Sex Myths and Facts

Many people are terribly uninformed about sex. At the extremes are people like the girl I overheard in high school, telling her friend that she didn’t understand how she’d gotten pregnant for the second time at age sixteen, when she’d been using “foam”–the foam from a can of cola! She went on to say that she’d gotten pregnant the first time because she not only had no contraception but also didn’t know that the activity her boyfriend called “screwing” was the same thing as this “sexual intercourse” that she’d heard was the cause of pregnancy.

Most people manage to pick up more information than that. Still, in college I met many highly intelligent people who believed some inaccurate things about sex. Here are a few examples: Read more…

Camp Wah-Shah-She Cake

I learned to make this cake at Girl Scout Camp Wah-Shah-She in Osage County, Oklahoma, but it turned out a lot better baked in the dining hall oven than baked in a Dutch oven on the campfire! Although cake mix and pie filling contain some unhealthy additives and I rarely use them now, this recipe was great when I didn’t have access to a fully equipped kitchen–for example, when I lived in a college dormitory (with a stove in an alcove off the lounge) and would occasionally get invited to a potluck event. Read more…