Monday, September 10, 2007

The Sexual Revolution

With more and more Americans practicing kinkier sex, Emergency Room physicians must now be able to recognize cigarette burns, whip welts, rope burns, track marks, skin abscesses, torn sphincters, black eyes, and other signs of physical abuse.

Another unfortunate side effect of the sexual revolution has been an epidemic of teen pregnancies.
The latest trends in body adornment have elevated tattoo art to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective).

Experienced surgeons who have no problem cutting open someone's brain or sternum may find themselves at a loss for words when, upon examining certain body parts, they discover metal studs, loops, and rings piercing the ears, eyelids, nose, tongue, lips, nipples, navel, perineum, scrotum, glans, testicles, and labia majora.
As America has developed into a more sexually-liberated society, risky sexual behavior by heterosexuals, homosexuals, and bisexuals has given rise to new problems in the field of sexually-transmitted diseases. In the early 1980s, AIDS was first noticed in the gay community. To date, this disease has claimed the lives of more Americans than were lost in the Viet Nam War. In early 1995, AIDS became the number one cause of death for young males between 18 and 44 years of age.

[Consciousness Raising Exercise #10]

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