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‘I don’t sleep with the girls’, says Human Resources manager of Prague brothel

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Czech psychologist Lukás Sedlácek is a Human Resources manager – in a whorehouse. His job is to interview new girls who would want to work there but also talks on a regular basis to existing “members of staff” about the conflicts they have either with the respective clients or among themselves.
Sedlácek has to deal with such problems every day. If one of the ladies becomes “unsuccessful”, in other words does not have many clients, she immediately starts to grumble, trying to blame all the others rather than herself, he explained in a recent interview given to Czech daily Dnes.
“I actually have many friends among these girls, we drink a beer in pubs together, for instance, or visit a cinema, but I never go with them ‘upstairs’, so to say,” Sedlácek insists. He did admit, though, that at one time, he lived for some time with a young woman who worked in a similar “facility”.
At present, however, he doesn’t have a girlfriend and in fact says that he doesn’t feel the need to look for one, either. “If you are surrounded by [scantily clad] females in your workplace every day, the last thing you would like to see in your free time is a nude female,” he says, noting that he has always been quite a loner anyway.
Regarding new “applicants for the job” at the brothel in question (called ShowPark DaVinci and located in Prague, the country’s capital), Sedlácek advises them how to communicate well with their clients, something they are often not at all good at, as he points out. “The newcomers usually think that it’s enough to just look good and everything will go smoothly but that is definitely not the case – it may have been so fifteen, twenty years ago, but not anymore, because the competition has become fierce and the clients ever more demanding.”
Appearance is important but not the number one thing when he interviews a new girl, the main one being why she wants to be doing this work in the first place and whether she has communicating skills. An HR manager at such a facility should also be able to uncover whether the woman is not being forced into this profession, Sedlácek adds, because if that is the case, various non-profit organisations or even the police should immediately be contacted.
It’s actually inaccurate to call the women who work in ShowPark DaVinci “members of staff” as they merely rent rooms on its premises and do not give any other money to the club’s owners. The respective business with a potential client is being negotiated downstairs at the bar with the whorehouse, as Sedlácek insists, not having any say at all as to how much different things should cost.
Only rarely does this psychologist in fact discuss with the girls what goes on in the rooms. “A very frequent problem we on the other hand go through is when one of them is hurt because the client doesn’t want her – she views that as a failure, the absolutely biggest blow to her ego, and her confidence goes down since that is something she has not been used to before,” Sedlácek explains. “If she had visited a discotheque prior to working in this profession, it was her who in many cases rejected the young men around since she simply did not find them attractive enough.”
Among other things that he helps “his” ladies with is to come to terms with the work they are doing, why they are doing it, whether it’s something they should be ashamed of or not, etc. Sedlácek also teaches them “how to do business”, however (many clients bargain about the price they should pay), and since some of the girls are not very good in foreign languages, he organises for them the respective courses.
Sedlácek wasn’t able to tell the newspaper in question the average price that the girls charge for their “services” since it very much depends on what type is involved but conceded that some earn each month as much as three hundred thousand Czech crowns (approximately 8, 000 pounds) or even more. It is therefore very difficult for them to say goodbye to such a job.
He also had difficulties to describe a typical woman you could come across at ShowPark DaVinci since the spectrum is very wide, from university students to mothers and wives who are between eighteen and forty-five years of age. “Many come from abroad so if they do not speak Czech, we take great care that they at least communicate in English,” Sedlácek adds.
Interest to work in this facility is quite big – during the fifteen years of its existence approximately three thousand women rented a room there. At present, around three hundred alternate there.
Girls are allowed to come to the club at the very most twenty days a month. The thing is that earlier on, many of them worked two or even three months in a row, without a single day off, and as a result some eventually collapsed.
Thirty-four years old Lukás Sedlácek, whose liberal-minded mother (she once even visited him in his workplace, to see what it looks like) is a fashion designer, studied psychology and journalism, his thesis having being – somewhat surprisingly, considering what he does now – about asexuality, in other words about people who are not interested in sex. He then worked for instance for a non-profit organisation which focused on domestic violence against women and at a police academy as a psychologist counselling victims of rape but for a short time, he was also the manager of a hotel in north-eastern England and in 2013 ended up as one of ShowPark DaVinci’s seven people (three men and four women) employed in the field of human resources. (5)
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It has been suggested that a working mother works for daughters

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Daughters benefited most from the role model of a mother with a career, the study said

Negative perceptions around women who combine paid work with parenthood have been comprehensively demolished in a major study by Harvard University, which shows the daughters of working mothers enjoy better careers, higher pay and more equal relationships than those raised by stay-at-home mothers.

Using data from 24 countries including the UK and US, the Harvard study says that while working mothers “often internalise social messages of impending doom for their children”, the reality is that their sons and daughters appear to thrive, with daughters benefiting most from the positive role model of a mother with a career.

Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, lead author of the study, noted that the effect on daughters’ careers of mothers working was particularly marked in the UK and US, where public attitudes to career equality could be more of a barrier than in some European countries such as Finland and Denmark.

“We hope the findings from our research will promote respect for the spectrum of choices women and men make at home and at work,” the researchers concluded. “Whether moms or dads stay at home or are employed, part-time or full-time, children benefit from exposure to role models offering a wide set of alternatives for leading rich and rewarding lives.”

The authors said that the research should reinforce calls for policies designed to help working parents. “Our findings suggest that policy should focus on supporting mothers who work – part-time or full-time. Providing quality and reasonably priced childcare is an important factor but policy makers should also address workplace policies.”

The researchers found that, on average, the daughters of working mothers were paid around 4% more than their peers, even adjusting for their greater levels of education and prevailing social attitudes, and were much more likely to have been promoted into managerial positions.

One in three daughters of working mothers were in managerial posts, compared with only one in four of those with non-working mothers.

“These findings suggest that in addition to transmitting gender attitudes across generations, mothers’ employment teaches daughters a set of skills that enable greater participation in the workforce and in leadership positions,” the study argues.

Rebecca Allen, a working mother of two children and herself the daughter of a mother who worked, said the research suggested today’s women had benefited from their mothers’ struggles against discrimination and prevailing social attitudes.

“There’s not overt discrimination against women and working mothers in the way that there had been in the previous generation,” said Allen, a senior academic at UCL’s Institute of Education and the director of an education data research thinktank.

“In some ways [the study’s findings are] a comfort to women who do go out to work – and a signal to women who don’t that they have to think hard about how the role they have within the household is going to impact their children’s perceptions of what it means to be a woman and to be a mother,” she said.

While earlier research has also shown no negative consequences for the children of working mothers, the new study reveals that the children of working mothers have more liberal attitudes towards women in the workplace, and that sons of working mothers take a greater share of parenting and other household care roles.

“Our analyses find that sons raised by an employed mother are more involved at home as adults, spending more time caring for family members than men whose mothers stayed home full-time,” the study reported.

“Daughters raised by an employed mother spend less time on housework than women whose mothers stayed home full-time, but maternal employment has no effect on adult daughters’ involvement in caring for family members.”

Belinda Phipps, chair of the Fawcett Society for women’s equality, said: “Although we have known for a long time that there are lots of benefits to children to have working mothers, it is great to see more research confirming this.”

But Phipps said it was disappointing to see that progress on sharing domestic housework other than childcare was proving slow to change. “Women are still ‘doing it all, not having it all’ and we must shift cultural attitudes to achieve full gender equality,” she said.

“What is clear is that making the workplace more family-friendly, improving the availability and quality of part-time and flexible working, and investing in childcare are vital to helping individuals achieve a full work-life balance,” she said.

Allen said that schools also need to adjust their demands on parents. “We’ve got to stop primary schools from having a day every week where parents are expected to dress up their children in some complicated outfit, or make something, or bring something in, or turn up to help with something or have an assembly,” she said. (6)

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Alcohol-related injuries in young women skyrocket, report shows


The number of women presenting at emergency departments with alcohol-related injuries is increasing at an alarming rate, a new national study has found.

Between 2005 and 2012 the number of women who arrived at hospital with these kind of injuries increased by 44 per cent compared to 30 percent for men.

The sharpest rise in these presentations was in girls aged 15 to 19, which increased by more than 60 per cent from 4.6 per 1000 presentations to 7.5 per 1000

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The number of young women with alcohol-related injuries is on the rise.

Research leader Tanya Chikritzhs said it was likely that several factors were driving this trend, but there seemed to be a shift in the drinking culture of young women.

“Once upon a time it was frowned upon for young ladies to drink too much in public, now the girls do their best to keep up with the boys.”

Young women also have higher disposable incomes that they have in the past, as well as being targeted by advertisers and marketing, said Professor Chikritzhs from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.

“Surveys of teenage drinking [shows] young girls are starting earlier and drinking at higher levels than before,” she said.

The emergency department data, obtained from all states and territories except Tasmania, shows the alcohol injury rate in NSW increased faster than the national average.

Across the country males aged 15 to 29 still represent the highest proportion of people arriving at hospital for alcohol-related injuries.

The National Alcohol Indicators Project is the first to analyse emergency department presentations rather than hospital admissions. Emergency department data tends to capture less serious but more frequent alcohol-related injuries, such as minor fractures from falls and assaults.

“That’s where most of the young people end up,” said Professor Chikritzhs.

The study examined emergency arrivals on Friday and Saturday between 10pm and 4am and Sunday nights. It included injuries from people who had hurt themselves or who were the victim of someone else who had been drinking.

“A lot of these people are here as collateral damage from other people’s drinking,” she said.

Alcohol-related emergency presentations totally eclipse the number of presentations for all illicit drugs combined.

Professor Chikritzhs said these trends would likely continue without a concerted effort to enforce good quality evidence-based alcohol policy.

She said if governments were serious about reducing alcohol-related harm they would reduce trading hours of licensed venues such as pubs, bars, clubs and bottle shops.[The editor here says HA-HA]

“Having 24-hour licensed [venues] is not a great way to reduce alcohol-related problems,” she said.

Another major initiative would be to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, she said.[Editor here says HA-HA]

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the rate of alcohol-related injuries in males aged 15 to 29 had dropped over the study period.

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Victoria’s Secret can keep the g-strings, young women want old fashioned knickers

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While granny panties are popular, the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show is one of the most watched fashion shows…we wonder why?

A young generation of women is discovering a new brand of sexy in the most unlikely of places: their grandmothers’ underwear drawers.

“When I walk into a lingerie store, I’m always like, ‘OK, which drawer in here is for the grannies?'” Daphne Javitch, 35, said of her predilection for ample-bottomed undies. That preference led Javitch, back in 2010, to found Ten Undies, a line with a cult following that sells cotton full-bottom bikinis, boy shorts and high-waist briefs not unlike the kind immortalised in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Ten’s wares are comfortable and practical, to be sure, but that’s hardly the only draw.

“Within millennial and Generation Y consumer groups, it’s considered cool to be wearing full-bottom underwear,” said Bernadette Kissane, an apparel analyst at the market intelligence firm Euromonitor. “Thongs have had their moment.”

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The 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Ed Sheeran, Arianna Grande and Taylor Swift provide the tunes as models strut their stuff for the annual lingerie parade

Data provided by the research company NPD Group back her up. Sales of thongs decreased 7 per cent over the last year, while sales of fuller styles – briefs, boy shorts and high-waist briefs – have grown a collective 17 per cent.

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Erica Rousseau, the fashion director for accessories, cosmetics and intimate apparel at US department store Bloomingdale’s, said that indeed there has been a “shift in the business.” She noted that the trend is in line with the higher-waist and roomier pants styles that have dominated fashion this season. Perhaps motivated by the same kind of contrarianism that helped elevate Birkenstocks and fanny packs, young women are embracing “granny panties” – and not just for laundry day.

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“I only wear granny panties,” Julia Baylis, a willowy 22-year-old, declared proudly. Baylis and her best friend, Mayan Toledano, 27, design the boutique clothing label Me and You. Their best-seller is a pair of white cotton underpants with the word “feminist” printed in pink bubble letters across the rear. Since the line’s introduction on April 7, the knickers have sold out.

Besides sales, the “feminist underwear” has inspired countless Instagram “belfies” (that’s a selfie for the behind) from Me and You customers eager to show off their feminist convictions as well as their pert posteriors.

Baylis and Toledano are part of an all-female creative collective founded by Petra Collins called the Ardorous that explores feminist topics from a millennial point of view through collaborative and solo art projects. For the generation that counts both Beyonce and Lena Dunham as feminist icons, female sexuality is wielded for one’s own pleasure.

“Most lingerie is designed to appeal to a man,” Baylis said. “For us, that’s not even a consideration. This is underwear you wear totally for you. Maybe no one will see it, or maybe you’ll put it up on Instagram to share with everyone you know.”

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That’s not to say Me and You’s customers don’t want to feel sexy; they absolutely do. “What’s sexy for us is being natural and comfortable,” Toledano said.

And if seducing a man isn’t the goal, it can be a welcome side effect.

“I think there’s a widespread misconception that men are into pearl thong, lace contraptions,” said Javitch of Ten Undies.

“To be honest, men are into girls in T-shirts and white underwear.”

It’s a notion mainstream lingerie companies have been slow to embrace. As the gender gap among owners of small businesses continues to narrow, female entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly empowered to fill the void in the market.

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When Greer Simpkins, 28, began doing research for her own lingerie line, she visited a Victoria’s Secret store in New York to observe how women shopped for underwear.

“I noticed that a lot of women would come in with a friend, and they’d be asking: ‘Do you like this? Do you think he will like it?'” said Simpkins. “They’d be thinking about everyone else but themselves,” an attitude she thought the store encouraged. She was also frustrated with how many trends, colors and frills the lingerie industry pushed each season.

“Most women just want something basic for every day that will make them look and feel good,” she said.

In the end, it is about options.

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“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be more traditionally sexy and wearing a thong; that doesn’t mean you’re not a feminist,” Toledano said. “This is a step toward embracing more variety in what’s offered.”

The New York Times

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Last week, a forum was held in Canberra to coincide with the launch of a national survey looking at the experiences of women aged 16-21 with sex education. The findings indicated that while the more scientific elements of sex were being covered, the emotional side of pleasure, orgasm and desire were being ignored.

My own discussions and correspondence with young women has indicated similar, and confirmed that not much has changed since I was at school and fumbling my way through the basics (by which I mean inside my underpants). I knew what periods were and how they happened (sort of) and I understood the words ‘erection’, ‘gestation’ and even that there was such a thing as an ‘orgasm’. The problem was, I didn’t really know what it all meant for me personally, or how it explained the strange, unquantifiable feelings of pleasure that came whenever I made my Barbie dolls kiss each other or rubbed myself against the rim of the bath.

It was while engaged in some innocent bath rubbing one afternoon that I was hit by the full impact of what this pleasure could feel like. The normally pleasant buzz that I’d associated with the activity escalated into something much more intense and before I knew it my temperature had risen about 50 degrees and my brains seemed to have splattered all over the walls. It felt magnificent, but also disconcerting and a little bit scary. Being a hypochondriac didn’t exactly help matters – clearly, I was having a stroke and I was moments away from death.

I didn’t die that day, but I did discover a neat new trick that could be performed in any place that allowed for discretion (which includes airplane bathrooms – who said you can only go to the Mile High Club in twosomes?). That was over twenty years ago and I’ve been a fierce advocate for masturbation and self pleasure ever since. I truly believe that discovering the abilities of my body at such a young age has led to an easier experience with sex in general. Pleasure has always been within easy reach, and I’ve been able to communicate to partners exactly what floats my boat.

So it’s concerning that pleasure, and the pursuit of it, remains so absent from youth education programs. Orgasms to the uninitiated can be a perplexing and unpleasantly overwhelming experience. I’ve met many women who, even as adults, have talked themselves out of climaxing because they find the feeling too intense and anxiety inducing. When female pleasure isn’t taught as a key component of sexual engagement and intercourse (particularly in hetero contexts), female participation is reinforced as something passive and secondary to the male role.

What is it that society finds so troubling about the idea that young girls learning about female pleasure? Perhaps it’s the puritanical fear that it will encourage them to rush off and ‘sleep around’, as if their bodies and sexual pleasure belong to them and not to the society intent on controlling them. This might explain why girls in America are still being sent home for violating dress codes because their clothes are supposedly proving too distracting for adult men who should know better.

And don’t underestimate the misogyny that’s applied to women’s sexuality and the question of who owns it – as actor Ryan Gosling famously pointed out in a response to his film Blue Valentine being given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, “The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex.”

Melbourne based sex therapist Cyndi Darnell experienced a similar form of censorship recently when Facebook refused to allow her to promote an educational video series she had produced. As she says, “The ad was a link to a trailer for a four part video series which teaches people to engage with their anatomy and sexual pleasure. They’ve let me run the trailer, but they won’t let me run a paid ad because they say it goes against their community guidelines.”

These ‘community guidelines’ have no problem with entire pages devoted to racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and every other form of bigotry you can think of. Nor will horrific memes glorifying rape and violence against women be considered a violation of them. But promoting a video series which does not fall under the bracket of “acceptable adult products”? Well, as Facebook says, “this decision is final”.

Darnell is understandably frustrated by the hypocrisy, but sees it as the logical product of a culture which still demonises sexually autonomous women. She told me, “A sexually empowered woman is still not something that’s revered in our society. Historically, men have been empowered to be role models for young boys, culturally praised as sexual beings and pursuers. For women, sexuality continues to be linked solely to motherhood and nurturing rather than their own well-being and self esteem. This is why women get to their 30s and are struggling with their own sexual expression – because they have never been taught they’re allowed to take up space erotically.”

Sex education is about so much more than biology. It’s bigger than the conservative binary of expression we continue to force on young people, which includes the furphies that women use sex to get love and men use love to get sex. Pleasure isn’t a peripheral by-product of sexuality but an inseparable part of it. And there’s something desperately wrong with a world that is okay with making the control of female sexuality the domain of everybody else but the woman who owns it. It’s important that women be aware of this, but also that men are too.

Patriarchal society might be afraid of women’s bodies, but that doesn’t mean women should be taught to fear them too. We should be teaching girls to feel pleasure instead of shame, and giving them a framework to express sexual autonomy and confidence. Remember: If you build it, they will come.

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From exotic travel locations to risky sports to having babies, there's an awful lot you're expected to do in the last year of your 20s image

From exotic travel locations to risky sports to having babies, there’s an awful lot you’re expected to do in the last year of your 20s.” Photo: Stocksy

If you’re on the cusp of your fourth decade on this earth, chances are you’re up to the eyeballs in opinions about what you simply must do by the time you turn 30. From exotic travel locations to risky sports to having babies (yes, this week,we’re back in the good old bad old days where babies need to be popped out, pronto), there’s an awful lot you’re expected to do in the last year of your 20s.

Take this list of “30 Experiences You Should Have Before You Turn 30”: evidently your average aspiring 30-year-old needs to run a half-marathon, go skinny dipping, take an improv class (?), test drive their dream car (??), and learn to bartend (???) – among other things – before the clock strikes [whatever time you were born] on the final day of your 29th year.

(I was under the impression that an improv class was less an “experience” than an endurance test, but to each their own.) (6)

Yes, from financial decisions to wardrobe items to music festivals to essential smallgoods to eat, there’s an unending well of “before you turn 30”-related content out there; enough to cause an existential crisis in even the most well-lived 29-year-old.

So, as a person quickly approaching the eve of my third-annual 30th birthday crisis talks, I’d like to offer a different slant on the ticking time bomb: here are six things you should forget about once you turn 30.

Talking Shit About People

Yes, there’s a certain bonding quality in getting together and ragging on what such-and-such wore to the work Christmas In July party (etc). But once you get a bit of distance, you may come to realise there’s nothing more tragic than a group of professional adults whipping each other into a frenzy of bitchiness (trust me, just spend a day on Twitter). That’s not to say you need to become saintlike in your day-to-day interactions, but just take a step back and take stock of how much of your time and energy is taken up by whining or griping: chances are you’ll be surprised.

Worrying About Solo Travel

The truth about group travel, as anyone who has ever travelled with friends or a partner will tell you, is frequent arguments, an irritating commitment to itineraries and inevitable griping about where to have dinner. Solo travel, for all its occasional moments of crushing loneliness (shout out to sobbing in New York doorways or on the Tube), is just really not that scary. I realise this is drifting perilously close to “you must try solo travel once you turn 30” territory but, really, trust me: it’s the best.

Going Bungee Jumping

“Go bungee jumping” is such a naff, late-’90s tourism campaign idea of letting loose and letting go of your inhibitions (see also: skinny dipping, parasailing, certain brands of backpacking) before adulthood comes knocking. Do you think Marianne Faithfull’s Ballad Of Lucy Jordan would have been so poignant if the eponymous 37-year-old was mourning the fact she’d never jump off a bridge into a river rather than driving through Paris with the warm wind in her hair? Plus, I mean, why stop there: take up stunt driving or BASE jumping or build a rocket. In your 30s, it’s time to reassess your commitment to your extreme lifestyle.

Whether Or Not Your Bum Looks Big In That

I vividly remember waking up on the day of my 30th birthday: after decades of fretting about whether or not my body looked “right”, I looked in the mirror at my stretch marks, grey hairs and the fact my arse was slowly disappearing into my thighs, and I thought, “Not bad”. Don’t worry about turning into a “YOU GO GIRL!!” model of body positivity, because it’s perfectly reasonable to also think you look like an old sock filled with corks on any given day, but rather try to treat yourself with kindness and respect. Your body has made it through at least 30 years, and it deserves a hug.

Dating “Bad Guys”

By “bad guy”, I don’t mean the dude from your drama class who wore a leather jacket, smoked and once combed his hair with water from the toilet bowl. No, I mean guys (and gals) who are emotionally withholding, manipulative, sulky, mean or stingy, or all of the above if you’ve picked a real winner. It’s time, in your 30s, to realise you are worth more than the crumbs of love that some gadabout scrapes off the table in your general direction. Stop that!

Trying To Work Out What You’ll Be When You Grow Up

If you went through school in the ’90s, it’s likely you were being pushed to have an idea of your career trajectory as early as Year 9, when you had to start thinking about your Year 11 and 12 subjects. This can lead to spending your 20s gripped by a crushing state of work-related existential agony if you’ve not “made it” to where 15-year-old you thought you’d be “by now”. But really, 15-year-old you also thought Dougie the pizza guy was hot, what the hell did they know? Take a break from being your own worst guidance counsellor. It’s okay to just let your career unfold. (5)

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The Sophia Wallace project is helping everyone get ‘cliterate’

Sophia Wallace It's pretty shocking to think, okay, we have achieved nuclear fusion and yet we discovered the clitoris in 1998. image

Sophia Wallace: “It’s pretty shocking to think, ‘okay, we have achieved nuclear fusion…’ and yet we discovered the clitoris in 1998.” Photo: Sophia Wallace

Although the full anatomy of the clitoris was (scandalously) only properly discovered in 1998, there really are no more excuses for failing to get educated about this most essential feature of female sexual anatomy and function.

Inspired by artist Sophia Wallace’s body of work on Cliteracy, and science, The Huffington Post has put together an awesome interactive feature aimed at both educating everyone about the clitoris and getting them excited about applying that knowledge.

“The sad reality is that this society is incredibly il-cliterate,” says Wallace. “Half of the population has an organ that has been completely and utterly denied, but also attacked; it’s been removed in some cases. It’s been written out of history, it’s been medically ignored or even medically negated.”

“It’s pretty shocking to think, okay, we have achieved nuclear fusion, we’ve identified the boson particle, we can go to Mars, and yet we discovered the clitoris in 1998.”

The feature includes sections on the history of the clitoris being denied and hidden in science and medicine, on the internal and external anatomy of the clitoris, on what is missing from Sex Ed, on the culture of sex today and how the clitoris fits in (or doesn’t), and on how to spread the word. Each section is complete with pictures and educational videos, like this one from “sex re-educator” Jenny Block: (8)

Sex Education: The Missing Chapter from The Huffington Post on Vimeo.

So go out there now, get cliterate, practice saying clitoris and doing things with your clitoris. We have a lot of catching up to do.

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Bosnian refugee Monika Radulovic crowned Miss Universe Australia. A shining example of immigation gone right


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Monika Radulovic celebrates after being crowned Miss Universe Australia 2015.

A Bosnian refugee whose parents fled their war-torn town with little more than “the shirts on their backs” has been crowned Miss Universe Australia.

Monika Radulovic, from Botany in NSW, was four years old when her parents left their home in civil war-embroiled Zavidovici.

“They literally left everything behind, they packed a small suitcase and fled,” the 24-year-old told Fairfax Media. “They arrived in Australia with nothing.”

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The University of Western Sydney psychology graduate beat 34 others to the title at the fifth annual Miss Universe Australia pageant and will next represent Australia at the Miss Universe international final at the end of the year.

Speaking at the ceremony in Melbourne on Friday night, she paid tribute to her parents’ courage.

“My parents basically had just the shirts on their backs, so they are definitely my inspirations and my heroes so it’s great to do them proud,” she said.

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Miss Universe Australia, Bosnian refugee Monika Radulovic, shortly after arriving in Australia in 1994.

Miss Universe Australia, Bosnian refugee Monika Radulovic, shortly after arriving in Australia in 1994. Photo: Monika Radulovic

Miss Radulovic told Fairfax Media that she and her newborn brother Stefan relied on charity from the local church and goodwill from their new neighbours while their parents, formerly a lawyer and an architect, struggled to learn English and find work after arriving in 1994.

Friday was doubly memorable for her parents as it marked the day they “finally” took complete ownership of their Botany home.

“It was such a special day for our family in so many ways,” said an “elated and shocked” Miss Radulovic who last year made an unsuccessful attempt at the title.

Women in the pageant were scrutinised in swimwear, eveningwear and questions and answers categories. Questions in the final round of the competition centred on social issues, including bullying, social media and governmental responses to violence.

“I hope in 50 years time we won’t be asking this question at Miss Universe Australia,” Miss Radulovic said in her response to a question about extremism posed by a judging panel that included Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Real Housewives Of Melbourne cast member Gina Liano and former Today show entertainment reporter Richard Reid.

Runner up was Queenslander Madeleine Cowe, 22, and Chanel Stewart, 19, also from NSW, was placed third.

Miss Radulovic, who joins former winners Jennifer Hawkins, Laura Dundovic and Jesinta Campbell, said she intends to claim the world title for Australia.

“I want to be a positive ambassador for Australia. I can’t see why we shouldn’t win – it’s not about me, I’m just the messenger.”

Besides Sydney, the only place she can see herself living, she added, was the Miss Universe apartment in Manhattan’s Trump Towers.


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