Culture

The Political Week: Paul Ryan, Oral Sex, and PBS

Culture

The Political Week: Paul Ryan, Oral Sex, and PBS

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We bring you once again the Political Week, fraught with oral sex, exhibitionism, and the new adventures of Mittens (and Ryttens).

-Studies show that oral sex is trending downward (among teenagers)–and so is vaginal penetration. Which begs quite a few questions, namely, why do we know this, why do we care, and does it imply that “normal” sex is going out of vogue? Sexual news can be such a tease.

Julian Assange, after a long, hard run from the law, finds a lovely asylum in Equador.

Holly Van Voast, a “Topless Advocate” as won the right to go topless on New York City public transportation. A small victory for breasts, a large failure for the already hugely unpleasant MTA system.

-Paul Ryan becomes the uncontroversial running-mate choice of Mitt Romney. Interest in Ryan is piqued, rendering “paul ryan shirtless” the primary google search associated with the Wisconsin Congressman. Even less controversial is his stance on typical campaign-hinging issues like Medicare (“Crush Obamacare!”) and grunge music (“The best music!”). Romney, meanwhile, threatens cuts to PBS and Amtrak. To a public that loves its Downton Abbey, them’s fightin’ words.

-The endless 2012 Olympics finally end. With Spice Girls!

-Britain owed us money, and now their debt is paid in full. Thanks, Standard Chartered Bank!

-A new but pretty useless study shows that dementia prevention may be encoded in some people’s genes.