Blue waffles

“A ‘waffle’ is a slang term for a vagina. A ‘blue waffle’ is a slang term for a vaginal infection that is intense. It is essentially a slang term for a serious or exceptionally ugly vaginal infection/STD in the vagina. The infection may cause lesions in the exterior of the vagina, along with bruising, which causes it to appear blue in color.”

Sources: In April 2013, New Jersey city councilperson Kathy McBride ended up being the item of some derision when, according to the Trentonian, she reported at a city board conference that she’d got an “alarming call” from a constituent who needed to understand “exactly what was the City of Trenton doing about an outbreak that is known as heaven Waffle Disease?” McBride was buffooned for not understanding that an April Fool’s prank had seemingly taken in her and taking the problem seriously.

Recommendations to “Blue Waffle Disease” hit the Web around March 2010 when a picture of scabbed, blue-tinted labia was published in addition to the claim the picture pictured a sort of vaginal infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease (a state which was allegedly common enough that it’d been determined and provided the slang name “blue waffle illness”). Much conversation guaranteed about an electronic manipulation or whether the picture was actual, and, if the former, whether it actually envisioned an illness (rather than, say, bruising resulting from some other type of injury or rape).

Whatever the sources of the picture, “blue waffle disease” is a little little fiction and not an understood sign or consequence of any STD-associated infection. As reported in the Women’s Health Foundation site, Dr. Amy Whitaker, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospital, stated of the commonly distributed “blue waffles” picture that:

There isn’t any disease called “blue waffle illness,” in the clinical world. There’s no illness that triggers a blue look in the external genitalia. I’d never heard of this until our section was written to by you and inquired about it. The typical belief amongst doctor with whom I’ve talked or emailed about this is that it’s a hoax; the photo and “imitation” disease used to entice folks into some web site.

The image itself is upsetting. It’s not impossible a bluish appearance to external genitalia may be from bruising, which might result from a sexual assault from force. Bruising definitely would not be bright blue, although I can not say, clearly, if that’s the instance here. No STDS cause outside bruising. Also, there seems to be a couple of lesions, which may be an STD of some kind (for instance, a herpes lesion), even though it’s definitely not clear from the image. It even seems that there may be some kind of laceration on her best labia, a “wound” of forms, but again it is cloudy. That could even be from force, or it may be an STD that shows with a lesion in the vulva.

On the flip side, the whole thing might be ‘Photoshopped,’ and nothing in it signifies anything ‘actual.’

Regardless, this isn’t the normal appearance of any STD or any illness of vulva or the vagina.

Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice! Well-Being column additionally notes that “blue waffle illness” is a scam:

“Blue waffles,” or “blue waffle illness,” is numerous matters, but real isn’t one of these. It’s an urban myth, a misconception, an exaggeration, a gossip, a hoax, etc. about a fictitious sexually transmitted infection (STI). In the event you do an image search, you will locate (fake) images online. The azure describes among the supposed signs, and waffle is slang for vagina. Other assumed symptoms thus does how the source spread, all the details transforming in time like a huge video game of phone and change based in it. One reason the blue waffle myth might have spread so rapidly is due to confusion and the panic surrounding sexual health and STIs.

Symptoms related to the fantastic condition are suggestive to symptoms of STIs or existing states. For instance, a reddish or inflamed vagina or vulva, stinky release, and itching or using all could be indications of bacterial vaginosis (or vaginitis). Blisters and wounds? Now it seems like herpes. Blue? Maybe this could be described by the darker color of the clitoris and inner lips when elevated blood flow as a result of arousal occurs in some girls. Or maybe a darker bluish color may result from a yeast infection or long-term irritation of the vulva, called Lichen simplex.

One common variant in the blue waffle myth is the fact that it’s an STI that passes only from females to males and may result from improper hygiene. Maybe this appears indicative of the inclination to attribute, objectify, and vilify girls of our society.

Break-up Sex

You’ve come to the conclusion that you and the person you’ve been dating aren’t soul mates. Or, worse yet, you’ve reached an impasse with you’re long-term significant other. You’re breaking up, but after The Talk, things turn physical. It’s called break-up sex and it’s starting to gain as much recognition as the infamous make-up sex. But, what’s behind this trend?

Some people feel that it’s part of an easy letdown. It says, “Although things didn’t work out between us, I still think you’re sexy and great in bed.” Sound like a bologna sandwich to you? Women have reported that it’s nice to get some lovin’ one last time to tide them over. Apparently, they still feel the societal pressure to keep “their number” as low as possible. And, sex with the Ex can certainly keep that number from rapidly increasing.

Break-up sex should only be used as an exit strategy, not a point of re-entry.

The pros of break-up sex include lowered inhibitions. You are thinking that this person is walking out of your life forever and you won’t have to explain your actions. And this may allow you to do things that you otherwise might be too timid to express. One man stated that, “I wanted her to remember me as this sex stud, so I pulled out all the stops.”

Of course, the con’s to break-up sex come when one partner thinks that it’s actually make-up sex. Or, it starts a backslide. Break-up sex should only be used as an exit strategy, not a point of re-entry. Also, break-up sex can be the catalyst for a casual sex relationship. The problem with casual sex is that it seems great in theory, but it rarely works. One person is often left with a damaged self-esteem and the thought that their worth is directly linked to their sexual ability. Not good.

Besides, why would you want to spend all your time and energy looking backward, mired in an undefined state with your Ex, when you could be looking forward. Even if the sex is great, things didn’t work out between you, move on!

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How Old Is Old? Only 29 if You’re a Woman

Remember when 29 seemed like an absolutely ancient age? Yeah, me neither. But according to recent polls, 29 is the actual age you start to feel properly old. If you’re a woman, anyway. Men, on the other hand, don’t start to feel old until they’re way into middle age — 58 to be precise.

But age isn’t everything. The poll, done by Avalon Funeral Plans in the U.K., found some other interesting indicators of old age. For instance, women start to feel ancient as soon as they find their first grey hair. Men aren’t so worried — and why should they be with silver foxes like George Clooney and Richard Gere dominating many a womanly fantasy?

Women also start to feel over the hill once their skin becomes less luminous and their “assets” (as in, breasts) start to sag. And men? It takes much more for a man to feel past his prime — the study found guys don’t feel old until they’re unable to perform in the bedroom, which — given Hugh Hefner’s track record and the advent of Viagra — might not happen for a very long time.

But if we women judge feelings of age rather shallowly on things like looks, it’s not our fault.

“In our society the attractiveness of women is quite important. Men don’t have to be good looking, but, for some reason, it’s important for women to look presentable,” Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University told the Daily Mail. “Magazines are all about youth and are filled with young, attractive women. Women then start to perceive themselves as old when they no longer feel like this, when they don’t feel trendy or fashionable. Men, on the other hand, don’t have to be good looking; it doesn’t concern them.”

There’s another facet to all this too, says Dr. Cooper. While men tend to be more career-oriented, and, therefore, don’t start feeling their age until they’ve moved up the ladder and are nearing retirement, women feel pressure to settle down and raise a family once she turns 30.

It’s important to keep in mind that how old (or young) you feel is largely controlled by the media. And you know what? Forget them. Act the age you feel, but do it while respecting your body — abusing it is one thing that’s sure to make you old before your time.

Some Feedback Here:

1. I have to disagree with 29 being “old”. I had my first child at 27, never would have kept up with him if I were old. Had my second at 31. Old is a state of mind. I ride and show horses, play volley ball, run some,bicycle and garden. I sure didn’t feel old then and I don’t feel particularly old now either at 53.
And to respond to the first poster (Jared) regarding spelling in the headline, what word exactly are you referring to ??
“You’re” is a contraction for ” you are “, whereas “your” refers to something that belongs to someone.

2. The last two lines sums it up. The rest of the article ……. well nothing we haven’t heard before. I’m 60 yr. old ( I have some aches and pains) I still workout and train with guys LESS than half my age ….. and dance circles around. Start young, stay in shape and eat right. I drink beer, eat junk food and all the rest….. I’m not a monk. All in MODERATION.

3. They say that the new 50, is like the old 30, when I look at pictures of my mother-in-law when she was 50, I look no where like she did she looked old in comparison.
Also , way to go Piers, maybe the new 73, is like the old 53.
Age is only a number. Look at all the Cougars out there, I`m sure they don`t feel old!

4. I would not say 29, although I dreaded when I turned 30, don’t know why!! I am the last of 7 kids and soon turning 45… with 4 young kids… Being the last of the family I was always referred as “the baby” and I still feel that way and most times act that way, hence I don’t feel old, my body is still in great shape and able to run around with my kids.

5. This is nonsense. Yes, the last line in the piece is correct. This youth obsessed world we live in is ridiculous. At 56 I still feel young and am as active as I was when I was 29. If I see one more ad for wrinkle cream with models who don’t have one line on their faces I think I will scream..actually it is a bit insulting. People are regularly living healthy active lives to 100 now…so how can 29 be old? Dumb!!

Can Believing in God Kill Your Sex Life?

Judging by the sheer number of children being popped out by deeply religious couples – “19 Kids and Counting,” anyone? – I would have assumed that many believers have pretty rocking sex lives.

But according to a recent study reported by Tracy Clark-Flory over at Salon.com (“Do atheists have better sex?”), non-believers are having more fun between the sheets. And their happier hanky-panky is thanks not to superior skills (so stop gloating, godless heathens) but due to less guilt surrounding sex.

The study, titled “Sex and Secularism: When Happens When You Leave Religion?,” found that those actively engaged in some religious belief were less likely to report satisfaction with their sex lives, and were also less likely to indulge their sexual fantasies with a partner. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the more religious the household they were raised in, the more guilt they reported feeling surrounding sex. Also, when people ditched their religious beliefs, they reported that their sex lives improved.

Writes Clark-Flory: “Roughly 55 percent said sex ‘greatly improved’ after losing their religion, compared to 2.2 percent who said it got worse.” (Note, though, that this could be an example of exaggerated self-reporting).

One of the more surprising tidbits is that despite much higher rates of self-reported sexual guilt among believers, their sexual behaviour is not notably different from that of non-believers. It seems we all masturbate, watch porn, engage in oral sex and have pre-marital sex at similar rates. The authors summarize: “Guilt is a key component of religious attitudes about sex but actual behaviour[s] … do not change appreciably with religiosity.” It’s just that non-believers have less fun and more guilt while doing it.

So do you think that religious beliefs can have an impact on the quality of someone’s sex life? It makes sense to me – I’ve heard as much from friends who spent their childhood Sunday mornings in Catholic churches. However, I imagine the type of faith matters significantly, and whether the respondents in the survey were single or married.

But if you spent a big chunk of your formative years being told that sex is dirty and you deserve to be punished, I can see how that might put a kibosh on your adult sex life – unless, of course, you’re really into that.