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 Selfless Snaps: Vinny Guadagnino’s Big-Ass Box Of Condoms Would Provide A Lot Of Protection IRL 

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Vinny Guadagnino, of “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny,” is back on MTV, and this time it’s to talk about the importance of condoms!

But it’s no super-serious PSA he’s behind. Vinny has a fake condom ad (and a later cameo) in this video from MTV Other’s “Two Guys Named Josh.” He Tweeted:

Deciding that condom boxes are too small, the fake ad presents the solution: Vinny’s Big-Ass Box of Condoms. How big-ass? Well, there are 364 condoms in a box, and this number was picked on purpose. “That’s a condom for every day of the year, except one: Don’t have sex on Halloween,” he jokes. “That’s too scary.”

The ad may be for LOLs, but using condoms is def no joke. April is STD Awareness Month, and in our recent article “Common STD Myths Busted, Once + For All,” expert Meredith Mishel explained, “Male latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly — meaning EVERY time, and from start to finish — are highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. They also reduce the risk of many other STDs. Condoms are also the only method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.”

If you ever have any Qs about condoms, like the best kind to use, the proper way to put them on, etc., you can check out It’s Your (Sex) Life. They have a special section explaining condoms, plus info on other forms of birth control. The ad might be fake, but the importance of protecting yourself can never be overstated!

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 Sweet Tweet: Kristen Bell Knows Who Owns Your Ovaries 

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People often think of birth control as just something that prevents unwanted pregnancy, but it’s so much more than that. Kristen Bell decided to highlight the many positive side effects to birth control — like how it can majorly improve both women’s rights and the economy.

The star of the new “Veronica Mars” movie Tweeted:

Kristen’s link takes you to an Upworthy chart that discusses why birth control is so necessary. As it explains in the beginning: “Other side effects of birth control include people of all genders living longer and earning more money. Trufax.”

The chart goes on to say: “222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception… Women with access to birth control have 40% higher earnings than those who don’t… Additionally, for every dollar invested in family planning and reproductive health, there is significant savings in education, immunization, water & sanitation.”

Think about it: if a woman has access to birth control, she can make sure she doesn’t have kids until if and when she’s ready. In the meantime, she can get an education and start a career. If and when she has kids, she already has herself established as an independent woman making her own income. She can afford her lifestyle and afford to take care of children, so she doesn’t need help from elsewhere.

If she has only the number of kids she wants to have, she’s able to take better care of them and afford what they need. When people have their education, their career, and the ability to take care of themselves, that helps the economy big time. People with access to birth control live longer, healthier and wealthier lives — both men and women!

 Selfless Snaps: Shalyah Evans Remembers Awesome Get Yourself Tested Party 

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You have slumber parties and birthday parties and girls’ (or guys’) night-out parties . . . why not have Get Yourself Tested parties? Shalyah Evans of “Girl Code” went to one, and she talked about it for her #ThrowBackThursday.

Shalyah shared this on Instagram, writing, “#tbt GYT party with GirlCode!”:

The girls on “Girl Code” aren’t shy when it comes to talking about sex. But they also know that if you’re gonna have sex, your mental, emotional and physical health are #1 priority. It’s important for you to decide if and when you have sex, and you get to set whatever boundaries you want for you and your partner. At the same time, physical health is important, and that’s done through preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs.

Shalyah and others on “Girl Code” have done some pretty funny skits about getting yourself tested. They do it to make people feel less embarrassed and uncomfortable about getting tested. Going to a doctor and getting tested for STDs shouldn’t make you feel ashamed — it should empower you, because it’s the responsible thing to do! That way you can know what’s going on with your body. If you do have something, you can get it either cured or treated, which is sooo much better for your body than ignoring it.

Half of sexually active young people will catch an STD by time they’re 25. If you’re sexually active, the best way to keep yourself protected is to use a condom every time you have sex. GYT tested might not be the most typical kind of party, but protecting your health is a reason to celebrate!

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 Selfless Snaps: Gabrielle Union Stands Up For Sexual Assault Survivors 

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Gabrielle Union was sexually assaulted when she was younger, and now she is bravely speaking out as a survivor.

Gabrielle spoke at the Call of the Game Dinner, then shared some images afterward on Instagram.

She wrote, “Sat night I was honored to co-host the #callofthegamedinner to speak about being a rape survivor and to highlight #laurenskids foundation that helps children who’ve been abused. It is NEVER easy to talk about my journey from rape victim to survivor but I recognize the greater good that comes from my speaking out. I live for the day when I don’t hear ‘It happened to me too’ … That day hasn’t come yet… So I continue to do the work… Whatever it takes. Always remember you aren’t alone, ppl DO care, and there IS help. So to all the survivors, to all the strong but don’t know it yet and ESP to all those struggling to find hope… Love, Light, Healing and Many Blessings”.

Lauren’s Kids is an org founded by Lauren Book, a woman who was sexually abused as a child and who doesn’t want to see that happen to others. She has speaking engagements around the nation and teaches both kids and adults about sexual abuse through in-school curriculum.

One third of girls and one fifth of boys are sexually abused before turning 18. Sexual abuse is never okay, and Gabrielle is right that people do care and there is help available. You can always call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE or live chat with someone at RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. You are not alone.

 Best Of 2013: The Top 5 Issues You Took Action On This Year 

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Photos: (Adam Bouska)

2014 is almost upon us but before we begin the new year, lets take a look back at the most talked about actions on MTV Act! With so many proud moments, it was hard to narrow this list down. But after tallying up the most actions taken this year on the site, our most popular Facebook posts and Tweets, we have the top five issues YOU took action on.

+ Marriage Equality

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2013 was quite the year for marriage equality! In total, we witnessed the passing of gay marriage in 8 states!! Even President Obama urged his birth state of Hawaii (calm down Donald) to pass marriage equality! From politics to pop culture it was no doubt a hot topic. We also saw powerful moments like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ big win for “Same Love” at the VMAs.  The song helped push the important discussion forward. We couldn’t talk marriage equality without highlighting the big moment when Prop 8 was overturned. This was a massive victory in 2013. There are still 33 states that ban same-sex marriage so let’s make those numbers go down (or diminish completely) in 2014!

+ #ThxBirthControl

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This year, on 11/12/13, we celebrated the first ever Thanks, Birth Control Day! It was a day spent educating and empowering women on the importance of preventative healthcare. Katy Perry even chimed in on the cause by revealing, “I love being in love, I love the idea of marriage and making babies — but not yet. Not until I’m 30. I basically chew my birth control tablets — I chew them like vitamin C. I’m like, ‘nomnomnomnom.’” With nearly 99% of women using birth control, it’s important we educate our generation (and younger people) on this important topic.

+ MTV Stars Join NOH8

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As the NOH8 Campaign is heading into their 6th year, it’s time we reflect back on some of our MTV fam who struck a pose for the charity! So, we saw JWoww go topless for her gorgeous pic, Snooki show off her toned bod, and even Vinny gave fans a lil’ glimpse of his chest tat (we dig). Besides the Jersey Shore cast, we also saw our buddy Nev Schulman from “Catfish” take time to support the cause! Take a few seconds and admire those gorgeous eyes of his!

+ Ian Somerhalder’s Passion For The World

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Ian is obvi one of our faves to write about on MTV Act. He’s one of the most handsome men to grace the planet, and what he did recently for his 35th birthday is just beyond! The actor and philanthropist decided to dedicate his birthday to his environmental org, ISF. Ahhh, and we even had the chance earlier this year to interview the animal lover! During the interview he gave us some great advice by revealing, “When we unite forces, we expand our skill set, multiply our voices and amplify our ultimate power for the future of this planet.”

+ Austin Mahone’s Valentines Date

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Last, but DEF not least, we have to reflect back on our Austin Mahone Valentine’s Day post! The Mahomies flooded to our site in order to win Valentine roses from the singer. In order to win, they had to first Tweet about their fave cause. Who was the lucky winner of a Valentine’s Day card and roses from Mr. Mahone? Stephanie, who wrote an anti-bullying play with other youth and performed it in effort to spread love in her community

 Katy Perry, JWOWW & Lena Dunham Totally Heart Birth Control 

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Photos: (Getty)

You gotta love the numbers 11/12/13, and you’ve also gotta love the fact today is the first ever Thanks, Birth Control Day.

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reports 99% of women use birth control, and 90% of adults agree that using birth control is the most responsible thing to do if you don’t want to get pregnant. We decided to take a look at some celebs who know that birth control is the way to go for preventing unwanted pregnancy.

+ Katy Perry

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“I love being in love, I love the idea of marriage and making babies — but not yet,” Katy said. “Not until I’m 30. I basically chew my birth control tablets — I chew them like vitamin C, I’m like, ‘nomnomnomnom’.”

Okay, so you don’t actually want to cram handfuls of birth control pills, but the idea is that Katy knows the importance of taking birth control and being on top of it. You can talk to your doc about the best kind of birth control for you and how you use it (‘cause you’ve got to use it right or it won’t work!).

+ Maggie Gyllenhaal

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“Planned Parenthood is there for every woman,” Maggie said. “This is an organization that works in communities to provide high-quality care like cervical cancer screenings, breast exams, HIV tests and birth control — often to women who would otherwise go without. It is the place you call if you are 16 and don’t know whom to ask about birth control. It’s the website that has answers in the middle of the night. It’s the health care resource that offers compassion and respect to women at times when they are incredibly vulnerable and afraid.”

If you don’t have a doctor or can’t afford birth control, you can always go to Planned Parenthood to get birth control that’s either free or at a reduced cost. They can also answer your birth control Q’s.

+ JWOWW

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“Nicole was my birth control,” JWOWW said about her BFF Snooki. “Having a pregnant friend is different from living with someone that is pregnant. I was like her boyfriend on some levels, being there for her and realizing she made an amazing transformation. She did a 180. You can’t be selfish anymore. I want to be selfish.”

Using birth control and not having kids unless you’re ready isn’t selfish — it’s responsible — but we like how JWOWW saw that pregnancy isn’t right for her right now and so she’s making sure nothing happens.

+ Esther Ku

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“Just discovered Call The Midwife on Netflix!” said Esther Ku of “Girl Code.” “Makes me sit on the edge of my seat and overdose on birth control.”

Like Katy, Esther’s being colorful, because you don’t actually take birth control that way. But we definitely get what she’s saying about wanted to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy.

+ Lena Dunham

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“You want a guy who cares whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control,” Lena said.

Birth control is something both girls and guys can get passionate about, because an unwanted pregnancy is scary and no joke. You can learn more about birth control at Bedsider, and remember to Tweet #ThxBirthControl today!

 Sweet Tweet: Girl Code’s Esther Talks Birth Control 

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The ladies on “Girl Code” will be returning for season two on October 29 at 11/10c. Until then, you can keep up with their jokes on social media, and Esther Ku used Twitter as a place to crack a joke . . . and bring up an important subject.

EsterKuKu (as she’s known on Twitter) Tweeted:

“Call of the Midwife” is a drama series about midwives in 1950s London. While these days we go to doctors, midwives have a long history in helping women with things like birth control and childbirth. Esther’s apparently riveted by the series — and knows it’s important to prevent unwanted pregnancies!

Sex is a very personal issue, and it’s important to do it only when you’re ready (not when you’re bf or gf says you’re ready). When you’re ready depends on your life, your beliefs, your circumstances, etc. But if you are having sex, it’s so super necessary to use protection.

There are lots of different kinds of birth control, and different kinds work for different people. For instance, maybe you would have a hard time remembering to take the pill each day, so it’d be better to use something like the shot, because you only need to update that every three months. And it’s also important to always use condoms, because they protect against pregnancy and STDs. It’s Your [Sex] Life is a great source to answer questions on how different form of birth control work and how well they work. Esther’s being colorful in how she’s talking about birth control, but her message about using some kind of protection is spot on!

 + Watch The Trailer For Girl Code Season 2.

 Sweet Tweet: Tegan And Sara Heart Lauren Mayberry’s Women’s Rights Article 

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Photos: (Getty, The Guardian)

Tegan and Sara are known for repping pro-social issues. Now they’re giving Twitter applause to Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches for standing up for women’s rights.The sisters Tweeted:

Lauren wrote an article for The Guardian about the kind of sexism she faces while being in a band. When one man sent a sexually suggestive message to her, she responded by posting it on social media and saying this kind of message wasn’t appropriate. While some people were supportive of Lauren and agreed that the message hadn’t been okay, others attacked her.

She got comments like, “This isn’t rape culture. You’ll know rape culture when I’m raping you…” and “It’s just one of those things you’ll need to learn to deal with. If you’re easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn’t for you.”

“Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat?” Lauren wrote in her Guardian piece. “I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with.’”

She brought up the Everyday Sexism Project, founded by Laura Bates, who MTV Act recently interviewed. Speaking of the people who said such awful things to her, Lauren wrote, ‘It seems almost too obvious to ask, “Would you condone this behavior if it was directed at your mother/sister/daughter/wife/girlfriend’ but maybe going back to basics is what the trolls or 4chan addicts need. To learn a little empathy. To have a little respect for other people. To think before they speak.”

Lauren obvi thought this all out before she said it, and we love the points she made!

 Celebs Get Wise on the VMAs Red Carpet [VIDEO] 

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Although people can’t stop talking about Miley‘s twerkfest and roaming foam hand, it wasn’t ALL that happened at the 2013 VMAs. We caught up with celebs on the red carpet to chat about what advice they’d give to their younger selves. Here’s what they had to say:

+ Watch Celebs Share Their Words Of Wisdom at the 2013 VMAs

When we asked celebs for their words of wisdom, the general consensus was, “chill out!” “I wish I just knew that it was okay to be 15, and not a grown up,” said “Awkward” actress Greer Grammer. “It’s not that big of a deal,” “Rivals II” reality star and two-time breast cancer survivor Diem Brown said of teenage drama. And if it’s unnecessary drama you’re trying to avoid, Machine Gun Kelly recommends using protection during sex. “When you don’t wear a condom, you can get a girl pregnant,” he told young fans. And the rapper is right! Three in 10 girls will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20.

Girl Get Your Mind Right” star Tionna Smalls obvi wants her young fans to get their minds right. She’d tell her “Smalls” self to finish school without any major hiatuses. And speaking of girls getting their minds right, “Jersey Shore” guidette Deena wishes she had been less trusting of guys as a teen. “Never trust what guys say,” she advised. Hah! We wouldn’t say neverrrrr, but it is important to be in healthy friendships and relationships with people you can trust. Love Is Respect, after all, and people who love you shouldn’t lie to you!

Follow the action widgets below to take our celeb advice off the red carpet and into the real world.

 Naya Rivera Says ‘No’ To After-Prom Sex 

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One look at the beautiful Naya Rivera, and you’d assume she had the most amazing high school experience ever, but that wasn’t the case for the “Glee” actress, who recently shared her prom horror story with Complex magazine.

On top of making fun of her weight and dancing with other girls all night, her tactless date was insistent upon having after-prom sex…and Naya was so not havin’ it.

“He started talking about how skinny I was,” Naya told Complex. He was grinding on every other girl at the dance while I sat alone at the table, looking like a señorita. I didn’t even dance. It was horrible.” Yet even after his inconsiderate antics, Naya’s date invited her back to the hotel to get it on. “Then he said, ‘So are you coming to the hotel?’ And I was like, ‘No, my dad is picking me up. On top of that, you’re trying to have sex with me? How rude are you?’” You GO girl!

Although after-prom sex has become something of a high school tradition, you should never feel peer pressured into doing something you’re not ready for. And in spite of what some people say, only half of all high school students have actually had sex! Some teens get down because they think it’s the cool thing to do, but I’m willing to bet Naya grew up to be cooler than 99.99% of all of her classmates, whether she was getting down or not.

Follow the Action Links below to learn more about how to take control of your sex life, and follow in Naya’s footsteps if you don’t care to conform to high-school sexual stereotypes. You sex hipster, you. “Best believe I’ll be at that reunion though, ” Naya added. Best believe her prom date is gonna feel so silly.

 Talking ‘Bout The Blurred Lines…Of Sexting 

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Photos: (Getty, Apple)

They say nudity is in the eye of the beholder, but in 2013, it can quickly be in the eye of everyone with a cell phone or the Internet. As technology and smartphone apps like Snapchat make taking and sending dirty pics easier, and more widely accepted, there are a few things we need to keep in mind:

+ According to A Thin Line, 61% of those who sext have been pressured to do so at least once.

It only takes four words for me to go from totally psyched about the hot guy I met at the bar to not into him at all: “Send me a pic.” One, I don’t think anyone should see your naked body for the first time on their cell phone. Two, you don’t get to decide if or when I send you a sexy photo. When it comes to sexting, and all sex-related stuff, you should never feel pressured into doing anything you’re uncomfortable with. If your someone you know is insistent upon sexting, send ‘em a link to Robin Thicke‘s uncensored “Blurred Lines” video. That outta do the trick. It is #1 on the Hot 100, after all!

+ According to DoSomething, over 50% of those who shared a sext shared it with other people.

More than half of all sexts are shared with more than one person. Talk about killing two birds with one…bone. Just like you sent that awesome picture of the sunset to more than one friend, keep in mind that some folks are all about sharing photos of the full moon!

+ 1 in 5 recipients have passed the sext along to someone else.

Don’t fall victim to a sext-offender! When you share intimate photos with one person, you run the risk of their entire social network seeing them as well — be it an intentional burn, a careless accident, or even what is intended to be a compliment. (“Yo! Check out how hot my girl is…”) Also, be mindful of the photos you post of yourself. It may seem harmless now, but that Instagram of you doing a keg stand in your Superman undies could come back to haunt you when you’re applying for jobs or colleges.

When it comes to media sharing, privacy lines can be extremely blurry. Follow the Action Links below to learn more about sexting, and to decide where you draw the (blurred) line.

 A Baby Jonas Is On The Way! Now, What To Name Him/Her? 

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The eldest Jonas Brother, Kevin, and his wife Danielle, are expecting their first child! They released the news yesterday, after which middle-bro Joe Tweeted a hilarious pic of a sonogram baby holding a Starbucks cup. That fetus is totes Hollywood. Now that we have the good news, it’s time to get to namin’!

+ Change Jonas

I know it sounds weird, but can anything really top “North West” on the baby name oddity scale?! The Jo-Bros run their own nonprofit, Change for the Children, which champions diabetes awareness, the Special Olympics, and volunteerism, the three brothers’ favorite causes. Also, it would be super funny when it’s time to “change” the baby.

+ Hope Jonas

Kevin and Danielle are regular attendees of the Samsung Hope for Children Gala, which raises funds and awareness for various organizations devoted to improving children’s lives. The gala has raised $30 million for charity since its inception in 2002! Maybe a little Hope will be in attendance this year?

+ Do Jonas

Kevin is a champion of volunteerism, and works closely with DoSomething.org to encourage his fans to get up and…well…do something to make this world a better place. The best thing about naming their child “Do” is that, when he or she misbehaves, Kevin and Danielle can yell out, “Don’t!”

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