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Defining The 'Dad Bod'

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The heterosexual community seems to have to recently discovered what bears, chasers, and the pro-DILF community has known for quite some time: guys don’t have to be super fit to be hot. “Dad Bod,” a term coined earlier this year by Mackenzie Pearson, an undergrad at Clemson University, quickly became an internet buzzword, inspiring dozens of thinkpieces arguing whether the concept was sexist or not.

One of the things about Dad Bod that’s fueled the fascination with the concept is its nebulousness. Taken literally Dad Bod should refer to the stereotypical bodies we assign to men as they settle into fatherhood--see: middle age spread. The thing is, though, if you were to ask a group of people to define a classic Dad Bod, you’d probably get a handful of different descriptions. With that issue in mind, the good folks at The New York Times set out to quantify the average differences between the bodies of actual fathers and their childless counterparts:

“The skinny: On average, dads are 10 pounds heavier than non-dads; they’re carrying nearly an extra two inches on their waist; and their bellies stick out an extra half-inch.

The latest data from this survey found that half the non-dads in our 18-to-45 bracket had a sagittal abdominal diameter of less than eight inches, but only 29 percent of the dads did. But dads seem to wear their extra paunch with some degree of comfort. Despite the extra 10 pounds, nearly as many dads described themselves as being “about the right weight” as those who are not dads. (The exact proportions are 49 percent and 53 percent.)”

Check out the full article here and weigh in with your thoughts on the Dad Bod phenomenon in the comments.


New Study Sheds Light On Truvada's Ability To Prevent HIV Infection After One Week of Dosing

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A new study into Truvada’s efficacy as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has found that the drug is most effective at preventing HIV contraction after a person has been taking the drug for a full week. The study also further detailed just how effective PrEP proved to be at reducing the risk for HIV infection. One of the major arguments against PrEP’s use has been the belief that at risk populations like drug users might not take their medication regularly enough to benefit from its protection.

According to the study’s findings, subjects exhibited risk reductions ranging between 75 and 91 percent after a single day’s dosage. After three days, risk reduction rose to somewhere between 95 and 97 percent, and after five to seven days the drug proved to be 98-99% effective. Apparently risk reduction remains well above 90 percent after a week going off of Truvada, presumably because of the drug’s presence within people’s bloodstream.

“High PrEP activity for MSM was achieved by approximately 1 week of daily dosing,” the study’s authors explained. “Although effective intracellular drug concentrations persist for several days after stopping PrEP, a reasonable recommendation is to continue PrEP dosing for 4 weeks after the last potential HIV exposure, similar to recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis.”

It’s important to point out that while the study’s findings applied specifically to people who were taking Truvada at regularly scheduled intervals from day to day. Current trials looking into the drug’s ability to prevent HIV infection when taken immediately before sex are still ongoing but have yet to provide similar results.

Read more about the study’s findings here and here.

(h/t Joe.My.God)


Gordon Klingenschmitt Concerned Bans On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Increase Demonic Possession: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has voiced his concern that gay people will no longer be able to rid themselves of demons if “ex-gay” conversion therapy is banned, reports Right Wing Watch.

Speaking on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, demon-obsessed Klingenschmitt explained that judges are “cooperating with the demonic spirit inside of the homosexual addict and those judges are now reinforcing the sin and saying you cannot be delivered, you cannot cured, you cannot be healed".

In February, Klingenschmitt said the bakery owners in Oregon who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are “a blessing” to gay people because they refuse “to participate in their acts of sodomy”.

Yesterday, it was reported that a bipartisan Illinois House majority approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. A federal bill banning the discredited practice has also been introduced

Listen to Klingenschmitt’s latests ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP

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Bisexual Oregon Governor Kate Brown Bans 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy

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It is now illegal for Oregon’s state-licensed mental health professionals to provide “corrective therapies” meant to “cure” people of their same sex attractions. House Bill 2307, the new law banning the widely discredited practice conversion therapy, was swiftly passed through the Oregon House in March and the Senate in early May with a vote of 21-3.

Oregon governor Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual, signed House Bill 2307 into law earlier this week, creating protections for the state’s queer youth. Going forward, “therapists” working with active medical licenses issued from within the state will be barred from subjecting teenagers younger than 18 to ex-gay treatments. Brown’s passing the bill makes Oregon the third state in the country to outlaw conversion therapy, joining California and New Jersey, in addition to the District of Columbia.

"Conversion therapy at its core, I believe, is an act of violence," said Democratic Oregon state senator Sara Gelser. "Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a mental disorder, and it is not something that should be cured."

The specific language of HB 2307 provides people with protection from a wide variety of different forms of conversion therapy including attempts to challenge a transgender person’s self-asserted identity and attempts to “change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.”

“We are very pleased that Oregon has banned the use of conversion therapy on minors and thank Gov. Brown and the Oregon Legislature for taking this important step,” said GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard. “We hope Oregon will prove to be just the first of many states to ban this harmful and discredited practice that uses rejection, shame and psychological abuse aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”


Illinois House Votes To Block 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy For Minors: VIDEO

A bipartisan Illinois House majority yesterday approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy, reports Equality Illinois.

Illinois_House_of_RepresentativesThe bill - which was passed 68-43, with support from 61 Democrats and seven Republicans - prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in “reparative therapy” with anyone under the age of 18.

Equality Illinois (EI) has now called on the state Senate to approve the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act before the scheduled May 31 adjournment of the General Assembly.

EI CEO Bernard Cherkasov said:

"Ending conversion therapy is our top priority in the legislature right now. Trying to change the unchangeable, our innate sexual orientation and gender identity, should not be attempted because it risks the health of LGBT youth.”

However, although every major Illinois mental health organization supports the bill - including the Illinois Psychological Association, Illinois Psychiatric Society, American Psychoanalytic Association, Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - the legislation does not apply to religious leaders and would not impact the ability of clergy to practice their religion.

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu introduced a federal bill that would explicitly prohibit therapy to change people's gender identity.

Watch law student Scott Blair pick apart a counselor's attempt to cure him of his homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

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FDA Proposes End To Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men: READ

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d0a85a76970c-250wiEarlier today, we told you about the upcoming report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that was expected to revise the stringent regulations banning gay men from donating blood in the U.S. That report was released by the FDA today and as expected, advocates for a roll back of the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men. In the announcement, the Obama administration acknowledged that the current policy “is perceived by some as discriminatory.” 

The proposed new guidelines will still ban gay men from donating blood if they have had sex with another man in the past year.

The Hill reports:

Critics of the ban, which was enacted during the national AIDS epidemic in 1983 and last updated in 1992, say it ignores mounds of scientific evidence concluding that blood donations pose no risk than the greater public if properly screened.

The FDA said in its draft rules the ban has become less effective over time, admitting that “some individuals knowingly donate despite the deferral."

The agency will now collect public comments on the rule for 30 days. 

The American Medical Association quickly praised the move, releasing a statement that called it “a step in the right direction to end the lifetime ban that prohibits men who have had sex with men (MSM) from ever donating blood.”

Groups such as the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers have also voiced support of the policy change, calling the ban “medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

Read the new proposed blood donation guidelines, AFTER THE JUMP...

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