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The Woman in Red Is Seen as a Threat by Other Women

New research confirms that the color red sends a signal of sexual availability.

True Crime


Bringing Sexual Assault on Campus Into the Light

Efforts to increase transparency—and safety—at colleges and universities.

Between the Sheets


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.

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.

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.

You Don't Know America


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.



Born With Ambiguous Genitalia

The biggest issue is not surgery, nor hormonal treatments, nor even the criminal lack of psychological support. The biggest issue is shame, and how no one deals with it in a way that lets people know there is nothing to be ashamed of.



Women Are OK With Sex in Ads—If the Product Is Valuable

New research suggests women aren’t automatically opposed to sexual imagery in advertisements, but they do object when it is used to sell cheap products.



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.



The Feet Are Not an Erogenous Zone

Cross-cultural research suggests that, when it comes to erotic stimulation, men and women are more alike than many realized.



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.



We Are All Miley Cyrus

Thoughts on femininity, Sinead O’Connor, Amanda Palmer, and the grand patriarchal bargain.



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.



Hints of Sex Spur Economic Risk-Taking for Women, Too

New research suggests women, like men, make less-prudent financial decisions when they have sex on the mind.



Facts and Myths About Infidelity

Hot fun in the summertime: A new analysis suggests cheating spikes in the warmer months.



Embrace Your Small Penis

It’s no longer standard in pediatrics to turn a baby with a small penis into a girl, but there are lots of areas of health care where good intentions pave the way for scientifically-questionable medical procedures.



Why He Can’t Keep It in His Pants

New research suggests men and women have a similar ability to resist temptation, but men’s resistance fails more often because they experience stronger sex impulses.



‘Fifty Shades’ of Sexual Abuse?

An analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey finds the novel perpetuates the notion that intimidation and emotional abuse are acceptable in intimate relationships.



Writing the Book on Female Pedophilia: An Interview With Alissa Nutting

Lynn Comella speaks with Alissa Nutting about her debut novel, Tampa.



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.



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

Meet your favorite primate.



That Tattoo Makes You Look Promiscuous

New research from France finds women at the beach were more likely to be picked up if they had a butterfly tattoo on their back.

Culture Essays


The Problem With Psychiatry, the ‘DSM,’ and the Way We Study Mental Illness

Psychiatry is under attack for not being scientific enough, but the real problem is its blindness to culture. When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.



Bondage Aficionados Are Better Adjusted Than Most

New research from the Netherlands finds that the psychological profile of people who enjoy certain non-mainstream sex games is surprisingly positive.



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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