Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Humor in Human Sexuality - And Sobering Numbers on Cancer Deaths

My current class in school is human sexuality and sexuality counseling. The first textbook of two is simply about sexuality, gender, and identity. It's been pretty boring. Until now.

I'm reading the chapter on male sexual anatomy and function & the one on sexual relations. They must have been written by the lone male on the editorial team - because there are some great one-liners, as well as demonstrating a keen grasp of the obvious.
"By the way, the ejaculate is a low-calorie food—largely protein—when ingested."

"people who practice the “withdrawal method” of birth control are often called “parents”"

"The erect penis is an efficient funnel for depositing sperm deep within the vagina."

"In an effort to distract himself from erotic fantasies and to allow an erection to subside, many a male adolescent desperately renews his interest in his algebra or language textbook in class before the bell rings."

"Orgasm is generally pleasurable."

"Most of us would find funeral music a damper on sexual arousal."
OK, that was fun - now the real world, where more men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.

According to our textbook:
  • Breast cancer: Breast cancer strikes nearly 270,000 women in the United States each year and takes about 40,000 lives
  • Prostate cancer: 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States each year, and about 90,000 deaths
We have pink ribbons, Susan G Komen march for the cure, even the NFL does a breast cancer awareness month - yet MORE THAN TWICE as many men die of prostate cancer each year than women dying of breast cancer. Research funding is more than 2:1 in favor of breast cancer.


Apparently, there are blue ribbons for men and prostate cancer awareness, but have you ever seen a promotion for them? They've been out for more than 10 years.

The other reality is that WAAAAAY more research money goes into erectile dysfunction drugs than into drugs to fight and cure prostate cancer. So men would rather get it up for as long as possible than live longer.

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