Jen and I go where few people have ever gone, talking both about our personal experiences with bondage, our favorite toys, and in-depth discussion about why some people confuse erotic bondage with the nonconsensual kind. I say "intentionality" is everything in sex.
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Why I Study Duck Genitalia, By Patricia Brennan
In the past few days, the Internet has been filled with commentary on whether the National Science Foundation should have paid for my study on duck genitalia, and 88.7 percent of respondents to a Fox news online poll agreed that studying duck genitalia is wasteful government spending. The commentary supporting and decrying the study continues to grow. As the lead investigator in this research, I would like to weigh in on the controversy and offer some insights into the process of research funding by the NSF....continue reading
(CNSNews.com) –The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
I am SO happy to hear that our government is spending money on studying snails to gain insight into the biology and evolution of sex. I still wait for the day when they openly support the scientific study of human sexuality but if we have more intellectual freedom with other species for now, so be it. Drown us in weird facts PLEASE! We need all the science on sex we can get.
But if you follow the link above, you'll realize they're trying to spin this as a waste of money! Huh?
Why does right-wing media continually jump on sex studies as if the devil himself is stealing your tax dollars? Simple: the scientific study of sex leads to new ideas, new insights, an affirmation of evolution, and proof of sexual diversity. That would be completely counter-productive for political agendas that want to promote ignorance, hatred, and fear. So they try to control the minds of the zombies they wish to enslave by acting as if spending money on arguably one of the most important aspects of human life is a waste of tax dollars.
Yes, it's true: education and knowledge cost real money. But in the end, ignorance costs infinitely more, not just in dollar terms but in terms of human health and happiness. Read this little gem about how abstinence education contributes to the pandemic of STIs in the US for one of the many social consequences of keeping people stupid about sex.
Want to know more about the science of sex and my opinions on evolutionary biology, and sexual intelligence? READ Vol. I of my trilogy -- the final section of the book is a guide to smart, ethical and evidence-based sexuality.
They found, for example, that completing primary school was linked with 0.9 centimeters less in height loss, compared with people who can't read or write. And people who lived in urban areas also were less likely to decrease in height with age than those in rural areas, researchers found.
But do it the natural way. In my new book (coming by June!), I have a section where I talk about using lots of clear water instead of artificial cleansers and potentially toxic chemicals to keep your genitals fresh and sparkly.
Though we all want to believe that over-the-counter products are safe for use, the facts show otherwise. Pulling things off the shelf based on what the box says is not enough. When it comes to personal health, you should google it and research products before you shop. This new study confirms my own concerns that lots of the drugstore products sold to women simply are not safe.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two thirds of women in a new U.S. study reported regularly using cleansers, lubricants or petroleum jelly intravaginally - and some of the products were linked to a higher chance of common vaginal infections.
Those mundane yeast and bacterial infections, and the inserted products themselves, can damage vaginal tissue and raise a woman's susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, chlamydia and HIV, researchers said.
If you're new to googling info on drugs or treatments of any kind (from sex lubes to cosmetic surgeries), here are my tips
1. To get info on a product, type the product's name and the words "reviews complaints." For example, "Vagisil reviews complaints."
2. If you are looking for a product, type exactly what you want, as if you were talking to a sex-positive druggist, for example, "I need a good sex lube."
3. If you have a pre-existing condition or allergies, add your individual concern to any search you run. For example, "sex lube diabetes."
OMG, the technical difficulties. Don't ask. But here we are, at long last, and we were awfully happy to be back!
WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest genetic study of mental illnesses to date finds five major disorders may not look much alike but they share some gene-based risks. The surprising discovery comes in the quest to unravel what causes psychiatric disorders and how to better diagnose and treat them.
The disorders — autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia — are considered distinct problems. But findings published online Wednesday suggest they're related in some way.
"These disorders that we thought of as quite different may not have such sharp boundaries," said Dr. Jordan Smoller of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the lead researchers for the international study appearing in The Lancet.
Gambill recently told The Daily Tar Heel and a variety of other outlets about her traumatic experience reporting her assault to the administration. From a December 5th, 2012 article:
"It's incredibly clear that those people had no idea what sexual assault is, what consent is," said Landen Gambill, a sophomore whose assault case was processed by interim procedures.
The issue here is CONSENT. We in the BDSM community know all about the importance of mutual consent and how consent alters BDSM from potential assault into potential bliss.
In The Truth About Sex --both volumes, in fact-- I discuss my theories about the central emotional role that consent plays not just in BDSM but in ALL TYPES OF SEX AND EROTICISM.
In a nutshell: consent always matters. Whether it's someone touching you, kissing you, fucking you or whipping you, unless there is informed mutual consent, any and all of it may feel traumatic if you didn't want it to happen. When violence, threats, coercion or manipulation enter into it, the growing sense of victimization can escalate to sheer terror.
I wish Gambill good luck in her battle against the ignorance displayed by those handling her case. She's fighting an entire system of bad assumptions about sex and my heart truly goes out to her. I think she's heroic.
Alligators use bizarre, permanently erect penises that pop out of their bodies and are sucked back in just as quickly.
Unlike many other reptiles and mammals, alligators sport permanently erect penises that hide inside their bodies, new research reveals.
The reptiles sport fully erect penises made of tough, fibrous tissue that shoot out of their bodies and get pulled back in just as quickly, according to the study, which is detailed in the March issue of the journal Anatomical Record.
"It is really interesting and really bizarre, very different from anything we've seen in vertebrates," said study author Diane Kelly, an anatomist at the University of Massachusetts.
Fascinating Factoid for FebruaryRampantly promiscuous squirrels make a nutty appearance in The Truth About Sex