We’re a little obsessed with moving fat around. And no, we’re not talking about stealing bags of liposuction leftovers to make soap.
When I give the dating app LoveFlutter my Twitter handle, it rewards me with a 28-axis breakdown of my personality: I’m an analytic Type A who’s unsettlingly sex-focused and neurotic (99th percentile). On the sidebar where my “Personality Snapshot” is broken down in further detail, a section called “Chat-Up Advice” advises, “Do your best to avoid being negative. Get to the point quickly and don’t waste their time. They may get impatient if you’re moving too slowly.” I’m a catch.
It’s a tale as old as fear-mongering World War II posters about the dreaded VD (that’s venereal disease, not Victory Day). Americans, on the whole, are really bad at talking about sex, and even worse at talking about sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
Following the news last week that Usher is being sued for $10 million by an anonymous woman arguing that the singer failed to mention that he has Herpes Simplex 2 before the two had sex is now demanding at least $20 million. New court documents obtained by TMZ claim that the female listed as Jane Doe was “devastated” to find out that she contracted the virus.
Newsflash: You probably have herpes. This is actually okay. According to the World Health Organization, over two thirds of the global population have HSV-1 (commonly known as oral herpes or cold sores) and more than 10 percent have HSV-2, or genital herpes. Given that HSV-2 rates are much higher among women, urbanites, and minority groups than in the general population (and given that HSV-1 increasingly shows up as a genital infection instead of an oral one), herpes is easily the most common sexually transmitted infection.
Years ago, Danny Abrams heard about a strange phenomenon: Deer skeletons were being found beside trees in the forests of the Midwest. These male deer had apparently gotten their massive, unwieldy antlers caught in the branches, where they’d found themselves trapped. Unable to find food or flee predators, they quickly met their demise.
Nicole Daedone was at a Buddhist gathering when a monk made an unusual proposition: that he rub the upper left quadrant of her clitoris as part of a meditation ritual.