I recently came across an online article in the Daily Mail, a UK news magazine, entitled: Friends with benefits? Young people want more than just ‘no strings attached sex. We have been hearing about the friends-with-benefits narrative a lot in the media recently, with the popularity of the movies like, Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached, as well as countless other references to the arrangement in mainstream culture. The article I’m referencing claims that this type of casual sex arrangement leads to depression and anxiety among young adults.
Alesse Brevicon, Demulen, Desogen, Levlen, Loestrin, Norinyl, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclin, Ortho-Novum, Yasmin and Yaz.
So many brands, so much information, so many options. Do today’s young females have the knowledge required to choose the correct birth control pill, let alone make the decision as to whether or not the pill is right for them?
“I want you to meet myâ€¦sibling!”Â - Johanna Nutter,Â My Pregnant Brother
A few years ago, Oprah introduced to the world a very pregnant Thomas Beattie, a transgendered woman, who decided to carry his and his wife’s children due to her infertility. The reason I know that is because this pregnancy was huge news! Like, it was next to impossible to flip through the television’s channels and NOT see “The Pregnant Man”. While Beattie’s pregnancy was exploited and sugar coated by the media in the sense that he and his wife were so excited to bring home a baby, I (as the little Communications student that I am) couldâ€™’ help but think that there must have been more to that story. For example, why is it such a shocker that a woman (because really, Thomas started out life as one) is giving birth to a child?
My confusion was eased and I gained more respect for the whole situation after watchingÂ My Pregnant Brother; a story, told by playwright and performer,Â Johanna Nutter, that details with the experience she had with the pregnancy of her brotherâ€¦or transgendered sister. Through story, chalk drawings of signs and landmarks of both Montreal and BC, and a minimal usage of props, Johanna successfully outlined what made the idea of a “Pregnant Man” the big deal that it is. By describing what her sister-turned-brother went through with family, relationships, and identity crisis, the audience was able to see and fully understand what a delicate situation it really is. The whole idea of others in a religious community (she had a church with a cross drawn very large behind her) seeing what looked like a pregnant man, and dealing with transgendered peoples in our world today is one struggle I particularly liked in Johannaâ€™s story as it removed her as the focal point to the narrative. She explained what her brother went through in terms of seeking acceptance from their mother, homelessness, relationship heartache, gender confusion after her breast removal surgery, and getting impregnated by a man; not a syringe filled with sperm like Beattie.
A huge thanks to Johanna Nutter for inviting us on her insightful journey. Again, thank you to theÂ Neanderthal Arts FestivalÂ for accommodatingÂ Y57Â in the way that they did! Keep going to theatreâ€¦it’s good for you. Until next week!
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Few things in our society cause as much arousal as sex. Sex is one of the most fundamental human activities, but God forbid it if we do it too much, too little, with a black person, with a member of the same sex, by ourselves or with more than one other person. However, as you can see with the above statement, our views on sex are in a constant state of change: it’s no longer a big deal to have, for example, interracial sex or gay sex, and Sex and the City made it a-okay for women to masturbate, which is remarkable considering how even forty years ago, the female orgasm was seen as a lie.
Tides have turned since then, and any man that claims that the female orgasm does not exist does it at the peril of his own mockery. In fact, nowadays, it’s seen as a medical problem if women cannot achieve orgasm and some are concerned that the medical-pharmaceutical industry is taking advantage of this to their own ends. Is the medical community following the suit of the music, publishing, gaming, broadcasting, movie, and advertising industry to capitalize upon sex? (On a side note, here is an interesting Cracked article on how porn has shaped the modern world:Â http://www.cracked.com/article_18888_5-ways-porn-created-modern-world.html).
TheÂ New View CampaignÂ is a New York based grassroots campaign that exposes the ways by which pharmaceutical companies oversimplify and exploit messages about sexuality in order to sell drugs. While certainly not all medical research is biased, they believe that biased research indeed exists and is more widespread than currently believed. According to them, “sexual problems are complicated, sexuality is diverse, and no drug is without side effects.” Sexuality is a very complex matter that is related to many aspects of life, and some in the medical community are trying to simplify it into a problem that a few pills can fix. What is your take on this issue? Feel Free to comment in the section below!
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Sex. It’s nothing to start squirming about, or getting weird about. If it’s important to learn theories you will never see again in your life like, Einstein’s e=mc2, why shouldn’t it be important to learn practical knowledge on your sexual well-being and health?
School is meant to be a place that promotes empowerment through education. I can most likely speak for many of you, but I’m sure most of you would have been shocked, if you learned that you caught a sexually transmitted infection last night, just because you didn’t know that latex condoms prevented sexually transmitted infections (STI). Personally, I would be mortified, not to mention really embarrassed that I could have easily prevented this from happening.
In Canada, youth between the ages of 15-25 have the highest rate of catching a sexually transmitted disease. It’s important that schools have sexual education programs likeÂ Planet Ahead-Condomania, because it educates teenagers using factual information on why it’s important to learn to about safe sex practices. Some may argue that teaching kids about sex in school, only encourages them to try it for themselves. It’s true that sexual education programs hand out condoms to those who participate in their workshops and seminars.
But, with sixteen being the average age that teens lose their virginity at, sexual education programs are not encouraging teens to engage in this kind of behaviour, but are simply reacting to it. Sexual education programs like Condomania, educate teens on the realistic outcomes of teen pregnancy and STIs. So thanks, Condomania for teaching teens about the true facts about sex. Let’s just say, I’m sure we’re just glad it wasn’t our parents who gave us “the birds and the bees talk”. Boy that would have been gruelling!
HereÂ are some great resources you can use to learn about your sexual health.