AV Flox

AV Flox has written about sex, relationships, technology and health in a variety of publications, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly Los Angeles Times, Gizmodo, and BlogHer.com, among others. Currently, she is the editor of Slantist, a site that focuses on news and issues surrounding sexuality. She lives in California, jumping back and forth from Silicon Valley to Porn Valley.

The Perfect Safe Sex Care Package for College Students

In 2012, 30.4 percent of Americans over 25 had at least a bachelor's degree and 10.9 percent had a graduate degree. That's a big chunk of the country, but you wouldn't know so many of us have been to university given the sort of suggestions floating around the internet about what to put into a care package for our recent high school grads who are heading off to get their degrees. My version of a good care package is one that equips a young adult to make the right decision as often as possible....more
Wow! I had no idea all that stuff was out there. Where have I been? Oh, yeah, married for the ...more

HelloFlo's"First Moon Party" Ad Got Periods Right, Parenting Wrong

HelloFlo—a start-up that offers a starter kit of supplies and information about menstruation for young women, as well as subscriptions for monthly care packages—went viral last year with the very funny video "The Camp Gyno," about a girl who is the first to get her period while at summer camp. ...more
Well said! I thought it was hysterical!more

Why Doesn't Princeton Review Rank Best Sexual Assault Prevention and Response on Campuses?

As high school graduations are celebrated around the country, a number of seniors and parents may turn to the Princeton Review to make final choices about colleges, but the women's rights activist group UltraViolet worries that incoming freshmen — and their parents — don't have all the information they need. This month, they kicked off a campaign petitioning the popular college guide to list sexual assault prevention and response rankings. ...more
Yep, I signed the ultraviolet petition.  As a mother of two, i want my daughters to be fully ...more

Did Feminism Fail Monica Lewinsky?

Monica Lewinsky is back, and on her own terms, in an essay for the magazine Vanity Fair. It took us a long time to get here -- the relationship she writes about, with former U.S. president Bill Clinton happened in 1995, when she was 21. It's been nearly twenty years since the affair happened, sixteen since it exploded in 1998, leading to the impeachment trial of Clinton, who was eventually acquitted of having lied under oath about having been involved with Lewinsky. ...more
The reality is she was a young kid in her twenties. The Clinton's (both slick Willy and ...more

Vagenda Asks: Can We Take the Sexism Out of Headlines?

What would the world look like if headlines in tabloids stopped being critical and cruel and started reflecting the photos of women that they accompany? On Monday, the editors at Vagenda Magazine asked their readers to pitch in in the headline-editing effort. ...more
"Vagenda" complains about sexist headlines.  "Vagenda" ... the irony is delicious.more

'American Blogger' Still Isn't Getting The Outrage. Let Me Break It Down.

There is something truly beautiful in two creatives supporting one another through their art the way the Weigands do. And as Casey Leigh noted in today's post, titled "Response to the American Blogger Controversy" they never imagined that Christopher's uplifting film about the power of building community through blogging would become a target for so much derision. Here's why that's not good enough. ...more
If it's ok for the wife to have a blog circle that's not diverse, then the problem would have to ...more

Real Life Law & Order: 400,000 Unprocessed Rape Kits in the US

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of rape kits are still sitting on shelves unprocessed, years after the crimes are reported. In 2009, 11,304 of these kits -- with some dating back to the 80s -- were found sitting in a Detroit police storage facility. ...more
That's ridiculous!more

Sex Toys for the Faithful

Lent, the solemn period of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus that is celebrated by many Christian denominations, kicked off yesterday. This six-week period invariably puts faith questions center-stage, and yet it always surprises me the number of people of faith who come to me for advice about their relationships. Despite the vaguest allusions to having been brought up Catholic, I also receive questions from Protestants, Jews, and Muslims on a regular basis....more
This is a TOTALLY FASCINATING ARTICLE!!!! Thank you for being so awesome and so connected and so ...more

Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay, "Religious Freedom" Bill

Conservative Christians around the nation have been clamoring for increased religious protections to match the advances made by by gay rights groups. The latest attempt fell flat yesterday in Arizona when Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have effectively sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by businesses in the state. ...more
I question the wisdom of a couple who want to force a religious business to serve ...more

The Sexual Health of the American Presidents

Image: rnike via Flickr We've heard stories about our country's leaders, both real and false. In our times, it's hard to consume news without running into some scandal or another. Like them or hate them, information about political leaders is always useful in getting a picture of that person in that place and time. So what can we learn about our presidents from their sexual health?...more