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          Safety First

          Sex and Dating

          Kuiper Beltran, Casanova-in-training

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Focus
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          It is a well-known fact that sexual intercourse is not without consequences. Some consequences of sex can be extremely agonizing and excruciating. However, these unpleasant consequences are just as preventable as they are painful.

          The importance of safe sex cannot be overstated. Some friends may tell you that unprotected sex is more enjoyable. Physically speaking, this claim may be accurate, but the peace of mind that comes with using protection will ultimately make sex less stressful and more pleasurable for both you and your partner.

          We all know that we should use protection, but sometimes there is the question of when to carry it. When it comes to protection, my recommendation is to always bring it with you. You never know when the need will arise, and it's better to be carrying it and not need it than to find yourself in a spot without it. Let's face it: when it comes to protection, the most important factor is reliability. There's a reason that the Glock 22 is the most popular police sidearm in the country: it's made by one of the most reliable weapons manufacturers in the world.

          Some people may question whether protection is really necessary. Looking at reports based on statistics collected over the last decade, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated about 1,500,000 annual incidents where a burglary, violent attack, rape, or murder attempt was averted by a citizen using a firearm in self-defense. Don't set yourself up to be a victim.

          Of course, protecting yourself doesn't just mean carrying a gun, especially when it comes to sexual intercourse. After all, "safe" takes on an entirely different meaning when used to describe sex. I've seen my fair share of dorm rooms, and it seems like a significant number of students have chosen to loft their beds. There's nothing wrong with this, but if you choose to use it as a location for coitus, be careful! Throes of ecstasy often take the form of violent, sudden movements, which could send you careening out of bed and onto the floor. To mitigate the chance of injury in such an event, I suggest wearing a helmet. You may feel silly wearing it, but you're better safe than sorry.
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