MTV announced this afternoon that the “sun will set on the shore” after Jersey Shore‘s sixth and final season airs this fall. I was planning on reminiscing over the fist pumps, baby bumps, alcohol poisoning, closeted cast members, the awful impression Italy now has of America, domestic disturbances, Guidettes and meatballs, but no– something else caught my eye while reading about the epic conclusion of the Jersey Shore: Each cast member has a clause in his or her contract regarding STDs. More
I’m not kidding: You could own the skull of St. Vitalis of Assisi, an Italian monk and hermit who is incidentally the patron against sicknesses and diseases affecting the genitals. It comes in a lovely display cabinet and can be yours for the low, low price of 700 to 1000 pounds. It’s being auctioned in England on Sunday– who’s up for a trip? Pictured above is St. Vitalis as he appears in religious art; image of the skull itself after the jump, so that those of you who have no desire to see a severed head will not be forced to look at it on Crushable’s homepage. More
STDs have a special spot in television: Often, TV likes to pretend they don’t exist, a phenomenon TV Tropes calls “STD Immunity.” Luckily, though, there ARE, in fact, a number of shows that not only acknowledge STDs, but also (and perhaps more importantly), expose their main characters to them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but for your entertainment and information, here are 10 television characters who have or had STDs: More
No STD Week would be complete without a soundtrack, so here’s your official Crushable STD Playlist. Listen to it when you’re sick, when you’re not sick, when you’re freaking out that you might be sick but aren’t sure if you are… I’m sure you can all come up with plenty of occasions during which to play it. Happy listening! More
Though 16 and Pregnant and its companion show Teen Mom have been praised for educating teens about contraception and pregnancy, that’s about as far as MTV’s sex ed program goes. Though they’ve really gone the extra mile to give multiple perspectives on teen pregnancy, including airing a special on abortion and including 16 and Pregnant episodes that feature adoptions, STDs never come up. More
It’s summertime! You’re shopping for bikinis, figuring out your summer travel plans, and deciding what to wear to the first day of your internship. It also might mean that you’ve met the perfect summer fling. And before you get down to business with Gustavo or Jean-Pierre, it’s time to take a refresher course in sexual health. More
Amanda Seyfried talks about her new relationship with Ryan Phillipe and her past heartbreak with Dominic Cooper. (People)
A conservative columnist claims that monogamous sex is best for society. (The Frisky)
Allow me to take you back to a time when only women spread STDs.
That time never existed, you say? World War II propaganda says otherwise. More
Never having done online dating, I only vaguely knew about different niche dating sites: dating sites for different religions, dating sites that catered to married people wanting to have affairs, dating sites that pimp out sea captains, and those that specialize in “Adult Baby” fetishes; you know, that desire in all of us to put back on a diaper and suck our thumbs with our soul mates.
Here is one I never heard of: dating sites for herpes sufferers. More
How old were you when you first learned how to put a condom on a guy? Do you still not know how to do it? You’re not alone: 30 percent of condom application is done incorrectly the first time around, meaning that even guys who ostensibly do this like, all the time, often fumble around in the dark while trying not break the mood. Even “flipping” a contraceptive — meaning that you put it on upside-down and then have to flip it over — increases your risk of getting STDs. Not so hot. More
• That hot Russian spy Anna Chapman is really living the American (tabloid) dream: Sexy pictures of the redhead Mata Hari have now surfaced from her Facebook account and other sources, and she’s totally embarrassed about the invasion of her … More
Herpes is one of those taboo STDs that no one really likes to talk about: although its the most common and wide-spread sexually transmitted disease in the United States (and the world…90 percent of the earth’s population has one or … More
Okay, Tila Tequila is officially a moron. This all started off because Tila told TMZ that Rihanna needed to speak out more about domestic violence. Rihanna didn’t feel that Tila should be commenting on her, seeing as Tila doesn’t actually … More