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Sex and science stuff 17/08/07

August 17th, 2007

Dr Petra

Here are some of the sex/science stories that caught my attention today….

Sun, sea, sex – and bitter journalism

Here’s a depressing example of sex negative and women hating sex coverage from the Daily Mail which manages to reinforce the message that nice (middle class) girls don’t have sex. Make sure you scroll to the end of it to be shocked by or laugh at the reader feedback

Calls for Canadian seniors to get sex education

New efforts are needed to promote clearer safer sex messages aimed at older people to enable them to enjoy happy sex lives without risking catching infections.

Viagra Condom Launched

A new range of condoms to be produced by Durex claim to make men’s penises larger and last longer. A gel in the condom will encourage men to get and keep an erection. It’s clever marketing is implying it will make your penis bigger – which is why there’s apparently already a demand for them. It begs an ethical question whether it’s okay to play on men’s obvious insecurities about penis size as a means to promote a safer sex product (and in the process make a commercial company a lot of money).

Speaking up for gay rights in Uganda

SMUG (sexual minorities Uganda) held their first press conference to call for recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the country – and for an end to homophobia and police brutality. Speakers acknowledged how many in the medical profession didn’t understand homosexuality or know how to work with gay clients, which is unhelpful for general healthcare and tackling HIV/AIDS.

DIY Sex

No, I’m not talking masturbation. A new piece of research from the University of Nottingham, published in Current Biology has examined the sex lives of fungi. Reseachers found that the fungus aspergillus nidulans has two sexes which it uses when it wants to reproduce – challenging the previously held idea that fungi simply bypass sex during reproduction. This apparently will enable scientists to have a better understanding of fungal reproduction and greater applications to the food and biotech industries.

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