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Rough Cut: Weighing the Emotional and Medical Cases Against Circumcision

I'm not sure any medical study could actually convince me to change my longstanding opposition to circumcising newborns.

A slowly percolating body of evidence suggests that circumcision could have real—if not always drastic—health benefits in men. New research out of Australia suggests that uncircumcised men are 50 times more likely than circumcised men to develop penile cancer. In South Africa, adult male circumcision has been linked to huge drops in HIV transmission in the region. One CDC study of men in Baltimore found that among straight black men who had been exposed to HIV, those who contracted the virus were twice as likely to be uncircumcised. The CDC has considered recommending routine circumcision in an effort to fight HIV.

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Summer's Eve: The Douche Company That Won't Say "Douche" Why Won't Summer's Eve Say "Douche"?

Summer's Eve's new marketing blitz is obsessed with "vagina." But another dirty word is conspicuously absent from its campaign: "Douche."



Vaginal cleansing company Summer's Eve is dedicated to promoting the genital area for which its products are designed. Last week, the company launched a new marketing campaign centered on "the power of the V." Now, Summer's Eve markets its own "Vagina Owner's Manual." It suggests replacing the term "That's Awesome" with "That's Vaginal." It invites women to pinpoint the vagina on a genital map. It imagines what black, Latina, and white vaginas would say if they could talk. In spots aired before the latest Harry Potter film, it situates the vagina as the inspiration for all history's wars. Its online "Vaglossary" demystifies vagina-related terms like "camel toe," "crowning," and "bidet."

But one word is conspicuously absent from Summer's Eve's new marketing blitz: "Douche."

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