Syphilis From Facebook And 6 More Silly Sex Myths

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Syphilis From Facebook And 6 More Silly Sex Myths
Facebook causes syphilis, gay Teletubbies, rock n roll is devil's music and more silly sex myths.

We were appalled to read this morning that researchers are blaming Facebook, of all things, for increased syphilis outbreaks in the U.K. Last year, Durham, Sunderland, and Teesside, the regions where Facebook is most popular, reported four times more than the usual number of syphilis cases. In an interview with the Telegraph, Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, speculated that social networking websites have made it easier for people to meet strangers for casual sexTop 10 Myths About Safe Sex And Sexual Health

We're a little skeptical of the direct correlation between Facebook and STDs. We'd like to see more research into the sex-ed classes of the aforementioned regions before pinning the blame on otherwise harmless social networking sites. In fact, the whole debacle is so sensationalized that it reminds us of a few other instances when people made quick connections between sex and various popular things. Oral Sex Definition Gets Dictionary Banned

 

1. Teletubbies. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Teletubbies was a popular children's TV show featuring four characters who talked in baby babble. Despite the show's apparent innocence, the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, a prominent Moral Majority spokesperson, denounced the program for its supposedly gay undertones. In an article called "Parents Alert: Tinky Winky Comes Out Of The Closet," Dr. Falwell cited Tinky Winky's purple coloring and handbag, as well as the triangle on its head, as evidence that the character was gay. The show's spokespeople, who maintain that Tinky Winky is nothing more than a "technological baby with a magic handbag," said that they were saddened that Falwell read sexual innuendo into a show aimed at pre-schoolers. Wacky Childhood Misconceptions About Sex

2. Picture books. For as long as we can remember, books have been banned for containing sexual content and homosexual undertones. According to the American Library Association, the picture book And Tango Makes Three, which follows two male penguins who raise a baby together, was the most banned book of 2009. Conservative groups complained that the book's supposed political agenda compromised the minds of children. Despite the controversy (or perhaps because of it), And Tango Makes Three has won numerous national book awards. 7 Gay Men Straight Women Love