Posts Tagged: ‘sex’

Do you know how often your friends and neighbors are having sex? If you’re having sex frequently, finding out those intimate details could translate to a happiness boost, says a new study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sort of…

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Asking why humans have sex might seem like an obvious question. It feels good. It bonds us together. Oh, and the future of the human species depends on it.

But prior to the 2007 study, “Why Humans Have Sex,” published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, “the most comprehensive existing taxonomy” cited only eight reasons: “to feel valued by a partner, expressing value for a partner, obtaining relief from stress, nurturing one another, enhancing feelings of personal power, experiencing a partner’s power, experiencing pleasure and procreating.” Oddly, researchers hadn’t delved too deeply into the seemingly simplistic question. With that 2007 study, then, University of Texas psychology professor David Buss handily myth-busted the notion that we can identify humans’ rationales for sex on our fingers…

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Recently, a Stuff Mom Never Told You listener wrote in with a perplexing question about she terms “the wedding ring phenomenon”:

…a guy, lets call him John, told us about how he will wear a wedding ring while trying to pick up women. I thought it was appalling and completely ludicrous, but my husband thought it made sense…

I was curious if you know of any research backing this wedding ring phenomenon or if the men in my life are just full of themselves.

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Not all “friends with benefits” (heretofore referred to as FWB) relationships are made equally — as one might expect when you “add sex and stir,” as some researchers have framed the 21st-century not-so-romantic setup. A cornerstone of the millennial generation’s “hookup culture,” FWB relationships may come off as straightforward sex-minus-dating arrangements, but as anyone who’s even flirted with FWBs knows, things can get complicated fast given how humans aren’t so keenly evolved toward cleanly separating sex with a consistent partner from feelings toward said consistent partner.

To better understand the complexities within FWBs, a 2011 study out of the University of Arizona identified seven (SEVEN!) varieties of FWB relationships…

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A new-ish cereal on the market brings a whole new meaning to “breakfast of champions.” In 2012, Canadian entrepreneur Peter Ehrlich launched a crunchy concoction called Sexcereal, which requires little explanation as to what it is and what it’s supposed to do. But just in case the innuendo isn’t clear enough, granola-esque Sexcereal (all one word) is “the world’s first gender-based breakfast cereal, formulated by a team of nutritional and quality-control professionals” to enhance consumers’ sex drives. As a “gender-based” foodstuff, Sexcereal comes in two (cisnormative) varieties: For Him and For Her…

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You probably dismiss Jason Voorhees as just another rampaging psychopath, one with an intense desire to murder nymphomaniac teens. And indeed, the subject’s propensity for pro-abstinence bludgeoning knows no bounds — but did you know the evolutionary advantage to his Modus operandi?

Like other North American Slashers of his species, Jason preys on copulating teens because the act of mating provides an irresistible target. But it’s not because the teens in question are naked, intertwined and preoccupied. Nope, it all comes down to the sound of their enthusiastic love making.

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This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Warhammer 40k, which is sort of a big deal if you’re male between the ages of 13 and 60 who digs sci-fi violence and the sweet, seductive scent of acrylic paint. The franchise kicked off in 1987 as a sci-fi take on Games Workshop’s fantasy tabletop game “Warhammer.” From there, it steadily sucked in sci-fi influences to become its own distinct world: novels, movies, video games and of course vast armies of tiny soldiers.

I grew up painting figurines and playing war games with my dad, so I have a warm place in my heart for Games Workshop. But the don’t pay me to reminisce. They pay me to bring the science. So here, for your enjoyment, are five sciencey reasons to be thankful for the Warhammer 4oK universe:

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While browsing through Brenda R. Weber’s study on the public discourse around Alfred Kinsey’s 1953 “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” this caught my eye: “…newspaper coverage on Kinsey’s volume on women not only displayed but fostered several important discursive phenomena…ranging from augmented sales of Kinsey whiskey (no direct relation) to increased audiences for evangelical denunciations of Kinsey’s ‘morally dangerous’ report.”

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I think there’s probably nothing more disturbing than a giant spider, one where you can see all of its mouth parts and eyes and hairs. Extremely close up photography provides some of the unsettlement, but at least you can’t hear the terrible sounds they make. Their ability to terrify me (only in gigantism) notwithstanding, spiders are also extremely interesting creatures (arachnids, to be technical).

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What would aliens make of the human orgasm? Far more than a mere reproductive incentive, this intense neurological event stimulates human culture itself — yet science still hasn’t figured out exactly what the female orgasm is all about. In this tasteful-but-fun episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I examine the two warring factions in the debate over female orgasm evolution. We cover a lot of ground, discussing all the various theories as well as a lot of wide-angle contemplation of la petite mort.

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