Courtesy of Ireland AM on their Facebook page
Is there anything wrong with unisex bathrooms in schools?
Following on from the revelation that a Professor in the UK Is calling for the age of consent to be lowered from 16 to 15 years old, Im absolutely sickened and saddened to here that a school based in England has now replaced their separate boys and girls bathrooms with a unisex restroom.
The decision has provoked outrage from parents, but the school are advising them that they see it as a positive step that can stop instances of intimidation and bullying.
There are also fears that the unisex bathrooms could be a haven for underage sex.
Ireland AM want to know your opinion on this and what would you do if your child's school decided to do the same?
"Keep it down or the 'techies'
It’s with a stiff, upper-lip that you find me writing this post!
Technology is everywhere that we look in our lives today, and there doesn’t seem to be any area that has remained untouched by the tech revolution.
Obviously for the inventors, programmers and the likes, the hardest mission is coming up with those big, bold ideas.
If they can’t continually rise to the occasion and bring a smile to an end user’s experience, then they may as well fall into the obese like alongside the ……. and the 2.5-inch floppy.
Tough market to crack
Everything is harder these days because everyone wants delivery faster. We live in a world of ‘next generation’ this, and high speed that.
A lot of inventions came close to being brilliant, like the Sinclair C5, until people realised how much of a dick they looked like when driving one. Indeed Eddison lit the way with the lightbulb, but then he fell on hard-times with his concept of concrete furniture. And then there was Sir Henry Bessemer’s anti-sea sickness boat. The vessel crashed into a timber-erected pier, with his crew of confused seamen left scratching their heads.
But stall the ball(s) there for a minute!
As far as I’m concerned there seems to be an opening or a gap in the market that is yet to be filled. I’m thinking of a problem that tugs at many a mans’ conscience and emotions including mine.
A bit of investigation in the right area could spring up some surprises, and it could also supply a fix for those who live with the precarious problem of performance anxiety in the bedroom.
That’s right; roll on the ‘Next Generation of Condoms!’
But you see that’s the beauty of this long and meaningful post, it has kept your attention this far. Yet ‘rolling on a condom’ often takes from the attention in hand, if you know what I’m talking about. I’m trying to be straight to the point now! And I'm sure you know what direction I’m going here? Down boy!
According to Grand Challenges in Global Health there are an estimated 750 million condom users worldwide and that number is, of course, rising all the time. They also state that there are few places that condoms have yet to reach (geographically talking of course).
The Grand Challenges in Global Health website also places a stiff emphasis on the major drawbacks of condom use, namely the lack of incentive for consistent use, and the perceived decrease in pleasure in comparison with bareback bacon.
So developing a stigma free; no-holes-barred (slip o’the finger sorry!) condom that reduces downtime is the future, right?
Given that decisions about usage are often made a split second prior to intercourse id say such an invention would, as they say, be a no-brainer, right?
At this stage of our relationship you are probably wondering where the tech comes into the whole condom debate?
Well Willy, William, or Bill Gates as most of us would know him, and he prefers to be addressed as, donates some of his hard-earned millions at condom-donning problems. Yes that’s right, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In fact Bill and Melinda are not backwards about coming forwards, and they even state on the foundation website that the common analogy about wearing a condom is 'like taking a shower with a raincoat on’.
Bill and Melinda say that they are open to new ideas. It’s sort of like an open, tech relationship, where they invite people's input to make the world a better place.
They hope such great ideas will help to answer questions in a move toward a world where condom negotiation is no longer an issue (or a tissue!)
Multi-purpose Prevention Technologies
According to the foundation, the field is moving toward a new class of products, referred to as Multi-purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs). These will aim to protect against the sexual and reproductive health needs of men and women, while also adding to the sexual pleasure of both sexes through advances in design and function capabilities.
Today technology bosses talk about the internet of everything….mmm I envisage growth potential here! But shhh! Keep it down or the techies will hear us! At least until I can patent my ‘penis-link’ online (remember, you heard it here first).
Taken up the offer
We have two inventors who have ‘taken up the offer’ to try and come up with the ‘next generation condom’, both of whom, as winners of the Bill and Melinda Gate’s Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative (GCE), have been awarded grant funding of $100,000 to try and hit their proposed targets. So stand proud Benjamin Strutt and Willem van Rensburg.
The composite creation
Benjamin Strutt (real name) and a team from Cambridge Design Partnership in the United Kingdom plan to make sparks fly as they design a male condom out of a composite material. They hope to provide a universal fit that is designed to gently tighten during intercourse, enhancing sensation and reliability.........fair play lads!
Hands free mobile device
Willem van Rensburg of Kimbranox Ltd, based in South Africa will test a condom applicator known as the ‘Rapidom’. Ok so the truth is that the Rapidom does require some hand action, but van Rensburg says that it is designed for easy, ‘technique-free’ application of a condom. Kimbranox will test an applicator that is designed so to be easily applied with one motion, thereby minimizing interruption..........again fair play lads!
It makes me very excited to know that the future of the condom is in such good hands.
Now I, along with all men can stand proud and protected knowing that we are covered for every occasion.
The small print
NB: Just one last point that caught my attention. It was perhaps ironic that on the same press release from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kimbrinox Ltd easy condom applicator information was followed by a grant award category titled:
‘Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholders’
The cheek of it!
Macca's gives some friendly advice to their staff members, many of them who work for minimum wage. This is a real eye opener. The helpful tips were posted on a staff website called ....wait for it.......'McResources!'
See the full story here (McDonalds tips), on a post by Alex Kane on AlterNet.
AlterNet is an award winning news magazine and online community.
Alternet reports that the details from the 'employee only' website have been publicized by a group known as Low Pay Is Not OK, a collection of fast food workers who have come together in an effort to get better pay for people who work within the industry.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS MCDONALD'S ADVICE TO LOW PAYED EMPLOYEES
Low Pay Is Not OK posted the video below. It outlines the 'McResources' website tips aimed at McDonald's workers.
YES, REAL TEENS ARE HAVING SEX.
But now that I have your attention please don't feel that you have been hoodwinked by my false advertising. We all like sex, me included, but the picture above is as sexy as it gets I'm afraid.
Yes this post is generally about sex and teens as it states in the headline, but perhaps not the specific genre that some of you may have been looking for. In that, I mean the salivating over web content, with a box of Kleenex close to hand type of genre.
If you clicked on the link to see naked teens indulging in sexual interactions with each other or with adults then I apologize. If you fall into this bracket you are more than likely either a naive teen yourself, or an adult member of society who has a penchant for that sort of thing. But no matter which one you are, you have a choice to read on or open another sort of browsing session.
So what's this all about?
THE AGE OF CONSENT
UK based Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, recently said that he would like to see the age of consent in the UK lowered by a year from 16 to 15. He thinks that society sends 'confused signals' to teens as to when sex is allowed.
Do I have a problem with this? Yes, your damn right I do!
Personally, at the age of 15 I thought that I could rule the world. I was invincible and was the boss of me. Thank God that I had a mother who, when needed reeled me in and gave me a good old clip around the lugs when I got out of hand.
MORE CHOICE AND EASY ACCESS
Access to pornographic materials was easy enough, even in my day. However, like most 'utilities' it has long since moved from the paper, hard-copy system to an online convenience. Today we are just a click away from a smorgasbord of 'naked' content, often marketed as 'naked teen content'.
Prof. Ashton says that society has to accept that one third of British teenagers are having sex before the legal age of 16. Yes this is probably true. But I see an obvious link there Professor, cant you?
The blatant sexualization of young audiences through the television, internet and other media sources has encouraged earlier sex by teens and the hunt for younger 'teen-prey' by some individuals.
It's not dissimilar to desiring the smaller and more attractive I-Pad Mini over the older and larger model. Making something desirable and attractive to an audience is easy, right? Advertisers get paid to do such things. There is a market for everything.
It's sad, but so true that for every law-abiding, upstanding member of society there is an individual who will see lowering the age of consent as an open invitation to a party (a children's party). It just expands what's on offer on the menu for their lusts and desires. Well if the law says I can now have sex with a fifteen-year-old then why not make the most of it and lure more fifteen-year-olds into having sex with me?
Prof. Ashton says that lowering the age will make availability of contraception easier for those (children) aged 15 who are engaging in a sexual relationships. Yes thats right I included the word children there again in that sentence, because anyone in their right mind should realize that a fifteen year old is still a child.
"I would not personally argue for 14 but I think we should seriously be looking at 15 so that we can draw a line in the sand and really, as a society, actively discourage sexual involvement under 15. By doing that, you would be able legitimately to organise services to meet the need," Ashton said.
Come off it Professor, the only line being drawn in the sand should be the ones young teens write on beaches and then poses beside for photographs.
I dont have children yet, but if and when I do have them, I'd like to think that they can enjoy a proper childhood before they have to deal with what ever 'adult' life can and will throw at them.
Contraception and sexual health may be included in sex-education classes in schools, but it shouldn't be a worry that children need to have on their minds, at least until they are old enough and mature enough to deal with the consequences of what can follow from 'too much too soon'.
I'm writing this post whilst in the USA where the age of consent is predominantly higher in most states than in the UK or Ireland. Please tell me that i'm not alone in condemning even the thought of lowering the age of sexual consent in any country?
Ah now lads! We've all been there, the morning after the night before.
And we all have our own miracle cure that we stand by for when the wrecking ball comes a pounding on you...... minus the naked Miley Cyrus.
Im talking hangovers! I had one when I got up at the crack-of-noon today and they seem to be getting worse with old age.
Sure like they were never this bad when I was 13!
There are of course a plethora of favourite cures such as:
My favourite was always ice cream and guess what.....stall the wrecking ball lads!
Tesco were thinking ahead, or thinking of my head!
It seems the supermarket giant have had to recall a batch of their chocolate and nut ice cream because they were found to include pain relief tablets.
Genius stuff Tesco! Im sure this sort of clumsy mistake could be turned into a money maker. Only the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have recalled the suspected batches from the shops.
But the other thing paining me is that now I'm living in San Francisco, with no Tesco, no full Irish
(Im yet to find a respectable one), and no bottle of Lucozade to be found until mammy's christmas box arrives in the post.
Morning sex is not an option because If Miley Cyrus did come home with me last night, then she didn't leave a note this morning and thats just rude! That girls has really let herself go.
So if anyone is available to run to the store and get me a Sprite i'd appreciate the thought.
But on the other hand its Friday, so maybe I'll meet Miley for a pint later.
What's your hangover cure?
Sprite of life according to the Chinese