Reuniting - April 2007 Newsletter

[Oxytocin must be released in brain to cause loving feelings]

Ecstasy really does unleash the love hormone

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Clubbers who take the "love drug" ecstasy really might be "loved up". Studies in rats suggest the drug causes a brain surge of oxytocin - the hormone that helps bond couples, as well as mothers to their babies.

Earlier research found increased oxytocin in the blood of people who had taken ecstasy. However, many drugs increase blood oxytocin without raising it in the brain - something thought necessary for any "pro-social" effects.

Reuniting - March 2007 Newsletter

Over-Sexed Society


From Pornography to Withdrawal

By Ariadne von Schirach

The more pornographic our society becomes, the more it loses interest in procreation. As a result of the constant onslaught of stimuli, female desire in particular is faced with irreconcilable paradoxes. And men leave the role of the hunter to women.

The first bare bum I ever saw was Patrick Swayze's in the film "Dirty Dancing." It seemed incredible to me. Back then.

I saw the film again recently. It was the night after the great mambo, and the lovers kissed. Fade to the next morning. He gets up, and for a millionth of a second the camera flashes across a tiny fragment of his naked rear end. I rewound the tape. There was nothing more. I rewound it again. Could this be possible? Could this fraction of a second of naked skin have once triggered my desire? Dirty dancing? A rear end? Even the early morning talk shows are more titillating these days.

Reuniting - February 2007 Newsletter

Reuniting - January 2007 Newsletter

[Advantages of Intercourse over Other Sex]

Sex missionary under fire


by Gillian Bowditch

Sex is good for you. It doesn’t sound like a controversial assertion, but work by Professor Stuart Brody, one of Britain’s leading "sexperts", on the physiological and psychological effects of sexual intercourse has sent the radical left into a lather and has led him to fear political correctness is in danger of stifling academic research in Britain.

Brody is the American-born professor of psychology at Paisley University. At the heart of his thesis is the claim that one kind of sex - penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI) or, in tabloid parlance, a good old-fashioned "bonk" - is better than any other. According to Brody, no other form of sexual activity conveys the same benefits. If he is correct, his work has profound implications for the way sex education is taught in Britain and how sex therapy is practised.

Reuniting - December 2006 Newsletter

Reuniting - November 2006 Newsletter