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Love is in the air everywhere we look around. Love is in the air, every sight and every sound! What is the sound the Wonks hope to hear over the next couple of weeks? They hope to hear the beep, beep, beep of the delivery truck backin’ up with an ass-load of cock to drop on their doorstep.
At the top of the episode, Ed shares that he’s feeling a wee bit nervous about his virtual boyfriend’s impending first in-person visit. Rosa pulls out her best Pat Benatar and says hit it with your best shot. Meanwhile, Rosa’s feeling grateful that her latest virtual fling is only 60 miles away rather than 6,000 miles away.
The killer bees have attacked again – but this time in a good way! Scientists from the Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, identified the presence of a compound known as melittin that they say exhibits powerful anti-HIV effects. The bee venom toxin was visibly observed to destroy the viral components of HIV while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Let’s learn to love those killer bees and pet them!
Paris is burning? Apparently not for those who are perceived as disabled. This question came up recently after an official near Paris called for allowing sex assistants as part of publicly funded social services to offer “aid” to those, he said, who were least able to “discover their sexuality and their bodies.” The Socialist politician, Jerome Guedj, offered the most contentious proposal Monday, just ahead of the vote in the local council, removing the term “sex surrogates” after coming under criticism for opening the door to legalized prostitution. Sexual repression in FRANCE? Really?
To hook up or not to hook up? – that is the question. Is it nobler to keep it in your pants or to suffer the slings and arrows of shame and ambivalence about hooking up? In her new book, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy, Donna Freitas has discovered that perhaps hooking up has become passé on college campuses. It seems when students are expected to hook up with lots of people, doing so becomes dutiful, not daring. Older ideas of sexual exploration — be it same-sex encounters or one-night stands — have become a basic expectation. So maybe good old fashioned dating and romance (without sex) is the new normal?