Oldest Married Couple Hit Twitter To Give Us Answers

February 11, 2010 Culture, web No Comments

Oh, sweet! If love is confounding you, you can put Twitter to use and connect with the longest living married couple, who will be answering questions about finding and sustaining love.

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher (@longestmarried), were married in 1924 and are 104 and 102 years old respectively. The couple will be taking questions until February 12, just send them an @message. They will handpick 14 questions to answer this Sunday, which is Valentine’s Day.

The Mashable article through which we at Sex and the 405 found out about this fun idea makes mention of the fact they have separate bedrooms. The author jokes, “Well, I guess distance does makes the heart grow fonder.”

Actually, yes. We’re willing to bet some of our romantic issues have to do with how readily we murder The Mystique in this day and age. There are some things that should never be shared. Snoring is one of them.

Image and information from Mashable, via Nordette.

Condoms In Porn? Nope

February 11, 2010 News, Politics 1 Comment

In November, we told you about Darren James, a former porn star who contracted HIV in 2004 and unknowingly spread it to other porn stars. James has been trying to make it illegal for porn stars to have unprotected sex since, but it’s not going well.

Los Angeles County officials said it would be difficult to try to regulate the porn industry through the county’s Public Health Department. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s public health chief, estimates that there are some 200 production companies with about 1,200 actors working in the industry centered in San Fernando Valley (AKA Porn Valley), located northwest of Los Angeles.

“We have no ability to police this,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

Information from the AP, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Middle School: Too Late For Sex Ed?

February 11, 2010 News No Comments

A recent study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health seems to have found that stressing abstinence-only may help delay sex in teens. This flies in the face of many studies done in the past ten years, as well as solid numbers on pregnancies and teens with sexually transmitted diseases.

The problem seems to be that these classes are coming to kids too late. Sandy Banks, writing for the Los Angeles Times, did some preliminary research and found 12 to 20 percent of middle-schoolers around the country are already sexually active.

John B. Jemmott III, a social psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who has spent years studying adolescent sex, thought that abstinence classes, properly constructed and taught, could help prevent adolescent sexual involvement. And in fact, one-third of the middle-schoolers taught abstinence hadn’t had sex two years later, compared to more than half of the students enrolled in other sex ed classes.

That’s considered success, he said. “But when we began with these young adolescents — sixth- and seventh-graders — 25% of them had already had sex,” he said. “That means you have to start younger . . . and I’m having a hard time imagining what an intervention would look like for fourth- and fifth-graders.”

Um, whoa.

Information from the Los Angeles Times.

China Cracks Down On Porn

February 10, 2010 Freedom, News No Comments

We have nothing against China, but, boy ,is it the pits. In the latest crackdown against the porn industry, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate are targeting wireless carriers, advertisers, advertising agents, third-party payment platforms and websites.

There will be no porn business for profit in China!

The predecessor to this crackdown occurred in September of 2004, but it only targeted websites. China has since realized that porn can happen on cell phones with access to teh intarwebz. OMG!

By cracking down on carriers, advertisers, advertising agents, and third-party payment platforms, China is hoping to kill off the great evil that is porn.

Bastards.

Information from OneIndia.

Get With It: “Tweet Me” Is The New “I Love You”

February 10, 2010 Culture No Comments

Remember when people wrote epic poems to each other? How do I love thee, etc.? Yeah, we don’t, either.

So, get this, the company that makes those heart candies with words on them is adding more phrases to its love lexicon. What are they adding? “Text Me” and “Tweet Me.”

New England Confectionery Co. (NECCO), the Boston Globe is quick to point out, is right to commemorate the text and tweet. These things are, after all, continuing in the company’s tradition of distilling a big message into a teeny, tiny bit of space.

Image from NECCO. Information from the Boston Globe.

Research Reveals Possible Male Contraceptive

February 10, 2010 Fertility and Babbys, News 1 Comment

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A recent study by scientists from University of California, San Francisco, have identified a mechanism that prompts sperm to start swimming toward an egg. Appropriately targeted, this mechanism could assist in developing new methods of male contraception.

So, basically, sperm are basically balloons of protons. Once they hit the female reproductive tract, these protons are released, which kicks off the sperms’ race to the egg.

“The concentration of protons inside the [sperm] cell is 1,000 times higher than outside,” said lead researcher, Yuriy Kirichok. “If you just open a pore, protons will go outside. We identify the molecule that lets them out.”

This molecule is Hv1 protein. By identifying it, we may be able to modify the activity of sperm in either direction, meaning: make it not go to the egg. Score!

“You can imagine now that we know the molecule responsible we could block it to prevent activation and fertilization as a kind of male contraception,” Kirichok said.

The study appears in the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication.

Information from the Times of India.

Nothing Says I Love You Like A Clean Bill of Health

February 10, 2010 Causes No Comments

All right, this isn’t sexy. But we here at Sex and the 405 think it’s paramount that everyone maintains their bodies in top shape so they can enjoy the pleasures that sex can bring.

With this in mind, we bring you an offer from You Never Really Know, a site dedicated to safe sex. This Valentine’s Day they’re offering a $70 discount for couples who go in together (for a total of $328). They test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes I and II and HIV.

Their site even includes tips on how to bring up the subject. Even if you don’t end up going together, do consider going in for yourself. Your body is your pleasure instrument: take care of it.

Bid On A Date With A Hot Chunk o’ Hunk for Haiti Relief!

February 9, 2010 Causes No Comments

OMG, no way. Remember Jordy, that super guy we told you about last month who won the Hottest Bod in the World contest?

He’s trying to raise funds for relief in Haiti (so hot and so sweet!). To this end, he is auctioning himself off on eBay for a chic Hollywood date!

Calling all lovers of a hottie with a heart — we have less than ten hours left to bid on this man!

Judge Orders Aide To Turn Over Edwards Sex Tape

Judge Abraham Penn Jones ordered Andrew Young, the ex-aide of former Senator John Edwards, to turn over the sex tape on Friday. Young and his wife, Cheri, were at the Pittsboro, North Carolina court to contest a temporary restraining order forbidding them from disseminating the videotape.

The judge found the Youngs in civil contempt of court and ordered them to give the court the tape and other materials they may have by 2:00PM this coming Wednesday. If they fail to comply, the couple could be jailed.

According to court documents, the couple has said they possess “a video recording showing Senator Edwards engaged in sexual activities with a woman who, from all indications, is not his wife and who the Youngs believe to be Ms. Hunter, based upon her appearance.”

And the woman on the tape is visibly pregnant, which means the video might not be the one specified in the restraining order, because Rielle Hunter, Edwards’ former mistress, said that tape was created in September 2006. Which means, essentially, they don’t have to pay mind to the restraining order.

According to the couple, Hunter “abandoned the videotape in the trash at their home and made no effort to recover it until almost two years after she had left their home.”

No luck for the Youngs, no sex tape for us.

Information via CNN.

Facebook to Humanize the One-Night Stand? 0N N0Z!

February 9, 2010 Culture, web 1 Comment

POSSIBLE TECH URBAN MYTH ALERT!

But still, so scary and full of sensationalist goodness, we just have to tell you. So get this — the Facebook app lets you sync the contact info on friends’ profiles with your address book, right? Awesome! Except…

FACEBOOK KNOWS YOUR ONE-NIGHT STANDS.

That’s what the subject line of the e-mail Valleywag received said. (We get some weird e-mails here at Sex and the 405, but that one’s just OMINOUS.) Anyway, yes, imagine Facebook identified and told you everyone who gave you their number — and vice versa?

Don’t panic (yet)! Read Valleywag’s Maureen O’Connor explain the sitch:

You know how when you meet someone at a bar or alcohol-soaked party, sometimes you put him in your phone without a last name? And you already have a Jonathan, so this guy will be “Jonathan Pencil Factory,” because that’s the bar where you met him. And it was a moonlit night with too many margaritas, and your fingers were busy with activities far more urgent than tapping a new entry into your contact list, so when you finally had a second to type him in, it ended up more like “jonthann pencil factry blueyes.” (Sometimes you need a defining feature, too.) Sometimes these besotted acquaintances turn into true love. Sometimes they become friends. But most are nothing more than a single night of your life—and a quiet chuckle every time you scroll past their names in your phone book, months later.

Until you sync your iPhone with your Facebook. And then you will be forced to look your every unwise sexual decision in the eye, again, in full color and with full names!

An update from Valleywag reveals they did not experience any syncing when they tried it out. We thought about giving it a shot, but we’re too busy having hot one-night stands without names, much less numbers to verify this story. Send our editrix an e-mail about it, though. She’s bringing self-denial and cloistered pining back, and has ample time for this kind of thing.

Information from an unnamed tipster, via Valleywag.

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