Leah W - Ryerson University

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Jan 22, 2013

Happy 40th Anniversary Roe v. Wade: Where We Are Today [Sex in the News]

Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established the right to obtain an abortion across the country. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman's rights to choose, at least within the first three months after conception. However, with how much talk there was about abortion in the last election, it almost feels like this ruling is going through a mid-life crisis.

Jan 15, 2013

New Year, Same Crazy Politicians In Washington [Sex in the News]

Instead of focusing on one issue, I thought I'd share a smattering of new issues that came up this week, and judge from afar (aka Canada - the land of legal abortions and same-sex marriage).

Jan 8, 2013

Outdated Laws Set A Rapist Free [Sex in the News]

I take you to Los Angeles; where a state appeals court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was not married. According to some antiquated law in California, if a victim is tricked into having sex with someone that is impersonating their partner, it is only considered rape if the victim is married.

Dec 20, 2012

6 Charities Worth Your Donations this Holiday Season

So how do you know what charities to support this year? Do your research. While most charities have good intentions, there are some that do a poor job of managing their finances or have high administrative costs. This means that less money is going to support the programs they advertise, and that are likely to draw you in.

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Dec 18, 2012

Valuing Convenience Over Desire [Sex in the News]

Just like eating habits, apparently sex has become all about convenience, specifically when you have sex. Pick up your McDonald's kids, because time is money.

Lesbians Will Marry Your Boyfriend [Sex in the News]

Hey, people against marriage equality! Gay men and women have a new idea. Instead of fighting to be able to get married to the person they love and have the same rights as heterosexual couples, they're going to join you.

Engineering for Girls [Sex in the News]

If walking through the mall tells you anything, it's that Christmas is on its way. For anyone with younger girls on their gift-list, they might have taken a wander through the all-pink-everything "Girls" toy section. Here you'll find baby-dolls to practice being a mom, toy kitchens or toy cleaning supplies and lots of princess gear.

Is Music Better than Sex? [Sex in the News]

There always seems to be a new study saying that there is something that people enjoy more than sex. We've heard that people would rather give up sex than their smartphones and that the desire to check social media is stronger than a desire to have sex. So naturally, a music psychologist wanted to determine what songs people enjoy more than sex.

Nov 9, 2012

Did Sex Win In The 2012 Election? [Sex in the News]

Barack Obama wasn't the only big winner on election night. Women, people from the LGBTQ community and marijuana enthusiasts also finished ahead this election.

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Oct 30, 2012

Science Says You Can’t Be “Just Friends” [Sex in the News]

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found that though many opposite-sex friends believe that they can be just friends, it's not really the case.

Oct 16, 2012

No Kids, No Cares [Sex in the News]

New research from the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that, despite the pressure your Great Aunt Mildred may be putting on you to reproduce, if you decide you simply don't want kids you'll turn out just fine!

Oct 9, 2012

Free Birth Control is Good for Society [Sex in the News]

Access to free birth control leads to low teen birth and abortion rates. After letting 9,000 mostly poor and/or uninsured women in the city choose what type of contraception they'd use if it were free, researchers found that women that have access to free contraception don't get pregnant as often.

Oct 7, 2012

6 Reasons To Travel Europe While In College

Traveling is expensive, and while students faced with unemployment and rising student debt are probably hesitant to book an airline ticket, visiting somewhere while in a university is an invaluable life experience. So why do I think that if you can, you should pinch pennies, skip the extra drink at the bar, and find a way to get across the Atlantic Ocean?

Oct 2, 2012

California Bans “Gay-Repair” Therapy [Sex in the News]

Most mainstream mental health associations oppose "gay-curing" therapy, including the World Health Organization, which says the practice "lacks medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being" of patients.

Sep 30, 2012

Need Cute Gameday Duds? Check Out These Stores!

Back to school means lots of college sporting events to attend. Showing team spirit can be tough - licensed sporting gear can be on the pricy side, and there isn't always a lot of fashion-forward selection to choose from. Luckily there are lots of clothing stores that sell gear to deck you out for the next game. These may not be the real jersey deal, but they are budget friendly and cute!

Sep 25, 2012

Study Shows Women Speak Less Around Men [Sex in the News]

Researchers from Princeton University and Brigham Young University found that women are less likely to speak up when outnumbered by men. They have found that women speak up to 75 percent less than their male counterparts. This is something that happens in collaborative group settings, when groups are working on a project and make a decision by majority rule.

Sep 23, 2012

Join the Club: Picking the Right Extra-Curricular

If you've ever walked around a club fair at your campus, there's a good chance you felt a little overwhelmed. At many college campuses there truly is a group for everyone, making it difficult to narrow it down and pick a few extra-curricular activities. Whether you're looking for things to boost your resume, want to meet new people or genuinely enjoy getting involved, there's something out there for you. You just need to choose.

Sep 18, 2012

Arousal Overcomes Disgust [Sex in the News]

In order to get a women to be truly open-minded, you have to get her turned on. At least, this is what a Dutch study found that observed the psychology behind women engaging in sexual activities that many people might find to be off-putting.

Sep 11, 2012

NFL Players Speak Up About Same-Sex Marriage [Sex in the News]

Football players probably aren't the first ones to come to mind when you think about same-sex marriage supporters. But over the last week, we've seen Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings defend Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens for speaking up.

Sep 4, 2012

Prerequisite Rape Quiz [Sex in the News]

At the University of Montana, in order to enroll in classes, all students must complete an online video tutorial and score 100 percent on a quiz. It's the first university to require students educate themselves on the "myths and facts" of sexual assault.

Aug 28, 2012

Dropping The Double-Standard [Sex in the News]

College students are finally making strides towards dropping the double standard towards promiscuity. Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association showed findings from a survey of 19,000 students from 22 colleges. According to the survey, men and women are judging both sexes more equally for their sexual behavior.

Aug 21, 2012

Strip Clubs to Help Fund Rape Crisis Centers [Sex in the News]

In Illinois there's a new type of tax being rolled out to your local strip clubs.

Aug 14, 2012

Gonorrhea is Almost Untreatable [Sex in the News]

Gonorrhea (nicknamed The Clap) is only one antibiotic away from becoming untreatable. Yep, all the previous treatments are no longer responding.

Aug 7, 2012

Mustaches for Better Health [Sex in the News]

Dear ladies (myself included), it's time to stop complaining about the fuzzy caterpillars our boyfriends, guy friends and other males in our lives are trying to grow. Turns out they have a function other than showing off your hipster status.

Jul 31, 2012

Sex in the Forecast [Sex in the News]

Haven’t you always wondered what the ideal outside temperature to have sex is? Well, thanks to Trojan’s “Degrees of Pleasure” survey, it’s been revealed that Americans like to get it on during hot weather and precipitation.

Jul 24, 2012

Rounding Up Opinions On the Pregnant Yahoo CEO [Sex in the News]

The internet never fails to disappoint in providing commentary that makes me want to bash my head against the desk when it comes to successful women. This has been proved yet again when news that Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer is six months pregnant.

Jul 17, 2012

Teen Vogue, Seventeen & Teen Crusaders [Sex in the News]

There's a lot of criticism about fashion magazines and how they impact teenage girls. There can be excessive photoshopping, and the industry favours stick-thin models that reflect an idea of 'perfect' that is pretty impossible to achieve.

Jul 10, 2012

LA Public Health Says “Suit Up!” with Condoms [Sex in the News]

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health held a condom wrapper design contest as part of a campaign to increase condom use and decrease the spread of STDs.

May 8, 2012

In Defense of Eating Alone [Sex in the News]

In the CNN article, founder of another App, called "I Love Your Accent," Rachelle Peachey says, "When I walk into a restaurant or bar alone, I feel others see me as either a woman out to pick up men or a sad, lonely spinster." I question if our gender has really advanced when otherwise successful women can't deal with being out alone.

Apr 24, 2012

Rethinking Sex-Ed [Sex in the News]

A survey done by a resident at the University of Western Ontario showed 40 percent of teens thought the internet was a more useful way to get information about sex ed than talking to their parents. The problem is, especially for teenage boys, that there is a lot of overly sexist information (take Tucker Max for instance) that is replacing good sex ed.

Apr 17, 2012

What You Need to Know About the War on Women [Sex in the News]

This week things took an interesting turn when Hilary Rosen questioned Ann Romney's ability to relate to women in America because she'd "never worked a day in her life." Michelle Obama, jumped to Ann Romney's defense, and Rosen was quickly denounced as she does not have any affiliation with the Obama campaign.

Mar 27, 2012

Why Boob Jobs Are Unnecessary [Sex in the News]

It's time to pour out your plastic surgery piggy banks ladies because scientists say a better bra is all you need. Scientists from Manchester University have finally proven what Stacey and Clinton taught me years ago—there is a connection between what you wear and how you feel.

Mar 20, 2012

Sex in the News: Violence Against Women Act

One Republican woman joined a group of mostly Democratic senators late last week to try and convince Republicans to support an extended version of the Violence Against Women Act. The act started as a bill created in 1994 to provide money for "emergency shelters, counseling, rape crisis centers, and legal services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking."

Mar 13, 2012

Sex in the News: More Online Dating = More STDs?

Across the border in my home country of Canada, rates of STDs have rapidly been increasing since 2000. Syphilis cases have increased 10 times over, while chlamydia rates have increased 66 percent. Public-health experts are saying that this can partially be attributed to the popularity of online dating.

Mar 6, 2012

Sex in the News: Anorexia the Socially Transmitted Disease

By university, most ladies probably know someone who has battled with anorexia, bulimia or some form of an eating disorder. Though it's not a gender specific disease, it is most prevalent in young women. Researchers from the London School of Economics recently did a study on eating disorders, finding them to be "socially transmitted diseases."

Feb 28, 2012

Sex in the News: Boycotting Marriage Until All Can Marry

There are many heterosexual couples that say they won't get married until after marriage equality is achieved and same sex marriage has been legalized — Brad and Angelina are probably the first couple that comes to mind. It's a decision I admire, and it's cool to see that one woman has taken the fight for equality a step further.