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Naked News: Walnuts Are Good for Semen, Semen Is Good for Women

photo via flickr We know, we know: it sounds like a bad frat-house joke. But there’s a lot of sex research making the rounds this week, and while some of it is very welcome (amongst college students, women are no longer judged as harshly for their sexual behavior; also it turns out rape victims actually […]

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Why Women Have Ravishment and Rape Fantasies

We wrote a post here a few weeks back about research into men’s and women’s fantasy lives — and in particular, how often this sort of research is willfully misinterpreted. That got us wondering what other new fantasy research might be out there… and we came across a fascinating study about why women have rape […]

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Survey Debunks Some of Our Least Favorite Sex Myths

photo via flickr We’re always a little skeptical when sex research is sponsored by a commercial product — as opposed to, say, an academic institution. That said, the commercially-driven surveys tend to have a lot of money and resources behind them, and every now and then, interesting stuff comes out of them. Take the new […]

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Just How Different Are Men’s and Women’s Fantasy Lives?

Are women’s and men’s fantasy lives vastly different, or are they basically the same except for a few variations on theme and frequency? We suppose it depends on who you ask and what they believe. Because people’s prior beliefs about how women and men approach sex can really affect the way they interpret research on […]

Pop Culture
This Is Your Brain on Facebook

image via Zazzle.com Did you know that when someone “likes” your Facebook status — or, even better, actually comments on it — that warm fuzzy feeling you get is akin to the feeling you get from good food or good sex? Of course you knew that! Why else do you waste so many hours on […]

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Naked News: Homophobia Is Down, Gaydar Is Up & Mankinis Are on the Way

photo via Flickr Just by looking at picture of someone’s face for a split second, more often than not people can guess that person’s sexual orientation correctly. Australian Olympic hopeful looses a bet and has to wear a Borat-style “mankini” during the opening ceremonies. A majority of Americans find gay/lesbian relationships morally acceptable. Read the rest […]

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Online Dating’s Fatal Flaws

photo via Flickr Researches recently published a book-length article in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest on the scientific flaws of online dating. They wrote a layperson’s summary for Scientific American, but even that was three pages long (practically an eternity in internet time). So here’s what you need to know in a nutshell: Online dating’s […]

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Pickup Artist Training Will Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

Here’s the dirty little secret of pickup artist training: it actually works (for both men and women), but it may well make you feel like shit about yourself. Maybe you don’t care. Maybe you just want the digits. But just in case you want to get laid and feel like a better person, you might […]

Sexual Health
Doctor Claims He’s Located the G-Spot

photo via flickr Yes, Virginia, there is a G-spot, and one doctor in Poland claims he’s located it — and he says it’s tiny, less then one centimeter across. But other G-spot experts are not so sure of his claim. Dr. Adam Ostrzenski (what are the odds his buddies now call him Dr. O?), a […]

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Marrying Up Is on the Way Down

Is there any generation that doesn’t consider itself a watershed? We’re suckers for studies that prove we were born at a true turning point. Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research — a lefty, UK-based think tank — shows that “marrying up” is becoming a thing of the past, and the change really started with women […]

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What Would You Give Up For the Internet?

photo via flickr A recent survey by the Boston Consulting Group asked people in the U.S. which key lifestyle habits they would be willing to give up instead of the Internet for a year. 73% would give up alcohol; 69% would give up coffee (we love how close those two figures are!); 77% would give […]

News
Naked News: The Right’s War on Women/Porn/Ethics

photo via Flickr Santorum’s final nail in his own coffin: his promised war on porn… …Because the only thing the Bible Belt loves more than God might be straight and gay porn. Another anti-choice male Republican politician who really gets women: Pennsylvania Governor Tim “Just Close Your Eyes” Corbett. Yes, there really is a bill in Kansas that would […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]