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Things I’m Grateful For Today

Yesterday and today I’ve been sick which is not common for me. I have some sort of stomach virus that’s been making me achy and causing some minor stomach pains that are enough to make me not want to eat and not well enough to stay all day at the office. They’re also enough to make me feel grateful for all the days – nearly every day in a calendar year – that I am well enough to go to work, to eat nearly anything I like, and to feel healthy and vibrant. Thinking this today is what prompted me to write my most recent list of things I’m grateful for. In addition to family, friends, education, and work, I am grateful for:

- Living near a park. Continue Reading →

Should We Be Anti-Underwear?

Recently I read quite the eyeopener on Jezebel. This article basically called out Victoria’s Secret for buying their cotton from a supplier whose labor is primarily conducted by 12 and 13 year old children. And it’s not as if this was some random, one time mistake, the article stated that VS “usually buys up the entire fair trade and organic-certified cotton crop (which is apparently located in Burkina Faso) to make the lingerie it sells in the West.” [Check out the rest of the details in the original piece.]

Children… Seriously? Am I the only one extremely taken back my this? Continue Reading →

Tie The Knot: Marathon Style

In light of all the wasted coverage on Kim Kardashian’s pathetic attempt at marriage — I thought it may be beneficial to report on an actual, inspirational wedding (you know, one that isn’t for publicity/lasts longer than 70-something days). This past Sunday, during the New York City marathon, a couple from Texas tied the knot (while running) at mile 22 of the 26.2 mile race. The couple (Mary Martin and Raymond Donaldson) apparently met running; therefore – according to the bride - a ceremony during the race only seemed fitting. The two found a minister, one who just so happens to be a triathlete, to run the race with them in order to serve as the couples’ officiant. [Check out the video here!] Thus at mile 22, as the couples’ friends and family watched from the sidelines, the two exchanged rings and ran off to live happily ever after (literately…they had to run off together, there were still about 4 miles left of the race!). Continue Reading →

The Quest for Larger Breasts: Breast Slapping

Slapping her breasts in the bedroom – some consider it sexy; others consider it the new and upcoming way to enlarge breasts. And when I say some, I am more or less referring to a select few women in Thailand who have developed a new (and rather intriguing) method for breast enlargement. I stumbled upon this article last week and the piece featured Khemmikka Na Songkhla’s family method, which (apparently) naturally enhances the breasts by “shuffling fat from one area of the body to another”. Songkhla learned this beauty technique from her grandmother and claims that the technique can “add up to two inches” to her clients’ bust. Now clearly I’ll leave it up to you to decide on whether or not this treatment sounds legitimate; but might I add Songkhla’s rare techniques have been recognized by the Thai government. Continue Reading →

Facebook Gets Kinky

A little social media humor to brighten your day:

Has anyone else noticed that Facebook is constantly adding new features and perks to the site? Seriously, one day you’re checking your account like normal and the next the entire layout has completely changed and all these weird little boxes are showing up along the right hand side of the page — suggesting new friends, showcasing old photo albums, etc. Well, one of the more recent changes to the site is that little box that suggests that you “reconnect” with someone that you haven’t spoke with in a while (aka you haven’t written on their wall/poked them/etc in quite some time)… And what do you know! To my delight I found a comic on xkcd.com this morning, sketching out the “future” of this new Facebook feature:

[Warning Zuckerburg, this is merely a joke, don't you dare get any ideas!]

 

 

Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter@mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. You can also follow Madeline Haller, the author of this post, @voiceMLINE. Continue Reading →

USA Today And Their “Handy” Graphics

 
You’ve heard of the old adage “sex sells” – right? Well maybe that’s what USA Today thought when they ran this “handy” snapshot graphic in their publication. I came across the image yesterday when a friend sent me a link to an article stating, “this seems like your type of humor” (ha – they were correct). Although I find this highly amusing, I just can’t fathom why USA Today would run a graphic that has such underlying phallic imagery to it. Who knows, maybe no one on staff noticed… Continue Reading →

Circumcision: To Snip, Or Not To Snip?

The question many parents ask themselves when they realize they’re having a baby boy: to cut, or not to cut, that is the question. [Well – maybe they don't ask it in Shakespeare-dialect, but you get the picture.]

Yet findings from a recent study may help in swaying some decisions. I recently read an article that was drawing a parallel between circumcision and a lower incidence of penile cancer. Research from the University of Sydney in Australia claims that penile cancer is higher in countries in which circumcision isn’t regularly practiced; and this could be due to the tightness of the foreskin, making it difficult to clean, thus resulting in inflammation (a common cause of penile cancer). According to the piece, another factor attributed to the link between cancer and uncircumcised men is the prevalence of HPV (which has been linked to about half of the uncommonly diagnosed penile cancer). Continue Reading →

Indiana Resident Caught Producing Child Pornography

Data from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children suggest that child pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and is among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet.  And people all over the world play a role in its production and sharing. According to an article published at idsnews.com, a resident from Bloomington, Indiana pleaded guilty on Monday, June 6, 2011 to producing (and distributing) child pornography to individuals worldwide. There were more than 36 instances in which children were exploited that have been found thus far, the article continued, saying:
The investigation was “the most significant and extensive investigation” of the Indiana F.B.I., according to Mike Welch, a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer who assisted in the investigation. The investigation spanned seven years. He was charged in federal court and is facing anywhere from 15 to (over) one thousand years in prison.  

I find it incredibly bizarre and terribly heartbreaking that the parents had no idea that their children were involved in such sick abuse. The individual apparently befriended the families (offering to babysit, etc) in order to get access to the children. Continue Reading →

Blog Humor

Within the past week or so, my Twitter feed has been overloaded with tweets pertaining to the crisis in Japan (which is clearly upsetting), tweets from friends who are partying because they are on spring break (which are clearly nonsensical/not legible), or tweets concerning Charlie Sheen – obviously then followed by his famous #winning/#losing trend he has initiated (which is clearly annoying). But today in the midst of all the chaos on my twitter feed,  a friend tweeted an image preceeded by the text “blogger sex…” So in case you’re having similar issues, or just need a good laugh, I thought I would share the image. And how appropriate, as I am indeed sharing this on a blog! Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter@mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →

Searching For Sex Along The East Coast?

I recently stumbled upon an article on nymag.com and after I read the title, I was instantly sold: “New York Sex Heat Map: ‘The Deeper Into Brooklyn You Go, the Kinkier People Get’”. And let’s be honest, who could turn down a title that has ‘sex’ and ‘kinkier’ in the same line? Moving on past the ultra-catchy title, after reading the article, I thought I’d pass it along as a fun read for all the MSP viewers (especially those who may be taking a trip to New York in the near future… just kidding… or am I?)

Just a quick recap: the article discusses a map of New York which was generated by OkCupid, an online dating website that has over seven million monthly users (most which can be found in NY). Continue Reading →