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Two recent news bits that caught my eye.

According to an article in the New York Times, UNC-Chapel Hill is not the place to get your MRS. degree:

North Carolina, with a student body that is nearly 60 percent female, is just one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education.

I’m told, however, that NC State, traditionally full of engineering and agriculture majors, is just oozing guys. Who’da thunk? ;o)

And, here are some true Triangle Trysts: an odd story from a local TV station talks about people who find old girlfriends and boyfriends on Facebook and then cheat on their spouses. (Thanks to my TV reporter Facebook friend for posting it.)

Triangle attorneys and therapists say an increasing number of couples are now claiming social networking sites as a reason why they are getting divorced for what is commonly becoming known as cyber cheating.

Is anyone else confused about what you might have in common with your high school boyfriend 15 years later?

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Twi-Tip has an interesting take on twitter dating: don’t tweet where you eat.

Downtown Raleigh Live Work Play has a list of some V-day events, though most are focused on restaurant specials.

I was so naive about sex. Totally clueless.

I read about procreation in a children’s book at the library when I was six years old. But when it came to the finer points — you mean women have orgasms, too? — I had to piece the details together from TV, movies, my older brothers, classmates, friends and a discovered dirty magazine (or two).

So I find it fascinating that some parents in Ames, Iowa are putting the kibosh on what sounds like educational reading material.

Here’s the article in the Ames Tribune.

Sex, Etc. is apparently a magazine written for teens by teens. It’s organized by Answer, a national sexuality organization at Rutgers University. It’s got the 411 on the stuff teens whisper about in the bathroom.

According to the library director: “We get this journal Sex, Etc. to provide authoritative information that teens would likely be curious about.”

Like, duh. I also recently read an article that says adolescent girls 15 to 19 years had the most chlamydia and gonorrhea cases of any age group. Maybe we should give these people some information before they tell each other that you can’t get STDs from oral sex or that condoms work 100 percent of the time. Who is going to tell them, their parents?

The parents aren’t like, totally against the magazine, but they don’t want it offered free out in the open. Yeah, we need to keep sex hidden away in the closet so that no one finds out about it. If they think it’s something only adults do, there is no way they’re going to want to try it, right?

[insert teenage roll of the eyes here]

Not every teen is as shy as the 13-year-old Suzanne. If these parents try to keep the legs closed on this magazine and hope that makes things better, they’re more clueless than I was.

I saw this post on Boing Boing the other day about a man who has a virtual girlfriend. He’s addicted. It’s a video sim and wives all over Japan are complaining that it’s interfering with their relationships.

In an interview, the man, a game engineer, says it seems so real, but he’s embarrassed by his actions.

“This is obviously a computer program, but this makes us really feel like there’s a girl inside the DS. It feels dangerous, like I might get sucked into this world.”

He talks about how it demanded enough of his time that he was in long conversations with the character.

“It’s pretty damn embarrassing. I think if I wasn’t able to come back from that world, I would have run out of things to talk about with my real wife. I can understand why some couples would get in a fight over that.”

I just found this fascinating, because to me it’s cheating, even if it’s not a real person. You’re not sharing your life with your wife anymore; you’re not being honest.

Luckily, he had a woman to come back to.

Would you ever play this type of game? Or have you? I feel like I should give it a try just to see … but maybe if it’s that addictive I should eat some chocolate instead!

When it comes to sex, nothing is simple. Even the government has to get involved. So here are some news updates on how the government is doing that. 090623_newspaper

That sex education bill I mentioned awhile ago passed the Senate, according to a story on WRAL. At issue is whether students should learn about contraception.

And no one likes to talk about HIV, but Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. Responsible adults who are sexually active should get tested regularly. (Ladies, ask your GYN for the test; they won’t just give you one each year during a pap smear.) Here’s some info about NC Testing events.

And in more fun news, Nintendo DS has a new, flirty video game that is raising some eyebrows. Have you seen this? It’s called Secret Flirts and opponents argue it adds to the sexualization of youth culture. In the game, girls have to give their character make-up, clothes, go to a love coach and improve their attractiveness at the gym and salon. Interesting.

According to this U.S. News and World report article, Raleigh is tied with Fayetteville and one other city as No. 5 for most sober cities.

I find this surprising, given the high college and young professional population here, along with what I perceive to be a growing better beer-drinking culture. Perhaps I misjudge how college students and young professionals spend their time, based on my exposure to the bar scene?

What do you think?

Let’s talk about sex, baby, let’s talk about you and me…

Yikes – I hate that song. But legislators are talking about it big time right now because the North Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill that would allow parents to choose what type of sex education their children receive — an abstinence-only education or a comprehensive class with information about birth control options.

An article on the bill from the Wilmington Star-News

Students whose parents do not make a choice would not receive instruction in either curriculum. Right now,  school boards decide which curriculum to teach.

I hope this passes. Whether you want your kids to wait or to know how to use a condom doesn’t matter — the important thing is that this would allow parents to choose what’s best for their children.

Read Full Text of Bill

Looks like the bill is stuck in the Senate, so it may not make it anywhere this year.

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