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Sex and science stuff 03/09/07

September 3rd, 2007

Dr Petra

Here are some of the sex/science stories that caught my attention today. Click on the blue titles to read the full story….

I saw this, I thought of you, I had to write something rude….

In order to promote Bob Dylan’s forthcoming greatest hits album there’s a very clever marketing plan where you can type in your message onto Bob’s famous Subterranean Homesick Blues video. So I did – enjoy!

Lesbians hide their true identity

In a fascinating but depressing study from Cumbria and Glamorgan University, researchers have found that lesbians often have to hide their true identity at job interviews and report changing their clothing to seem more feminine. The reasoning behind this is fear of not getting a job, so women conform to social stereotypes so as not to appear too different or threatening.

Pornography to unite the middle east?
In a bizarre story today there’s the case of an Israeli porn sites which apparently have 10% of their customers from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt where porn is prohibited. Some have claimed this is one way to bring about peace in the middle east, while others argue it’s simply a means of making money from one’s enemies.

Women value kissing more than men

Research from New York State university claims that females value kissing more than males. In a survey of over 1000 undergraduates they found women use kissing to check out a potential partner, maintain intimacy and to take the temperature of their relationship. Men apparently didn’t see kissing as important unless it was a prelude to sex. Females thought kissing was important in long term relationships, whereas men didn’t. The researchers claim this is because kissing has developed over the centuries and has different meanings for mate selection to both sexes. Which is okay except this is yet another study of undergraduates which isn’t representative, and it’s based on a survey which is only going to gather surface level data about attitudes towards kissing and self reported behaviour. The team have taken an evolutionary lens to analyse their data seeing kissing as a means towards mate selection, but historical and cross cultural evidence suggests kissing is interpreted differently in different places and points in time, rather than it being a continuous form of sexual development.

Vagina rejuvination surgery – don’t believe the hype

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have warned that many ‘designer vagina’ procedures (including g-spot enhancements, vaginal tightening and labiaplasty) are not only unnecessary – they can be harmful. The exception is repairing damaged organs after injury or illness, outside of this reputable medics are discouraging women from having any vaginal surgery.

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