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Seduced by Gore Vidal

The complicated pleasures of Nicholas Wrathall’s hagiographic new documentary.

Between the Sheets


Nature, Nurture, and a Third Option: Does Homosexuality Develop in the Womb?

Researchers of fraternal birth order effect argue that sexual orientation correlates with an individual’s number of older brothers. Could this help to explain the homophobia of some traditional religious societies?

What Is Cool?


The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro

The misogynist portrait of modern American masculinity may be a historical accident. Here’s how to fix it.

X and Y


What’s Wrong With Trying to Engineer Your Child’s Sexual Orientation?

Or, more specifically, what’s wrong with taking a steroid, while you’re pregnant, to try to increase the odds that your female fetus will someday grow up to be a straight woman who gives you grandchildren, and not a lesbian daughter more interested in puppies?

Between the Sheets


When Is a Kinky Interest Really Sick?

Of kinks, crimes, and kinds: A look behind the scenes at how the American Psychiatric Association’s Paraphilias Sub-Work Group proposed revisions to the DSM for all manner of things relating to sexual arousal brought about by atypical objects, situations, or individuals.



Homophobia Takes Years Off of Your Life

That’s the conclusion of a new study that compares death rates with Americans’ attitudes toward gay rights.

You Don't Know America


Do You Have to Pee Standing Up to Be a Real Man?

This simple idea, encouraged by medical texts of the past that taught deviation from the norm would lead to confused sexuality and gender identity issues, has put a surprising number of babies under the knife.



Prairie Home Companions

A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.



The Re-Victimization of Homosexual Targets of the Nazi Regime

A brief look at Paragraph 175.



Looking Back at Fashion’s Queer History

Paul Hiebert talks with the Valerie Steele, co-curator of A Queer History of Fashion, about the new exhibit.



How Lou Reed Showed It’s OK to Be Gay

He may have been the world’s first out bisexual rock star—but what really matters is that everyone thought he was.



Should We Be Allowed to Choose the Sexual Orientation of Our Children?

Imagine a prenatal test that, like the one for trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome), could show a predisposition to gayness.



How Being a Gay Boy Is Like Having a Physiological Problem With Milk

Both involve underlying biological states, but it’s the cultural setting that determines whether suffering will occur.



The Old Way to Be Gay?

Are gay male couples a new thing, evolutionarily speaking?



What Makes a Healthy Family

The Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage prompted much discussion about what kind of parents—gay, straight, single, married—can raise kids the best. It’s time to discard the hoary notion that any one structure produces the best outcomes for child development.



Do Gay Men Have More Sexual Interest in Children Than Straight Men Do?

We have solid proof, based on penile blood flow, that it’s actually heterosexual men who show greater sexual attraction to underage kids.

Five Studies


The Gays Are (Finally) All Right

Seminal research that changed how we think about homosexuality—one step at a time, over the past century.



What to Think About Anti-Gay Crusaders Who Now Say They’re Sorry?

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers, Ken Mehlman, and others like them have done serious damage to a righteous cause. Is an apology enough?



Supreme Court Decisions in Favor of Gay Marriage Would Not Go ‘Too Far, Too Fast’

Research in political science provides strong reasons to suspect that the Supreme Court may lead public opinion over the long-run.



News Outlets Show Significant Bias in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

The public is in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, but not by a margin of five to one, which is how a new Pew study weighs coverage during Supreme Court hearings for two landmark cases.



Bonobos Have Lots of Sex, Are Awesome, May Hold Key to Our Past

Meet your favorite primate.



Sports No Longer Last Bastion of Homophobia

The NBA’s Jason Collins’ revelation of his homosexuality may seem revolutionary, but in fact it’s the culmination of a trend.



Fighting Words

ESPN’s Chris Broussard’s attack on homosexuality, sparked by the first coming out of a major American athlete, should not be condoned as free speech.



NBA Player Jason Collins Becomes First Openly Gay Major American Athlete

The 12-year veteran makes his announcement in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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