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    A friend of mine was horrified last week when her 14 year-old niece told her that peeing after sex could prevent pregnancy. They argued for a bit until her niece triumphantly said that she had proof because she has been peeing after unprotected sex with her boyfriend for months and she isn’t pregnant. So there!

    The niece was promptly marched off to the doctor for a firm conversation about sex, contraception and safety, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just write that off as one spectacularly misinformed kid? Don’t you wish we could confidently tell ourselves that most 14 year-olds aren’t sexually active and even if they were, they would know more than my friend’s niece?

    Well we can’t. I’ve known my friend’s niece for years. She’s at a good school, has loving (if very conservative) parents and should know better.

    That she didn’t is not nearly as unusual as we might think.

    About one quarter of kids in year 10 are sexually active, by the time they reach year 12 that figure doubles. Less than half of those kids are using condoms. More than half are sexually active for at least a year before they visit a doctor to talk about contraception. I could fill several pages with terrifying statistics, but I think you probably get the general idea: teenagers are having sex and they are not doing it safely.

    Catherine Manning is the CEO of Melbourne’s SEED (Self-Esteem,Education and Development), and regularly facilitates workshops with teenagers on sexuality and consent. She was saddened but not shocked when I recounted my friend’s conversation with her niece. She told me that she has often heard such claims from young teenagers.

    “Kids don’t have the level of understanding about sex and sexuality that we imagine they do. Schools and parents seem to think that teenagers are much more aware of this stuff than they actually are, that they can find it on the internet and don’t need to have those conversations with adults. It’s simply not true. The information is certainly there, and sites like Birdee are great resource, but kids don’t go looking for the information until something goes wrong. By then the horse has bolted. Schools are teaching the mechanics, or at least they’re supposed to, but clearly the message isn’t getting through to everyone.”

    School curriculums vary across all the states and territories in Australia, but most schools are supposed to at least teach the basics about sex. Parental consent is required in some states, which presents the horrifying possibility that the kids least likely to receive sex-ed at home are prevented from learning about it at school.

    But, as my friend and Catherine Manning found out, even the kids who are present in sex-ed classes are not learning even the most basic information, let alone the more complex stuff about consent, respect, enjoyment and protection from disease.

    I’ve had those awkward conversations with my own kids (the one that really stands out is my nine year-old asking me what oral sex was. I told her and she didn’t believe me; we’re both still scarred by that conversation).

    I’m fairly confident they understand how it all works, but I probably need to go back and check. Because I’m also guilty of complacency. I mean, I’m knowledgeable, articulate and write regularly about feminist issues, so of course my kids know all that stuff, right?

    But now I think about it, we haven’t talked a lot about it over the last few years. What have they been told by their friends since then? How much of what I told them do they remember? How much do they think I got wrong? How much of the stuff that is really important did they dismiss as things that don’t matter?

    And the most frightening questions of all: Are they doing something that could endanger them because they don’t know all the things they should know?

    And will they tell me about it if they are?

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  • Women with big bums are healthier, says science

    Scientists at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Oxford University and the Churchill Hospital have found that women with big bums are increasingly intelligent and more resistant to chronic illnesses.

    The number of health benefits make booty akin to a miracle cure.


    Behind the data


    Population studies cited in the research found that women with larger bottoms are more likely to have lower levels of cholesterol and produce more hormones to metabolize sugar.

    Moreover, the adipose tissue on a bum and upper thigh catches the harmful fatty particles and prevents cardiovascular disease.

    Having a big butt also favours the hormone which regulates weight, and ones with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and anti-diabetic attributes.

    The protective properties of booty are exerted through long term fatty acid storage.


    Smart arse


    The increased intelligence is due to the amount of Omega 3 fats required to get a big bum in the first place.

    Omega 3 fats are proven to catalyze brain development.

    The traits appear to be passed on. The research also showed that children born to women with larger hips were more intelligent.

    The research shows a good sized posterior is good for posterity.

    Published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2010, the study concluded that if a person is going to carry body fat, the thighs and buttocks at least offer some protection.

    The lead researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos explained.


    Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you but around the tummy is bad.

    The study ‘Gluteofemoral body fat as a determinant of metabolic health’ focused on the distribution of fat around the body, rather than looking at whether or not more fat was healthier.

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  • Eritrea accuses U.S. of instigating fresh border clash with Ethiopia

    Eritrea accuses U.S. of instigating fresh border clash with Ethiopia


    Asmara government has accused the United States of masterminding the recent border clashes between Ethiopia and Eritrean forces.

    In a short statement issued on Friday, the Eritrean Ministry of Information further accused the U.S. Administration of providing arms to Ethiopia to aid the latter carry out the alleged attack.

    Last week, forces of the two rival neighbours engaged in heavy border fighting around Tserona central front, an area about 75 kilometres south of the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

    Hundreds of soldiers are reported to have been killed and many more wounded from both sides.

    The two sides traded blame over who first sparked the two-day battle which broke out on Sunday.

    The latest battle is the most serious military engagement since the 1998-2000 border war which has claimed the lives of an estimated more than 70,000 people.

    In the past, Eritrea has repeatedly accused the U.S. of instigating conflict in the region.

    Asmara accuses the U.S. of being major role player in instigating conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea. It has also accused Washington of having role on its border war with Djibouti.

    This time, the Red sea nation has similarly pointed accusing fingers on Barack Obama’s administration.

    “Eritrea is aware of Washington’s instigation not only of the attack against Eritrea that the Ethiopian forces launched last Sunday, June 12, 2016 but also in its deployment of weapons along the border for a much expanded offensive,” the statement alleged.

    Following the clashes, the United States voiced "grave concern" and called on both sides to exercise restraint and engage in political dialogue.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, John Kirby, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby urged the two arch rivals to cooperate in promoting stability and sustainable peace in the region.

    “As both Ethiopia and Eritrea are party to the 2000 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and there cannot be a military solution, we call for both sides to exercise restraint and engage in political dialogue,” he said.

    However Eritrea has downplayed US statement as nothing but “crocodile tears”.

    “In the event, shedding crocodile tears and issuing a bland statement by the spokesperson of the U.S. State Department calling on ‘both sides to show restraint’ cannot impress anyone” Eritrea’s statement added.

    It added Eritrea will disclose these facts in due time.

    In a separate statement Eritrea said it is appalled by the statement of UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon for calling on both sides to exercise restraint and refrain from any act or statement that could exacerbate the situation.

    “In the circumstances, we find the statement that apportions equal blame to the victim and the aggressor and calls on both sides to show restraint untenable” the statement reads.

    “This unfortunate statement can only corrode further the moral authority of the Secretary General’s Office” it added.

    The two countries remain at odds over the flashpoint town of Badme which was the source of the two-year long conflict.

    The Hague-based Boundary Commission 2002 ruling gave away the disputed town to Eritrea; however, Ethiopia has refused to accept insisting for more talks on implementation.

    Source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article59341

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  • Eritrea confirms the fighting with Ethiopia- BBC




    BBC has recently reported that the locals have been hearing heavy gun fight since Sunday morning in the Ethio-Eritrea border, specifically, Tsorena front.  

    They also reported witnessing mass movement of Ethiopian soldiers and tanks in the border. Before a few hours the Eritrean government has confirmed that fighting is going on between the two soldiers.


    The Eritrean government accused Ethiopia for launching the attack in its own soil. BBC said the information minister of Ethiopia, who is outside the country at the moment, replied that he did not know about the reported fight.

    However, considering the Eritrean confirmation and its pledge to provide further detail, it seems the heavily militarized region has once again turned to a war zone. 

    Yesterday, Ethiopian media close to the government sources reported the breaking news. This is a developing story, details will come soon.


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  • In Zimbabwe: 40-Years-Old Mother Set To Marry Own Son In Zimbabwe


    A woman is set to marry her own son. The woman and her son claim to be in love with each other and now they want to take their relationship to the next level and get married considering that the mother, Betty Mbereko (from Mwenezi in Masvingo) is now six months pregnant and expecting her son’s child, and her grandchild.

    Mbereko, 40, has been a widow for the past 12 years and has been living with her 23-years-old son Farai Mbereko.

    She confirms that she is six month pregnant and that she has decided it is better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s young brothers, whom she says are coveting her.
    Betty stunned a village court last week when she said the affair with her son had begun three years earlier.
    She said after spending a lot of money sending Farai to school following the death of her husband, she felt she had a right to his money and no other woman was entitled to it.
    “Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my son is working and you accuse me of doing something wrong.
    “Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,” she told the village court council.

    Farai said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the ilobola balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents.

    “I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said. “It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant.

    Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.” But local headman Nathan Muputirwa says: “We cannot allow this to happen in our village, mashura chaiwo aya, (This is a bad omen indeed). In the past they would have to be killed but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.”

    Source: http://howafrica.com/in-zimbabwe-40-years-old-mother-set-to-marry-own-son-in-zimbabwe/


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