Skip to content Skip to site navigation

Comments

Come and get your Endangered Species Condoms

See related slideshow As humans spread and sprawl across the landscape, other critters are left up a creek without a paddle -- and sometimes even without a creek. In the natural course of things, plant and animal species do go extinct, but not nearly at the clip we're seeing these days. The rate of extinction has been estimated at 1,000-10,000 times what it would be without marauding Homo sapiens, and we're losing roughly 30,000 species a year, or three an hour. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few conservation organizations drawing an explicit link between population and …

Read more: Animals, Living, Population, Sex

Comments

7 billion: What to expect when you’re expanding — a special series

The world population will hit 7 billion on Halloween this year, according to a guesstimate from the U.N. (Who knew those goons with the black helicopters had such a macabre sense of humor?) So, should you be scared? On the one hand, does the number 7 billion really matter? Didn't we stop worrying about population decades ago when overblown predictions of global famine failed to come to pass? Aren't birthrates declining all over the world, with some rich countries actually starting to shrink? Won't technology save us? Don't we have bigger problems to worry about -- the economy, war, human …

Read more: Living, Population, Sex

Comments

Can smartphones serve as birth control? [VIDEO]

This amusing Indian ad suggests that a newfangled smartphone is just the ticket to bring down birthrates. If everyone's having lots of 3G fun, who can be bothered with old-fashioned amorous pursuits? Writes Christopher Mims: It's nothing short of remarkable that India is a country that can joke about both its population problem and birth control, but all kidding aside, there is one level on which this message could be true. Empowering women is the shortest route to bending the curve of future population growth, and wireless access to the internet could be one way to make education more accessible …

Read more: Living, Population, Sex

Comments

video

Rick Perry stumbles and mumbles as he tries to defend abstinence education [VIDEO]

Wondering what kind of intellectual and oratorical firepower the governor of Texas brings to the table? This video reveals all (as does the transcript below). In this October 2010 interview with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune, Perry fields a question about why Texas is sticking with its policy of abstinence-only sex ed despite the fact that the state continues to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. Perry responds simply, "Abstinence works." When pressed for statistics to back up his claim, Perry says that abstinence has worked in his own life. It's true that the …

Comments

Are vegetarians more fun in the sack?

Apparently vegetarians do eat meat. Data from the online dating site OKCupid indicate that vegetarians enjoy giving oral sex more -- or anyway, they say they do. There are all sorts of causation and correlation-based theories we could attempt here, but we'll just let your imaginations run wild. We'll simply note that, inevitable confounding factors aside, the sample size here is many, many times larger than almost any study that you've seen reported, ever. So put that in your "pipe" and "smoke" it.

Read more: Food, Living, Sex

Comments

PETA is starting a porn site

PETA has finally decided to drop the pretense that they're about something besides ladies in underwear. When .xxx domain names go into action in September, your friendly neighborhood animal rights crazies will be first in line --  and they presumably don't just intend the site for closeups of cow udders and literal beaver shots, but for the barely-clad, barely-legal college students that have become their trademark. So basically, they're shifting from "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" to just "I'd rather go naked." Here are a few other slogans PETA.xxx might want to consider: "We Beat Meat." "Be Gentle, …

Read more: Living, Sex

Comments

Environmentalists need to care about abortion [VIDEO]

Enviros don't like to talk about abortion. Almost no one does. But you can't have a sustainable society if women are having children they don't want. Yes, of course, it's better to prevent pregnancy in the first place. That's good reason to applaud the Obama administration's decision to make insurers cover the full cost of birth control. We also need to build up other family-planning programs, provide our teens with real sex education, and develop better birth-control methods. But even under the best of circumstances, contraception sometimes fails and a backstop is needed.  Abortion rights are currently getting a vicious …

Read more: Living, Population, Sex

Comments

Free birth control? We're getting closer … [UPDATE: We're there!]

UPDATE, 8/1/11: Good news: Women will no longer have to make co-pays on birth control, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 1. Insurance companies will be required to fully cover the cost of contraception and other preventive health-care services for women, thanks the Department of Health and Human Services, which decided to follow recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. (More on all that below.) Less-good news: We've got to wait almost a year and a half. For most plans, the new rules won't apply until January 2013. But at least there's an end in sight for those co-pays. (Alas, if …

Read more: Living, Politics, Population, Sex

Comments

Anti-gay-marriage pledge calls for 'robust childbearing'

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by an influential Iowa conservative has made headlines this month for splintering the field of GOP presidential candidates by harkening back to the good ol' family-friendly days of slavery.  We haven't heard as much about the pledge's call for "robust childbearing." Not only must marriage be between a man and a woman, but it should result in that woman getting pregnant and giving birth lots of times, for the good of the republic. "The Marriage Vow" pledge [PDF], drawn up by right-wing group The Family Leader, calls for political candidates to: Recogni[ze] that robust childbearing …

Comments

Why aren't men demanding decent male birth control?

Contraception has long been the province of women. Isn't it about time for men to get in on the game? It's obvious why women have historically been the main consumers of birth control -- we're the ones who get pregnant, give birth, and in many cases take primary responsibility for raising kids. But these days men have a lot more at stake than they used to. Gone is the era when fathers could toss a few baseballs, dole out a few spankings, and call it good. Dads are now expected to be fully engaged in childrearing (and thankfully, many are …

Read more: Living, Population, Sex