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Naked News: Belle du Jour outs herself! Plus, cheery sex news from abroad.

Article: Naked News: Belle du Jour outs herself! Plus, cheery sex news from abroad.

Britain’s most famous — and heretofore anonymous — sex worker and blogger, Belle du Jour, reveals her true identity…turns out she’s a specialist in developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology. We shit you not. And in case you were wondering, yes she did pay taxes on her sex work earnings.
A German drug-maker is putting the finishing touches on a pill that is designed to boost female sexual desire by lowering inhibitions. In other words, yes, it’s all in your head — but don’t worry, we’ve got a pill for that, too!

Naked News: lube, lesbian bishops, and sex tapes

Article: Naked News: lube, lesbian bishops, and sex tapes

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BPA from plastic products can negatively impact men’s sexual health.
Not exactly breaking news, but we can’t believe we missed this a few weeks back: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women will most likely overtake men in the American workforce before the end of the year.

It's Sexual Health Week in Australia

Article: It's Sexual Health Week in Australia

Australia kicked off its first ever Sexual Health Week yesterday (running through the 15th) to promote condoms, STI tests, birth control, etc. (To paraphrase Paul Hogan, now that’s a fight!) As part of the project, a survey was conducted showing that nearly all adult Australians taking part in the study have had unprotected sex, but only…

Rihanna's domestic abuse sells albums — so what?

Article: Rihanna's domestic abuse sells albums — so what?

Some people have been questioning Rihanna’s choice to wait to talk about her domestic abuse right until the release of her new album. But that’s just the way the magazine-TV-PR-celebrity-promotional circle jerk works: celebrities don’t tend to chat to magazine writers or TV presenters just because they feel like it, they do it because they are contractually required to promote something. And magazines, TV shows, et al are more than happy to comply, because celebrity cover stories sell like hotcakes.

Study: housework increases sex no matter who mops

Article: Study: housework increases sex no matter who mops

photo from Porn for Women It’s long been a given in the sex advice biz that dudes who break out the vacuum cleaner every once in a while are more likely to get laid. We typically fight such Men-are-from-Mars-Women-are-from-Venus stereotypes, but we’ve heard too much anecdotal evidence to ignore this one. It’s not that watching…

A post-coital Tweet is the new cigarette

Article: A post-coital Tweet is the new cigarette

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A new study has found that 36% of people under the age of 35 Tweet, text, or check Facebook right after sex. For the over-35 group, that figure drops to only 8%. Are we totally giving away which side of the 35 dividing line we are located on when we say, Seriously, people? That’s really what you want to waste your post-coital warm fuzzy glow on?

Naked News (10-13-09)

Article: Naked News (10-13-09)

Three days left till Marge Simpson’s Playboy centerfold hits newsstands. Now we’re justing waiting for Stewie’s cover story in “The Advocate.” Support for civil unions up to 57%; support for same-sex marriage still only at 39%. But would a rose really smell as sweet if we gave it another name? It’s sad enough that there’s…

Naked News (10-06-09)

Article: Naked News (10-06-09)

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One step forward in Texas: A judge in Dallas just ruled that it would hear a divorce suit by a gay couple who were married outside of Texas, even though same-sex marriages are banned in the state. (Perhaps they heard our recent suggestion to the state of Indiana that it’s Good Family Values to dissolve a marriage you didn’t think should exist in the first place.)
…and one step back: The University of North Texas student senate voted down a proposal allowing same-sex couples to run for homecoming king and queen.

Naked News (09-28-09)

Article: Naked News (09-28-09)

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A recent survey found that only 41 percent of U.S. truck drivers think that sex is more important than their truck. Although anyone who’s seen the excellent documentary Hands on a Hard Body could have told you that years ago.
Speaking of research that depresses the hell out of us while not being the least bit surprising, another study found that millions of women prefer to be drunk during sex because it helps them overcome anxieties about their bodies.

Naked News (09-22-09)

Article: Naked News (09-22-09)

photo by VirtualErn An anthropologist claims that hot dinners — rather than sex — were the basis for early human marriages. A British Catholic charity has composed a special prayer for couples — married only, we presume — to recite before having sex. Democrats sponsor a bill in the house to repeal the Defense of Marriage…

Alabama Supreme Court upholds sex toy ban

Article: Alabama Supreme Court upholds sex toy ban

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We have a special place in our hearts for Sherri Williams: the owner of a sex toy store called Love Stuff in Hoover, Alabama, she has been fighting her state’s ban on sex toys since the law was enacted in 1998. Yep, you read right, 1998: this isn’t an antiquated law Williams is trying to scrape off the books, it’s a shiny new law to keep all good vibrations out of Alabama. Sadly, her 11-year legal battle just hit a dead-end in the state’s Supreme Court: They voted 7-2 to reject a challenge to the state law that bans the sale of sex toys except for limited purposes.

Naked News (09-08-09)

Article: Naked News (09-08-09)

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According to a recent study, men who are smart and funny may have healthier sperm, too.
Utah teen lobbies for broader sex education.

Naked News (09-01-09)

Article: Naked News (09-01-09)

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A horrifying Swedish study finds that contracting STDs can make some young idiots men feel more manly.
The NY Times weighs in on the health care debate…over penis pumps. They seem to endorse them. We’re not so sure.

Naked News (08-25-09)

Article: Naked News (08-25-09)

Study shows a broken heart may actually increase your risk of heart disease…but only in women. Just in case you thought the playing field was starting to get too even.
Public health officials consider mandatory circumcision — yes, here in the U.S. — to lower H.I.V. risk.

Naked news (08-18-09)

Article: Naked news (08-18-09)

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In horrifying international news: A new Afghan bill allows a man to withhold food from his wife if she refuses his sexual demands.
In no-duh news: Kids use the web to look up “sex.”

Naked News (08-11-09)

Article: Naked News (08-11-09)

photo by dougwoods Wondering what’s the 2009 equivalent of “the dog ate my homework”? It’s “the cat downloaded my child porn.” Seriously. In the you’ve-got-to-be-f&#*ing-kidding-us department: South Korea paints parking spaces pink to designate them for women in heels. Kathy Griffin continues to endear herself to us by bringing Levi Johnston as her date for…

Naked News (08-04-09)

Article: Naked News (08-04-09)

photo by yaaaay Yawning before sex may actually be a good thing. Newsweek — yes Newsweek — has a whole polyamory extravaganza online. Yay, another excuse to drink! Red wine may increase a woman’s sex drive. A new iPhone App (illegally?) maps sex offenders. Dubious study of the week: women are getting better looking while…

Naked News (07-27-09)

Article: Naked News (07-27-09)

photo via Alessio85 The Berlusconi sex tapes leave us totally torn: On the one hand, what a sleazebag! On the other hand, it’s kind of sweet how he encourages the escort to masturbate more in order to improve her sex life… French women might not get fat, but these days they don’t go topless on…

If sex studies sound too good to be true, they probably are

Article: If sex studies sound too good to be true, they probably are

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We have a love-hate relationship with sex studies. On the one hand, they’re the bread and butter of this Naked Love blog (to wit: Study shows even cheaters’ guilt is selfish; Study shows the car doesn’t maketh the man; Study shows father knows best; Study shows some playas are just spreading the love; et al). But on the other hand, the science behind some of the sex studies out there appears flimsy to say the least. Take this “research”, which one site recently reminded us of: An Italian scientist by the name of Dr. Maria Cerruto claimed that wearing high heels improves a woman’s sex life. Hmm…an Italian woman looking to justify her Pradas? Color us suspicious.

Naked News (07-14-09)

Article: Naked News (07-14-09)

photo by aforero The recession (and, perhaps, that Sasha Grey movie The Girlfriend Experience) is pushing more and more women into sex work. In more cheery financial news, apparently being told “I love you” is worth more than $200,000. Too bad your credit card company won’t accept that sort of currency. If your new partner…

"Daily sperm liberation" may increase fertility

Article: "Daily sperm liberation" may increase fertility

The big sexual health news this week was that a guy can increase the quality of his sperm by having sex every day for a week, and thus improve his fertility; he might have fewer sperm on his team when he goes for the gold, but the ones he does have will be stronger players. (In contrast, many fertility experts recommend that guys abstain for a few days before her ovulation to increase sperm count.) Reading about this study brought two questions to mind:

Naked News (06-29-09)

Article: Naked News (06-29-09)

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The New York Times reports that, Mark Sanford and Jon & Kate notwithstanding, the institution of marriage has become more resilient in recent years, not less so. In fact, after Sanford’s confession-slash-lecture-on-sin last week, we wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to take credit for single-handedly strengthening the institution of marriage. Whadda guy.
AlterNet rates the greatest GOP sex scandals of the past 20 years. Meanwhile, “hiking the Applachian Trail” wins our award for best euphemism of the year.

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Naked news (06-16-09)

Article: Naked news (06-16-09)

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New study shows that two-thirds of men and 40% of women masturbate. Women: shame on you for not breaking the 50% barrier. (Here’s inspiration if you need it.) Men: shame on you for lying.

Wikipedia book project

Article: Wikipedia book project

Rob Matthews printed and bound in a single book all the featured articles from Wikipedia. The artist writes: “Reproducing Wikipedia in a dysfunctional physical form helps to question its use as an internet resource.” I think a Wiki page should be started about the artist and this project. Woah, so meta, dude. So meta. [Via]

Naked News (06-02-09)

Article: Naked News (06-02-09)

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News you can use: Research shows that history majors have the most active sex lives.

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