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Preferences for High Masculinity and Femininity May Be Peculiar to Modern Societies

A new survey of 12 populations around the world challenges the commonly held assumption that human beings naturally prefer highly masculine men and highly feminine women.

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Austerity-Hit Britons Have Sex Less Than Once a Week

A British Observer survey found that the average British adult has sex just four times a month, a drop from a 2008 figure of seven times a month, prompting questions of whether the change has anything to do with the ongoing economic doldrums.

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Google’s Strange Discomfort With Sexuality

The list of words banned from the latest Android operating system is as baffling as it is odd. Apparently, the Internet giant is not OK with words like “preggers” and “uterus” but it also has something against “LSAT.” What gives, Google?

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Turkish Army Humiliates Gays on Their Way Out

While it took a huge cultural shift and immense political pressure to grant gay and lesbian volunteers the right to serve openly in the United States military, gay men in Turkey have to move mountains to get out of an army that does not want them in the first place.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE



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How the Vibrator Got Its Start

With right-wing demagogues such as Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum on the attack against female sexuality, a review of the vibrator’s origins in an age of similar sexual prejudice may provide some useful perspective.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE


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The Internet and Human Sexuality

The Internet, for the authors of “A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire,” is a boggling treasure trove of research on human sexual behavior.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

In Defense of Naked Women

I used to be 11. Occasionally, I am 11 again. I’m OK with that. I have a theory that by the time people reach 13 they’ve experienced every age they will ever experience in their lifetimes; 14 does not exist.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

Mixed Race Beauty Gets a Mainstream Makeover

We need to remember that beauty and race are both social constructions—concepts societies create that may not actually exist in nature. As a result, beauty and race are associated with and impacted by class, immigration, gender, sexuality and marketing.

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What’s the Fuss With Badu’s Body?

A new music video by Erykah Badu is causing quite the tizzy. The video, which depicts the songstress walking nude down the street where President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas, has led to a charge of disorderly conduct and an interesting perspective on how we see race.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Secret Tape Shows Tory Gay-Bashing

A secretly made tape has brought the right-leaning Tory party of the U.K. into a row over gay rights, as the shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, was caught saying that he believed that bed-and-breakfast owners should “have the right” to reject homosexual couples from lodging.

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Prayer Book for Spouses
dailymail.co.uk

A Bedroom Benediction for Married Catholics

Ever wonder what the Roman Catholic Church might have to say about the proper way to prepare for the friskier side of holy matrimony? Well, here it is anyway: A Catholic organization in Britain has come up with a bedroom benediction for officially recognized (read: heterosexual) married couples to consult prior to consummation in its handy “Prayer Book for Spouses.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


India gay ruling
AP photo / Sucheta Das

Court Overturns India’s Gay Sex Ban

Homosexual relations between consenting adults are no longer considered criminal in India, thanks to a court ruling that overturned a long-standing federal law. The BBC rounded up some reactions from Indian citizens after news of the judgment broke around the country.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Retired Military Leaders Denounce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

One-hundred-and-four retired admirals and generals have signed a statement calling on the military to allow gay soldiers to serve openly. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has lost support since the Clinton administration originally negotiated the compromise, but Barack Obama will likely avoid resurrecting one of his predecessor’s biggest headaches.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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cosmosmagazine.com

Mexico City Unveils Bold ‘Free Viagra for Seniors’ Plan

Now here’s one way to win elections: Government officials in Mexico City are offering free medication to hombres of a certain age who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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A Very Special Announcement From R.E.M.

Veteran rocker and self-described “queer artist” Michael Stipe has made a startling announcement about his two bandmates, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, ending, as Stipe put it, “years of awkward speculation” about their sexual orientation. 

Posted on Mar 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Illustration by Karen Spector

Why We ‘Do It’

Granted, social science must always be consumed with caution. Still, papers about people’s sex lives are entertaining if not always illuminating. Here, we’ve taken the 10 most frequent reasons cited by participants of a sex study conducted by the University of Texas psych department in which people were asked to select motivations for having sex from a list of 237 choices. The choices ranged from “I realized I was in love” to “I was slumming.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


Retired NBA Player Comes Out

John Amaechi has become the first current or former NBA player to come out of the closet, and only the sixth such professional athlete from the four major American sports to do so. The former center for Orlando, Utah and Cleveland has written a memoir in which he describes life in the NBA as he started to open up about his sexuality, including mixed reactions from his team’s owner, coach and players.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Charles Roselli
nytimes.com

When Gay Sheep and the Blogosphere Collide

Dr. Charles Roselli says a British newspaper misrepresented his research into gay rams, but that didn’t stop the blogosphere, PETA and gay rights activists from running wild with the story. Despite an intense PR campaign to undo the damage, critics are still skeptical of the doctor’s ethics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Bustiers and Niqabs

Whether they’re donning a slutty Halloween costume or a full-body Islamic veil, many modern women believe they are making their own choices of self-representation—but they’re actually caught in a cultural vise.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration: Karen Spector

Gore Vidal on ‘Capote,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’—and Why ‘Match Point’ Is the Best Picture of 2005

In a Truthdig interview, America’s most celebrated man of letters weighs in on this year’s Best Picture nominations and recalls his own encounters with Truman Capote. (Or, listen to an expanded podcast version.)

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE



Illustration by Jennifer Grey

Gays Have to Play It Straight in Hollywood

Sir Ian McKellen says, “It is very, very, very difficult for an American [gay] actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality.” | story
This is exactly what Truthdig’s Larry Gross was getting at in “Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


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