Thus begins the skirting of an "R" rating for this blog.
GMA reported this morning on a new study that shows that oral sex can transmit the human papillomavirus, the same virus that causes cervical cancer.
Since 1976, the instance of oral cancer has doubled and researchers are, in part, associating it with the increased 'popularity' of oral sex, especially amongst teenagers who see it as a 'safer' alternative to dangers of vaginal sex. (Now, I don't know about you, but I always saw oral sex as more intimate in some ways... there's no way I could do... that... without being very comfortable with someone doing the... 'other'. Ahem.)
The report claims that your risk increases with the number of sexual partners you've had (well, duh) but doesn't really address whether you're still at risk if you're in a monogamous relationship. Meaning, if you've been with someone for years without issue, could they suddenly develop the virus and infect you, and/or how long does it take to incubate? These are the questions I have, as yet, unanswered.
Thanks for putting the fear of God in me, GMA, and then failing to explain anything beyond the surface level facts.
And if this gave you a little TMI about me - tough. My blog, my determination of TMI.
The McCain campaign is officially the anti-Obama campaign
And, as far as I can see, that's just about all they're about.
The level of inflammatory speech coming out of Palin's mouth and McCain's ads, is coming back to bite the McSame and Failin' campaign. Not only are they 15 points behind in the polls, attributed to the negative nature of their campaign by those surveyed, but their supporters are increasingly looking like a bunch of raving, conspiracy-theory, lunatics.
Now, note, I don't believe that all Republicans are conspiracy-theory lunatics, I'm just saying that the McCain campaign is attracting and encouraging this scary trend.
Getting my boxing gloves ready now
Those of you who know me well know that I went through several years of fairly severe and life-changing bullying by the "popular" girls in school, so these stories always get to me.
The story is horrific, no matter what your point of view, but what was most disturbing was the live report on GMA. The reporter took the video of the victim's mother crying and showed it to two of the accused varsity cheerleaders. And you know what they did? They laughed. That's right, they laughed. They said their victims "enjoyed" it.
Ummm... this sounds scarily like what a serial rapist would say.
I swear to God, if I could have reached through that tv set and given both of those girls a good verbal and physical beating, I would have done. Just the pleasure of wiping the smug little smiles from their precious little cheerleader faces would have been worth a night in the clinker.
What are their parents thinking watching this? Aren't these girls getting a good talking to by their mom and dad? In my experience, the answer is usually no. Parents of kids like this usually believe that their kids can do no wrong. I'm sorry but if my kid is accused of attempting to drown another kid, I don't care of they tell me "everyone does it" or "the girls thought it was fun", I am not going to be supportive. Yet, it's clear from these girls' lack of remorse and blase attitude to their crime, that this dialogue is not going on with their parents.
And yes, any unborn potential bully, fixing to pick on my kid, girl or boy, had better start thinking twice NOW, while in the womb. They'll wish they had never been born.
Here's the story...