Sunday, March 16, 2008

News

There have been a couple really interesting articles in the news lately. I thought I'd share them both as I feel they are both really important to sex, sexuality, and gender.

The first is an article about sexually transmitted infections/diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently found that one in four teenage girls has an STI. This is a scary scary finding and one that points to the inadequate sex education that kids are getting in school. Abstinence-only education does not work! We should be teaching kids that abstinence and masturbation are the only ways to not get an STI, but if you do choose to have sex there are ways to reduce the risks. If you're interested in reading more about this you can look here.

The second article was a piece put out by the New York Times about gender and transmen at women's colleges. It is a really well written piece that I feel everyone should read. I think it does a great job of explaining how these men feel and gives them a voice to also explain for themselves. Read it for yourself here: "When Girls Will Be Boys"

And in other news, this blog has gotten its first syndication over at an adult networking site CreativeFilth.com. Go check it out!

4 comments:

Leah said...

congrats on syndication! you're amazing!

Garnet Joyce said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well, there isn't much you can do to prevent STI's like herpes, which you can get from just using a public restroom. I wouldn't say it's just the sex education in schools that is failing.

Garnet Joyce said...

Getting Herpes from a toilet seat is so incredibly extremely unlikely. The herpes virus cannot live outside of the body and is usually passed from direct skin-to-skin contact.

And when there is sexual contact there are many ways to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, which schools need to teach. These include using dental dams, condoms, gloves, finger cots, etc. Nothing is 100% effective, but I guarantee you that using nothing at all because you don't know any better is a whole lot less effective.

And yes, there are other things failing these kids. I'd say the number one thing that is failing them is also the reason that they are not receiving comprehensive sex education in their schools, our extremely sex-negative society.