Cancer & Sexuality

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Keep Your Cancer Off Facebook

I just posted about how Facebook banned a woman from posting pictures of her newborn son, and now here’s a story about Facebook banning a woman’s mastectomy photos. I’ve seen other inspirational photos of women who have battled breast cancer, so I’m not surprised that someone shared their photos on Facebook. Joanne Jackson from the UK had photos taken after her mastectomy, and chose to share them on Facebook. I love what she had to say about the photos: “I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after a mastectomy.” Continue Reading →

No Shave November

Hey guys, looking to show your support for prostate cancer? Well it may be easier to raise awareness than you think; in fact your solution may be right under your nose (literally). Say hello to MOVEMBER (mustache + November = MOVEMBER): the month in which men grow out their mustaches in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer. [Not a fan of the mustache? No worries, you can participate in ‘no shave November’ by growing out your beard. Continue Reading →

Bowling For Boobies: Grassroots Breast Cancer Activism

I recently found out about an event called Bowling For Boobies, run by the Busted Foundation, which holds fundraisers in order to be able to give money directly to women who are struggling with breast cancer. Their Youtube video explains the concept in a really positive way. I think it’s fascinating that people are coming together to support breast cancer survivors at a grassroots level, and if you think it’s worth supporting, consider donating (I’m supporting Team Rack & Tears since they’re based out of my home city, L.A.). Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Do Women Hate Pink?

Or at least, a study says that women hate pink. Naturally, there are exceptions to the rule as I have a deep love for the color pink (honestly, I think I’d be over the moon if I ever owned a pink car – alas, I am still pretty happy with my small blue car). And Debby wore one of her own favorite pink dresses on the cover of her book, Because It Feels Good (though now she swears she can’t wear the dress anywhere without people asking if that’s her “book dress”). But a recent post on Gawker was talking about how women hate pink, per a new study from the Harvard Business Review. I love that the article initially got my attention by starting off saying “Do you find the color pink threatening? Continue Reading →

A Pill That May Stall Ovarian Cancer

File this one under “Hope.” On June 4th, the New York Times posted an article about studies that are being conducted on the drug, Avastin (which is a widely known ‘cancer drug’) on how it would effect the progression of ovarian cancer. The Avastin studies were discussed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, finding that the drug is effective in delaying the spreading of ovarian cancer – yet there is still speculation about how significant these results really are. The piece in the NYT also discusses trials run on the drug exemestane, which is classified as an aromatase inhibitors (which are commonly used to prevent “a recurrence of cancer in women with early-stage breast cancer after their tumors are removed by surgery”); the tests are looking to see how effective exemestane iz in preventing breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter@mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →

Reduce The Risk Of Prostate Cancer…With Tylenol?

According to this Examiner article, longterm use of the popular pain relief drug acetaminophen may be able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A recent study including over 78,000 men concluded that those men taking acetaminophen daily for at least 5 years can reduce their chances of prostate cancer by up to 38%. The article also recommends getting regular prostate exams after the age of 40 for African American males and those with a family history of cancer, and after the age of 45 for most other men (not taking into other factors such as diet). For more details, check out the article. And of course if you have any questions about your personal health, please consult with a healthcare provider. Continue Reading →

Etsy’s Breast Cancer Awareness Products

As a self-proclaimed online shopping addict, I love getting Etsy’s daily emails, showcasing a round-up of themed items that are currently selling on Etsy. But I was especially pleased to see their “Breast Cancer Awareness” email, highlighting items that were also donating funds to breast cancer research and advocacy groups. My personal favorite? Continue Reading →

The G-Spot, The P-Spot: Sex Toys for Multiple Purposes and Genders

I’m all about being inclusive with sexuality, both inside and outside of the bedroom. And nothing is more sexually inclusive, or economically practical, than being able to use your sex toys for different purposes on different bodies. So I’ve compiled a list of toys that can be used both vaginally as well as anally for sexual stimulation: with some boiling in between, of course! Since the g-spot and the prostate are located approximately one to three and two to three inches in towards the belly button inside the vaginal and anal canals respectively, they each respond well to toys with a slight curvature in them in order to apply pressure to the area. An additional bonus with prostate toys is that regular stimulation of the prostate, leading to the excretion of seminal fluid and often, intense orgasms, can promote prostate health. Continue Reading →