Queer in the San Fernando Valley

Saturday, February 7, 2009

On Abstinence Education

Every time we said "use a condom," we were required to follow it up with "but abstinence is the only 100% safe method to prevent pregnancy." So I prepped my younger brother's friend to take advantage of the pre-programmed responses.

When he heard such a statement, he would reply, "So if my boyfriend and I had sex, would he get pregnant or would I?"
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To which they would answer, "Well, of course you wouldn't get pregnant but you'd be at risk for STI's."

"But we're both virgins," he would exclaim, "So how could either of us have an STI?"

"Some STI's can be transmitted through other means than just sex" would be the standard answer.

"Wait a minute, are you saying that abstinence isn't 100% safe?"

from http://www.bilerico.com/2009/02/abstinence_is_not_100_safe.php

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Advocate At Albertsons Affair

Maybe I just don't go to grocery stores enough anymore, but the cashier asked if I wanted a separate bag for The Advocate I was buying. I told her she could go ahead and stick it in with the bagged lettuce, but... I don't know. I got a weird feeling from it.

As for the magazine itself, they're switching to a monthly format and the Editor's Letter reads, "We still read magazines--lots of them, in fact--but now we look to them to provide us with context and analysis of the quick-hit news reports we've already read on the Web." I can't really tell if they're being hopeful, in denial, or trying to mold the habits of their readers. Though, I would find it hard to believe their readers are a younger crowd. And you know, it would probably be bad business to try and shift their focus. I really hope their shift helps them prosper, this is the magazine's 1023rd issue.

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I have a Bachelor's degree in Language & Cultures/Japanese with Queer Studies minor from CSUN.