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Love Hurts: Charlie Sheen’s Jailbird Christmas

December 27, 2009 Hollywoody, News No Comments

Thought you had a lousy Christmas? Here’s one to make you feel better (maybe? Misery loves company? No? Fine. Anyway): Charlie Sheen spent most of Christmas day in jail on a class-four felony charge of second-degree assault and a class-five felony charge of menacing and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

The 44-year-old was taken into custody following an emergency call made to Aspen police by his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen. According to TMZ, Mueller Sheen was given a breathalyzer when police arrived; the percentage of alcohol in her blood was .13, meaning she was legally drunk when she placed the call. Sheen himself registered .04.

TMZ has also reported that Muller Sheen has changed her story from what she said during the 911 call and is now refusing to be re-interviewed by police.

The couple were on a “trial separation” before they met in Aspen for the holiday, where Muller is renting a house.

Sheen was released at 7:00 PM on $8,500 bail; he is not to have any have contact with his wife.

Image and information from TMZ, via SFGate.

Angie vs. Jen: The PORN

December 27, 2009 Hollywoody, News, Porn 1 Comment

Didn’t get everything you wanted this Christmas? Here’s a consolation prize for you like no other.

Hustler is releasing a skin flick based on our speculations about Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston’s feud in Hustler’s Untrue Hollywood Stories: Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston!

“We were very pleased with the casting of the movie because the girls looked so much like the celebrities they were playing,” director Stuart Canterbury says in a release on Hustler World. “Of course, the highlight of the movie is the showdown when the girls get into a catfight on the red carpet. The performers were so into their characters, and we turned that energy into some smoking-hot sex.”

Of course, this being a porn flick, the wrestling match quickly becomes a lusty exchange between the two ladies. This, people, is what “make love, not war” looks like. Watch a clip below:

Image from Sponkit. Information from Hustler World, via Perez Hilton.

Tasmania Faces Sperm Bankruptcy

LOL. Sorry about the title. We know this isn’t funny. But come on–it was too easy.

OK, so here’s the deal: there’s a sperm drought in Tasmania. They’re down to four viable sperm donors and for the first time in its 35-year history, women looking for donors are having to be placed on a waiting list.

The state’s IVF director Bill Watkins said the cause is a combination of fewer men donating sperm, and more interstate women draining the state’s supply.

Health Minister Lara Giddings has called on the state’s men to help end the drought.

“I would encourage males who are prepared to look at donating sperm to do exactly that because there are many couples in the community struggling to have a child,” she said in a statement.

Will Tasmania’s men rise to the occasion? Cum all ye viable!

All right, all right. We’ll stop.

Information via The Courier Mail.

Dr. Evil: Pediatrician Sexually Abused Young Patients

December 26, 2009 Crime, News No Comments

He is more than the Grinch who stole Christmas. He’s stolen something far more sacred for a lot of the patients whose parents trusted him with their children’s well being.

Evidence seized from the Georgetown, Delaware, office of Dr. Earl Bradley suggests that he sexually abused many of his young patients.

Alexis Slutsky, a deputy attorney general assigned to the state’s Child Predator Task Force, told the Associated Press that the volume of evidence seized from Bradley’s practice and home, which include video tapes and digital files Bradley recorded himself of the attacks, makes it hard to accurately estimate the number of victims.

“I’m comfortable in saying probably well over 100 potential victims,” Slutsky said at a news conference with Attorney General Beau Biden and other law enforcement officials.

Bradley, 56, was arrested last week and is being held in prison on $2.9 million bond. So far, he’s been charged with 33 felony counts relating to seven victims. A preliminary hearing has been postponed until January 14.

Here’s the hard lesson: you can’t trust anyone. Even those who have taken the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm.

We here at Sex and the 405 sincerely hope he suffers disfigurement, dismemberment and the last gasp at a hangman’s noose.

Information from the Associated Press via The Sphere.

Jury’s Still Out On “Sex Addiction”

December 25, 2009 Health, News, Research No Comments

Sexual addiction–if dinner parties had trending topics, this would rank first this holiday season.

We told you about Dr. Drew’s new show Sex Rehab, about eight people dealing with issues stemming from their addiction to sex, last month and just recently one of our writers wrote a scathing critique of the classification of Tiger Woods’ multiple affairs as sexual addiction.

Everyone seems to be talking about this new pandemic, but some experts are not so sure this ailment is legit.

A piece in Forbes recently explored the matter:

No such diagnosis is even recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), psychiatry’s Bible. The DSM-IV assiduously avoids the word “addiction,” preferring to talk about dependence, withdrawal and compulsion. A new condition, called hypersexuality, might be something close, but some psychiatrists bristle at the idea of talking about human sexuality as an addictive force unto itself.

Craig Fabrikant, a clinical psychologist at Hackensack University Medical Center, says that he doesn’t believe that sex addiction exists in the same way that alcohol or cocaine addiction does. Real disorders, however, might cause behavior that is interpreted as sex addiction. For example, someone in the manic phase of bipolar disorder can be overly sexual, and a person with obsessive compulsive disorder might look at pornography frequently.

The idea of sex addiction, however, got a big boost in 1983 with the publication of a book called Out of the Shadows by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., who has treated patients with the disorder at several clinics. The idea is that because sex releases dopamine in the brain and provides a momentary high just as many drugs do, problematic sexual behavior could be understood as being very much like a chemical dependency.

But is compulsive sexuality really similar to pathological gambling or even compulsive shopping? One small brain-imaging study says maybe not. Researchers at the University of Minnesota compared eight people who had been diagnosed with hypersexuality with others who had been diagnosed with impulse-control disorders like gambling or attention deficit disorder. There was also a control group.

The subjects were asked to look at a flashing letter on a screen, and quickly press a button if they saw any letter other than “X.” Patients who have impulse disorders usually press the button more often; this held true for both the patients who had traditional problems as well as the sexually compulsive people.

Things changed, however, when the researchers had their subjects do this task inside an MRI machine. People with impulse disorders had reduced activity in the bottom front of the brain (as seen in previous experiments), but the people with sexual disorders had reduced activity at the top front of the brain, indicating that something different was going on.

Michael H. Miner, one of the University of Minnesota researchers, cautions that his study is too small to draw any firm conclusions.

“There’s a lot of conceptual writing, there’s a lot of theoretical writing, there’s not a great deal of empirical data,” Miner says. “If this is a disorder, what is it? Is this really a disorder at all, or is it a series of symptoms that are part of something else?”

The truth is we don’t know.

Read the entire article at Forbes.

Actually, Babe, I’m Staring At Your Tits Because It’s Healthy

December 24, 2009 News, Research 3 Comments

So get this–a team of German researchers has discovered that staring at boobs is not just fun for men, it’s actually healthy and increases their life expectancy.

Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist and the author of this study, said the practice provided almost the same benefits of an intense exercise regime, which prolongs the lifespan of a man by five years.

“Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out,” Weatherby said.

How did they conclude this?

Researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany, analyzed some 200 healthy men over the course of five years, of these, half were instructed to check out the breasts of women daily, while the other half were told to refrain from doing so.

At the close of the study, researchers noted that the men who looked at breasts on the daily had lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and lesser episodes of coronary artery disease. Desire, it appears, leads to better blood circulation, which, in turn, improves health.

“Our study indicates that engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half,” Weatherby explained. “We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life four to five years.”

Hear that, boys? Put down that Xbox controller and go regenerate your real life health bar, like, now.

(I strongly suggest you do not attempt this on a woman with whom you’re not intimate, lest you’re dealt some incredible damage points courtesy of her Coach purse.)

Image by AV Flox. Information from MedGuru and AsiaOne.

Diabetes’ Lesser Known Problem: Retrograde Ejaculation

December 24, 2009 Fertility and Babbys, News 1 Comment

Retrograde ejaculation happens when sperm, instead of being released from the body, go back down the urethra and into the bladder. The condition is a result of nerves in the area becoming damaged, and though it doesn’t affect a man’s ability to experience orgasm, retrograde ejaculation can leave a man permanently infertile.

“In terms of public health problems related to diabetes, it is way down the list–cardiovascular and eye disease are much more significant problems,” Dr. David Price, a diabetes expert at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea told the UK’s Daily Mail. “However, if you’re a young person with and want to have children, or are the consultant treating it, it’s a real problem and the fact that it’s not the most serious side-effect of diabetes is no comfort.”

According to Price, some five percent of men with erectile dysfunction problems, caused by diabetes of either type, have retrograde ejaculation.

“Diabetes is a common cause of sexual problems because the disease affects the blood supply and nerves,” he told the Mail. “Around 35 per cent of diabetic men–around 440,000–suffer from erectile dysfunction and this increases to more 50 percent in diabetic men of 60 or older. Retrograde ejaculation is less common, but still affects a few per cent of diabetic men with sexual dysfunction problems, probably a few tens of thousands of men.”

How does it happen?

“Initially a man can get an erection, but it doesn’t last because of blood supply problems and then, as nerve damage develops, it can lead to ejaculation problems,” Price explained.

Information from The Daily Mail.

Mexico City Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

December 24, 2009 News, Politics No Comments

Mexico City legalized same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples on Monday by a vote of 39 to 20 in the legislative assembly. Five abstained from voting. In another motion, the assembly voted 31 to 24 in favor of legalizing adoption by same-sex couples, with nine abstentions.

The revision will change the definition of marriage to “a union between two people,” as opposed to what it says now: “a union between a man and a woman.”

This comes two years after legislators approved same-sex civil unions.

Mexico City is the second major Latin American city to legalize same-sex marriage after Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Information from CNN.

Mosquito Sex Intervention Could Stop Malaria

December 23, 2009 News, Research No Comments

British scientists think that tinkering with the sex lives of mosquitoes could go a long way in helping put an end to the spread of malaria.

A study of Anopheles gambiae, the species of mosquito responsible for the transmission of the disease in Africa, revealed that these insects only mate twice in their lifetimes–what’s more, in order for a female to fertilize all her eggs during her lifetime, the sperm have to be secured in place. To do this, a male mosquito provides a gelatinous solid mass that acts as a plug to hold his sperm inside her.

Researchers from Imperial College London, who published the study in the journal PLoS Biology, are thinking that by interfering at this crucial point, they’ll be able to substantially decrease their populations and halt the spread of the potentially deadly disease that affects 40 percent of the world.

“Removing or interfering with the mating plug renders copulation ineffective,” Flaminia Catteruccia of Imperial’s life sciences department wrote in the study.

Catteruccia’s team analyzed the male mosquitoes and found the plug used during mating forms when an enzyme called transglutaminase interacts with proteins in seminal fluid. All the researchers had to do was knock out this enzyme in their test subjects and voila: no plug, no effective copulation, no baby mosquitoes.

No word on how this may affect other aspects of that ecosystem.

Image by James Gathany. Information from Reuters, via ABC News.

Bye to Abstinence-Only Funding?

December 22, 2009 News, Politics No Comments

The omnibus government spending bill that was signed into law two weeks ago did away with funding for abstinence-only sex ed programs.

These programs have long been criticized for effectively denying young people important information regarding sex, available forms of contraception, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted illness.

Several studies have suggested abstinence only programs are not simply infective but dangerous.

This summer, researches from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their analysis of national data spanning five years between 2002 and 2007, which found elementary and middle school students who received abstinence instruction were just as likely to have sex in the following year as students who did not get such instruction.

What’s more, following an increase in abstinence-only programs, birth rates among teens were on the rise, with an estimated 16,000 pregnancies happening among girls between 10 and 14 in 2004. One third of the teens surveyed had never learned about the different available methods of birth control before the age of 18.

Between 2003 and 2004, about one-quarter of girls between 15 and 19, and 45 percent of women between 20 and 24 had a human papillomavirus infection. In 2006, one million young people were reported to have chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis. That same year, most new diagnoses of HIV were among men and women between 20 and 24.

The nation’s progress in reducing abortions, on the other hand, has been noted in states that are committed to providing young people with sex ed.

This new $114 million initiative will be administered by a spanking new entity at the Department of Health and Human Services: the Office of Adolescent Health.

Ignorance is not strength. Glad you’re getting with the program, DC.

Image from Rolling Stone, featuring our go-to promiscuous teens, the cast of Gossip Girl. Information from The New York Times.

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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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