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It's World Population Day! Celebrate by stealing a baby seat & leaving a condom [VIDEO, NSFW]

Happy World Population Day! You could solemnly mark the occasion by reading commentary and watching videos from the U.N. Population Fund and then writing a letter to the editor calling for improved global access to voluntary family planning. Or you could watch comedian Doug Stanhope's lewd, crude, misanthropic take on the issue. Did I mention it's NSFW? (He wasn't making it up about the Oregon State University research; here's the study [PDF] and a press release about it.)

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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem on climate change, population, & deep ecology [VIDEO]

Who knew feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem was such a greenie? In an interview on ABC News' "Nature's Edge" a few months ago, she raised the alarm about climate change, talked about how climate is connected to women's rights and population, and gave a basic lesson on ecofeminism and deep ecology (all while fielding insipid questions from the interviewer): Quotable bits: "The overpopulation is still the biggest reason for global warming, for all the pressure on the environment." "The truth is that global warming is a nuclear holocaust slowed down slightly." "The important thing, I think, about both ecofeminism, as a …

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Could your dildo kill you?

Germany's Green Party has a penetrating concern: Toxic substances in sex toys. Vibrators and other plastic entertainments can contain high levels of plastic softeners like pthalates, which can cause a host of ills such as hormone imbalances, Green Party members of parliament wrote in their report "Sexual Health as a Consumer Protection Issue." Pthalates and other plasticizers are highly regulated in children's toys, but adult toys -- which are, after all, designed to get all up in your mucus membranes -- can have all the plasticizers they want. The Greens want to know what the government is proposing to do about …

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Vegan condoms keep your junk cruelty-free

If you won't put animal products in your mouth, shouldn't it stand to reason you wouldn't put them on your wang? Or maybe you're courting a vegan, and you want to seal the deal. Lucky for you there are vegan lubes and condoms available, to replace the raw-meat-and-gelatin lube and condoms you were using before. I had figured that "vegan condom" was sort of a technicality -- you can get your facility certified as vegan, maybe, and thus gain the right to put a "vegan" label on your contraceptives. Sort of like getting declared kosher, but instead of a rabbi …

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Right-wingers bash Gore for wanting women to have access to birth control

campuspartybrasilAl Gore's radical agenda: save babies, educate girls, empower women. While the mainstream media is all aflutter over Al Gore criticizing Obama for inaction on climate, the right-wing media is all aflutter over Al Gore saying that we should educate girls, keep kids from dying, and make birth control available to women. Talk about a radical agenda. Here's what Gore said on Monday at the Games for Change Festival in New York City: One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one …

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Rubber the right way: Ask Umbra on green condoms

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, As newlyweds, my husband and I are still exploring all the different condom options out there. We recently switched to Sliquid Organic lubricant versus KY, and we want the condoms we use to be "safe" in every way too -- for our bodies and the planet. I've found two brands: Sir Richard's at about $0.97/condom, and Beyond Seven at about $0.57/condom. Price-wise, the answer is obvious, but what's really the better eco-friendly option? Allison Baton Rouge, La. Put a greener lid on it.Photo: MorganA. Dearest Allison, You've unwrapped an issue that's bigger …

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The best sperm delivery system ever

Speeding to its destination.Photo: Mikael Colville-AndersenSo the Danes do bicycles better than just about anybody else in the whole wide world. We knew that already, thanks in large part to the efforts of Mikael Colville-Andersen, who blogs at Copenhagen Bicycle Chic and Copenhagenize, documenting his city's stylish and sensible bicycling populace. The latest entry on Copenhagenize takes bicycle culture to a whole new level. It is a cargo bike custom-designed for a local sperm bank in the shape of ... a sperm cell. Colville-Andersen writes: Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe's leading sperm banks and the company was …

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Scarlett Johansson tells GOP to lay off Planned Parenthood [VIDEO]

Before the budget deal was hammered out last week, Scarlett Johansson made this video in defense of Planned Parenthood. As it turned out, funding for the group's health-care services escaped the guillotine -- this time around. President Obama put his foot down after hearing from a lot of pissed-off Americans. Though the immediate threat has receded, ScarJo's video makes a strong case for why we need Planned Parenthood:  Don't go thinking this is the end of the battle -- more like the beginning. There are lots of budget fights to come and right-wing Republicans aren't going to let up on …

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Buy green sex toys, help support Grist

You can't get pregnant, or get anyone else pregnant, by playing with yourself -- good to note in this year of 7 billion. That's why Grist loves vibrators. We recommend you pick up a green one -- or three. If you like to combine your sex toys with potentially pregnancy-inducing activities, we recommend you pick up some eco-friendly condoms as well.  This month only, if you buy your green sex accessories from progressive, woman-friendly Babeland, 10 percent of the price will be donated to support Grist. You can shop online or visit their stores in Seattle or New York City.  …

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‘Let’s talk about sex’ — and what American teenagers don’t know about it [VIDEO]

"Every day in America, 10,000 teenagers catch an STD, 2,400 young girls become pregnant, and 55 young people are infected with HIV." Those sobering stats are from a documentary airing on TLC tonight, April 9, at 10 p.m. / 9 central. Let's Talk About Sex is directed by James Houston, a fashion photographer who came to the U.S. from Australia and Europe and was aghast at our screwed-up sexual culture. Sex is everywhere, used to sell everything, but we don't talk about it openly and honestly with our teenagers. "Young people in America don't know the risks associated with sex, …

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