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Jonathan Eig, "The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution" (Norton, 2014) The Ridiculous History of Virginity Tests - Pacific Standard. The Indonesian army conducts "two-finger" virginity tests on its female recruits, Human Rights Watch reported this week.

The Ridiculous History of Virginity Tests - Pacific Standard

That is bullshit. Virginity tests have always been bullshit, but they are unfortunately common throughout history: In classical Greek times, girls who were virgins were supposed to have small, pink, upward-pointing nipples, historian Hanne Blank notes in her book, Virgin: The Untouched History. Sexual experience, on the other hand, was supposed to give girls dark, large, downward-pointing nipples.One medieval text, called De secretis mulierum, or Women's Secrets, described how to tell a virgin from her demeanor, and her, um, pee:

Male Birth Control - Vasalgel, Male Birth Control Pill - Are There Male Birth Control Pills? Weighing the options In every serious relationship I’ve been in, my partner has been on birth control, and in fact 62% of females of reproductive age are currently prescribed the pill.

Male Birth Control - Vasalgel, Male Birth Control Pill - Are There Male Birth Control Pills?

Understanding Semen Analysis Results. Updated June 18, 2015.

Understanding Semen Analysis Results

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. Semen analysis is an important fertility test for infertile couples, and the test should be done before any treatments (even "just clomid") are prescribed. Many men experience anxiety over the test — and later, over the results. Does size matter? Watch these ladies settle the debate once and for all. Bipartisan Bill in Congress Would Send More OB-GYNs to Underserved Rural Areas. The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act would identify which areas of the country have maternity care shortages and help send OB-GYNs to those underserved areas.

Bipartisan Bill in Congress Would Send More OB-GYNs to Underserved Rural Areas

(Shutterstock) A new bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week aims to improve access to maternity care in rural and underserved areas. The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, introduced by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the Senate and by Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Lois Capps (D-CA) in the House, would identify which areas of the country have maternity care shortages and help send OB-GYNs to those underserved areas. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we’ve seen historic gains when it comes to providing maternity care coverage for women and families across America,” Baldwin said in a statement. Every year, one million babies are born to mothers who didn’t receive adequate prenatal care, which can lead to low birth weight and other health risks.

Polly Brown photographs the places people have had self-induced orgasms. Open Little Deaths, the sweet new publication by photographer Polly Brown (the very same who photographed office plants in the world’s biggest companies), and if you’re not at home with French euphemisms you might believe you’re looking at photographs of places where a person experienced their first kiss, say, or ate a really good BLT.

Polly Brown photographs the places people have had self-induced orgasms

You’re not, of course – a “little death,” as translated from the French “petit mort” is an orgasm, and Polly is interested in those of the self-induced variety. “It came about completely by accident,” Polly explained to me last week. She had been in the darkroom with a couple of friends, also photographers, when one of them revealed that they and once found themselves enjoying “a self-induced descent” as she so sweetly puts it, under the red safelights. Men Want Sweet Wives and Independent Daughters - Pacific Standard. A new nationally representative survey of 818 adult American men commissioned by Maria Shriver’s organization A Women’s Nation provides a fascinating look at the complexities and contradictions of men’s modern views on masculinity and gender equality.

Men Want Sweet Wives and Independent Daughters - Pacific Standard

Forty-five percent of the surveyed men, regardless of age, say it is harder to “be a man” today compared to their father’s generation, while 20 percent say it is easier and 35 percent say it’s the same. Those who think it’s more difficult primarily attribute the shift to women attaining a stronger position in the workplace, a stronger position financially, and greater gender equality. Identity, Attraction, Relationship Terms. Asexual – a person who does not experience sexual attraction allosexual — any person who is not asexual, demisexual, or gray-asexual; a person who desires partnered sex and experiences sexual attraction to others; anyone who is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or pansexual demisexual – person who only experiences secondary sexual attraction as a result of emotional connection (either platonic or romantic); demisexuals may experience sexual attraction to more than one person at a time or only one; they do not experience sexual attraction to strangers, celebrities, or to people who they barely know.

Identity, Attraction, Relationship Terms

How frequently they experience sexual attraction and how long it takes them to experience it in a given relationship varies by person. Source. Adventures in the Archives: The Dangers of Legal Abortion. Kimberlyn Kasperitis is a history major at Grinnell College.

Adventures in the Archives: The Dangers of Legal Abortion

Her research interests focus on the history of sex and sexuality in the twentieth century United States. This summer I worked with Professor Carolyn Herbst Lewis and three other students on a research project in which we explored the history of reproductive health care in Chicago. Part of our summer included a trip to Chicago to do archival research on our subjects, and, after a month of poring over secondary research, I was nowhere near having a thesis or a direction for a paper, which was supposed to have something, anything, to do with abortion services. I knew going into the project that, given the socially charged and complicated nature of the subject, it would challenge me both academically and emotionally, but I had no idea of the frustrations that this project would give me. Starving and Pregnant: Lifting the Shame off of Pregorexia. Starving and Pregnant: Lifting the Shame of Pregorexia 0 5 Courtesy of Maggie Baumann Photo: Maggie Baumann at 9 months pregnant with her first baby Christine, 1986 (left).

Starving and Pregnant: Lifting the Shame off of Pregorexia

Baumann at 9 months pregnant with her daughter Whitney. Transforming Maternity Care. In the United States, Single Motherhood Is Bad for Your Health - Pacific Standard. A study published this month in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health offers the first large cross-national comparison of the long-term health risks associated with single motherhood.

In the United States, Single Motherhood Is Bad for Your Health - Pacific Standard

Analyzing survey data from 25,125 women aged 50 and older in 15 different Western countries, the researchers found that women who had ever acted as a single mother had an increased risk of physical disability and poor self-reported health when they were older. The association was strongest in the United States, England, and the Scandinavian countries, and less consistent in Western, Eastern, and Southern Europe.

The researchers found that women who had ever acted as a single mother had an increased risk of physical disability and poor self-reported health when they were older. Pregnancy Is Bad for Women’s Health. Our sentimentalizing of pregnancy, combined with our faith in modern medicine, have contributed to a backlash against birth control, encouraging us to see pregnancy as low risk and to lose sight of its dangers and perils. Contraceptives — and legal access to them — continue to be a source of controversy, political wrangling, and ideological posturing because the political and cultural discussion surrounding them focuses on issues of personal choice and sexual mores rather than questions of health.

The recent Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby reflects this view of birth control as a matter of religious conviction and personal choice rather than reproductive health. If pregnancy is so natural, so low risk for women, then preventing pregnancy is not a medical issue, but rather a personal decision. Cover of the July 1919 issue of Margaret Sanger’s “Birth Control Review.” Mapping Health: Mapping Maternity Care and Birth Outcomes. Overview High quality maternity care saves the lives of millions of women in pregnancy and childbirth. The improvements in outcomes for women over the last two centuries make clear the benefits of surgical expertise. This Week in Sex: Let's Get Digital, Digital.

This Week in Sex is a weekly summary of news and research related to sexual behavior, sexuality education, contraception, STIs, and more. Sex Toy Injuries on the Rise According to estimates released last month from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, sex toy injuries have more than doubled in recent years. Based on a representative survey of hospital emergency room data from around the country, the agency estimates the number of injuries that are caused by all kinds of consumer products, including “massage devices and vibrators.” According to the estimates—and a Washington Post analysis—emergency room visits peaked in 2012, when 2,500 people were treated for sex toy injuries, compared to slightly more than 1,000 in 2003. Men accounted for 58 percent of the visits, and the men who seek treatment were generally older (average age 44) than the women (average age 30).

Frisky Fridays: Bedsider. Email We shared nutrition hacks for better sex. (Because bloated sex is rarely the best sex.) Now we’re exploring foods that are beneficial for your vagina because we want you—and Lady V—happy and healthy. Cranberry juice. Loaded with acid compounds that fight off bad bacteria, cranberry juice can help you prevent and relieve urinary tract infections. A Guide To Talking Dirty Throughout History. Lifestyles_Vibrators_3_300-7.23.131. Hysterical literature - clayton cubitt photographic works. Helpful Sexual Health Links. Course 1. Fuck yeah sex education. Sex, Relationships and You (Over 14s). "It encourages safe and pleasurable sex without bullsh*t" Sexualization. Opening to Love. Services Rendered: Fair Compensation for Educators.

Can men and women be friends? An essay and a website launch. Guest Post: What it's like to go to an STD clinic. How I Found Out I Didn't Have the Herpes I'd Been Living With for Four Years. This story is an update to this story, published here in April 2012. SexFacts_tsj.jpg (JPEG Image, 640x4251 pixels) - Scaled (12%) Strange But True Sex Facts - Lustability. Janeology - The glossary to sex terms and acronyms. Education.fiu.edu/research_conference/docs/proceedings/COERC 2008 Proceedings.pdf#page=88. Facts on American Teens' Sexual and Reproductive Health. May 2014. Fuck yeah sex education. Human Reproduction: A Seafarer's Guide.

(hell, yeah) Scarleteen: Photo. Not Everything You Wanted To Know About Puberty (But Pretty Darn Close) Tw: dirkblog. Body as a Second Language: Navigating Queer Girl Culture on the Autism Spectrum. Extensive sexual health links. False Popular Notions Of Sex That Imperil The Young. 16 ways to talk about consent. #431 : I want to have sex for all the wrong reasons. Learning To Ask. Dealing With Differences In Desire. Sex-health-media-resource-pack.pdf (application/pdf Object) Guide to Australian HIV Laws and Policies for Health Care Professionals - Sex Work. 71 Interesting Facts about HIV/AIDS. Make Love Not Porn. In Praise of Bad Sex. The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is Some Sex Wrong Even Among Consenting Adults? - Conor Friedersdorf. Deep Inside - A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars. SSTAR. Sorting Maybe from Can't-Be: Reality Checking Partnered Sex Wants & Ideals. Queer Is A Verb. Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies.

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