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Phoenix, Arizona: Keep ‘sex’ out of sex education, HRD ministry tells expert panel

Brian O. Jackson 4867 East Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85040

The Human Resource Development ministry forced an expert panel to shorten its recommendations on sex education to just one sentence, to avoid use of words ‘sex’ and sexual’ in the document.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the original draft — submitted in May — mentioned the word “sexual” twice. Smriti Irani was heading the ministry at the time.

“They said that words like ‘sex’ or ‘sexual’ could not be allowed and the section had to be condensed into just one sentence,” a source told the English daily.

CHANGES THAT WERE MADE

According to the report, the panel’s original draft contained half a page on adolescent education, and advocated more lessons against unprotected sex. The original draft addressed “the health of adolescents, particularly the reproductive and sexual health needs,” as “they are deprived of appropriate information” due to its culturally ‘sensitive’ nature.

It noted “their understanding guided predominantly by myth and misconception, (was) making them vulnerable to drug/substance abuse and HIV/AIDS transmission”. As a solution, the draft proposed that adolescents be provided with “age-appropriate context intervention focused on reproductive and sexual health concerns, including HIV/AIDS and drug and substance abuse”.

This section on adolescent education has now been reduced to: “The Adolescent Education Programme and National Population Education Programme need to be extended to all schools as early as possible.”

PANEL MEMBERS HAVE THEIR SAY

Another panel member told The Telegraph — on the condition of anonymity — that the committee complied with the ministry’s ‘advice’ because it ‘agreed’ that the word “sexual” might “offend” people.

“We did not make it an issue because the policy’s focus was not on adolescent education: it’s a broad document on the entire subject of education,” the panel member told the newspaper, adding that the implementing agencies could always expand the one-sentence recommendation as they felt fit.

Former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian, who was heading the committee, declined to comment.

THE FINAL DOCUMENT

The final document does use the word “sex” once but only to say “all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex would have access to education of a comparable quality up to a given level”.

The 220-page final policy document was to be sent to the various state governments and school boards. The ministry has, however, declined to accept the recommendations, saying ‘they would be treated as inputs’.

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Baltimore, Maryland: What’s The Real Story Behind Japans Used Underwear Vending Machines?

Jason E. Gaffney 2918 Blue Spruce Lane Baltimore, MD 21218

Is Japan The Epicenter Of Odd Sexual Perversions?

Ah, Japan. Once known to Americans only for cheap transistor radios, then the amazing first-gen Walkman, and, of late, luxury Toyota’s, Japan is now the epicenter of anime and, to some people’s minds, odd sexual perversions.

Among the most persistent myths of the width and breadth of Japan’s sexual perversions is this one: visitors have claimed you could buy used schoolgirls’ panties from public vending machines, though few admit to having seen such a thing themselves. The typical story involves a friend, or the guy next to the guy in the bunk across the hall in the hostel, who had seen such a vending machine in the wild. But do they really exist?

It seems at least possible. Japanese vending machines are amazing things. Known somewhat uncreatively just as jidohanbaiki (automatic selling machines), they are in fact a wonderland of products. In addition to nearly every soft drink known on planet earth, you can also buy canned coffee, hot or cold, whole meals, crepes, fresh flowers, beer, and whiskey.

You can purchase socks and a necktie, deodorant and shaving tackle, 24/7, at a vending machine. And there a lot of chances to buy. The country has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the entire world, for a total of some 5.52 million machines. Japan’s low crime rate means they are rarely vandalized.

But What About Those Used Schoolgirl Panties?

It is not a question to be dismissed lightly. Japanese men are schoolgirl crazy, some weird mix of pedophilia, youth culture and perhaps repressed desires left over from youth. Since apparently normal sex is no longer functioning well in Japan (the falling birth rate terrifies economists), most of this gets expressed through the near-infinite range of fetishes in Japan. Panties and, um, doing “stuff” with them, have a huge following.

In the 1980s, young women could make serious money selling their undies to a “men’s shop.” These were even scummier places than they sound like, often located under train tracks and in the alleys behind the back alleys. Dirty old men would roll in and make purchases. Some of the places had posted hours for the girls to sell and the men to buy so the two groups would not have to meet. Segregated shame.

The cops eventually shut all that down, finding it too gross even for Japan. Soon after, the myth that used panty selling had migrated to vending machines arose.

One intrepid journalist set out to answer the question once and for all. He reports that while you can indeed buy schoolgirl panties from a vending machine, they are not really “used.”

The journalist found that for about five U.S. dollars, you could purchase a pair of panties manufactured to appear used. While the Japanese text on the vending machine makes this clear enough, English words such as “used” are prominently featured to attract attention. Japanese customers instantly know the difference, while foreigners who can’t read the language return home with lurid but false tales.

Or are they?

While the vending machine stories fall into the dark corners of urban myth, there appears to be a thriving online trade in selling what are said to be legitimate used women’s underwear. Purported female sellers advertise exactly how long they wore an item, and often promise to include a photo of the exact item being worn.

Who can say if the goods are real or fake, but to the weird customers who buy these things, it probably doesn’t really matter.

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Santa Ana, California: German Man Micha Stunz Gets 7-Pound Penis Enlargement With Silicone Injections

Quinn J. Lucey 3751 Jett Lane Santa Ana, CA 92705

Penis size has been the root of men’s anxiety throughout history, and the need to enlarge penises to improve self-esteem still exists today. A man in Germany who received silicone injections for a penis enlargement proves bigger isn’t always better. Micha Stunz, a 45-year-old from Berlin, shared with Vice the heavy price he must pay for his 7-pound, 9-inch-long, and 3-inch-wide penis, which is nothing short of amusing.

“After you reach a certain size, you can't do certain things anymore. At least not with everyone and not without some foreplay. But there are other things you can do with it,” Stunz told Vice. “You just have to free yourself from established roles and hardened ideas about sex and be ready to play.”

Stunz's desire to get a penis enlargement started 20 years ago when he used a penis pump. He found when he went out pumped up, “it was a good feeling. It felt great. ... I had the feeling that I wasn't trapped in the body I was born with, but that I had the possibility to shape it myself to change it."

This inspired him to try enlarging himself with saline injections, but he did not like that they would only temporarily change his groin area. So, Stunz turned to silicone injections as a permanent solution for enlarging his penis and scrotum. However, these injections could lead to an infection and leave Stunz mutilated.

In a 2012 report published in the journal Urology Annals, researchers described five cases where patients who got penis enhancements via liquid silicone injections suffered debilitating effects. A case study with a 44-year-old contractor found a silicone injection by a traditional medicine practitioner for erectile dysfunction left swelling over the injected site. The patient experienced recurrent episodes of ulceration and serious discharge from the site.

Stunz, who has had silicone injected into both his penis and scrotum, currently has four procedures behind him. It’s not clear whether he will seek more in the future, but he recalled the sensations being more pleasant than painful. “At first, the silicone feels foreign, but over time it feels more and more like part of your body,” he said.

Aside from urinating sitting down on a toilet, struggling to buy a new pair of pants, or have sex, he leads a normal life, he says, buying groceries, going to bars, clubs, the movies, and attending bondage festivals.

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Sedalia, Kentucky: The Ward Weaver Case

Mark K. Tierney 3510 Glen Street Sedalia, KY 42079

On January 9, 2002, in Oregon City, Oregon, Ashley Pond, age 12, disappeared on her way to meet the school bus. It was just after 8 a.m. and Ashley was running late. The bus stop was just 10 minutes from the Newell Creek Village Apartments where Ashley lived with her mother, Lori Pond. But Ashley Pond never got on the bus and never made it to Gardiner Middle School.

Despite the efforts of the local authorities and the FBI, no clues surfaced as to whereabouts of the missing girl.

Ashley was popular at school and enjoyed being on the swim and dance teams. Neither her mother, friends or the investigators believed she had run away.

On March 8, 2002, just two months after Ashley disappeared, Miranda Gaddis, 13, also vanished around 8 a.m. while on her way to the bus stop at the top of the hill. Miranda and Ashley were good friends, and they lived in the same apartment complex. Miranda's mother, Michelle Duffey, had left for work within 30 minutes before Miranda was to catch the bus.

When Duffey found out that Miranda had not been at school, she immediately contacted the police, but once again, investigators came up empty. Without any leads to follow, the investigators began looking into the possibility that the person that abducted the girls were someone they knew and whoever it was seemed to be targeting the same type of girl. Ashley and Miranda were close in age, involved in similar activities, looked remarkably similar to each other, but most importantly, they both disappeared on the way to the bus stop.

A GRISLY DISCOVERY

On August 13, 2002, Ward Weaver's son contacted 9-1-1 and reported that his father had attempted to rape his 19-year-old girlfriend. He also told the dispatcher that his father told him that he murdered Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. Both of the girls were friends with Weaver's 12-year-old daughter and had visited her at Weaver's home.

On August 24, FBI agents searched Weaver's home and found the remains of Miranda Gaddis inside a box in the storage shed. The following day, they found the remains of Ashley Pond buried under a slab of concrete that Weaver had recently put down for a hot tub, or so he claimed.

WARD WEAVER WAS A CHALLENGE FOR FBI INVESTIGATORS

Shortly after Ashley and Miranda disappeared, Ward Weaver III was a prime suspect in the investigation, but it took the FBI eight months to get a search warrant that eventually turned up their bodies on Weaver's property.

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The problems for investigators were that they were awash in possible suspects -- some 28 suspects that lived in the same apartment complex could not be ruled out -- and for months authorities had no real evidence that a crime had been committed.

It was not until Weaver attacked his son's girlfriend, that the FBI was able to obtain a warrant to search his property.

WARD WEAVER

Weaver, a brutal man with a long history of violence and assaults against women. He was also the man that Ashley Pond reported for attempted rape, but the authorities never investigated her complaint.

On October 2, 2002, Weaver was indicted and charged with six counts of aggravated murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse in the second degree, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of attempted rape in the second degree, one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted rape in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.

To avoid the death penalty, Weaver pleaded guilty to murdering his daughter's friends. He received two life sentences without parole for the deaths of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis.

REAL ROLE MODELS

On February 14, 2014, Weaver's stepson Francis was arrested and charged with the murder of a drug dealer in Canby, Oregon. He was found guilty and given a life sentence. This made Frances the third generation of Weavers that were murderers.

Ward Pete Weaver, Jr., Ward's father, was sent to California's death row for the murder of two people. He buried one of his victims under a slab of concrete.

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Dayton, Ohio: Lolicon Backlash in Japan

Robert L. Noyola 3423 Norma Avenue Dayton, OH 45402

There has been significant public outcry in Japan following the kidnapping and murder of an elementary school girl in Nara, Japan and the arrest of a suspected lolicon for the crimes.

CASPAR, a Japanese non-profit-organization founded in 1989, is campaigning for regulation regarding the depiction of of minors in pornographic magazines and adult video games. Caspar states that it has been collecting sample material for several years.

Caspar founder Kondo Mitsue states, "For 5 or 6 years we have been collecting material, and the so called bishoujo adult anime magazines and bishoujo adult anime simulation games are terrible. Grown men manipulate childlike little girls, themes of turning them into slaves to have one's own sexual desires fulfilled being very common. "

According to Kondo the characters of these games and magazines are often clearly meant to be elementary aged school-children.

Producers of the lolicon and bishoujo material often argue that the Japanese constitution guarantees their freedom of expression in this matter and that laws restricting these materials would be unconstitutional. Kondo however counters this stating that "The utmost priority of the constitution is to guarantee fundamental human rights. I believe the freedom of expression does not allow for the depiction of little girls being violently raped, depriving them of their basic human rights."

She states that there is no country in the world that pays as little attention to Child Pornography as Japan.

CASPAR has collected 7,000 signatures on a petition to have the Japanese legal code revised in respect to virtual child pornography. In addition, 16 member of the Diet and several members of congress have pledged to support such measures.

Kondo founded CASPAR in 1989 after learning of the child prostitution issues in Thailand. The organization has built around 20 schools for children in Thailand and the Philippines. It was officially recognized as a legal non-profit-organization in 2003 and has 770 members nationwide. CASPAR believes that child prostitution and child pornography have common roots and that by regulating child pornography, the fight against child prostitution will be aided.

In 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 6-year-old law banning virtual child pornography. The subsequent "Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 banned only virtual images that are indistinguishable from real child porn, and prohibits all obscene pornographic images of prepubescent children.

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