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Naked News: Soccer vs. sex, free birth control, and sex parties in China

Article: Naked News: Soccer vs. sex, free birth control, and sex parties in China

A study of Germans found that only 5% of them would choose sex over watching a German World Cup final game.
Sex education will become part of regular high school lessons in the Philippines for the first time.

Naked News: The pope, stolen sex toys, and free spiked condoms

Article: Naked News: The pope, stolen sex toys, and free spiked condoms

Pope Benedict XVI called abortion and same-sex marriage some of the most “insidious and dangerous” threats facing the world today. (Can we start replacing that phrase “Is the pope Catholic?” with “Is the pope an ignorant doddering asswipe?” instead now please.)
In news that actually belongs in this century, the Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that would give same-sex couples more end-of-life rights in the event of a partner’s death.

The 50th anniversary of The Pill

Article: The 50th anniversary of The Pill

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Pill, and there’s been some interesting coverage of it by the media. Margaret Marsh, one of the first researchers granted access to the personal letters of the Pill’s co-developer, John Rock, discusses his Catholicism, among other Pill tidbits.

Naked News: Sex ed in Pa, gay marriage in Ca and sex in Brazil

Article: Naked News: Sex ed in Pa, gay marriage in Ca and sex in Brazil

A bill that would require Pennsylvania’s public schools to provide sex education to students is on its way to the state House of Representatives.
The federal trial to determine if California’s same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution may wrap up in June after a months-long hiatus.

Illinois state lawmaker makes a personal case for gay marriage

Article: Illinois state lawmaker makes a personal case for gay marriage

Last week, Illinois lawmaker Deborah Mell spoke on the state House floor to announce her “bittersweet” engagement to her girlfriend of six years — “bittersweet” because she’ll have to go next door to Iowa to tie the knot instead of doing it in the state where she grew up, where she now represents 100,000 people…

Boobquake roundup

Article: Boobquake roundup

If you haven’t heard of it by now, here’s the ten-second scoop: Iranian cleric blames the world’s earthquakes on women’s immodesty so Jen McCreight, a self-proclaimed “liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted, atheist feminist trapped in Indiana” at Purdue, organizes Boobquake, a day (yesterday, April 26th, 2010) for women to wear their most immodest outfit (that they would would wear on any other given day or a night out) to scientifically (sorta) study if the cleric’s claim holds any water. Well, the media went bat-shit crazy for this, so here’s a round-up:

Naked News: Free condoms, Prop 8, and transgender on campus

Article: Naked News: Free condoms, Prop 8, and transgender on campus

University students in Houston who are members of the Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist and Free thinker Association are running a “Canons for Condoms” campaign: They will accept any religious scripture and trade it for condoms, pamphlets or educational text.
While uncircumcised men do not seem to be at higher risk of acquiring HPV, it takes them longer to clear the virus from their bodies.

Naked news: Gaga on celibacy, Huckabee on gay adoption & Nike on Tiger

Article: Naked news: Gaga on celibacy, Huckabee on gay adoption & Nike on Tiger

“[I]t’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time,” says Lady Gaga.
Mike Doesn’t-Believe-in-Evolution Huckabee’s deep thoughts on gay couples adopting: “Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”

Naked News: Abstinence programs, baby gender selection, and sex rehab

Article: Naked News: Abstinence programs, baby gender selection, and sex rehab

Turns out Utah Senator Orrin Hatch managed to sneak an amendment into the healthcare bill (one of the only Republican amendments to survive the last-minute wrangling) which provides $50 million annually for five years to states that offer abstinence programs in public schools.
Baby gender selection in conservative Egypt causes a stir among traditionalists who see it as an affront to ethics and have lashed out at clinics offering the service.

Naked News: What About Prom, Bleckley?

Article: Naked News: What About Prom, Bleckley?

Naked News: health care, gay census results, and prison sex

Article: Naked News: health care, gay census results, and prison sex

House passes health reform bill (aw yeah), albeit along with an executive order restating and expanding on restrictions on public funding of abortions (aw crap). If you’re feeling as confused as we are as to what health reform actually means for your own coverage, check out this Q&A.
An auction for Sex.com was canceled after three creditors filed a petition forcing the owner into bankruptcy.

Naked News: Gender-bending chickens, homophobic hicks and gay mountain weddings

Article: Naked News: Gender-bending chickens, homophobic hicks and gay mountain weddings

In sci-fi news, NPR has a fascinating article on gender-bending chickens.
In no-duh news, research has found that better health means a better sex life, especially later in life.
In yay-gay! news, five same-sex couples were married in Mexico City last Thursday, the first such ceremonies since a law went into effect this month legalizing same-sex marriage in the Mexican capital.

Naked News: Free female condoms, tween sex, and high-tech coitus interruptus

Article: Naked News: Free female condoms, tween sex, and high-tech coitus interruptus

DC is to become the first city to distribute free female condoms — in beauty salons, stores, and high schools — in an effort to fight HIV.
According to Cellphones.org, 15% of Americans have interrupted sex to answer a cellphone call.
Speaking of modern life messing with our booty, apparently Americans are too tired for sex almost 25% of the time, according to a new study by the National Sleep Foundation.

Naked News: Facebook divorces, rogue sex ed, and diagnosing sex addiction

Article: Naked News: Facebook divorces, rogue sex ed, and diagnosing sex addiction

Okay, so we know this article was written by a high schooler and all, but we can’t help being fascinated by the statistic mentioned that 20% of new divorce cases in the US include the word “Facebook” in them.
Australian study shows that despite drugs that sharply reduce the concentration of HIV in someone’s blood, gay men’s risk of contracting the virus during a single act of anal sex has not changed.

Naked News: Restaurant bathroom quickies, John Edwards' sex tape, and tax deductions on sex change ops

Article: Naked News: Restaurant bathroom quickies, John Edwards' sex tape, and tax deductions on sex change ops

A restaurant in Canada that jokingly (they say) invited diners to have Valentine’s Day sex in its unisex bathroom would now rather forget about the offer. Apparently not everyone got the “joke” part.
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa acknowledged that he fathered one child out of marriage, which contradicts the government’s HIV/AIDS campaign and is landing him in hot water.

Naked News: Tell-alls, sexless invertabrates & salacious dictionaries

Article: Naked News: Tell-alls, sexless invertabrates & salacious dictionaries

Not only does Jenny Sandford not stand by her man, she writes a tell-all memoir about his “hiking the Appalachian Trail” that’s due out this Friday.
One — count ‘em, one — study shows abstinence only programs may delay when kids start having sex, BUT they have no effect on condom use once kids do.

NOW can we give up abstinence-only programs?

Article: NOW can we give up abstinence-only programs?

You might have seen the headlines this week that read “Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates.” Of course what’s missing from that title is the fact that these are not real-time figures they’re talking about. The 3% rise in teen pregnancies among 15-to-19-year-olds increased between 2005 and 2006 — the first jump since 1990. We’re sure there are multiple causes for the jump, but you cannot discount the impact of 1.5 billion dollars worth of abstinence-only programs pushed over the past 10 years, especially during the two Bush terms — programs that have been proven time and again not to work.

Naked News: Sex-induced carpal tunnel and public shaming on billboards

Article: Naked News: Sex-induced carpal tunnel and public shaming on billboards

photo via NY Daily News

Scientists say too much sex (with you supporting your weight on your hands) can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. So switch it up, people!
In the wake of rumors that Tiger Woods’ is seeking help at an addiction center, sex therapists, professors, and psychologists are left pondering whether sex addiction really exists.

How you can help in Haiti

Article: How you can help in Haiti

Cine Institute Students Effort from Ciné Institute on Vimeo.

One of the issues the Sundance Film Festival has set out to explore this year is the role of the arts today — how filmmaking and other art forms can not just stay relevant, but can actually be an agent for positive change in a world that surely needs all the help it can get. It’s hard to think of a better example of the transformative power of art than the efforts of the students at Cine Institute, Haiti’s only film school, located in the country’s cultural capital, a seaside city called Jacmel.

Naked News: Hotel sex, guilt, and Russell Brand

Article: Naked News: Hotel sex, guilt, and Russell Brand

photo by MACSURAK

Oh man, we love behind-the-scenes hotel dirt. Like this recent report from the Novotel chain, claiming that one of their employees was hit on the head by a sex toy thrown over a balcony by an angry husband. Also, apparently hotel guests have left behind items including a $16,000 necklace, fake limbs, sex toys, a snake, a nun’s habit, a riding crop, and a baby (?!).
A study finds that some women may have lower sex drives because they experience guilty feelings about being sexually aroused. If you thought libido was a tough problem to fix, try guilt…

Naked News: Skinny jeans better than sex? Also, sex doesn't sell in Hollywood.

Article: Naked News: Skinny jeans better than sex? Also, sex doesn't sell in Hollywood.

photo by paalia A new study making headlines found that 29% of British women think fitting into their old jeans is better than sex. But we prefer to think of it this way: 71% of women think that sex is better than getting into their skinny jeans. See? The body image police aren’t exactly winning this…

"Picturing the Past 10 Years" by Phillip Niemeyer

Article: "Picturing the Past 10 Years" by Phillip Niemeyer

It doesn’t have much to do with love or sex, but it being New Year’s Eve and all we couldn’t resist pointing out art director Phillip Niemeyer’s “op-chart” from Sunday’s New York Times called “Picturing the Past 10 Years” (especially if you missed fellow Sunfiltered blogger Matthew Rodriguez’s post about it a few days ago). Read…

Naked News: Sex-positive Streep, gay floral arrangements & safer sex toys

Article: Naked News: Sex-positive Streep, gay floral arrangements & safer sex toys

scene from new movie “It’s Complicated”

Meryl Streep, our new hero, on sex scenes between older people: “”The whole idea that you have to look a certain way and be a certain age to earn love is ridiculous. We love what we love. It doesn’t matter what shape it is. It’s thrilling to see real people on screen.”
Canadians are one step ahead of us in the health department again: sex stores are game with regulating the adult toy industry to keep out harmful chemicals found in the plastics used in some toys.

Naked News: Casual sex, Lady Gaga, and life imitating porn

Article: Naked News: Casual sex, Lady Gaga, and life imitating porn

photo by AFlickion New research shows that young adults who have casual sex are no more likely than those in committed relationships to experience psychological problems. Well, thank goodness for that then. Lady Gaga tells Barbara Walters that she’s bisexual and has had sex with women — but has only fallen in love with men.…

Naked News: office party nookie, numb penises & deadly Ben Wa balls

Article: Naked News: office party nookie, numb penises & deadly Ben Wa balls

photo by TheNaughtyAmerican.com

Have we succeeded in scaring you off? According to the latest research by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair mag, zero percent of people aged 18-44 are likely to kiss a co-worker at their office holiday party.
A study finds that a penis-numbing spray can help prevent premature ejaculation and may hit the marketplace soon. There is currently no FDA-approved prescription treatment for this condition, which affects up to a third of U.S. men aged 18-59. Great news, so long as this numbing spray doesn’t have a knock-on effect on the vagina…