Polyester isn’t just a fashion faux pas, it also makes you un-effable, as researcher Mary Roach writes in her new history book Bonk: The Curious Couple of Science and Sex. She has compiled interesting studies from the 19th century up until today, including one from Egypt, which found lab rats in polyester pants had less sex than their cotton-covered counterparts. So while the ’70s were swinging, she actually credits the ’20s flappers for the American sexual revolution. “There were sex manuals at the time that were encouraging women to try being on top,” Roach reminds us. And my how we are now! From Kinsey’s research to Castro’s butt hole, Ms. Roach’s book approaches accounts of sexual experiments with an irreverent, albeit scientific, flair. While she laments that much remains unknown about the physiological ins and outs of sex, Roach took the research into her own, er, hands , nd this book is still sure to teach you a thing or two. [NPR and Amazon] Keep reading »
Oh my god, CRABS. Aren’t they beautiful?
1. Pubic lice aka crabs, do not have feet. They have CLAWS, hence the whole crab thing. Without feet they can’t actually walk across any surface, but they do sort of swing from hair to hair. Like a tiny, tiny Tarzan, if you will.
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When we get to college, we can get a little carried away. We just got out of our long-ass high school relationships (or else had been anticipating the fabled college slut-fest for basically ever). Regardless, by the time weâ€™ve unpacked Mr. Snuggle Bug, weâ€™ve already made a list of totally doable prospects. Weâ€™re like kids in an eye-candy store!
So how does all of this hooking up actually go down? I circulated a nosy little survey to find out exactly where, what, and then what…here are my frisky findings: Keep reading »
Whenever I sleep over at a new guy’s place, I am never sure what to do/how to act in the morning. Am I supposed to leave? Am I supposed to stay and pretend to be sleeping? Also, how do I hint to a guy who has slept over that it’s time for him to leave? — Awkward In The Mornin’, Dallas, TX
Isn’t it weird how awkward conversation over eggs seems way scarier than letting some dude put his penis in you? It’s because the morning-after usually signifies what direction (if any) this new relationship will take. That’s a lot of pressure before 9 AM! Your safest bet is to take the guys’ cue when you wake up. If Mr. X is already dressed and halfway out the door when you’re just starting to rub the sleep out of your eyes, than you know it’s time to say goodbye. If you wake up to Mr. Y offering you a pair of his boxers and bunny slippers, than make yourself at home and stay awhile.
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The Brazilian government inaugurated a factory yesterday that will use the rubber collected by hundreds of small time Brazilian “rubber tappers” to make, well, rubbers. [SIDE NOTE: I propose that anyone who uses condoms as his/her primary form of birth control should be called a "rubber tapper."] The factory has the capacity to produce 100 million condoms a year, and by giving these rubber tappers a livelihood, the government is hoping the trees in the Chico Mendes forest reserve will be protected. [AHN] Keep reading »
Different types of people employ different strategies to get lucky — really attractive people go up and ask people out directly, slightly less stunning individuals tend to win others over with their charming personality — and sap beetles’ mate-attracting techniques vary, as well.
Like über-cool football players, the largest beetles just hang out near the females’ feeding areas because they can fight off their competitors, Ecological Entomology reports. The medium-sized beetles might be compared to track stars. They’ve developed larger wings and fly around searching for feeding sites that aren’t occupied by the big guys. The smallest beetles have advantages that aren’t apparent, but their testicles are larger and can produce more sperm than the larger males. They sneak around and try to to have sex with the females behind the others’ backs. Ringo probably fell into that last category. [LiveScience] Keep reading »
Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn’t teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News] Keep reading »
Experts say that women take 10 to 20 minutes to have an orgasm once, you know, they get goin’. So Glamour put that theory to the test using three women and then charted their Big-O’s progress with this handy-dandy chart. See the deets in full at Glamour.com. What I thought was interested was that all three women were having sex with a partner, rather than, you know, themselves. A far more fascinating comparison might have included a woman on a solo mission, you know what I’m sayin’? Keep reading »
Happy STD Awareness Month! “VD is for Everybody” is a public service announcement from way back in the day. In case you’re not aware, VD is short for venereal diseases, which is what they called STDs before the 1990s. In the video, you learn that ballet dancers, equestrians, violinists, pregnant women who knit, and men who jog in gray sweat suits are all capable of getting VD, because “VD is for everybody, not just boys or girls.” Watch and learn. Keep reading »
I’m having a problem with hickeys, and I was wondering if you could tell me how to get rid of them—fast. — Bruisey, Providence, RI
Are you dating a 12-year-old? Do people STILL give hickeys? I’ll stop sounding like a grandma…but one more thing: If you want to get rid of them so fast, why are you letting someone give them in the first place? As soon as you feel Dracula heading for your neck, get out the garlic and tell him to lay off! If that doesn’t work, try this two-part method the next time you get a neck gift:
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