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What Your Outfit Color Means on the Pick-Up Scene

photo via flickr A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology looked at why men are more attracted to women who wear red — because, according to earlier studies (not to mention the lyrics of one Chris DeBurgh), men sit closer to ladies in red and ask them more intimate questions. Well, […]

What The Economist Doesn’t Get About Online Dating

photo via flickr A recent article in The Economist magazine examines a bunch of scientific papers about online dating in an attempt to figure out if any of those fancy matching algorithms are better than old-fashioned matchmakers like your grandmother. Or even if simply all that choice — and all those checkboxes! — improves your […]

We Can Resist Anything Except Temptation – and Twitter

Researchers out of Chicago University’s Booth Business School recently conducted a study on people’s ability to resist their desires. It turns out that people can resist cigarettes, they can resist alcohol, they can resist sex, and they can resist the urge to spend money… but what they really really can’t resist is the urge to engage […]

Given a Free Pass for a Fling, Women Would Call an Old Flame

vintage album cover via flickr We’ve long known that The One Who Got Away makes for great late-night Google fantasies. And that makes sense: you rifle through your memory bank after another bad breakup — or after another inane argument with your spouse — and wonder how life would have been different if you’d stayed […]

High Heels Are the Devil

photo via Flickr High heels are an essential part of our fashion-glam culture. Finding a pair of flats at last night’s Sag Awards was like trying to find a vegan quinoa recipe in a Paula Deen cookbook. More common was the doughnut burger of the shoe world: the 29-inch stiletto like Emma Stone wore. What women will suffer […]

Toward a 2012 Treaty in the Battle of the Sexes

As you may have noticed (we’re not exactly subtle on this point), we don’t buy the idea that men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and shuttles between the two are infrequent at best. We tend to think that women and men are a lot more alike than rumor (or headline) has it — […]

Naked News: Rogue Sperm Donation, Teen Group Sex, and the End of Marriage

A man who donates his sperm to women and couples he meets online faces federal charges (a $100,000 fine or up to a year in prison) for not doing blood tests every time. CDC study shows that the HPV vaccine doesn’t make teens promiscuous. Yeah, we know: shocking. Fewer than half of U.S. adults are […]

Naked News: Teen Sexting “Epidemic”? Turns Out We Should All Chillax

photo by Joe M500 Here’s something to LOL about: A new study shows that the teen sexting thing was — shocker — largely media hype, and that only 1% of kids age 10-17 have texted an explicit picture of themselves. And a million teens roll their eyes and say “We told you so.” Speaking of […]

How Different Are Girls’ and Boys’ Brains?

It’s a favorite question of ours…okay, of mine (i.e. Lo’s). And my personal answer is that yes, there are differences, but not as many or as great as our culture likes to assume or presume. And that bias we have as a society actually influences the development of boys’ and girls’ brains (which are elastic) […]