Category Archives: Sex

Headline of the day: The Fox News frat house

From the Guardian:

Roger Ailes accused of harassment by at least 20 women, attorneys say

Accusations against Fox News CEO have poured in since former host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit, her legal team say, with some claims dating back decades

More on the scandal and a Fox internal investigation  from the New York Times:

Network staff members were acutely focused on Megyn Kelly, who had hinted in recent months she wanted to leave the network. She was one of the women who told Paul, Weiss investigators that Mr. Ailes had acted improperly with her, one of the people briefed on the inquiry said Tuesday.

Ms. Kelly maintained her silence on Wednesday. But as the end of Mr. Ailes’s chairmanship approached, it appeared to embolden other women to discuss their own experiences at the network. Several spoke with reporters on condition that they not be named.

In interviews, several current and former Fox News employees said inappropriate comments about a woman’s appearance and her sex life were frequent in the newsroom.

The newsroom has been on edge in the weeks since Ms. Carlson filed her suit, one person said. Everybody wants to talk about the drama but nobody wants to talk in the open, the person said.

Headline of the day II: And Cinderella proves. . .what

Trump’s VP pick opines, via the San Francisco Chronicle:

Mike Pence once wrote an op-ed about how Mulan proves women shouldn’t be in the military

“Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.”

San Francisco Bay Area cop sex scandal widens

Any reporter who has covered thepolice beat for any time is aware of police groupies, women who crave sex with cops the same way other women crave sex with rock stars and other celebtrities.

But the cop groupie at the heart of a growing scandal rocking police departments in a growing number of cities on San Francisco Bay is also a woman whose actions police are charged with preventing.

She is a prostitute.

The woman, who began having sex with men with badges when she was 17, has told of having sex with both street officers and administrators, and one veteran officer committed suicide after she began talking to journalists.

She has also provided text messages revealing that an officer she slept with warned her of street prostitution enforcement sweeps she should avoid.

The Oakland Police Department has been the agency hardest hit, running through three police chiefs in nine days last month as revelations broadened.

The latest turn from the East Bay Times:

The federal monitor who oversees the Oakland Police Department issued a report Thursday evening calling the past few months “perhaps the most trying time in OPD’s history.”

“For over two months now, the local, national and international media have been full of reports of the sometimes salacious and often shocking details of this ever-burgeoning matter,” Robert Warshaw wrote.

While not mentioning the details of the investigation, Warshaw’s comments refer to claims made by a teenage sex worker, who said she had sex with about 30 police officers, including several Oakland officers. The 18-year-old woman, who goes by the name Celeste Guap, said four of the officers — three from OPD — had sex with her when she was underage. Guap is the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher.

Multiple investigations are continuing as the case has grown to include officers in Richmond and Livermore, a guard for the Defense Logistics Agency, deputies from the Contra Costa and Alameda sheriff’s offices and an Alameda County District Attorney’s Office inspector.

San Francisco cops also implication

Guap was a busy young woman, and she didn’t restrict herself to the astern side of San Francisco Bay.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The San Francisco Police Department has minimized the extent to which a sexual exploitation crisis rocking several East Bay law enforcement agencies has touched its side of the Bay Bridge, but a KQED analysis of current and former SFPD officers’ Facebook accounts shows the 18-year-old woman at the center of the sex abuse scandal was connected to dozens of people affiliated with the department.

A week after former Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent suddenly resignedamid revelations that several OPD officers may have sexually exploited and trafficked a young woman — and allegations that he may have mishandled an internal investigation — headlines blared that SFPD officers may also have been involved. The woman, who calls herself Celeste Guap, claimed to have had sex with San Francisco officers who knew she worked in the sex trade.

Attempts to reach Guap, who now lives in Richmond and is the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, were unsuccessful.

The San Francisco Police Department cited an”open investigation to determine if any members have had any inappropriate contact with the victim,” while anonymous SFPD sources allegedly said that the investigation focused on officers who had recently transferred across the bay from Oakland.

Woman gives Zika to man through sex, in the U.S.

It’s official.

The U.S. now has it’s first domestically contracted case of Zika.

And Zika is confirmed as an an STD.

From the Associated Press:

A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.

Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, and health officials have known for some time that men can spread it through sex. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Friday and updated its advice for pregnant women.

The CDC now advises them to use protection if their sex partner has traveled to a Zika-infected region, whether the partner is a man or a woman.

The Zika virus causes only a mild illness, at worst, in most people. But infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus. The New York woman was not pregnant.

While this is the first documented case of a woman spreading Zika through sex, health experts say it is not surprising because most diseases that can be spread through sex can be spread by both men and women. It has likely been happening throughout the recent Zika outbreaks in Brazil, Latin America and elsewhere, though experts say it is probably not very common.

Income inequality linked to unwed parents

The American conservative is a creature who demands marriage before babies, but new research reveals the economic policies espoused by Republicans [and, it must be added, neoliberal democrats] are almost precisely crafted to encourage women to have children without benefit of clergy.

From Johns Hopkins University:

Rising income inequality, and the resulting scarcity of certain types of jobs, is a key reason a growing number of young Americans are having babies before getting married.

A study led by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew J. Cherlin is the first to trace how the income gap, a large-scale societal trend, is affecting individual people’s personal choices about starting a family. The greater the income inequality in an area, the less likely young men and women are to marry before having a first child, concluded the study, which will be published online July 14 and will appear in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.

“Does income inequality affect a young adult’s decision about getting married and starting a family?” asked Cherlin, the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy in the Krieger School of Arts and Science. “We think the answer is yes for those who don’t graduate from college. Places with higher income inequality have fewer good jobs for those young adults. They don’t foresee ever having the kinds of well-paying careers that could support a marriage and a family. But they are unwilling to forgo having children. So with good jobs in limited supply and successful marriage looking unlikely, young women and men without college degrees may go ahead and have a child without marrying first.”

Cherlin and his fellow authors found that areas with high levels of income inequality have a shortage of jobs available in the middle of the job market. These are jobs available to those without college degrees that pay wages that would keep a family out of poverty — like office clerks, factory workers, and security guards.

Without access to this sort of work, young men can’t make an adequate living. They don’t see themselves as good marriage material, and their partners agree. Couples like this might live together and have a child, but they are reluctant to make the long-term commitment to marriage, according to Cherlin.

There’s more, after the jump. . . Continue reading

El Niño/La Niña cycle boosts African HIV rates

Drought spawned by the El Niño/La Niña cycle has created times of desperation in Southern Africa, with failing harvest leading more women to sell sex in order to survive, UNICEF reports.

From the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations childrens’ agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

More than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern Africa, are facing food shortages because of droughts linked to El Nino, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, according to the United Nations.

Many patients are refusing to take anti-retroviral therapy (ART) on an empty stomach, others are deciding to spend their limited income on food rather than transport to a health facility, UNICEF said.

“People sometimes are having to resort to these extreme choices between eating and taking life-saving medication,” Patsy Nakell, UNICEF spokeswoman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“This is the global epicentre of the HIV epidemic and when you have a situation like this where people are struggling to have access to food and to clean water then you know (they) will resort to what we call negative coping mechanisms.”

Once again, we are confronted with the multiplicity of complex systems, in which a change in one factor leads to changed outputs from other factors.

Climate change means more than rising seas and endangered coastal cities.

The Republicans ramp up their war on sex

Porn, gay marriage, and transgender bathrooms they oppose, so-called “gay conversion therapy” they love.

At least that’s the agenda in the platform draft up for approval today, a more puritanical document than that originally proposed by the Republican National Committee,

From the Independent:

Republican delegates have voted unanimously to include an amendment in the party’s draft election platform that describes pornography as “a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions.”

The GOP also condemned porn in its 2012 policy platform, which called for current laws on pornography and obscenity to be “vigorously enforced.” But the amendment introduced to the party’s 2016 platform on Monday uses significantly sterner language.


The draft platform also describes as “dangerous” rules imposed by the Obama administration allowing transgender students to use bathrooms according to their gender identity, and urges the US Supreme Court to reverse its 2015 ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

An amendment proposed by Tony Perkins, president of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, endorses so-called “gay conversion therapy” for children, saying: “We support the right of parents to determine the proper treatment or therapy, for their minor children.”

Now if only the Republicans would give up sex altogether and stop reproducing more of themselves the whole world might be better off.

If only the Clintons would do the same.