Sex on TV: Halloween’s Sexiest Costumes
Much like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving, Halloween is one of those holidays that usually gets representation in many of our favorite shows. Television shows love to join in on the holiday spirit and dress up characters for the late October episodes. Flag Day, Arbor Day, or Talk Like a Pirate Day? Not so much. Anyway, it seems only right to share my picks for TV’s top three sexiest costumes of Halloween 2012, and two more from all-time:
1) New Girl: Schmidt as Abraham Lincoln. What’s sexier than the 16th President of the United States who was awesome at oral? Obviously I mean public speaking. Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, anyone?
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2)New Girl (part 2): Nick as “Bee” Arthur. Love me some puns, love me some Golden Girls. And senior citizens are totally on the forefront of all things sexy. Did you not read about that episode of Parks and Rec?
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3) Parks and Recreation: Leslie Knope as Rosie the Riveter. Speaking of Parks and Rec, we all know that strong, independent women, what Rosie stood for, are sexy. But did you know that strong, independent women who are on top of their reproductive health are even sexier?
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4) Friends: Ross as Spudnik. Yeah, we all get it, doesn’t mean you don’t still look like excrement. But sexy excrement.
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5) How I Met Your Mother: Ted as a Hanging Chad. Timely and funny, this costume is totally sex—wait for it—y.
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What were your favorite sexy costumes this year, on air or in person?
Lauren Mann works in The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Entertainment Media department. She’s been blogging about sex, love and relationships among twenty-somethings since she first joined the Campaign as an intern in 2009. Check out her personal blog at whatjewtalkingabout.tumblr.com.
Austin City Limits Music Festival is finally upon us! We’ll be there will bells on, taking pictures, meeting Austinites (and other festival-goers), and hosting a pair of after-parties. Here’s a poster for the second, a free all-ages show with Friends and Diamond Rings at Mohawk starting at 6pm Sunday. See you there?
Dispatches from a College Sexpert: Be a Birth Control Original
We’ve all said it—“I’ll have what she’s having,” “I’ll get the same as her,” “What she got,” or something along those lines. We may say it at the store, at the movie theater, or at a restaurant, but many of us also take that attitude when we’re getting on birth control.
Of course friends generally give great advice and, if they recommend their birth control method, it’s with our best interest at heart. But is the perfect method for your friend going to be perfect for you? Maybe. But since our bodies and lifestyles are all different, choosing a birth control method solely because someone you know is using it is a mistake. So before you succumb to pill pressure and simply say “I’ll have what she’s having,” here are 10 dos and don’ts to consider when choosing a method.
Your Body and Your Life:
1) DO explore all your options if you’re getting on birth control for the first time or switching methods. There are lots and you can find them all on Bedsider.
2) DON’T think it’s all about biology; also consider how birth control can best fit into your lifestyle. If you can’t remember to do things on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, the pill, the patch, or even the ring could be hard to remember (although Bedsider does have awesome birth control reminders you can get via text or e-mail to make it easier).
3) DO think about whether or not you can handle something inside you. The most effective methods are the IUD and the implant because they’re put in by a doctor and have basically no risk of user error (you can’t lose them, place them incorrectly, or forgot to take or replace them). But they’re inside you and some women are uncomfortable with that.
4) DO have honest conversations with your friends about what they like and don’t like about the methods they’ve tried.
5) DON’T assume that your side effects will be the same as your friends’—everyone’s body is different.
6) DO look up real stories on Bedsider about women’s experiences with different methods to get more first-hand perspectives on all the options.
7) DON’T think a method isn’t effective just because that one friend of a friend got pregnant while she was using it. Unfortunately, not everyone uses their method correctly and consistently.
8) DO read this article on how to talk to your doctor.
9) DON’T put all your eggs into one basket. Have a list of 3 methods you’re interested in before you go to the doctor’s office or health clinic—Bedsider offers a build-your-own method comparison tool that lets you print information on up to 3 methods to bring to your appointment.
10) DO the math. Call your insurance provider (or look it up on their website) and figure out how much they cover of your top 3 methods and how much it will cost you in a year, 3 years, 5 years, or however long you plan to not have kids. You can also see if you qualify for free birth control here.
“Let it be” gif courtesy of Marina.
Catherine Rivera is an intern for Bedsider. When she’s not counseling, teaching, researching or writing about sex and relationships, this Stanford University student can be found passing out condoms to her fellow students, mentoring middle school girls, indulging her sweet tooth, reading the news, or attempting to get inside the heads of her four younger brothers. Catherine doesn’t have a personal tumblr (yet), but you can follow her on twitter @cmrivera2013.
Sex on TV: Top 5 Condom Moments
It’s not uncommon for sex to be shown on television. After all, it’s fun, entertaining and part of life— something that can’t really be ignored on a television show modeled after adult life. But what is uncommon? Safe sex on television. Too often characters get busy without even the most casual mention of birth control.
I get that it kind of ruins the mood and eats into the already measly airtime of a program, but hey, the same could be said of real-life conversations about birth control. So many shows simply skip that step; no fumbling for a nightstand drawer, running to ask a roommate, or searching for the pocket of your bunched up, discarded jeans. It may not matter to Serena Van Der Woodsen that she has been riding bareback with multiple partners for the past five seasons of Gossip Girl, but for those of us born without self-protecting genitalia, that’s pretty damn disgusting.
On the other hand, over the years television has offered up a few really excellent mentions of condoms. Here are my five favorite. Let me know if I’ve missed something good!
What were twenty-something women across the country doing on Sunday nights before Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in a show that nearly perfectly exemplified our lives? Oh, that’s right, we were sitting in towels on our beds googling what the “stuff that gets up around the sides of condoms” would do to us. Gross.
2) New Girl
There are just so many winning lines on New Girl. If it weren’t for the show, we’d never have ‘hair chutney’, ‘driving moccasins,’ or attempts to recreate True American every Friday night. Also, I doubt I’d have ever thought to get personalized condoms.
Remember when Rachel got pregnant? Remember when she told Ross? Remember when he called the condom company to complain about their packaging not properly highlighting that condoms are only 97% effective*? Yeah, I remember too, but that doesn’t stop me from watching it again. And again.
4) One Tree Hill
Back in the day when The OC ruled the coop, One Tree Hill was a not-so-close second for best teen primetime soap. So when I’d finish my Trig homework, this high school sophomore loved to tune in and eat up all the drama OTH could dish out. Speaking of eating, OTH decided to serve up their condoms with one of the bedroom’s most popular desserts: whipped cream.
5) Beverly Hills 90210
Okay, so I may have been ten when this particular episode of the show aired, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. Kelly Kapowski repurposed for an older audience? I’ll take it. At ten, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a clue what condoms were, let alone more than a rough understanding of the logistics of procreation. All I knew was that if I was going to get condoms, I should get Condex instead.
* Just an FYI, male condoms are 98% effective with PERFECT use and 82% with TYPICAL use. Sorry Ross.
Lauren Mann works in The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Entertainment Media department. She’s been blogging about sex, love and relationships among twenty-somethings since she first joined the Campaign as an intern in 2009. Check out her personal blog at whatjewtalkingbout.tumblr.com.