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20 Things You Didn't Know About...Sex

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Kit B (276)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:11 am
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1 Marvin Gaye breaks it down in “Let’s Get It On”—what could be simpler? Psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin take a different view. They surveyed 444 people [pdf] and found 237 reasons why people have sex.

2 “I was drunk” made the top 50 for women; “to get a favor” made the top 50 for men.

3 Believe it or not, biologists cannot agree on the reason for sex either.

4 The standard evolutionary argument is that the mixing of DNA between two members of a species introduces more variation into the gene pool. But asexual reproduction is far more efficient.

5 One leading hypothesis suggests that sex won out over DIY as a defense against parasites, which would be less harmful in a varied gene pool.

6 In 2009 a team of scientists bolstered this idea by monitoring two groups of snails—one that reproduced sexually, the other asexually. Over time, the self-starters became more susceptible to parasites, dying off at a faster rate.

7 Not that sexual reproduction is exactly disease free. About 3.7 million Americans carry the most common sexually transmitted parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis.

8 You think we’ve got troubles? The mating call of certain Hawaiian male crickets attracts a fly that deposits parasitic larvae. When the larvae mature, they burst out of the cricket, killing it instantly.

9 Some male crickets have a mutation that prevents them from making the call, helping them elude the deadly flies. The sneaky-quiet ones hang out around the vulnerable singing crickets so they can still meet girls.

10 One of nature’s most elaborate mating rituals belongs to the nursery web spider. Males wrap a collection of gifts—typically edible insects—in silk bundles and present them to potential mates.

11 In some cases, male spiders try to sneak in worthless items like the leftovers of already-eaten bugs, so females have learned to examine the gift. Danish researchers found that far greater success was awarded to males who had a nicely wrapped package.

12 When the mood strikes a male Muscovy duck, the corkscrew-shaped embodiment of its excitement shoots to a fully extended 8-plus inches in just 0.36 second.

13 Battle of the sexes: The corresponding female organ is also corkscrewed—but in the opposite direction.

14 Studies of human male inflation, a.k.a. “phallometry,” often use a sealed, gas-filled cylindrical chamber that fits snugly around the object of interest and registers the amount of gas displaced.

15 Equivalent studies in women use a photo-plethysmograph, a probe that measures pulse and changes in blood volume in the vagina.

16 Psychologist Meredith Chivers of Queens University in Ontario, Canada, used similar devices to study objectively how men and women responded to erotic films. Heterosexual men, as well as homosexual men and women, became aroused while viewing attractive members of their preferred sex engaged in nonsexual activities, such as walking on a beach. For heterosexual women, a naked strolling guy didn’t do much.

17 Yet Chivers found that women exhibited increased blood flow when watching bonobos mate, even though they did not report feeling aroused.

18 Chivers speculates that increased blood flow (and associated lubrication) in response to witnessed sexual behavior could be a biological response that prepares females for sudden, unsolicited penetration.

19 Ohio State University psychologist Terri Fisher tested the oft-repeated claim that men think about sex every seven seconds (which translates to 8,000 instances daily) by having 283 students carry around a golf-score counter and click each time they thought about sex, food, or sleep. In reality, the young men’s fancy turned to sex merely 19 times per day.

20 The young women in the study had 10 such daily thoughts, on average, and both genders thought about food and sleep just as often as sex.
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By Gregory Mone | Discover Magazine |

Ben O (170)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:20 am
I know one thing; -I'm so sick and tired of playing with myself all the time! : ~ [

Jae A (316)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:14 am first great love Ben...enjoy ~

Great ,fun read Kit...always something new to hear/try/think about when it comes to 's...e....x' ...

Kit B (276)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:46 am

Consider the chatter from the right leading into this election cycle...does anyone think those guys would understand this(?): Chivers speculates that increased blood flow (and associated lubrication) in response to witnessed sexual behavior could be a biological response that prepares females for sudden, unsolicited penetration.

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Friday November 9, 2012, 7:33 pm
LOL Jae,
God not touching (pun intended) this one at all. Can go so many directions but I'm not. I will behave on this serious topic. But if republicans can say female can control conception that only applies to ducks not humans.

Susanne R (235)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:42 pm
Re: Items 14 and 15:

I can't help but wonder who would volunteer to be a test subject. The methods used to gauge the level of their sexual response to various stimuli don't sound very comfortable --which might skew the results. Phallometry, used on males, sounds like the equivalent having a blood pressure cuff wrapped around a very sensitive part of their bodies, and photo-plethysmograph, used on women, sounds like a trans-vaginal ultrasound (which a friend of mine often refers to as "the penis cam").

Interesting post, Kit! It reminded me of an episode of Dr. Ruth's show where she talked about the importance of women pleasuring themselves and not being ashamed or embarrassed about it. I can tell you who WAS embarrassed. It was her poor co-host, Larry. That night, she ended her show with the following advice: "And remember ladies --if you can't get a date, get a cucumber! Right Larry?" Poor Larry turned beet red and appeared to be at a loss for words. It was priceless!

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:44 am

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 4:35 am
#17 even when it is juvinile on adult? awwwh yeah ladies. watch some animal pedo films. critter chiild porn.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:10 am
Well I can tell you that the next time I go to Hawaii I will refrain from using my mating call.
Thanks Kit - entertaining as always.

Heidi S (6)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 7:06 am
i don't know about the 19x a day...I might have that beat lol

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 8:13 am

I see some comments have been removed, they addressed this topic and none used any "foul" language.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 10:01 am
I knew them. I forgot!!! :-(

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Saturday November 10, 2012, 3:28 pm

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:54 pm

Arthur S (88)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:06 am
Thank you so much for have to print out a copy.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 12:09 pm
#11 would appear to be valid for humans as well as spiders. Elizabethan fashions made this perfectly clear. :-)

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 12:47 pm
Thanks Kit.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Monday November 12, 2012, 7:13 am
interesting thanks

Devon Leonar (54)
Monday November 12, 2012, 12:41 pm
I think everyone got some smiling time in reading this and all the comments... !! :-)

Sheri J (16)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:00 pm
How about 20 Things You Didn't Know When Having Sex With Yourself?

MmAway M (506)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:42 pm
Thanks Kit for posting! Actually, I had a ton of fun just reading the comments! xx
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