Weekly global roundup: “virginity test” doctor is acquitted in Egypt while women’s football gathers momentum; condoms may literally save South Africa; a rosier picture of sex work in Thailand; journalist threatened for exposing female genital cutting in Liberia; and a steamy drama series in Kenya tackles sexual taboos.
The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.
The accusations against Julian Assange have brought forth a fancy new defense of abusive behavior, which is that condom sabotage isn’t that big a deal. In reality, birth control sabotage is a common and particularly scary form of abuse.
There’s a sense—not always spoken, but implied—that a person in prison deserves to be there, and therefore doesn’t deserve health care, preventative or otherwise.
Despite the taboo against unprotected sex, it turns out that the
withdrawal method, a.k.a. pulling out, is nearly as effective as condom
use when used properly. As more evidence surfaces about the reality of
withdrawal, should we include it in comprehensive sexual education?
In the interest of orthodoxy, the Church is neglecting its humanitarian responsibility, particularly in Africa and other places where it holds sway.
In a good relationship that’s about to become sexual, the introduction of a condom can seem like the introduction of a lot of baggage: fear, disease, death.
New studies find there’s more to promoting condom use than just a sexually open society.