SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. efforts to promote abstinence as a cornerstone of sexual education have not lowered levels of sexually transmitted diseases, two former U.S. surgeon generals said on Thursday.
Joycelyn Elders and David Satcher told a news conference in San Francisco that a broad effort was needed to promote the "sexual literacy" of Americans to counter unacceptable levels of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, especially among teens and young adults.
"The vows of abstinence break far more easily than latex condoms," said Elders, who was fired by President Bill Clinton after she suggested that schools teach children about masturbation.
Satcher said it would be an "injustice" if sexual education did not go beyond encouraging abstinence. He took over as surgeon general after Elders, serving three years under Clinton and one year under President George W. Bush.
The news conference coincided with Satcher's launch of the Centre for Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
I've been saying this for years. The so called "abstinence education" (i.e. "Just Say No!") doesn't work for shit, be it for drugs, sex, or poverty.
However, I don't believe that we will see a change anytime soon. The current climate of "morality" in the US is far too tight-assed to let such an idea as this get through.
SYDNEY, Nov 2 (Reuters Life!) - Size really does count, just ask Australian underwear maker AussieBum which has just launched the "Wonderjock" for men who want to look bigger.
Since the launch seven days ago, AussieBum says it has sold 50,000 pairs of "Wonderjock", mostly on its Web site www.aussiebum.com and a handful of stores around the world.
"The design of the underwear, separates and lifts. The fabric cup protrudes everything out in front instead of down towards the ground," said "Wonderjock" designer Sean Ashby.
"There is no padding, rings or strings," said Ashby, a co-founder of the Internet-based AussieBum firm.
Ashby said the idea for the "Wonderjock" was the result of online feedback from customers who expressed an interest in looking bigger, just like women using the "Wonderbra".
"When you go to a department store to buy underwear you usually get a grandmother serving, which is not the ideal way to get feedback," said Ashby. "Our customers give us feedback. We didn't realise that big is better."
Seriously now, how far down the list is the size of the package? Particularly the protrusion factor?