Sexual Health Rankings™ presents Sex Stories, a weekly roundup of sexual health news from around the country.
More U.S. Women Having Kids in Their 30s and 40s: Report (HealthDay)
More women in the U.S. are waiting until later in life to have children, according to new data from the CDC. The birth rate for women in their 30s and early 40s rose in 2012, while birth rates for teens and young adults fell to record lows.
Renowned Seattle Sex Toy Shop Celebrates 20 Years (Seattle Post Intelligencer [blog])
“Twenty years ago, buying a vibrator and lube often meant slinking into a dark, pervy-feeling store and hoping no one saw you at the register. There was little eye contact or advice, and much of the goods were geared toward men. Then Toys in Babeland opened in Seattle in 1993, and the landscape changed.”
Veterans Benefits for Gay Married Couples Still Denied (Washington Blade)
Despite DOMA being struck down, same sex veterans are still unable to recieve the federal benefits of marriage. Title 38 part of the US code that oversees veterans’ benefits still defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Justice are working to see how the Supreme Court’s decision impacts VA’s obligations.
Walmart to Extend Health Benefits to U.S. Workers’ Domestic Partners (Huffington Post)
Walmart will begin offering health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of US employees starting in 2014. They define ‘domestic partner’ as either a legal spouse or ‘someone in an ongoing, exclusive relationship similar to marriage for at least 12 months with the intention to continue sharing ah household indefinitely.’ Over 1.1 million employees will be eligible for these benefits.
Yale to Issue Scenarios to Explain Sexual Assault Policies in Face of Renewed Criticism (Huffington Post)
Yale Unviersity administrators will release a series of hypothetical situations that explain how they categorize types of seual violence and the corresponding punishments. The document comes in response to Yale’s recently released semi-annual report that indicates those guilty of nonconsensual sex could stay at Yale. Criticism came against both what is viewed as a lax policy and the langge which suggests that such sex is a less deplorable act than rape.