I know what you're thinking: "Geeks and sex? Yeah, right."
You, dear reader, seem to have forgotten classic films like "Revenge of the Nerds" and "American Pie."
You can stereotype all you want, but fact is, nerds get down. And they have been making some pretty cool stuff to help people -- nerdy or not -- get down in healthy ways.
So let's talk about sex. Here are two of my favorite nerdy ways to keep yourself happy and healthy, uh, down there.
Created by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, bedsider.org is meant to be a "support network for birth control." They focus on helping women decide the best ways to have the sex lives they want -- including wanting to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
It has an interactive "method explorer" that allows the user to pick certain criteria such as "most effective," "STI prevention," and even "do me now." As you select criteria, methods fall away, leaving you with one or two to choose from. You can also roll over pictures of a condom, an IUD, or even a padlock, and it will explain the benefits and disadvantages of each method.
Bedsider also allows users to put in their zip code, returning a list of providers who can help them get certain forms of contraception -- even emergency contraception. They have a section with questions that are common but often unasked, answered clearly and without judgment.
My favorite Bedsider feature, though, is their "reminders" feature. If you use a method that requires repetitive action, like taking a pill every day or changing a patch every week, you can sign up to have Bedsider text you a friendly reminder. They give you the option of a discreet message or ones with fun facts... which are seriously the best and include things like "Can't sleep? Have an orgasm. It's like a natural sedative. Pill now. Sweet dreams later."
A Boulder-based startup, Sir Richard's Condom Company is basically the Toms of sex. They want you to have safe sex -- fashionably, I might add, with awesome plaid packaging -- while helping other people have safe sex, too. There's a huge shortage of condoms in undeveloped and underdeveloped countries, and Sir Richard's wants to help change that.
They work with Partners in Health on a "buy one, give one" system; for every condom you buy, Partners in Health gives a condom to people in other countries. And what's crazy cool is that they take cultural values into the designs of the condoms they give away -- the first country they've been working with is Haiti, where they distributed more than 500,000 condoms at the beginning of this year.
The slogan for Sir Richard's is "Doing good never felt better," and when it comes to sexy Boulder startups, Sir Richard's is the best.
Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @jessicalryan