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17 Lies We Need to Stop Teaching Girls About Sex

Whether it's the constant fretting over Miley Cyrus' influence on school girls or the growing (and troubling) tradition of Purity Balls, it's clear that society has a fascination with young women's sexuality — especially when it comes to controlling it. But what are we actually teaching today's girls about sex? Fueled by outdated ideals of gender roles and the sense that female sexuality is somehow shameful, there seem to be certain pernicious myths about girls and sex that just won't die. That sex education in America has gaping holes in its curriculum hasn't helped much, either; in a recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report just 6 out of 10 girls said that their schools' sex ed program included information on how to say no to sex. This lack of personal agency was reflected in a forthcoming study by sociologist Heather Hlavka at Marquette University as well, which found that many young girls think of sex simply as something that is "done to them." Knowledge is power, and we can promote a healthier relationship with sex by encouraging a more open dialogue, teaching girls to feel comfortable with their sexuality and, most importantly, emphasizing that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.
But first, we're going to need to stop perpetuating the following 17 myths about female sexuality.
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posted by Blasdelb on Apr 28, 2014 - 120 comments

Sorry honey, you're naked and it's Whitsun week.

The Flowchart of Medieval Penitent Sex from here, at the History Blog.
posted by bswinburn on Jan 21, 2014 - 35 comments

Stop-and-frisk on trial

Stop and Frisk violated the constitutional rights of New Yorkers, federal judge holds. The ruling comes after the two-month trial in Floyd v. City of New York and finds the tactics and policies of the NYPD in conducting stop-and-frisk systemically violates both the 4th and 14th Amendments of New Yorkers of color. Stopping short of striking down stop-and-frisk more broadly, already upheld numerous times by the Supreme Court, Judge Scheindlin ordered an independent monitor to oversee reforms to the practice.
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 12, 2013 - 69 comments

Awesome stop-motion miniature car chase videos

YouTube user LUXE37 makes awesome miniature car chase videos.
posted by KokuRyu on Jun 14, 2013 - 22 comments

Stop Motion Animation

10 damn fine examples of it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 8, 2013 - 18 comments

Seeing yellow

THE PROBLEM OF THE AMBER SIGNAL LIGHT IN TRAFFIC FLOW (PDF), published in 1959, is the origin of the yellow interval duration equation for traffic lights. But in China, as of Tuesday, yellow lights are now considered functionally the same as red lights, prompting outcries in the local media that it is not only unfair, but actually violates Newton's First Law of Motion. It also violates the history of traffic lights... [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Jan 5, 2013 - 47 comments

There's Light in the Green Room

Much Better Now — A bookmark is stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes, light reveals new challenges. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Oct 19, 2012 - 3 comments

The Maker

The Maker. A gorgeous short stop-motion animation about a creature who has only one important mission (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats on Oct 8, 2012 - 19 comments

Bulletproofing Your House

"Not only did the .30-30 go through, but this is you." Ballistics expert Paul Harrell demonstrates the stopping power of various objects. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Mar 27, 2012 - 70 comments

Bruce Lee vs. Ironman in stop motion animation

Bruce Lee vs. Ironman
posted by Jesse Hughson on Feb 27, 2012 - 14 comments

Auto safety: Better Red than Dead

The Stop Sign Wasn’t Always Red. Yellow signs were used before there was a way produce a reflective material in red that would last. We have the Mississippi Valley Association of State Highway Departments to thank for the stop sign’s iconic shape. In 1923, the association developed an influential set of recommendations about street-sign shapes whose impact is still felt today. The recommendations were based on a simple, albeit not exactly intuitive, idea: the more sides a sign has, the higher the danger level it invokes. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Dec 13, 2011 - 109 comments

Stop motion inside stop motion

500 people holding more than 1,500 (!!!) developed pictures all around Israel, creating a smooth music video within their hands. (Best viewed not on full screen). Stop motion inside stop motion.
posted by MechEng on Aug 27, 2011 - 18 comments

Making Future Magic

iPad light painting - an ethereal stop-motion animation, using long exposures and a locationally-aware iPad [ photo stills | via ]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 17, 2010 - 25 comments

Which ones are the female intersections?

The Process will make you want to slap your marketing department. (SLYT)
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 25, 2010 - 73 comments

Prochaine Station: Gotham's Soul Breakdance Battle

BBOY JOKER (single link interactive youtube game) - Patrick Boivin (from visual wizards Phylactère Cola [wiki]) strikes again with a new stop animation game following his success with YouTube Street Fighter.
posted by zenzizi on Feb 14, 2009 - 4 comments

A Winsome Russian-American Songstress-Pianist

Regina Spektor is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village. Incorporating "piano riffs and integrating moans, nonsense words, groans, gurglings, or warblings," Spektor has a pretty unique voice (Seattle P-I: "an instrument with the agility of an athlete and the flexibility of a yogi") and style which incorporates "beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads, or the use of a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano or chair" (wiki). She's got a pretty unique voice and "Fidelity" is a very unusual and rather enjoyable music video. Someone to keep an eye on (although Mefites already had been doing so).
posted by WCityMike on Jun 9, 2007 - 68 comments

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