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- The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
"There are few issues as hotly contested — and as poorly understood — as the question of what makes a person gay or straight. It's not only a political, social, and religious question but also a scientific question, one that might someday have an actual, provable answer." 03-06
- -05-18-07 The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
"Psychologists used to believe homosexuality was caused by nurture — namely overbearing mothers and distant fathers — but that theory has been disproved. Today, scientists are looking at genes, environment, brain structure and hormones. There is one area of consensus: that homosexuality involves more than just sexual behavior; it’s physiological." 05-07
- Worms Hard-Wired for Sexual Orientation (MSNBC News)
"Sexual orientation seems to be wired into the brains of nematode worms, and tweaking this sexual wiring can result in worms attracted to members of the same sex." 10-07
- Sexualization of Girls in Films (USA Today)
"Female teenage characters were more likely to wear sexy, provocative clothing (40%) than other women — even more than those age 21 to 39 (32%). And the teen girls were as likely to appear partially naked as the older women (30%)."
"Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, a University of Missouri researcher who studies the media's influence on young people and was not involved in this study, says the sexualization of girls is rampant in films, television, music videos and the marketing of clothing to children." 04-11
- Sexualization of Girls as Early as Six (MSNBC News)
"Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest." 07-12
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (Awesome Library)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Seniors (Time.com)
" 'It used to be that you encourage parents to talk to their kids," says Lee, "but now we're encouraging kids to talk to their parents — and grandparents.' " 07-08
- Foods for Better Sexual Health (MSNBC News)
"Which foods pack the most punch: Many foods high in good-for-you omega 3s are also high in L-Arginine, such as free-range game, seafood, walnuts, and sesame seeds. Plus, omega 3s help your body better absorb L-Arginine, according to a study in Nutrition & Metabolism." 02-11
- Sexual Orientation (American Psychological Association)
Provides statements on the positions of the American Psychological Association on issues related to gays and lesbians. Some visitors use the outdated term "homosexual." 04-11
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (Healthopedia.com)
Provides detailed information, listed by condition. 8-04
- Study: Sexual Habits of Americans (MSNBC News)
"It’s a question that often prompts a boastful answer or a bashful one: How many sex partners have you had?"
"Now the federal government says it has authoritative statistics, documenting that men are far more likely to play the field than women." 07-06
- Depression Treatment and Sexual Dysfunction in Women (U.S. News)
"Viagra might be more than a man's drug after all. Four years after Pfizer abandoned trials seeking FDA approval of its use as a potential treatment for female sexual arousal disorder, new research suggests that the diamond-shaped pill may help some women overcome sexual side effects caused by antidepressants." 08-07
- Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CNN News)
"Neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nor the American Social Health Association has a list of STDs you should get tested for when you're about to have sex for the first time with someone. However, after discussion with various STD experts, here's a list of tests many doctors recommend."
"They can be a starting point for a discussion with your doctor. The CDC has a list of clinics that offer testing for STDs by ZIP code." 05-11
- College level - Basic Biology (Farabee)
Includes Introduction to the Nature of Science and Biology, Chemistry 1 (Atoms and Molecules), Chemistry II (Water and Organic Molecules), Cells (Origins and Cellular Organization), Transport in and out of Cells, Cell Division (Binary Fission, Mitosis, Meiosis, and Sexual Reproduction), Laws of Thermodynamics, Reactions and Enzymes, ATP and Biological Energy, Cellular Metabolism and Fermentation, Photosynthesis, Introduction to Genetics, Gene Interactions, DNA and Molecular Genetics, Human Genetics, Protein Synthesis, Control of Gene Expression, Plants and their Structure, Flowering Plant Reproduction (Flower Structure, Fertilization, and Fruits), Plant Hormones and Nutrition, Animal Cells and Tissues, Animal Organ Systems and Homeostasis, the Integumentary System, the Circulatory Sytems, Lymphatic System and Immunity, the Digestive System, the Nervous System, the Endocrine System, the Reproductive System, the Muscular and Skeletal Systems, the Respiratory System, the Excretory System, Development of Evolutionary Theory, The Modern View of Evolution, Biological Diversity (Classification, Viruses, Bacteria, Archaeans, Protists - Stem Eukaryotes, Fungi, Nonvascular Plants and Nonseed Vascular Plants, Seed Plants, and Animals), Human Evolution, Population Ecology, Community and Ecosystem Dynamics, the Biosphere and Mass Extinctions, and Glossary. 12-02
- Cohen, William S. - Former Secretary of Defense (WashingtonPost.com)
"President Clinton fulfilled his wish for a bipartisan Cabinet by appointing Republican William S. Cohen to head the Pentagon. The former senator from Maine is anything but a yes-man. In Congress, he demonstrated an independent streak, criticizing some of the administration's defense policies, including the presence of U.S. troops in Bosnia. But he also criticized pet GOP defense projects, including the B-2 stealth bomber. As secretary, Cohen's most critical challenges include reconfiguring the post-Cold War military and responding to the sexual harassment and assault charges that have plagued the armed services." 1-04
- 03-21-04 Methodist Church Acquits Lesbian Pastor (CBS News)
"A lesbian Methodist minister said she was relieved by her acquittal in a church trial over her sexual orientation — but so was the pastor who prosecuted her, and even the bishop who filed the complaint."
A jury of 13 pastors said it decided in favor of the Rev. Karen Dammann “after many hours of painful and prayerful deliberations, and listening for and to the word of God.” 3-04
- Report: Rumsfeld Approved Iraqi Abuses (USAToday.com)
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the expansion of a secret program that encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners to obtain intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq, The New Yorker reported Saturday." 5-04
- -10-13-04 U.S. Snubs U.N. Plan for Women (CBS News)
"More than 250 global leaders in all fields including 85 heads of state and government — have signed a statement endorsing a U.N. plan adopted 10 years ago to ensure every woman's right to education, health care, and to make choices about childbearing. But President George W. Bush's administration refused to sign because the statement mentions 'sexual rights.' " 10-04
- Editorial - One Country, Two Moralities (AlterNet.org - Cooperman)
Provides a progressive view of the divisions in the nation revealed by voting preferences for the president."
"There are indeed sides, but the dividing line is not morality. It is the ability to tolerate uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, unknowability, relativity."
"And this tolerance is less a matter of brainpower than of temperament."
"The asymmetry occasionally perturbs me, because I can appreciate their tastes far more readily than they can appreciate mine. But I would wager that our differences have even more to do with genes than they do with upbringing or education. Desire for novelty and risk aversion are both hardwired."
"So I must abandon the solace of thinking my political opponents benighted, uneducated and cognitively impaired."
"But I refuse to think them more moral."
"There are as many moral values at stake in opposing the slaughter of innocent Iraqi children as there are in opposing the abortion of innocent unborn children. As much moral sensitivity in defending the world's wilderness from exploitation as in defending our ... er ... homeland security. And as much moral courage in supporting the rights of people of all sexual orientations as in supporting traditional marriage."
"How does one participate in a democracy in which more than half the people want righteous certainty at any cost – and a significant minority despises this certainty as ignorance, bigotry and cruelty?" 10-04
- U.N. Resolves to Protect Children from War (BBC News)
"The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution aimed at protecting children in armed conflict."
"The council agreed to monitor more than 50 governments and rebel groups accused of violating children's rights and punish those who did not stop."
"Abuses include killing or maiming children, using child soldiers and sexual violence against children." 7-05
- -10-07-05 Judge Gives Vatican Immunity on Abuse Case (USA Today)
"A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that the Holy See is a foreign state that enjoys certain immunity protections, placing restrictions on a lawsuit by three men who allege the Vatican covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests.
"The ruling is significant because it says that the Holy See's religious activity is irrelevant to the immunity protections it enjoys as a foreign state. It could have implications for other cases in which the Holy See is named as a defendant in the clerical sexual abuse scandal." 9-05
- -09-16-06 Israelis Disillusioned by Political Scandals (MSNBC News)
"The president is being questioned on sexual harassment and wiretapping charges. The former justice minister is standing trial on accusations of sexual misconduct. The prime minister is being investigated for possible foul play in real estate deals."
"An unrelenting wave of corruption scandals — which many blame on an increasingly selfish political culture — has further disillusioned Israelis already furious with their leaders over the devastating war in Lebanon." 09-06
- -11-09-06 Landscaping Business Rejected from Association for Refusing Services (MSNBC News)
"Farber’s e-mail reached the Harrisburg, Pa., offices of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, which said that the Farbers were misrepresenting themselves as current members of the group and no longer belong."
" 'It has come to our attention that a former member has declined a professional engagement on the grounds of the prospective clients’ sexual orientation. This conduct does not conform to the policy and practice of APLD,' the organization said." 11-06
- -02-02-07 Texas Passes First Law to Mandate Anti-Cancer Vaccinations (CBS News)
"Bypassing the Legislature, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer." 01-07
- DNA Evidence Clears Prisoners After 59 Years in Prison (CBS News)
"A lab's review of certain biological samples, which previously had led to the exoneration of three men linked to rape cases, has found that two additional men have been wrongly convicted of sexual assault, the governor's office said Wednesday."
"Marvin Anderson, Arthur Lee Whitfield and Julius Ruffin, who were all wrongfully convicted of separate rapes in the 1980s, were freed after Burton's samples were found in their case files in 2001 and DNA testing revealed they were not the perpetrators. The three served a combined 59 years behind bars." 12-05
- -04-16-07 Mites Regain Mating Ability After Losing It (MSNBC News)
"Their calculations show the sexual Crotoniidae evolved from the asexual Camisiidae, the first known reversal to sexuality from asexuality within the animal kingdom. (The only other known such reversal is a plant, the mouseear hawkweed, or Hieracium pilosella.)"
"The Crotoniidae and the Camisiidae are types of mites known as oribatids, where parthenogenesis is unusually widespread, seen in nearly one-tenth of the roughly 10,000 known oribatid species." 04-07
- Care for Amazon Parrots (Animal-World.com)
"Amazon parrots are highly intelligent birds, very outgoing and renowned talkers.They adapt well to captivity, adjusting easily to their cage or aviary."
"Generally Amazon parrots are reasonably calm and peaceful, getting vocal only in the early morning and in the evening as it starts getting dark. They are very social birds and a single parrot will make a wonderful pet if it gets plenty of attention. This is until about the age or 4 or 5 when they reach sexual maturity. At this time, if the parrot is left alone a lot it may become restless, may start feather plucking and in general show signs of psychological distress. A female may even start laying infertile eggs. In their natural environment, this is the time when they would begin to find a mate and pair up. Living with a mate is part of the social pattern of the Amazon parrot. The key here is the amount of attention you pet needs. This may be the time to consider getting a mate for your parrot if it seems to be distressed and you cannot spend more time with it. Sometimes pairing is the only satisfactory solution even if you do spend more time with it and it still remains distressed. This will depend a lot on you and your bird." 09-07
- Winfrey, Oprah Gail (People Magazine)
Now worth more than a billion dollars, Winfrey has succeeded on many fronts – as an Oscar-nominated actress (The Color Purple), activist, magazine editor, producer, book club sponsor and radio host."
"She has raised and personally donated millions of dollars to victims of poverty and disease and openly speaks about her own experience with sexual abuse as a child, the baby she had at 14 who did not survive, and of her drug use as a young adult. But, according to Winfrey, none of her achievements make her more proud than the two schools she opened for South Africa's neediest girls." 09-08
- Hollywood and 'Coming Out of the Closet' (CNN News)
"There are still many performers and industry notables, he says, who threaten to sue if their sexuality is revealed. Others live gay social lives but don't talk about their sexuality -- the so-called 'glass closet.' And, as Bragman notes, gay stars are generally from the second tier: 'There are still no A-list movie stars out of the closet, there are still no superstar athletes,' he said." 09-08
- -Editorial: How to End the War Over Sex Education (Time.com)
"Advocates will debate at top volume the merits of abstinence-only efforts vs. more comprehensive programs that also teach about birth control and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)."
"These arguments miss the point. We now have a pretty good sense of which sex-education approaches work. Substantial research--including a 2007 Bush Administration report--has concluded that comprehensive programs are most effective at changing teen sexual behaviors. They are also largely uncontroversial outside Washington. Vast majorities of parents favor teaching comprehensive sex education." 03-09
- 05-08-09 Obama Replaces Abstinence-Only Education (ABC News)
"Two $100 million programs from his predecessor's budget pushing abstinence only are casualties in President Obama's $3.55 trillion budget proposal."
"The President is replacing them with $110 million 'for teenage pregnancy prevention programs that have been proven effective through rigorous evaluation....'
"A recent study in the journal Pediatrics indicated that teenagers who make "virginity pledges" to remain chaste until marriage are no less likely to engage in premarital sex but significantly less likely to use birth control."
" 'Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,' Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health told the Washington Post. 'But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.' " 05-09
- For Many Teens, Hello Is Hugging (New York Times)
"A measure of how rapidly the ritual [of hugging] is spreading is that some students complain of peer pressure to hug to fit in. And schools from Hillsdale, N.J., to Bend, Ore., wary in a litigious era about sexual harassment or improper touching — or citing hallway clogging and late arrivals to class — have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule." 05-09
- What Farrah Fawcett Can Teach About Anal Cancer (US News)
"Anal cancer is one of those cancers no one likes to talk about because it's, well, anal cancer. But we really should discuss it as much as, say, cervical cancer. Both are predominately caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. In fact, a 2004 study of 6,000 anal cancer patients (the majority of whom were women) found that 73 percent of the patients tested positive for the strain HPV-16, one of the strains that the Gardasil vaccine protects against." 06-09
- Why Republican Leader Opposes Hate Crime Protections for Gays (CBS News)
"In an email, Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said Boehner 'supports existing federal protections (based on race, religion, gender, etc) based on immutable characteristics.' "
"It should be noted that the current law does not include gender, though the expanded legislation would cover gender as well as sexual orientation, gender identity and disability."
"Boehner's position, then, appears to be grounded in the notion that immutable characteristics should be protected under hate crimes laws. And while religion is an immutable characteristic, his office suggests, sexual orientation is not."
- 04-01-10 Vatican: Pope Has Immunity in Sex Abuse Trials (MSNBC News)
"Pope Benedict, accused by victims' lawyers of being ultimately responsible for a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday." 04-10
- 04-10-10 Signature: Future Pope Resisted Defrocking Priest (MSNBC News)
"The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including 'the good of the universal church,' according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature." 04-10
- Editorial: Why No Prayers for the Accusers? (CNN News)
"Long before Focus on the Family, the 700 Club or even the Bible, there was a basic spiritual hunger: A hunger to know where we came from, a hunger to know what happens when we leave, a hunger to know if there is a God."
"And somewhere along the line, that hunger was spun into religion, and soon the desire to find God became mutated by the desire to protect a particular belief system about God. Religion became monetized, politicized and militarized as the hunger to know the meaning of life slowly was replaced by rules by which we are to live our lives."
"Now don't get me wrong, I am not anti-religion. In fact, I love my church."
"Again, we don't know if what they say is true, but if you look at the example of Christ's life as it is illustrated in the Bible, when it comes to showing compassion, that's irrelevant. And any church that cares so little about people who might be victims of sexual coercion, regardless of the nature of that coercion, should probably re-evaluate its mission statement." 10-10
- Clinton's Global Initiative Pledges $4 Billion for Renewable Energy (ABC News)
"The relationship between health and a woman's traditional domain of home and hearth was driven home by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an international public-private partnership to improve health conditions for the 3 billion people in developing countries whose meals are prepared on old stoves or hearths, typically by women who breathe in 'a toxic mix' of smoke and pollutants reaching levels 200 times 'the amount that our EPA considers safe for breathing.' " Cleaning up that indoor air with cleaner-burning, fuel-efficient stoves means fewer women and children will die of lung diseases caused by smoke. It also means fewer women will have to forage for twigs and sticks in countries where just stepping outdoors puts a woman 'at increased risk of sexual assault,' Clinton said." 03-11
- -Editorial: What Was Lost in the Debate on Birth Control (Time.com)
"With this hysteria at a fever pitch, it’s easy to forget a few simple truths. Taxpayers spend more than $11 billion each year (in 2001 dollars) on costs associated with unintended pregnancy. It’s a conservative figure that only includes public insurance costs and not the larger financial burden of bringing unwanted children into the world."
"An estimated half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended according to an analysis by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and of those unplanned pregnancies, a further half end in abortion. That’s an awful lot of unwanted children and fetuses. By age 45, more than 40% of all American women will have had at least one abortion, a rate almost twice that of Western Europe. A comprehensive study by the World Health Organization confirmed that abortion rates in countries that prohibit or restrict legal abortion are no different than abortion rates in countries with liberal abortion laws; the only reliable way to reduce abortion is through the provision of affordable, accessible contraception."
"Why should an employer’s right to reject birth-control coverage trump a society’s collective imperative to reduce unintended pregnancy?" 02-12
- Rape Victims Say Military Labels Them With a Personality Disorder (CNN News)
No records are available for the number of women reporting sexual assault who were then discharged from the military for a personality disorder. However, "Military records show the personality disorder diagnosis is being used disproportionately on women, according to military records obtained by Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic under a Freedom of Information Act request."
"A personality diagnosis discharge can carry a heavy financial burden."
"In the military's eyes, a personality disorder diagnosis is a pre-existing condition and does not constitute a service-related disability. That means sexual assault victims with personality disorder discharges don't receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help with their trauma. They can still apply for benefits, but it's considered an uphill battle." 04-12
- Philadelphia Catholic Church Official Charged With Not Stopping Child Abuse (CNN News)
"On trial are the Rev. James Brennan, who is accused of the attempted rape of a 14-year-old, and Monsignor William Lynn, who is accused of knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children."
"The trial represents the first time that U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed the abuses, but an official who stands accused of failing to stop the assaults. Lynn had been responsible from 1992 until 2004 for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children." 07-07
- -07-12-12 Investigator Blames Penn State for Not Protecting Children (BBC)
"Louis Freeh's report, released on Wednesday, laid much blame in the hands of four of Penn State's 'most powerful people': President Graham Spanier, Vice-President Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and head football coach Joe Paterno."
"They 'failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sandusky's activities from the Board of Trustees, the university community and authorities,' Mr Freeh wrote." 07-12
- -07-23-12 NCAA Imposes Sanctions on Penn State (CBS News)
"The NCAA imposed a harsh set of sanctions on Penn State Monday, less than two weeks after an independent investigation found that football coach Joe Paterno and other senior school leaders failed to stop former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing children on campus."
"NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the association was banning the football team from all post-season play and bowl games for four years, reducing the program's number of scholarships from 25 to 15 per year for four years, and fining the program $60 million. The association also vacated all of the program's wins between 1998 and 2011."
" 'Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,' Emmert said." 07-12
- -02-01-13 Leading U.S. Cardinal Punished for Not Stopping Child Abuse (USA Today)
"One of the most powerful Catholic leaders in the USA, Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has been relieved of his public roles for covering up for sexually abusive priests — a role the current archbishop called 'evil.' " 02-13
- -10-14-07 Seniors Keep Romance Alive (CBS News)
"Lead author Dr. Stacy Tessler Lindau, an assistant professor of geriatrics, as well as obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical School, says that sexuality is an essential component of life, no matter what age a person is." 10-07
- Redefining Mental Health (Time.com)
"The DSM is important not only because it is wildly ambitious but also because mental-health professionals around the world have adopted its classification system. In the U.S., it is virtually impossible to get reimbursed by an insurance company for treatment unless a mental-health professional identifies your condition by a DSM diagnosis number."
"The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which owns the DSM, is in the process of rewriting the book, which was first published in 1952. The DSM-V, as the fifth edition will be called, is set to be published in 2012."
"Hyman noted that medical problems, whether in the mind or in the body or both, are usually caused by some combination of genes, environment, behavior and chance. "
"A continuum model like the one Hyman proposes could help solve this problem by recognizing that people aren't always one thing or another. They're sometimes just a little depressed, or a little anxious. To avoid medicalizing normal stress, the DSM-V would set a cut-off point within the spectrum. Of course, determining the right cut-off point for the DSM's 350 illnesses would take an enormous research effort, one that has begun for some disorders like depression but likely hasn't even been thought about for rare problems like sexual sadism."
"Other attendees at the APPA conference indicated that the new DSM will almost certainly adopt a continuum model for mental illnesses." 03-09
- Crimes on the High Seas (CNN News)
"It's the midst of peak cruising season, and millions of travelers are eagerly embarking on exotic vacations without thinking they could ever fall victim to a crime at sea."
"But sexual and physical assaults were the leading crimes committed onboard cruise ships in recent years, the FBI says." 06-09
- Romance and Seniors (SeniorJournal.com)
"Romance does not have to fizzle out in long-term relationships and progress into a companionship/friendship-type love. A new study finds long-term romantic love (with intensity, sexual interest, and engagement, but without the obsessive element common in new relationships), appears to be a real phenomenon that can last a lifetime and lead to happier, healthier relationships." 03-10
- Strategies for School Safety (U.S. Department of Education)
Provides a report from 1998 on how to make schools safer. Discusses The Nature and Scope of School Violence, including A National Perspective, Public School Policies and Practices Related to School Safety, and A State and Local Perspective. A second chapter on What Communities Can Do Through Collaboration includes What Communities Can Do, What Schools Can Do, What Students Can Do, What Parents Can Do, What Police and Juvenile Justice Authorities Can Do, What Businesses Can Do, and What Elected Officials and Government Agencies Can Do. A third chapter presents Model Programs related to problems of Aggression and Fighting, Bullying, Family Issues, Gangs, Racial and Other Bias-Related Conflict, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, Substance Abuse, Truancy and Dropouts, Vandalism, and Weapons. 7-01
- 02-26-04 Catholic Abuse Non-Compliance List (CBS News)
"Here is the list of dioceses identified by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection as failing to fully comply with a policy adopted to prevent sexual abuse by priests." 11-02
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