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May 24, 2013
Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

16:46 // 1 year ago
April 3, 2013

Virginia Attorney General to appeals court: Please consider keeping anti-sodomy laws on the books

  • action A three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals overturned Virginia’s anti-sodomy law last month, concluding that it’s unconstitutional for the state to forbid adults from having consensual oral or anal sex in the privacy of their homes.
  • reaction VA Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is challenging that ruling, with his office petitioning the court to review the case again, this time with the full 15-judge panel weighing in. source

More details: The original case that the court was addressing involved consensual oral sex between a man and a 17-year-old woman. Cuccinelli is arguing that the court was right to strike down the anti-sodomy statute, but wrong to overturn the man’s conviction, as his particular case involved sexual relations with a minor. You’ll be hearing a lot about Cuccinelli in coming months, as Virginia will be only one of two states to hold gubernatorial elections this year (the other being New Jersey).

18:14 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013

Report: Daily Caller paid man to fabricate Menendez prostitution story

  • claim According to the Washington Post, a lawyer in the Dominican Republic has told authorities that the Daily Caller, the conservative news outlet owned by Tucker Carlson, paid him to fabricate a story about Democratic Senator Bob Menendez soliciting prostitutes.
  • denial  The new org denies the charges, with Carlson saying in a statement that “The Daily Caller never paid anyone, was never asked to pay anyone and of course never would pay anyone for this story.”

There’s a wrinkle here: In its recounting of today’s revelations, the Daily Caller writes that the lawyer "blamed four news outlets — CNN, The Daily Caller, Telemundo and Univision — for allegedly encouraging him to fabricate false accusations about Menendez.” This isn’t true; according to the Post, the man only accused the Daily Caller—not the other three outlets—of offering to bribe him (the other three were mentioned as having requested to interview the man after he made the claims). The lawyer’s reliability is already shot, having reversed his story at least once, but the Daily Caller has seriously undermined its own credibility by reporting the original story in such a misleading, and indeed factually inaccurate, way. This is one of those weird news stories where all parties involved seem to have been dishonest to some degree—with the possible exception of Menendez himself.

20:44 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2013
18:55 // 1 year ago
August 8, 2012
Olympic condom supplier Durex doesn’t like having competition
After Australian cyclist Caroline Buchanan attached the image above to a tweet reading “Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village,” IOC officials descended on the Olympic Village to determine how the unauthorized prophylactics got past security. Once spotted, officials promptly pulled the condoms out of the village, and have asked that athletes not share unsponsored products with one another. Admittedly, prior to this story, we weren’t aware that the Olympics even had an official condom; however, after doing a bit of digging, we think we may have figured out what the real problem is here. We figure the Kangaroo condoms probably didn’t pass Boris’ rigorous inspection. (context here) source
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After Australian cyclist Caroline Buchanan attached the image above to a tweet reading “Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village,” IOC officials descended on the Olympic Village to determine how the unauthorized prophylactics got past security. Once spotted, officials promptly pulled the condoms out of the village, and have asked that athletes not share unsponsored products with one another. Admittedly, prior to this story, we weren’t aware that the Olympics even had an official condom; however, after doing a bit of digging, we think we may have figured out what the real problem is here. We figure the Kangaroo condoms probably didn’t pass Boris’ rigorous inspection(context here) source

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17:11 // 1 year ago
July 19, 2012
humanrightswatch:

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV.
Don’t take away people’s condoms!
Read more and watch our interviews of sex workers here.
© 2012 Human Rights Watch

Questionable approach of the day. Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 300 people in putting together this report, and some of the findings are fairly shocking. “Criminalizing HIV prevention undermines human rights and endangers the public health,” said Human Rights Watch senior health researcher Megan McLemore.

humanrightswatch:

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV.

Don’t take away people’s condoms!

Read more and watch our interviews of sex workers here.

© 2012 Human Rights Watch

Questionable approach of the day. Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 300 people in putting together this report, and some of the findings are fairly shocking. “Criminalizing HIV prevention undermines human rights and endangers the public health,” said Human Rights Watch senior health researcher Megan McLemore.

12:55 // 2 years ago
June 1, 2012
integrity won’t pay the mortgages I will ask all of u how many of u would do your job for no pay?
R&B singer Brian McKnight • Discussing on Twitter why he chose to make a theme song for an adult Web site, roughly a month after another sexually-explicit song of his gave the singer some late-career notoriety. The Washington Post’s Sarah Anne Hughes smartly gets past the weirdness of a guy known for wedding songs shilling for a porn site, and instead focuses on what this means for R&B in general: “It’s hard to fault McKnight for writing explicit songs if they pay the bills and allow him to keep creating R&B,” she says, noting that McKnight’s style of R&B rarely shows up on the radio these days. 
23:00 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2012
Belvedere Vodka’s new target demographic: Rapists, 18-35
Hey, Belvedere, here’s a free marketing tip: Sex sells! Rape, on the other hand, doesn’t. Unless it’s the first half of a horror film, and it’s followed by the victim exacting sweet revenge on her assailants. Belvedere pulled the ad an hour after tweeting it, and promptly apologized, but still, we’re rather shocked this got past even the initial stages of consideration. source
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Hey, Belvedere, here’s a free marketing tip: Sex sells! Rape, on the other hand, doesn’t. Unless it’s the first half of a horror film, and it’s followed by the victim exacting sweet revenge on her assailants. Belvedere pulled the ad an hour after tweeting it, and promptly apologized, but still, we’re rather shocked this got past even the initial stages of consideration. source

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18:40 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2012

newsweek:

Welcome to our first edition of the Newsweek also-rans, a brand new nwk tumblr feature from our friends in the art department!

Here’s Dirk Barnett, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Creative Director:

Every week we produce anywhere from 10-20 different cover ideas until we settle on what works best or as the story develops, so at the end of each week we wind up with a proverbial wastebasket full of scrapped concepts. 

The week’s cover, “The Politics of Sex,” is a perfect example to kick this off. These directions are a combination of ideas generated in-house and commissions to various illustrators, designers, studios, ad agencies, etc. This week, we tapped the creative minds at ad agency Hill Holiday and the design studio Dress Code, as well as renowned book designer Rodrigo Corral. Take a look at what’s left on our cutting room floor this week. Enjoy!

Here’s the cover that made newsstands this week. Which of the also-rans is your favorite?

[Design credits, from top left: Dress Code, Dress Code, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral]

Are these covers better than the one that actually ran? Admit the one with the condom flag (bottom right) is kind of amazing.

14:07 // 2 years ago
August 25, 2011

Rape victim forced to apologize to rapist

One nightmare after another: In 2008, a seventh grade special-ed student in Missouri told school administrators that she’d been raped by one of her classmates. Rather than fulfilling its legal obligation to report the incident to authorities, the school accused the girl of lying, made her write and hand-deliver an apology to her accused rapist, expelled her for the rest of the year, and referred her to juvenile authorities for filing a “false report.” When she returned to school in 2010, the same boy raped her again. School administrators once again brushed the girl aside, but a medical examination backed up her allegations, and the boy pled guilty in juvenile court. Now, the Republic School District, along with four specifically-named members of the administration, is being sued. There really are no words for something like this. source

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22:44 // 2 years ago