So far, efforts to develop microdevices have had intriguing results — a six years ago, scientists got bacteria to motor beads using chemicals to control the movement of their whip-like tails. We’ve since moved on to sperm and magnetic fields. While seemingly curious, the potential applications for harnessing the power of microorganisms is immense: they could be used to deliver drugs to specific parts of the human body, for instance.
A study reveals that women are twice as likely to orgasm during sex with a partner than they are during casual sex. While its easy to chalk this up to stereotypes about women and their need for “emotional connection,” a variety of completely unrelated factors could be responsible for these results. Practice makes perfect is more obvious. But what about the impact of alcohol, or birth control on the body?
Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale, acknowledges that there’s some support for the belief that viewing pornographic images results in objectification — that is, that the person being viewed (or the group of people that person represents) is not a subject capable of autonomy, but a thing to be acted upon — but he argues that images of naked people also cause viewers to recognize that those portrayed are capable of experience.
Last month, a California man initiated a petition asking the Obama administration to erect filters that automatically block pornography online. “We are asking for greater protection and responsibility from Internet Service providers and our country,” wrote the author. “We are asking that people who are interested in porn should have to seek it and choose it.” You’ll be glad to know that the petition failed miserably.
If you don’t watch porn, you’ve probably wondered what the people who do watch it are thinking. And if you do watch it, you probably don’t do it with company so you can discuss what you’re seeing. Well, here’s a gift to you from the internet — hundreds of comments collected from the porn tube site PornHub, imposed on stock imagery, so you can get all the details without muddying up your browser history. You’re welcome.
“La petite mort,” or “the little death,” is a timeless favorite for describing orgasm. Of course, there’s the little death and then there’s having sex until you disintegrate. For the antechinus, a tiny hedgehog-looking marsupial, reproduction isn’t simply a matter of life and death for its species — it’s death itself. Even as his body breaks down, this little animal will continue his sex binge, then die just a week short of its first year. But why?
On the eve of the millennium, the Bloodhound Gang released a song with an earworm of a chorus: “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals, so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.” The song reduced the often complex human courtship ritual into images of animals mounting one another freely and joyfully on the savanna. If you’re still holding on to the belief that other species have it easier, we can help.
Maybe your schedules don’t coincide right now. Or maybe he’s on business a lot these days. Or maybe you are. Whatever the situation, there is no reason for a woman to miss out in waking in the manner to which she has become accustomed. Introducing the Little Rooster ($69.00), because nothing says “cock-a-doodle-doo!” like an alarm cock — err — an alarm clock that pleasures you awake.
Gender is complicated, but we like to pretend it’s not. From the moment we’re born, society ascribes to us pink or light blue, these toys or those toys, this type of clothing or that type, making assumptions about everything from what we should like to what we are supposed to be attracted to based on a single binary: male or female. Few resources exist to help people understand gender variants — until now.