Don’t Be a Douche!

July 29, 2014

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The irony would be dee-licious if only the Urban Dictionary weren't talking about (yech!) douching: “Douche: a word to describe an individual who has shown themself to be very brainless in one way or another, thus comparing them to the cleansing product for vaginas.” So basically, the woman who consider “douching” a proper form of cleansing, birth control or some other cure-all, are, in fact, being a douche. Douching is incredibly unsafe for women, and is NOT an effective birth-control method. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says to avoid it, yet some modern women are still doing it.  Douching became a “thing” in the 1800s when Dr. Charles Knowlton recommended it as a form of birth control. Somewhere along the line it was considered a form of “cleansing” and products hit the market to inform women that they better clean up their act. There are a number of products on the market that advertise the importance of “cleansing” one's vagina.  S. E. Massengill Company (aka Massenkill), started in 1898, was one of the first and most iconic companies to offer a female douche among as one of their products (and they are still selling it!).  Not only...

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Mullahs

July 28, 2014

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Wearing cowboy clothes doesn't mean you're actually a cowboy, just like wearing a clerical collar doesn't automatically mean you're a child molester.  So "putting on" the mullah in Islam doesn't actually mean you're automatically anything good.  From Wikipedia: Mullah...is generally used to refer to a Muslim man or woman, educated in Islamic theology and sacred law. The title, given to some Islamic clergy, is derived from the Arabic word مَوْلَى mawlā, meaning "vicar," "master" and "guardian." The term "mullah" has become so contaminated that the Urban Dictionary contains the following mash up of Islam and American politics and religion: Term used to taunt the religious right in America, mainly because American mullahs (or Midwest mullahs) are so fanatically anti-Muslim but express similar social beliefs.  [For example: "Pat Buchanan is a mullah extraordinaire."] Some cowboys love, really love, their horses.  And some mullahs are just child molesters.  Like the one who sexually assaulted a 40-pound 10-year-old girl in a mosque in Afghanistan recently.  Of course, "it was consensual"--what little girl could resist the temptation.  Sigh.  And, of course, the victim (that's the girl, right?) should be murdered to remove the stain of shame on her family's honor. But for...

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So About Sex; TV’s New Sci-fi

July 26, 2014

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"Every generation gets the science fiction it deserves."   --unknown David Bianculli, TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air, knows his stuff.  But sexual futurists who isten to his seven-minute review of TV's new sci-fi won't be surprised that he misses the sexual mark by a long mile. Here's what he has to say about "Extant," a 13-part CBS series starring Halle Berry and "The Strain," a new series from the smart folks at FX. "...two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre....  [In 'The Strain'] a virus exists only to find a carrier and reproduce...that's how a plague begins.  Both [series] play on our fears of forces out of our control."  "[Each generation's sci-fi] is built around its biggest and most primal fears.  The Communist witch hunt and the Cold War, for example."  "The Strain" is based on the whole notion of species vs species in a race to see which can both outwit (and out reproduce) the other.  The virus, like some thoughtless teenager, exists with only sex on its mind.  And although "The Strain" is doubtless the better produced of the two new series, Halle Berry's "Extant" is more on point.   Both series reflect our fears around...

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