schools to provide additional, medically accurate information about preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It seems the grant was only good for funding sex education that covered only one aspect — not having any. Better your kids associate sex with sin, fire, and brimstone than the very real threat of STDs and pregnancy if they don’t use condoms, the pill, and other forms of birth control. [SeattlePI.com]

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