The Internet has been abuzz all weekend over comments the Pope has made approving the use of condoms—if you’re a male prostitute. Does that mean male prostitution is OK?
Taking a sharp turn from his previous statements that condom use has made the AIDS crisis worse, Pope Benedict XVI made the comments in a book-length interview Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, which is due to be released tomorrow.
“In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality,” the Pope said. An example of “certain cases” cited was that of male sex workers—but if you’re a woman and/or gay men having sex for fun, it’s not OK? Wait—does that mean gay sex is OK, and straight sex isn’t? Can we petition God for a more straightforward answer, your Eminence?
Finally, we see the aftermath of so many sex studies floating around—baby boomers think they know everything there is to know about sex. And no, they’re not afraid to ask, they just don’t need to.
An Associated Press LifeGoesStrong poll found that, out of respondents aged 45 to 65, 59 percent of women and 48 percent of men are confident they’ve learned everything about knockin’ boots in the bedroom. The poll consisted of online interviews of 945 adults and their companions plus 587 interviews of people in different age groups.
But, while women historically have more resources to draw upon for answers to their their sex questions, Debby Herbenick of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University said of the survey, “I don't think a single person in the whole world knows all there is about sex.” No doubt—besides, the learning process is so much fun.
The survey also notes that Boomers are less happy with their sex lives than younger or older folks, so now we're wondering if too much knowledge is a bad thing?
In efforts to bring hope to sufferers of a terrible condition, Dave Barry has conducted an interview with NPR’s Melissa Block to raise awareness about the rare disorder he’s recently been afflicted with—blurry groin syndrome.
While his companion travelers being probed in the TSA’s full body scan depicted nice, sharp groinal areas, Mr. Barry was pulled aside while caring security agents informed him of his diagnosis—and then set about to feel up his groin to make sure the diagnosis was correct. Our thoughts are with Mr. Barry and his family during this troubling time.
Finally getting the message that having a pretty-pretty-princess stumble around hoping that a handsome aristocrat will rescue her is an outdated story model, Disney has ditched the fairy tale.
“Films and genres do run a course," said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull. “They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it … but we don't have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up.” Does this mean that someday our prince will come around to a better way of thinking?
So, if you’re over 45, you know everything about sex, and if your name ends in “A,” you’re having more sex than everybody else. Ah, online sex surveys. They never cease.
This time it’s a poll conducted for French online dating service Smartdate, and it found that the name with the most sex partners was Laura, (damn, I’m so close, and yet so far!) followed quickly by Tania and Lola. (It’s all the “L” names, isn’t it? We’re total tarts.) The top three names registered an average number of sex partners around 9.7 to 9.5, where the total average for lifetime sex partners for everybody is said to be around 4.4.
Smartdate explains that the phenomenon is most likely because traditional French names end in consonants and “a” ending names are more “exotic” in the country, hence leading to more hookups. So we’re exotic tarts, now? Wow … how could we have known so much about ourselves without you, online sex survey?