So all kinds of shit happened in terms of sexual health reporting last week; these issues have gained enough traction to pop up on NPR.
Terry Gross interviewed two authors on “Fresh Air” on their latest book on the rapidly lowering age of onset puberty for girls. Take away: Soy isn’t causing your nine year-old daughter to develop breasts, but antibiotics given to the animals we eat might be. I brought up this article to a younger friend of mine last week, and she told me that she started her period at eight. Eight. I can’t imagine how confusing and strange it would have been to start bleeding every month while I was still playing with Barbie dolls.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering lifting a ban on blood donations from MSM (men who have sex with men). Just - what? The FDA doesn’t already allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood? This was the case fifteen years ago when I used to volunteer at a blood donation center, and I thought it was ridiculous then. The article states that “one suggested solution… would permit donations from men who have gone a year or more without having sex with another man.” So… all those celibate queer guys out there, congratulations! Today’s your lucky day! Basically, you can only give blood if you don’t put out. But aren’t hospitals in large metropolitan areas -- the very same large metropolitan areas where there happens to be a large LGBTQQILMNOP population -- in desperate need for a larger blood supply? So why the fuck, especially in light of the fact that HIV has been screened for in blood donations since 1985, are we still discriminating against people who want to help save lives?
And then there’s this bullshit about circumcision.
From the article: “The CDC's proposal opens the door to circumcision becoming a topic of conversation any time an uncircumcised male goes to a medical appointment.”
40 year-old male patient: “So, Doctor so-and-so, I seem to be having an allergic reaction to eating fruit with pits and tree nuts, and --”
Doctor: “I see that you’re uncircumcised.”
Patient: Blank stare.
Doctor: “Ever think about changing that?”
Patient: Continues blank stare.
Babies can’t give consent to being circumcised, a procedure that’s irreversible and unnecessary. Has the CDC considered talking to parents about the sexual benefits of keeping their male children’s penises intact? Because let me tell you, there are sexual benefits.
And last, but certainly not least, expect a mass exodus of the entirety of the UK’s porn industry out of the UK and into LA. The UK says that it’s still okay to make porn, but only heteronormative, vanilla, male-gaze porn. So basically a half-step above an NC-17 movie. No fisting? No kink? No squirting? That’s almost like no porn at all.