Journalists' Articles

Articles on sex, orgasm and mating

Relationships and Society

casual sex

Author explores why girls hook up to culture of 'uncaring'

In 1998, Washington Post reporter Laura Sessions Stepp learned about a sex ring at a Washington, D.C., middle school in which a dozen girls were regularly performing oral sex on two or three boys. That set her off on a journalistic search of the secret sexual lives of adolescents.

She stumbled upon "hooking up," rampant in high schools and colleges, and even in some middle schools.

An Affair Of the Head

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They Say Love Is All About Brain Chemistry. Will You Be Dopamine?

It's all about dopamine, baby, this One Great True Love, this passionate thing we'd burn down the house and blow up the car and drive from Houston to Orlando just to taste on the tip of the tongue.

You crave it because your brain tells you to. Because if a wet kiss on the suprasternal notch -- while, say, your lover has you pinned against a wall in the corner of a dance club -- doesn't fire up the ventral tegmentum in the Motel 6 of your mind, well, he's not going to send you roses tomorrow.

Friends for Life: An Emerging Biology of Emotional Healing

patient and visitors

...the emotional status of our main relationships has a significant impact on our overall pattern of cardiovascular and neuroendocrine activity. This radically expands the scope of biology and neuroscience from focusing on a single body or brain to looking at the interplay between two at a time. In short, my hostility bumps up your blood pressure, your nurturing love lowers mine. Potentially, we are each other's biological enemies or allies....

Published in the New York Times: October 10, 2006

Synchronizing sex: Time to harmonize your hormones

[We would suggest that there's more to the story than this article implies.]

How many nights have you spent on your side of the bed awake with passion, while your partner couple in bedis curled up next to you deep in sleep? Or maybe you're the one who's OK with having sex every week or so, while he's looking for it every other day.

You used to do it all the time. What happened? Has the thrill packed up and gone? Not necessarily. The problem is that you've got what therapists call desire discrepancy -- you're out of sync sexually with your better half.

It's Just Mechanics

by Ziauddin Sardar

(from the New Statesman, 1 January 2005)

2005: The decline of sex - Viagra is just the start: we'll soon have pills that make you feel deep love and video games that give vibrations. Ziauddin Sardar on the masturbatory society

Is your sex life normal? The question was raised recently on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Tell us, the show asked its 20 million viewers, what turns you on, what turns you off, and what makes good sex.

The problem with such questions is that there are no "normal" answers. The normal is problematic because our ideas about sex have changed fundamentally. What constitutes normal is constantly refurbished. Its boundaries shift rapidly, and continue to shift. So what was abnormal yesterday - say, pornography - becomes normal today. And what is shunned today (say paedophilia) may just as easily become normal tomorrow.

Orgasm akin to a shot of heroin

shooting heroinAMSTERDAM - According to Groningen professor Gert Holstege, an orgasm is akin to a shot of heroin and his findings could assist in the production of a so-called orgasm pill.

Holstege said the interim results of his study - which showed that an orgasm and heroin have a similar effect on the brain and could be thus similar experiences - could have positive consequences for those who have difficulty having sex, such as the elderly, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen professor said researchers used a so-called PET scan to conduct the investigation and sought willing volunteers to have sex inside the scan.

Medication Nation

by Mark White for Ecologist

Too fat, too thin, too sad, too happy...Whatever the problem Biotech is developing a vaccine or a pill to cure us. Mark White examines the consequences of a world where all our worries can be medicated away

brain drugsIt may be known as 'retail therapy', but the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association will recognise being a shopaholic as a clinical disorder. At Stanford University, trials held on the SSRI anti-depressant Citalopram concluded that the drug was a 'safe and effective treatment for Compulsive Shopping Disorder'.

The New Viagra for Women

sex up logoThis article is about nasal spray drugs that act as aphrodisiacs. One mimics dopamine in the brain of women. Given the dangerous long-term effects of dopamine agonists on some Parkinson's patients, we can't help wondering whether the questionable short-term gains of this substance justify its production. The other drug, PT-141, makes rats "want it [sex] constantly," which means it never leads to feelings of wholeness or fulfillment. This is a recipe for crazy behavior.

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