Category Archives: Sex

Trump good for one NGO, but not its clients


The NGO is Planned Parenthood, and its clients are women facing the spectre of unwanted pregnancies in an administration headed by a President-elect who has threatened to criminalize abortion.

Here’s Trump making that very threat during a March 29 MSNBC forum:

With Trump’s impending electoral college triumph, women had been flocking to Planned Parenthood for help.

The McClatchy Washington Bureau reports:

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, with women rushing to make appointments to get long-acting birth control.

In the two weeks since Donald Trump won the presidency, the number of appointments at the organization’s 12 clinics has jumped by 81 percent, according to spokeswoman Tiffany Harms.

Many women fear that President-elect Donald Trump will try to follow through on his promises to outlaw abortion and scrap the Affordable Care Act, which helps many poor women by providing birth control with no co-pays

The most popular requests: intrauterine devices, or IUDs, small plastic devices that are inserted into the uterus and left in place, and hormonal implants.

Planned Parenthood officials say it’s a similar situation across the country, with many women braced for the worst. They fear that Trump will try to follow through on his promises to outlaw abortion and scrap the Affordable Care Act, which helps many poor women by providing birth control with no co-pays.

Headline of the day: The GOP finds its Weiner


Call him Carlos Dangerfield, because after this, he can’t get no respect.

A screencap from the London Daily Mail of the teaser for this story:

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Headline of the day: Pussygrabber psychosis


Sound like anyone you know?

From the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems – study

  • The research synthesized results of more than 70 U.S.-based studies involving more than 19,000 men over 11 years
  • Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday
  • The analysis found links between sexist behavior and mental health issues such as depression and substance abuse, said the study which appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association

Headline of the day II: The man who gave us Trump


Ronald and Roger,, like two pussygrbbers in a pod.

From the London Daily Mail:

‘You’re my wh***. You’re my sex slave’: Fox News employee details ’20 YEARS of hell during which Roger Ailes made her perform sex acts on him, harassed her and used blackmail to silence her’

  • Laurie Luhn, 56, is opening up about the 20 years of sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the hands of Roger Ailes
  • The former Fox News employee claims it all began one night in a hotel when Ailes made her dance around in lingerie while filming her  
  • ‘You’re my wh***. You’re my sex slave. You’re going to do whatever I tell you to do at any time. Do you understand that?’ Ailes told Luhn, she claims
  • A few years after meeting Ailes while working on President George H.W. Bush’s campaign, Luhn took a job with him at Fox News 
  • She claims that once she secured a big promotion at the network he told her to go to the hotel in an outfit to perform oral sex on him 
  • Luhn also claims Ailes forced her to participate in a sex act with another woman while he took photos 
  • She received a $3.15million separation agreement after complaining to Fox News lawyers about Ailes’ harassment, and signed a non-disclosure 
  • Ailes has denied Luhn’s allegations

Depression rate soars among adolescent girls


Rising rates of depression among the adolescents and the young. From the study.

Rising rates of depression among the adolescents and the young. From the study.

A sobering new study reveals a growing mental health crisis, as depression rates steadily rise among America’s adolescents, with the increases most pronounced among young women.

We suspect the causes are, ultimately economic, sparked by the Great Recession and the surge in sexist and racist rhetoric encouraged by the right wing of American politics to deflect attention from the unprecedented rise to power of the plutocracy and their elected and appointed shills at all levels of governance.

As part of the deflection strategy, a brilliance piece of semantic jujitsu has rebranded civility as political correctness, enabling the resurgence of the open expression of behaviors, both semantic and somatic, once considered beyond the pale in the wake of civil rights and feminist revolutions that began in the middle 1950’s.

Targeting, the ongoing and growing assault on reproductive rights, and the radical rise of the national wealth into the hands of a few, soaring personal debt levels, and the loss of hope to live better than one’s parents, are good reasons to be depressed. And to be angry and engaged in the struggle to win back their stolen futures. . .

From Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:

The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode in the past year, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

The findings, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Pediatrics, highlight a need to focus on the mental well-being of young people and match those in peril with mental health professionals.

“This shows us there are a growing number of untreated adolescents with depression and that we are making few inroads in getting mental health care to this population,” says study leader Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School. “It is imperative that we find ways to reach these teenagers and help them manage their depression.”

Suicide rates have been increasing in recent years, particularly among adolescent girls and young women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month reported that suicide rates among American middle school students – those aged 10 to 14 – were higher than rates of death from motor vehicle crashes in that age group.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from the 2005 to 2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health on adolescents and young adults to examine trends in “major depressive episodes” over the previous year. Major depressive episodes, also known as clinical depression, occur when someone develops a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities along with other depressive symptoms consistently for at least two weeks.

Overall, 176,245 adolescents aged 12 to 17 and 180,459 adults aged 18 to 25 were involved in the annual study between 2005 and 2014. Participants were told about symptoms of depression and were asked whether they had experienced them in the prior year. In 2005, 8.7 percent of adolescents reported major depressive episodes in the past year; the figure was 11.3 percent in 2014. The percentage had remained relatively steady from 2005 to 2011, but grew from 2012 through 2014.

Among girls, the prevalence of major depressive episodes increased from 13.1 percent in 2005 to 17.3 percent in 2014. White adolescents and young adults were also more likely than non-whites to experience these episodes. Among young adults, the prevalence of these episodes grew from 8.8 percent in 2005 to 9.6 percent in 2014, though the increase was only found in those ages 18 to 20.

The findings were based only on self-reporting, not on clinical diagnoses. The researchers controlled for substance abuse and socioeconomic factors.

There were few significant changes in the use of mental health treatment among those adolescents and young adults with depression. In adolescents, after 2011, there were small increases in visits to specialty mental health providers, the use of inpatient and day treatment centers and medication. These increases, however, were not enough to keep up with the increases in those with clinical depression.

The increase in some treatment could be related to the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and mental health parity legislation, though the future of health insurance expansion is in doubt following the recent election of a new U.S. president.

The researchers say it is unclear what is driving the rise in major depressive episodes, particularly among girls. They say adolescent girls may have been exposed to a greater degree of depression risk factors in recent years. Cyberbullying, for example, may have increased more in girls, as studies have shown that they use mobile phones more frequently and intensively than boys and problematic mobile phone use among young people has been linked to depressed mood.

The results coincided with a major economic downturn, but there has not been an increase in the prevalence of clinical depression among adults over the period and this study found no increase among those age 21 to 25.

“The growing number of depressed adolescents and young adults who do not receive any mental health treatment calls for renewed outreach efforts, especially in school and college health centers, counseling services and pediatric practices, where many of the untreated adolescents and adults with depression may be detected and managed,” Mojtabai says.

National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depresson in Adolescents and Young Adults”[open access]  was written by Ramin Mojtabai, Mark Olfson and Beth Han.

Headline of the day II: Sing a song of sex Pence


Following up on our Quote of the day, this from the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Thousands donate to Planned Parenthood in name of anti-abortion U.S. vice president-elect

  • Thousands of people have made donations to Planned Parenthood in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an abortion opponent, so that he will receive official acknowledgements from the women’s health care provider, the group said on Tuesday.
  • The idea of making donations in Pence’s name arose and spread on social media as a protest after Republican Donald Trump won his bid for the U.S. presidency in a surprise victory last week.
  • Both Trump and Pence, his running mate, have pledged to curtail women’s rights to abortion. Trump said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade legalizing abortion should be overturned and that he would appoint an anti-abortion justice to the nation’s highest court.

Headline of the day III: We leave the puns to you


Apparently there’s nothing from a Swiss Miss.

From TheLocal.ch:

Geneva ‘café fellatio’ considers using sex robots

 The firm behind a proposed Geneva café where customers can receive oral sex whilst sipping their coffee is considering using robots instead of real-life prostitutes.