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I’m Glad We’ve Moved Past That: The History And Future Of Birth Control

Not surprisingly, I will often read anything that I find on the internet that has to do with birth control. So I was fairly intrigued by this article on The History and Future of Birth Control. It features some of the more, shall we say, colorful methods of contraception that have been used in times past including wood blocks and crocodile dung. However, it also contains some of the ideas for future development, mainly in the field of non-barrier methods for men. If some of these methods turn out to be effective, it could revolutionize contraceptives all over again, particularly if they turn out to be less dangerous than the hormonal contraceptives we already have for women. Continue Reading →

Fixing The Visual Strip Search

For a while it seemed like stories about the TSA body scanners and the “enhanced pat-down” procedures were in the news everywhere. The body scanners create 3d images of the body using either Millimeter Wave Technology or Backscatter Technology. Some travelers object to what is described as a “visual strip search”  and do not want to be scanned. Continue Reading →

Accidentally In The Erotic Books Section

Being sex positive certainly does make my life a little more interesting sometimes. I was killing some time in a book store the other day and ended up accidentally sitting near the erotica section (and yes, it was an accident, I’d freely admit it if I was there on purpose). I sat down by the fitness section because the café was completely full and it seemed like an out of the way place I could occupy for forty minutes. I didn’t realize that the fitness section was next to the erotica section until two teenage girls showed up and started reading titles and giggling excessively. They didn’t particularly seem to mind my presence, and basically acted as if I was not there at all. Continue Reading →

New Uses For Old Christmas Decorations

The Christmas season is now upon us in full force. I was reminded of this as I walked into a drugstore today and was saddened to see that the Halloween displays that I loved so much had been replaced by ornaments and Christmas lights. Not that I don’t love Christmas mind you, but I do wish that it could be a little less obvious until after Thanksgiving at least. However, the drugstore seemed a little more interesting this time. Continue Reading →

Dan And Bill Savage At The Chicago Humanities Festival

I was lucky enough to get to see Dan and Bill Savage’s presentation Savage Love with Dan and Bill Savage at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Friday night. Dan Savage is the author of the advice column Savage Love and has also written several books, The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, and Savage Love: Straight Answers from America’s Most Popular Sex Columnist.  His brother Bill Savage is an English professor at Northwestern University.   They both had fantastic stage presence and discussed sex education in an entertaining though serious manner. Continue Reading →