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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.

The Big Screen

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Makes a Great Argument for Sex

We could all learn a thing or two from our close cousin, the bonobo.

Quick Studies

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Is It Important to Have the Same Sexual Desires as Your Partner?

Not really—it’s more crucial that couples’ desires complement each other.

Mosaic

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Pig Sex Is Becoming a Thing of the Past

Artificial insemination is much more efficient.

Between the Sheets

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Casual Sex Is Actually Excellent for You, If You Love Casual Sex

New research suggests that not all casual sex is bad. For those legitimately interested, it can boost life satisfaction and self-esteem and lessen anxiety.

ProPublica

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Should Keeping Your HIV-Positive Status From Sexual Partners Be a Criminal Offense?

Iowa’s highest court has thrown out Nick Rhoades’ 25-year prison sentence for criminal transmission of HIV. The decision could transform the way other states interpret and apply their own HIV laws.

Hmmm

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A Brief Investigation Into Human-Ghost Intercourse

Sometimes, it’s just better to stop looking before you find an answer.

Between the Sheets

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What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?

One mother makes up for the gaps in sex education.

Sociological Images

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The Sexual Politics of Veganism

Veganism is too often presented as little more than a means of achieving idealized body types.

Sociological Images

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How Republican Women Are Losing Out in the Polarization of Politics

As both of our political parties move to the ideological extremes, Republican women, who, unlike their Democratic counterparts, tend to be more moderate than the men in their party, are being left behind.

What Is Cool?

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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.

Mosaic

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Can Gay Men Use the New Female Condom for Safer Sex?

The female condom has won praise for empowering women, but ever since it came onto the market, the device has found a small fan base among an unexpected population: gay men.

Between the Sheets

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Sex in the Springtime

Do warmer temperatures get us all hot and bothered?

Mosaic

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The Female Condom Is the Next Big Thing in Safe Sex

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is undergoing a transformation.

Between the Sheets

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Why Sex Research Is Worth Funding With Public Money

Sexuality is a fundamental component of the human experience, and it’s one we need to have a better understanding of.

X and Y

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The Social Construction of Sex

Many of us probably get our core gender identities as much from our biological origins as we do from our gender educations.

Between the Sheets

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Why Circumcise Perfectly Healthy Penises?

There are better ways to protect against the transmission of STDs, and other common sense arguments against some of the most common reasons parents give for circumcising their children.

ProPublica

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From Gay Marriage to Birth Control, the Fight Over Religious Exemptions Is Heating Up

Nina Martin talks with a leading expert on the historic tension between civil rights and religious freedom.

Sociological Images

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Does Sleeping With a Guy on the First Date Make Him Less Likely to Call Back?

There is a simple reason that it might seem like it does, even if it doesn’t.

Quick Studies

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Are Male Professors More Collaborative?

Senior female psychology professors are less likely than their male counterparts to cooperate with their junior, same-gender colleagues on research.

But It's Just a Game

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Why Are Synthetic Hormones Off-Limits in Sports?

Our bodies naturally create hundreds of hormones that are key to determining our athletic abilities. But the introduction of unnatural hormones raises important questions about how we define sex and gender.

You Don't Know America

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Female Circumcision as Sexual Therapy: The Past and Future of Plastic Surgery?

Is a hooded clitoris to blame for many women’s failure to reach orgasm with their sexual partners? Whether it is or not, the procedure is becoming more popular among both women and physicians.

Sociological Images

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The Feminization of Love and Masculinization of Sex

Do men pretend like they’re not into Valentine’s Day—or any other love-related things—because of the way society pressures them to avoid “girly” things in our culture?

You Don't Know America

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The Truth About BDSM: America May Be a Lot Kinkier Than You Think

Despite its prevalence—36 percent of U.S. adults have practiced it in some form—BDSM remains stigmatized in U.S. culture.

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Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic

Loving care may be the best antidote to callous behavior in young children.

The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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