A new commercial for HelloFlo, which sells a starter kit to help with menstruation prep, addresses the oft-ignored reality of periods with shameless and hilarious directness. In it, a young girl fakes her first period and is surprised by her mother’s response.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Sarah Mirk about the history of sex education films. In another segment, I discuss how sexist attacks on female politicians are starting to be a real problem again.
A parent’s freakout over the possibility that her teenage daughter might talk to a doctor without a parent present is an important reminder that adolescent rights to medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.
Dan Savage, host of Savage Lovecast, discusses some of the major problems with sex education today in the United States. He employs an effective car-driving analogy and draws attention to sex ed sexism in the process of his run-through. [via Huffington Post]
This week, women prefer different penis sizes depending on whether the man is a one-night stand or long-term lover, FiveThirtyEight looks at whether World Cup players should have sex before a big game, and vibrators go wireless.
An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.
Since Wednesday morning, when RH Reality Check reported on a condom company that had its account barred from advertising on Twitter, three other companies have come forward to allege that Twitter censored their ads about condoms or sexual health information.
The complaint was filed by a local urologist who said he’s seen a number of cases of priapism in patients of a Minnesota clinic who end up in the ER.
Facing a teen pregnancy problem, one school district in Oregon has decided to make condoms available to students in middle and high school. Thus far, the administrators say they have heard little opposition to the plan.
One bill would ban abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, while the other would require women seeking an abortion to receive information written by the state about the alleged mental health risks associated with the procedure.