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Time To Add STIs To The Long List Of Things That Are Sexist Towards Women

Can't even escape sexism when you're at the doctor's office or in bed.

It goes without saying that women have to deal with sexism nearly every day, whether it’s at work, at home or just walking down the street. It’s just awful and it’s about to get worse because we can add STIs to the long list of things that are sexist towards women.

Now this isn’t exactly a situation where a diagnosed case of chlamydia or gonorrhoea goes around saying inappropriate things to women, promoting men into higher management roles instead of women, or going around with signs that have “men’s rights matter” written on them.

Rather, it’s because STIs are “biologically and psycho-socially sexist at all levels” according to Dr. Hunter Handsfield (via CNN), a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STDs.

To put it simply, STIs are sexist because of a bunch of reasons:

  • You’re more likely to catch one if you’re a woman in a heterosexual pairing as infections are more readily transmitted from the man to woman than the other way around.
  • It is far more damaging to your health when you get an STI if you’re a woman and can affect fertility.
  • Symptoms are often more non-specific for women and and often be mistaken for something else.
  • It is far more difficult to diagnose an STI if you’re a woman compared to a man.

The reasons for this is biological rather than institutionalised sexism among viruses. The skin of a vagina is thinner than the skin of a penis, making it easier for infections to get through.

There’s also the issue of STIs getting passed on by men’s semen as if a dude’s bodily fluid stays within a bodily cavity, there’s a greater risk of catching an infection the longer it stays around.

Now this whole problem of sexist STIs isn’t anyone or anything’s fault, it’s just the way we’re hardwired sadly but it doesn’t make it any less irritating. Since it’s not exactly possible to teach STIs to not be sexist, the best course of action for women is to take care of themselves and get checked regularly.

As for the dudes, always wear a condom and don’t be selfish, you already have it good enough as it is.

Hey Jennifer Aniston, Your Version Of 'Intermittent Fasting' Makes No Sense

The one where Rachel (sort of) finds out.

There are three guaranteed things in life: death, taxes and Jennifer Aniston looking forever young regardless of how old she is. Okay, a major part of it is her having luxury of being able to maintain her health due to all that Friends money, but a lot of it is also down to her diet and intermittent fasting routine.

It’s the hottest diet in Hollywood right now!

Jen spilled her youth-retaining secrets to Radio Times (via The Guardian) and said the secret isn’t drinking the blood of virgins or water from the fountain of youth.

No, her schtick is to go on the 16:8 intermittent fasting diet, which involves fasting for 16 hours (bedtime is included in this part) and then eating healthily for the other eight hours.

Okay, that sounds pretty tough tough but is actually far less restrictive and underwhelming than you think.

Jen says she wakes up around 8:30am every day (must be nice being a Hollywood star who can do that), has breakfast at around 10am, does things like drink celery juice, exercise, and plays with her dogs, and then has dinner at around 5:30pm.

So in other words, the secret to Jennifer Aniston’s health is, uh, eating healthy, exercise and early dinner. How… anticlimatic. Where’s the part involving sacrificing animals to the eternal youth god?

That all sounds like a normal person’s routine with a dash of having early dinner every day. That’s not fasting and if it is then it just makes no sense calling it “fasting” when you’re just doing what people do every day.

Hell, if that’s intermittent fasting then I’ve been (unintentionally) doing it every day, though it clearly has had less on an impact on my health than it has on Jen. Just a hunch but perhaps the eating healthy and exercise part may be more important than when you can and can’t stuff your face with calories.

Well that was underwhelming.

Jen says she noticed a “big difference going without food for 16 hours,” which makes me wonder what kind of difference is she talking about because it’s literally what most people do every day. Is there something in breakfast food that I’ve been missing out on this whole time?

This whole saga has yielded two conclusions: either Jen has a different definition of intermittent fasting compared to the rest of us or the Hollywood PR machine has been incredibly effective at turning something as simple as an everyday routine into a hot diet fad.

But hey, let’s look at it this way, Jennifer Aniston’s intermittent fasting routine is perfectly doable and doesn’t require much change your in routine until most big diets that “guarantee” you’ll be shedding weight in no time.

Is It Cute Or Creepy When Celebs Hook-up With Their Childhood Crush?

It's a fine line between stalker and sweet.

In case you haven’t heard, Miley Cyrus has been hooking up with Cody Simpson ever since she broke up with Liam Hemsworth, which is something of a dream come true of ol’ Cody as he’s been crushing on her since he was a young 9-year-old lad.

It’s been public, excessively gratuitous, occasionally problematic, and has kicked up this very interesting question among the GOAT team: is it cute or creepy when a celebrity like Miley Cyrus hooks up with their childhood crush?

Miley and Cody’s fast and furious hook-up is far from the first time a celeb has hooked up with their childhood crush and it is generally been okay for the most part. They’re both young, good-looking, and are in the same industry so it’s not too overly surprising, even if it reeks of textbook post-breakup behaviour.

The same can be said of couples like Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (who owned posters of The Jonas Brothers back in the day), and Justin and Hailey Bieber (who apparently crushed on him pretty hard back in the day).

They’re all young people who are just going through the rollercoaster that is love and life. We’ve all done stupid stuff when it comes to getting the attention of the person we’re crushing on, it just so happens all the aforementioned celebs are doing it in the public eye.

It’s when we get to childhood crush couples who have a large age difference where things start to tick over from cute to creepy.

There’s no denying that Jason Momoa really loves his wife (and childhood crush) Lisa Bonet, but things get slightly weird when you take into account their 12-year age difference and his quite intense declarations of love and being a bit of a “stalker.” It’s roughly the same story for Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole, both of whom have a kid together and hooked up after she judged him on The X-Factor.

By the time we get to a 40-something Leonardo DiCaprio and his multitude of 25-or-younger supermodel girlfriends, and whatever went on between Katie Holmes and her childhood crush Tom Cruise, things are firmly in weird and creepy territory.

Besides the big age difference, it’s hard not to think that the older celebrity is taking advantage of the younger person’s childhood crush on them in order to get them into something resembling a relationship.

Okay, we get it Tom Cruise, you’re in love with Katie Holmes.

Maybe I’m being a bit cynical about this whole thing about celebrities hooking up with their childhood crush. Maybe the excitement people get from seeing something like this happen is because it’s literally a dream come true.

99.9 percent of the time, hooking up with some celebrity you’ve had the hots for since you were a teen is nothing more than a fantasy you carry (sometimes obsessively) in your head. When it actually does happen, it’s just wild because it’s something no one expected.

But hey, love (or lust) can begin from the most unexpected places. Sometimes it’s at first sight and other times it can be in the form of someone staring at the many posters of their crush for hours every day.

At the end of the day, Cody Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Jason Momoa, Katie Holmes and all the aforementioned celebrities are adults who can make their own choices. If they’re happy with their decisions, then who are we to judge?

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