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Be Careful Getting Sex Advice On The Internet, Trust Me

Check your sources or pay the price.

The first stop for the vast majority of questions we have in day-to-day life is to Google it. That’s great for a lot of things – recipes, tracking down song names with mere scraps of lyrics, random questions about obscure topics of interest, the list goes on.

The collective information stored in the internet holds the answers to so many of our questions that it starts to feel like the all-knowing God. But alas, such is not the case.

It’s important to remind ourselves that the internet is also full of misinformation, and it’s not always that easy to tell fact from semi-fact, or complete fiction.

This becomes particularly risky territory when you’re googling sex-related advice and information. Believe me.

Recently the internet vehemently suggested to me that coconut oil makes a great natural lube if you don’t have any of the store-bought for-purpose sexual lubricant on hand. Multiple websites raved about how it not only works as lubricant, but improves the general health of your vagina! What a win!

Unfortunately, although the coconut oil smells hella good, the experience culminated in a week of vaginal thrush and more than $60 trying to kick it.

In retrospect, the key problem was that none of these websites had any authority to give advice, there were just so many of them that it seemed legitimate.

But as a friend of mine pointed out, the internet also once suggested that you eat Tide Pods, so it’s far from a beacon of truth.

But doling out sex-related advice is so popular online that it’s easy to be misled. Cross-referencing unverified sources with other unverified sources can give the illusion of truth, and leave you with more problems than you started with (see: thrush).

Of course, with the atrocious lack of sufficient sexual education in schools in Australia and across the world at varying degrees, we have a lot of sex-related questions we need answered.

I can’t name a single friend of mine who knows exactly how the contraceptive pill works, or who didn’t suffer from stress that their genitals weren’t ‘normal’ when they were young. At my school we didn’t even do the iconic ‘how to put a condom on a banana’ lesson, making the use of basic contraception an intimidating task.

That’s a gap in knowledge that can have some very serious consequences (see: unwanted pregnancy, STI’s).

‘Google it’ is our solution to those questions ranging from the more basic to the nuanced complexities of navigating sex, bodies and sexuality. That’s unlikely to change, especially as politicians stubbornly cling to insufficient school sex education programmes.

So the lesson here is to just search wisely. Not every website is a reliable source. Beware of anecdote-based advice that fails to mention the risks involved with using things like coconut oil, butter or egg whites as lube (all real suggestions.)

The good news is there are more and more projects dedicated to providing solid information on these kinds of topics. O.school, AMAZE, F*CK YES, Tabú, and The Killer and a Sweet Thang are a few examples. Then there’s always the option of talking to your doctor about sexual health-related things to ensure you get an informed and personalised answer.

Just make sure that when you have a question about sex, you’re getting an answer you can trust. Believe me, it’s worth the extra research.

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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