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New Federal Guidelines Say the Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh the Risks

U.S. health officials have released a draft of federal guidelines pertaining to circumcision, saying medical evidence supports the procedure and health insurers should pay for it. These are the first federal guidelines on circumcision, a brief medical procedure that involves cutting away the foreskin around the tip of the penis. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the procedure can lower a male's risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, penile cancer, and even urinary tract infections.

Britain Has Banned the Use of Certain Sex Acts in Future Porn Flicks

In an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn produced in the U.K. adhere to the same guidelines laid out by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) for DVD sex shop-type porn. What this means is that a long list of sex acts, many of which are typically associated with female pleasure, can no longer appear in adult films.

Etsy's Censoring of "Mature" Content Puts Certain Sellers at a Disadvantage

Bianca Jarvis, MPH, is a sex educator based in Chicago, Illinois. But she doesn't spend all of her time developing sexuality curricula and presenting workshops. Jarvis is also an artist who—as her Etsy profile explains—creates penis, vulva, and skeleton art "to encourage everyone to love their bodies & cherish their sacred sexuality."