August 20th, 2007

From the Economist, Aug 20th, 2007:

Risky business

Aug 20th 2007

SEX may be risky wherever you are. But those indulging in the riskiest behaviour often live in some of the world’s richest nations, according to Foreign Policy magazine, using data from the latest Durex Global Sex Survey—the world’s largest survey of sexual behaviour, with over 317,000 participants in 41 countries. They have sex at a younger age and sleep with more people, both indicators for contracting sexually transmitted infections. Each year, there are more than 340m new cases of such infections globally, excluding HIV.


And from the September/October 2007 issue of Foreign Policy.

The original article (

Condom Nations
By Miguel Fontes, Peter Roach

September/October 2007
Where is sex safer: sub-Saharan Africa or Scandinavia? According to the world’s largest sex survey, whether you have unprotected sex isn’t a matter of being male or female, gay or straight. When it comes to risky bedroom behavior, what matters most may be where you live.

Today appears to be my day to post about sex.

In particular, to post articles about sex from non-sexually related magazines.

This one is from Forbes (, and is entitled "Is Sex Necessary?"

A few quotes:

"The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it's harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female."

"[B]y having sex three or more times a week, men reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by half. In reporting these results, the co-author of the study, Shah Ebrahim, Ph.D., displayed the well-loved British gift for understatement: "The relationship found between frequency of sexual intercourse and mortality is of considerable public interest."

"Seminal plasma contains zinc, calcium and other minerals shown to retard tooth decay. Since this is a family Web site, we will omit discussion of the mineral delivery system. Suffice it to say that it could be a far richer, more complex and more satisfying experience than squeezing a tube of Crest--even Tartar Control Crest."

But read the whole thing. They obviously had fun compiling it all.

For cmeckhardt.

I'm sorry. I should have found this article before you left, or at least when you asked about what to do in Brooklyn. But I just found it.

It's five different vignettes, on five days, all in Brooklyn:

Monday: Yemeni on Atlantic Avenue.
Tuesday: Chinese in Sunset Park.
Wednesday: Russian in Brighton Beach.
Thursday: Bangladeshi in Kensington.
Friday: Ecuadoran, Guatemalan, Honduran, Dominican, and Mexican in Red Hook Park.

Oh well. You're going back, right?