July 15th, 2003


on teen sex and death...

So the news just did a story explaining that having sex caused you to commit suicide, especially if you were a girl. so according to the news, 14% of sexually active teenaged have attempted suicide as compared to only 5% of non-active girls. Furthermore, they state that 25% of sexually active girls show signs of depression as compared to only 8% of all girls. They didn't say what the stats were for boys at all, and they didn't explain any reason they think there is a correlation at all. This is something else that I might be inspired to write a hostility essay about, but I can't think of anything I might want to say about it. So I'm curious as to whether anyone else buys into this at all or not. Does it makes sense or is it a load of crap? Why or why not?

EDIT: Several people have asked if the news story implied causation or just correlation. They implied causation. Their thesis being that teenaged girls with rampant hormones take sex too seriously. So for instance: a 15-year-old girl may date a boy and sleep with him. Then when they break up, she'll be so distraught that she'll try to kill herself.
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on colloquies, calisthenics, capsizing, commendations and comic characters...

A few bits of randomness:

I found my non-repro blue pencils. So I'm going to be getting back to work on the comic book characters I promised everyone. Hopefully I'll have something to show soon.

Why does everyone who writes a Friendster.com testimonial for me basically just mention drinking and parties? Is there nothing more to me? I'd kill for a testimonial to my striking good looks, perfect ass, good natured-humor, genius-level intelligence or how incredible I am in bed? Ah well, I guess "the guy who throws good parties" is a better thing to be remembered for than "the guy who sodomizes puppies" or something like that... so yay! If I know you and you're on friendster and you aren't listed as my friend yet, let me know.

Speaking of Mav-parties, Jammy Jam rapidly approaches. In fact, the date is exactly 1 month from tomorrow. I have a few prize ideas, but nothing is set in stone yet, so I am still taking recommendations. Other Jammy Jam business of note: last year people requested specific music for their catwalk/dance/whatever... This took me a little off guard, but I highly approve. Showmanship is a big part of sexy. I can't make any promises, but if you care, then its probably best that you make sure I have your song ahead of time. That said, I just want to point out that after last year's jammy jam, a certain "Mr. al Khafiz" insinuated that he'd be taking the prize this year, so I just want to say to jameel, "oh yeah, it's on! I ain't duckin' you... I'll take you out."

The nicest thing about being a bum is that it leaves me a lot of time to work out. Whether that means wreaking havoc on the tennis court(beat Geoff yesterday: 6-1, 6-2) or doing a nice 3-mile run in the middle of the day, the point is, getting back in shape is making me feel really good. Hopefully when (if?) I ever get a job again, I won't start slacking off. Anyway, I'd say I am currently operating at roughly 34% genetic freak capacity if I can get to 50% by go time, (and hopefully wrestling class will help) I should be a shoe in for Jammy Jam champ.

Finally, I think I am going to do a rafting trip on July 26th. I will probably send email to people who I expect might be interested sometime tomorrow. So if you want to go, make sure you let me know. It should be a lot of fun.
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