A single human lymphocyte–one type of cell in the immune system (image via Wikimedia)
All kinds of things go into a woman’s vagina. Some are friendly (like sperm and vaginal microbes), and some are very bad (STDs). The immune system in the vagina has to be able to tell the difference and react appropriately. As you can imagine, the system isn’t perfect and sometimes things go terribly wrong.
An article published earlier this month in the journal Fronteirs in Immunology (available online for free) reviewed the current state of knowledge of the vaginal immune system. The paper was written by Gary Clark and Danny Schust of the University of Wisconsin. I just wanted to highlight some of the points from the article here and talk about some interesting issues related to vaginal immunity. Continue reading
Posted in Human reproduction, Human sex, Seminal fluid
Tagged allergies, Female fertility, immune system, POIS, pregnancy, Scientific literature, seminal fluid proteins, seminal plasma hypersensitivity, sexually transmitted disease, sperm
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The Kia Sorento is the No Question zone.
I guess I missed this commercial for the Kia Sorento during the Superbowl, but I just saw it on TV for the first time tonight. And boy, was it adorable. If lying to your kids and then shutting them down when they express an interest in understanding how the world works is adorable. Based on the comments I’ve seen on the YouTube videos, most people think it’s cute and hilarious. I find it seriously disturbing.
In case you haven’t seen it, the video is here.
By the third time this commercial came on, I was ready to throw something at the TV. The dad’s “Babylandia” story is kind of cute and silly. But the fact that it’s used to completely avoid having a serious discussion with his son, who is just looking for some information, is disturbing. I’m not saying that he should have gone into a thorough and graphic discussion of sex and reproduction, but he could have simply given a short, truthful answer. Or said that they could talk about it later. They are in a car, after all. Instead, he makes up a long and elaborate lie. Continue reading