@squid v. whale My point is that anecdotes aren't useful. Listing horror stories about bike accidents doesn't mean the conclusion "everyone should always wear a bike helmet" is obvious. Data suggests bicycling is low risk, with or without a helmet. Some people prefer to wear helmets, just as some people prefer to wear anti-germ masks on the subway. Not wearing a helmet is not an irresponsible choice any more than not wearing masks is.
@squid v. whale How many people do you know who have been injured in car aciidents when they were IN the car?
@Susanna See also, "I'm doing a cross-country road trip in my car!" That has a much greater risk of death than normal levels of bike commuting in a month (helmet or no) but no one ever gives people shit about the risks they subject themselves and their kids to from driving a lot.
@AW@twitter I find them really uncomfortable (yes, I've tried various kinds) when they're worn as tightly as they need to be to provide any protection (more than half the people I see wearing helmets don't have them fitted right, incidentally). Other people don't wear them because they can be a hassle to store in a way that keeps them clean and dry and on the bike, or because they don't want to take the time to strap them on and off each time they hop on and off a bike on short trips or errands. Other people find them too hot. Other people use bike shares and hauling a helmet around when not on a bike is inconvenient.
@dotcommie Glad I'm not at risk of having someone with such a poor understanding of risk assessment hitting on me!
@AW@twitter Except the risks of head injury in an hour in the car are greater than the risks of head injury in an hour on a bike even without such safety measures. People make a lot of personal decisions that are not supported by actual statistics. Bike riding is not a high risk activity in the grand scheme of life.
@Emmanuelle Cunt Yeah, but a lot of folks believe that a 4% failure rate means they have a 4% chance of getting pregnant every time they use that method, and it’s important to clear that up.
@fondue with cheddar I know it's weird, but I make this lube specifically because of the taste problem... it's basically flavorless. http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/2008/02/22/flax-in-the-bedroom/
@Ellie FYI, failure stats are for a year of use of that method, so you haven't hit it yet!
@Kristen If it’s possible to get good results without having to sacrifice pleasure, why not do that?
I (as a woman) do not find condoms to affect my pleasure negatively from a physical perspective (though the stopping to put them on bit does). I have only been with men who are 100% on board with using condoms but even they dislike them. Interestingly, the young ones (under 25) didn’t consider them that big a deal, but now that I and my partners are older, they have become more of an issue because it’s more difficult for the men to stay rock-hard while stopping to put on a condom, especially after the first time we have sex in an evening. I’m betting for a lot of men, using condoms can make intercourse near-impossible for that reason. It’s worth trying to fix the problem (reduced pleasure) rather than normalizing it.