It sounds incredibly futuristic – a glow-in-the-dark condom that changes colour if the wearer has a sexually transmitted infection.
But not only could it soon become a reality, it was invented by a group of 13 and 14 year olds.
Kind of makes your papier-mache-and-baking-soda volcano school project pale in comparison, huh?
Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah, from the Isaac Newton Academy in London, devised the “S.T.EYE.” and submitted it to the TeenTech Awards, where they very deservedly took out first place in the health innovation category.
The competition encourages 11 to 16 year olds to create “technology to make life better, simpler or easier”, and comes with a top prize of NZ$2280 and a trip to Buckingham Palace. Read more »
Vice has some interesting statistics and details about pensioner sex.
The idea that people lose interest in sex as they age is more or less a myth. According to some estimates, 70 percent of men and 35 percent of women over 70 are sexually active. (That gap might have something to do with women generally outliving men—it’s harder for single older ladies to find sex partners.) About 43 percent of seniors say their sex drive decreases with age, but the the notion that all old people inevitably lose their earthly appetites is simply untrue. Many of the elderly deal with physical problems that make sex complicated—in plain English, it’s often difficult for them to get hard or wet—but thanks in part to multi-billion dollar erectile dysfunction medication industry, those obstacles have largely disappeared. And this generation of seniors probably have fewer psychological hang-ups when it comes to sex. These are the Baby Boomers, after all, the folks who grew up with free love and the pill. Read more »
I periodically receive emails from spammers contacting me via the blog. They always want guest posts, always explain how they have been published at other sites and how their fantastic writing will generate massive amounts of traffic for me…and them. The proposals are usually from little known people with silly emails and get binned.
Once in a while though a reputable company and brand contacts me. The pitch is essentially the same…and they never want to pay for the privilege of embedding their brand in my blog.
Take Bertolli Olive Oil. They are a major corporate brand, part of the massive Unilever group. They don’t do anything for nothing…except try and bludge social media traffic off large traffic blog sites. Check out this email:
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM
From: Matilda Aldridge <matilda.aldridge[at]wearesocial.net>
I hope you are well.
I’m currently contacting top bloggers for a campaign that Bertolli Olive Oil is about to launch. Bertolli has been on the market for 150 years and is the leading olive oil brand in the world. I believe your blog would be a great fit for this campaign.
We would love to get you involved and give you the opportunity to establish a long-term partnership with Bertolli Olive Oil. Read more »
A Guest Post submitted via the tipline, the author’s name has been withheld by request:
I am a mother, wife and business manager. I won’t name myself here as I do not want my name matched to a google search on the topic of this post.
Last week Stuff repeated an glamified article on porn exploiter James Deen speaking at a University in the US under the headline: “Is this Porn Star Dangerous?”
Stuff (and any newspaper they published it in) are a disgrace for two reasons – they clearly did no research and YES he is dangerous. Why? Because, by his own admission, he is prepared to assault/torture damaged women for money.
A small amount of research will turn up a particular style of video this man does. It is actions not to different from what Michael Edward Farley has been arrested for in Canada. In one particular piece of “art” (his words – he compares himself to Warhol) he berates a 45kg woman for not paying him money she owes. To get his money’s worth out of her he systematically slaps her many times (about the head and various parts of her body), drags her around rooms by the hair, electrocutes her vagina, penetrates her many times despite her saying NO! (also many times), hits her frequently with an object, strangles her, causes her to vomit, etc and ad nauseum . In another he simulates a bondage rape – with a child like girl who must way all of 40kg. I stopped searching at that point (who would be a film censor?) Read more »
Never accuse me of not being prepared to go to the ends of the world on dangerous assignments….like obtaining photographs of the often talked about but rarely seen wallet of David Farrar.
Here it is seen last night at Mt Ruapehu…and one of his $20 notes has even tried to escape the clutches of the wallet. I’m told the date stamp on the condom in the wallet said “Best Before 1988″
This is a poor example of the wallet in the wild though because a while back Cactus Kate saw it and photographed it fully open….and that is whole lot more dangerous, especially with the flurry of moths that I am told ensued. She even managed to get him to pay for Champagne and Oysters!!!
Wonders never cease. Some old repressed guy who wears totally gay outfits realises normal people have normal desires, and every sperm is not sacred.
After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the Pontiff has ended the Church’s absolute ban on the use of condoms.
He said it was acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention was to “reduce the risk of infection” from Aids.
While he restated the Catholic Church’s staunch objections to contraception because it believes that it interferes with the creation of life, he argued that using a condom to preserve life and avoid death could be a responsible act – even outside marriage.
Asked whether “the Catholic Church is not fundamentally against the use of condoms,” he replied: “It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution. In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality.”
A little enlightenment then. Maybe he can get on to sorting out the institutional cover up of horrific boy buggering by his offsiders.
There is a push in the US to further regulate the porn industry by applying stringent health and safety requirements including insisting all performers wear condoms:
This week, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched a new war against porn’s potentially reckless ways, proposing a strict initiative that would require male porn stars to wear condoms during vaginal and anal intercourse.
“The fact that these workers’ health and safety has been neglected is a very dangerous situation,” AHF president Michael Weinstein tells The Daily Beast. “It’s a matter of fairness. Why is this the only industry not afforded protection when they go to work?”
Immediately, the porn world was up in arms over the initiative. “Hey, dicks, it’s really quite simple,” says Jeremy. “We don’t mind wearing rubbers, but no matter how you slice it, the viewers don’t want to see them.”
Since California is one of two states in which porn is legal (the other is, only recently, New Hampshire), could this be the end of porn?
…This all raises the question: If condoms are enough to drive viewers away, who’s going to pay money to watch people go at it while looking like CDC agents?
If you are going to rob a chemist shop for drugs make sure you don’t have any distinctive features like……
Ginger Hair!!!!! I can’t believe the paper even used the description “Strawberry Blonde”….its bloody ginger and its weird.
The pharmacy staff were surprised when the strawberry blond or ginger haired robber burst in through the Trafalgar Street side door entrance, just as the pharmacy was about to close
I bet they were surprised….I do a double take every time I see a Ginga. Perhaps the Greens will ban Gingas….oh wait
For Skippy. Thinking of you on ANZAC Day, mate.
FOR THE FALLEN
THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD,
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD:
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM,
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN,
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.