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Booze Goggles Affect Women More

August 19, 2010 News, Research No Comments

Booze goggles — helping people get laid since humans and alcohol first came together. According to a recent study published in the journal Alcohol surveying the effects of alcohol on human ability to rate attractiveness (based here on symmetry) seems to have revealed that men are more accurate than women in their ratings.

Meaning women are more susceptible to deciding an asymmetrical face (read: unattractive person) is attractive. … Continue Reading

Lovers Fall From Window, Newspaper Judges Them

August 19, 2010 News No Comments

We here at Sex and the 405 peruse hundreds of sites and publications to get the news unfolding around the world about sex and relationships. It’s safe to assume we enjoy the topics. The truth is that we’re also rather fond of seeing how others handle the topics presented.

El Comercio is one of Peru’s biggest daily newspapers. Their coverage of an incident that unfolded in Lubeck, Germany, between two lovers is worthy of mention for their frighteningly biased treatment. … Continue Reading

Women and Their Toys

August 18, 2010 News, Research, Toys No Comments

One in five women report masturbating at least once a week. Of those, almost 60 percent use a sex toy. Women who report masturbating score higher on a self-esteem index and have a more positive body image than those who don’t. Women who use sex toys report experiencing greater satisfaction with their partners.

Want more interesting facts? … Continue Reading

Pick One: Sex or Weightloss

August 17, 2010 News, Research 1 Comment

“Over half of American women would give up sex in return for not gaining 10 pounds”! That’s the headline over at the New York Post. Pretty interesting conclusion, considering the sample size of surveyed participants was 1,001 adults, both men and women, which hardly equals half of American women, but whatever.

Nutrisystem, the weightloss company behind the survey, found that 52 percent of women surveyed would take a summer without sex over gaining 10 pounds. A quarter of of men surveyed agreed. Those surveyed should take some time to consider that not only does sex improve cognition, but it’s actually a pretty decent form of exercise, should you put some back into it. … Continue Reading

Porn Cop Prevails!

August 12, 2010 Freedom, News 3 Comments

The Porn Cop fiasco over in Hollywood, Florida, has come to a settlement agreement. The decision ensures Mike Verdugo, the police officer who was terminated for his role in a gay porn film, retains his certification as a law enforcement officer. … Continue Reading

It’s A Good Day For A Gay Wedding

August 12, 2010 Freedom, News 1 Comment

Proposition 8 was overturned last week, and today, chief judge Vaughan Walker lifted his temporary stay on wedding ceremonies, meaning gay couples so inclined will be able to wed here in California after Wednesday, August 18.

“The evidence presented at trial and the position of the representatives of the State of California show that an injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8 is in the public’s interest,” judge Walker told the New York Times.

Thus, he chose not to extend the stay. … Continue Reading

USA Swimming Coach Sued for Sexual Abuse

August 11, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

Today a lawsuit was announced in San Jose accusing the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming, USA Swimming, of negligence for failing to prevent a swimmer from sexual abuse at the hands of her coach.

According to reports on MSNBC and ABC, the suit says swim coach Norm Havercroft sexually abused plaintiff Jancy Thompson over the course of a five-year period, beginning when she 15 years of age, adding that USA Swimming had knowledge of the situation but continued to allow Havercroft to coach children. … Continue Reading

Cop Fired For Role in Porn

August 11, 2010 Freedom, News 5 Comments

Mike Verdugo is a police officer in Broward County, Florida — or was until the Hollywood, Florida Police Department fired him over a role he played in a porn flick.

Verdugo, who served on the force for 10 years, appeared in the reality television show Design Star and was recognized by a fan, who had seen the porn film and who quickly posted a clip on the web. … Continue Reading

Bondage Blaze: the Media’s Mishandling of the Passive Arts Arson Incident

On Tuesday, July 27, at approximately 11:30 AM, a fire broke out at Passive Arts Studios, a club in Lennox near LAX. The fire, labeled as suspicious, was put out by firefighters some 25 minutes later. They found the bodies of a man and a dog in the office area, where the fire appeared to have originated, but could not determine the cause of death at the time. Reports suggested the victim was the owner of the club. … Continue Reading

Return of the Junior Anti-Sex League

Frightening speculation via The Next Web this morning, though not entirely unsurprising. Apparently, The Telegraph is reporting that a number of erotic novels have disappeared from the top UK sellers list of iBooks. … Continue Reading


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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.


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