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The Danger in Demonizing Male Sexuality

The Danger in Demonizing Male Sexuality
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The Truth About Female Desire: It’s Base, Animalistic and Ravenous June 2, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. There is a conspiracy theory at the heart of this book. In accessible and entertaining prose, “What Do Women Want?” Bergner, and the leading sex researchers he interviews, argue that women’s sexuality is not the rational, civilized and balancing force it’s so often made out to be — that it is base, animalistic and ravenous, everything we’ve told ourselves about male sexuality. “Women’s desire — its inherent range and innate power — is an underestimated and constrained force, even in our times, when all can seem so sexually inundated, so far beyond restriction,” he writes. The implications are huge. This book — how do I put this without sounding hyperbolic? I spoke to Bergner by phone about everything from monkey porn to rape fantasies. What are the main bits of wisdom about female sexuality that you took away from writing this book?

Women want taller men more than men want shorter women Abstract Physical characteristics, such as height, play an important role in human mate preferences. Satisfaction with one’s own height and one’s partner height seem likely to be related to these preferences. Using a student sample (N = 650), we show that women are not only more selective, but also more consistent, than men, in their partner height preferences. Highlights ► The sexes differ in preferred partner height differences and its importance. ► Women prefer and were most satisfied with greater height differences than men. ► Height is more important for satisfaction with one’s own height for men than women. ► Height preferences are related to satisfaction with own height and partner height. Keywords Stature; Mate preferences; Male-taller norm; Assortative mating; Satisfaction Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

The One Thing All Men Feel, But Never Admit Every single boy growing up in the United States has heard these phrases at least once over the course of his life. They are all too common. They are also all too damaging. A new documentary brought to us by MissRepresentation entitled The Mask You Live In will be exploring the systemic societal problems caused by toxic masculinity. Since most men grow up in toxic environments where they are encouraged to repress their emotions, express power through dominance and prove their masculinity, it's no wonder that these pressures result in serious consequences for them. As the director of the film says, this movie is more than just a film: it's a movement. Help Jennifer Siebel Newsom fund the production of this film. For more on toxic masculinity, follow my work on Twitter and Facebook. More from Elizabeth Plank A Feminist Takedown Of Robin Thicke and Anyone Who Thinks There's Something Blurry About Sexism The Tampon Commercial You Wished You'd Seen as a Kid Elizabeth Plank

M/F Libido Study debunks notion that men and women are psychologically distinct By Eric W. DolanMonday, February 4, 2013 17:33 EDT A first-of-its-kind study to be published in the February issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has dealt a devastating blow to the notion that men and women are fundamentally different when it comes to how they think and act. “Although gender differences on average are not under dispute, the idea of consistently and inflexibly gender-typed individuals is,” Bobbi J. Analyzing 122 different characteristics from 13,301 individuals in 13 studies, the researchers concluded that differences between men and women were best seen as dimensional rather than categorical. Numerous studies have examined gender differences between men and women. “The world presents us with a huge amount of information, so we often take shortcuts to help process it all (this is known as the ‘cognitive miser’),” Carothers explained to Raw Story in an email. – –[Man and woman in bed with gender symbols via Shutterstock] Copyright 2013 The Raw Story

'+windowtitle+' News Women may perceive men with wider faces as more dominant and more attractive for short-term relationships, according to a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our study shows that within three minutes of meeting in real life, women find more dominant, wider-faced men attractive for short-term relationships, and want to go on another date with them,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Katherine Valentine of Singapore Management University. According to Valentine, there’s considerable academic debate about whether physical dominance is advantageous in mating – that is, actually attractive to women. This new study, she says, addressed both issues: “High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO’s financial success,” says Valentine. The fact that fWHR predicted whether women wanted another date with a man came as a surprise:

Dove releases rogue Photoshop action that undoes 'real beauty' manipulations Skin care company Dove has targeted airbrushers and photo manipulators with a Photoshop action in an attempt to take its "real beauty" campaign viral. The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty was launched just under a decade ago with the aim to "change the status quo and offer in its place a broader, healthier, more democratic view of beauty." After multiple ad campaigns, Dove is this time trying to send a message to the artists that manipulate photos by releasing a Photoshop action called "Beautify" that reverts images to their original state and overlays a banner proclaiming "don't manipulate our perceptions of real beauty." As a concept, Dove's tactic is novel, although its video revealing the scam fails to mention how many times "Beautify" was downloaded, nor how its attempts to lure artists to download it via Reddit failed to gain traction. We actually gave the action a trial, and found that it was fairly ineffective.

What do women want? It depends on the time of the month If she loves you and then she loves you not, don’t blame the petals of that daisy. Blame evolution. UCLA researchers analyzed dozens of published and unpublished studies on how women’s preferences for mates change throughout the menstrual cycle. So, desires for those masculine characteristics, which are thought to have been markers of high genetic quality in our male ancestors, don’t last all month – just the few days in a woman’s cycle when she is most likely to pass on genes that, eons ago, might have increased the odds of her offspring surviving and reproducing. "Women sometimes get a bad rap for being fickle, but the changes they experience are not arbitrary," said Martie Haselton, a professor of psychology and communication studies at UCLA and the paper’s senior author. The findings will appear online this month in Psychological Bulletin, which is published by the American Psychological Association.

Gender pay gap: The familiar line that “women make 77 cents to every man’s dollar” simply isn’t accurate Photo by Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”? Barack Obama said it during his last campaign. Women’s groups say it every April 9, which is Equal Pay Day. Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. Follow The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. How to get a more accurate measure? But we’re still not close to measuring women “doing the same work as men.” The point here is not that there is no wage inequality. Goldin and Lawrence Katz have done about as close to an apples-to-apples comparison of men’s and women’s wages as exists. If this midcareer gap is due to discrimination, it’s much deeper than “male boss looks at female hire and decides she is worth less, and then pats her male colleague on the back and slips him a bonus.”

Babies cry at night to prevent siblings, scientist suggests When a baby cries at night, exhausted parents scramble to figure out why. He’s hungry. Wet. Cold. Lonely. But now, a Harvard scientist offers more sinister explanation: The baby who demands to be breastfed in the middle of the night is preventing his mom from getting pregnant again. This devious intention makes perfect sense, says evolutionary biologist David Haig, who describes his idea in Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Since babies can’t force birth control pills on their mothers, they work with what they’ve got: Nighttime nursing liaisons keep women from other sorts of liaisons that might lead to another child. Of course, babies don’t have the wherewithal to be interrupting their mothers’ fertility intentionally. The timing of night crying seems particularly damning, Haig says. Genetic disorders that are inherited from mothers or fathers provide even more evidence. He wraps up our interview with a sentiment that I think all parents embrace: “Do what feels right for yourself.”