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My nascent anger at the artifice I saw all around me caused me to unknowingly join in it even more than I could have seen.
At seventeen, most girls were filling out college applications. I was nervously chewing my fingernails at an audition to become a bunny at the New York Playboy Club.
I had become the first emancipated minor in Suffolk County at age sixteen. How that happened is a story unto itself, but why I became emancipated was exactly why I was now auditioning to be a bunny. It took years of therapy to define and process the hell from which I had run away more times than I can count. Every time I was returned until, finally, the game was over. No one came to get me. I had never been more relieved, or more frightened. Now, woefully unprepared to make my way in the world—I was emancipated. And after a year of surviving in NYC on my own, here I was, nervously waiting to be called to audition.
After sleeping behind a shopping center heating vent when I could not find an unlocked car, I finally accepted an offer to crash at Mark’s cockroach-ridden Manhattan basement apartment in exchange for being his girlfriend. I got a job in a department store for minimum wage, then about $2.10 an hour. For the first time in my life, I felt safe.Read more...
Friday, June 24, 2011
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Cue the Barry White music: Angelenos are having sex more often than other poor slobs around the country, according to the Trojan U.S. Sex Census.
We're acknowledging right up front that maybe the national 1,000-person survey sponsored by Trojan isn't the most scientific investigation on sex in the history of mankind, but what the heck, L.A. is No. 1! Well, sort of.
According to the survey, the average 18-and-older American has sex 120 times per year, but Angelenos are doing it 135 times a year. Yet we also rank seven out of 10 on the satisfaction scale at 75%. What gives, L.A.? Are we too stressed from texting our agents and sitting on the 405 and waiting for a table at Umami Burger to be fulfilled in our sexual encounters? By the way, Angelenos are also most likely to have faked an orgasm. Because we have more actors here?
Philadelphia ranked 10th in sex frequency at 99 times per year, but was No. 1 for satisfaction level at 82%. Go figure.
While 47% surveyed considered themselves moderate in terms of sexual adventurousness, Los Angeles had the highest level of adventurousness. And Southerners are most likely to believe in abstinence before marriage, but San Franciscans are least likely to wait until the certificate is signed.
Maybe the low satisfaction thing in L.A. is linked to the recent American Fitness Index results released by the American College of Sports Medicine. In that, L.A. (including Long Beach and Orange County) is ranked 41 out of 50 American cities on the "state of health and fitness at the metropolitan level," according to the release. It seems things like diabetes rates plus a dearth of public venues such as parks, dog parks, golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools may be making us less healthy and fit.
So come on, let's go for a jog and see if the sex improves.
via LA Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sex ed 'toys' raise eyebrows in Basel
The new materials for the sex ed program are being distributed to 30 primary schools and kindergartens in Basel, containing dolls, puzzles, books and other educational material for 4 to 10-year-olds, and a box with the more explicit materials for older kids, according to the newspaper Blick. A new sex education program being introduced in Basel this year includes a "sex box" with wooden penises and fabric vaginas. The curriculum goes too far for some parents and politicians.
A new sex education program being introduced in Basel this year includes a "sex box" with wooden penises and fabric vaginas. The curriculum goes too far for some parents and politicians.The guide included with the kit instructs kindergarten teachers to "show that contacting body parts can be pleasurable." It also recommends having children massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags, all accompanied by soft music.
"Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way," Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel who helped develop the sex ed curriculum along with experts, told the paper.
"It's important that they learn to say no if they don't want to be touched in a certain area," he said.
But for some, the materials are much too explicit and being introduced at too young at age.
"Sex education, sure, but it shouldn't been done this early and it certainly shouldn't be obligatory," said Daniel Trappitsch of the Citizens for Citizens association, who warned of a "catastrophic development" that needed to be fought.
Gabi Huber of Switzerland's Free Democratic Party also expressed astonishment at the new program.
"Sex education in this form belongs and should stay in the hands of parents – and certainly not in kindergartens," she said, calling on education authorities "not to tolerate instruction like this."
But others have defended the curriculum in the face of the vocal protests. Thomas Steffen, a school doctor in Basel, told Blick that the taboo around sex and sex ed "is a problem that only adults have."
via The Local