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Reports of the G-spot's nonexistence are vastly exaggerated…

Reports of the G-spot's nonexistence are vastly exaggerated…

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If you believe the screaming headlines this week, it turns out that after all these years — drumroll please — the G-spot does not exist! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the hunt is off! According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph, “Researchers at King’s College London claim there is no evidence for the existence of the G-spot – supposedly a cluster of internal nerve endings – beyond a woman’s imagination.” In other words, please put down your G-spotters and go home.

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Top 10 "science"-based new year's resolutions

Top 10 "science"-based new year's resolutions

Orgasm diagram by Daquella Manera

We’ll be the first to admit that “science” is a generous word to use when it comes to some of the sex research out there — and that if a sex study sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t kernels of truth to be found in even the flimsiest of surveys. So here are our top 10 new year’s resolutions inspired by the year in sex research.

Do more housework — both of you.
Do your homework and buy decent condoms.
Take up yoga.
Invest in a better mattress.

Study: housework increases sex no matter who mops

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

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?

Mate poaching study: wedding ring = excellent pickup device

Mate poaching study: wedding ring = excellent pickup device

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We’ve always heard from our less-than-scrupulous guy friends that a wedding band lures single women in like flies to honey — apparently it works better even than a cute puppy or a baby bjorn. Though, we suppose if we’re going to be really fair, we should save the word “unscrupulous” for the competitive biotches who pursue a man not despite, but because of his wedding band. And let it be said for the record that we have heard not one story about the reverse happening: apparently a woman in a wedding band just isn’t an aphrodisiac to men.

Naked News (08-25-09)

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.

MRI sex

MRI sex

Improbable Research is an organization which collects (and sometimes conducts) improbable research (i.e. “research that makes people laugh and then think”), publishes a magazine called the Annals of Improbable Research, and administers the Ig Nobel Prizes. These mock Nobels are held once a year in a fun, goofy ceremony to honor the most unusual recent…

In sleep vs. sex battle, the winner is…mattresses, pills and PDAs

In sleep vs. sex battle, the winner is…mattresses, pills and PDAs

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It seems like every few years, someone comes out with a study about what percentage of the population would choose a good night’s sleep over sex. The studies are usually sponsored by a mattress company, or a pharmaceutical firm developing non-addictive (riiiiight) sleeping pills, or — as in the most recent case — a chain of hotels with extremely comfortable beds. The study, funded by Westin Hotels, found that 51% of Americans surveyed would choose sleep over sex (as we mentioned here earlier this week). It sounds much less depressing if you put it the other way: 49% of us would still sacrifice sleep for a bit of raucous boot-knocking, aw yeah. But it sounds much more depressing when you learn that a decade ago, a massive 69% (heh) of those surveyed said they’d choose sex over sleep.

Report: Energy Efficiency Could Halve U.S. Greenhouse Gases by 2050

Report: Energy Efficiency Could Halve U.S. Greenhouse Gases by 2050

Energy efficiency investments can provide up to half the greenhouse gas emissions reductions most scientists say are needed between now and the year 2050 to avert the worst effects of climate change, finds a new report from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE.

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

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.

"Daily sperm liberation" may increase fertility

"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)

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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Study: The car doesn't maketh the man

Study: The car doesn't maketh the man

photo by Qole_Pejorian In news that will probably be surprising only to the male readers of this site, a recent study found that expensive cars don’t really impress the ladies. Researchers in Australia measured changes in the brain responses of women toward a range of men in different cars. Turns out a man having a…

Naked news (06-16-09)

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.

Clean Energy Economy a Bright Spot for Job Growth

Clean Energy Economy a Bright Spot for Job Growth

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 (ENS) – The number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew about 2.5 times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, finds a report released Wednesday by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Included in Pew’s definition of the clean energy economy are jobs as diverse as engineers, plumbers,…

Preventing risky teen sex: Father knows best

Preventing risky teen sex: Father knows best

A friend of ours is fond of telling new dads, “Your most important job is to keep your daughter off the stripper pole.” Well, a new study kind of proves his point, if you’re willing to accept “stripper pole” as a sort of overarching metaphor for everything from early sexual activity to teen pregnancy to self-destructive tendencies in the sack. (Yes, we know not all strippers are young single mothers who’ve made bad choices, and some happily choose stripping as a lucrative career; but we’d bet that any father of a young girl would file random hook-ups, barebacking AND stripping in a category labeled “sex-related shit I hope to god my daughter never engages in.”) This is the stuff that makes fathers want to sit in a rocker on the front porch holding a shotgun. The study found that when it comes to preventing risky teen sex, teenagers whose fathers are more attentive and more involved in their lives are less likely to engage in risky activities like unprotected intercourse. Attentive moms help too, of course — but researchers found that dads have twice the influence.

Study: Some playas are just spreading the love

Study: Some playas are just spreading the love

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Where would this blog be without all the scientists who study why we do the things we do in bed? They’ve debunked the beer goggles theory, taught us that even cheaters’ guilt is selfish, and confirmed Paula Abdul’s hypothesis that opposites attract. And the latest breaking news from the lab? Not all players are cold-hearted snakes.

Naked News (06-02-09)

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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Paula Abdul was right: opposites really do attract

Paula Abdul was right: opposites really do attract

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If you’re wondering why so many couples fight about money, here’s your answer: Surveys of married adults consistently show that opposites attract when it comes to the type of spender you are. Stingy tightwads who just can’t bring themselves to reach for the wallet, even when they know they should, tend to shack up with reckless spendthrifts who just can’t help overspending, even when they know they shouldn’t. Researchers say this is because we’re attracted to people who don’t possess the characteristics we hate in ourselves.

Naked News (05-12-09)

Naked News (05-12-09)

photo by babasteve No joke: Saudia Arabia holds a “Miss Beautiful Morals” pageant. Gossip Girl takes a hit: Study links viewing adult-themed TV to earlier sex in teens. Oh, but Serena van der Woodsen and Chuck Bass make such good company on lonely, lonely nights. Finally! Funding for failed abstinence-only programs bites the dust under…

Study shows even cheaters' guilt is selfish

Study shows even cheaters' guilt is selfish

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The other week we explained how evolutionary psychology can be so annoying sometimes, what with all its assumptions about modern-day dating and mating behavior based on hunter-gatherer societies. Sure, sometimes those theories are fascinating and even enlightening, but sometimes they’re just plain wrong.

Evolutionary psychologists do it with blinders on

Evolutionary psychologists do it with blinders on

photo:gniliep Evolutionary psychology can be so annoying sometimes. Like when it tries to explain women’s modern-day preference for pink as some left-over instinct from hunter-gatherer days when they needed to be good at gathering berries, completely disregarding the fact that in the early 1900s pink was the color of choice for little boys and blue…

Naked News (04-27-09)

Naked News (04-27-09)

Study: Children Exposed To Pornography May Expect Sex To Be Enjoyable If Mainers and New Yorkers embrace Iowans’ “mind your own business” mentality, their states could be the next to legalize gay marriage (hope, hope). Of course, then you’ll get whackjob judges like this all over the place refusing to perform any marriages, just so…

Scientists debunk beer goggles theory

Scientists debunk beer goggles theory

photo by two dolla Turns out you can no longer blame booze the next time you wake up in a coyote ugly situation. In fact, researchers at the University of Leicester in England found that drinking alcohol actually reduces the attractiveness of the opposite sex. Participants in the study, in various stages of intoxication, were…

Naked News (04-21-09)

Naked News (04-21-09)

photo by appenz Move over cougars; hyenas are the new predatory females in town. The latest trend, apparently, is sexually aggressive teen girls who take boys’ virginity just for fun, leaving the guys depressed and/or freaked out. Equality never felt so crappy. Like Freddie Krueger (except scary), Sarah Palin rises again, this time in preparation…