Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Let's talk about sex (in a strictly academic manner, of course)

[via...where else?]

Some of the following studies probably have more statistical rigor than others (I still can't believe I saw regression models analyzing pimps), but what follows may be far less arousing than you'd expect.

Can you make enough as a part-time porn star to pay for Duke?
  •  Female performers always get paid more than male performers, with rare exception 
  •  A girl that is in-demand, at the height of her earning potential can make between $80,000-$120,000 annually 
  •  Streams of revenue include film work, cam shows, dancing engagements & personal appearances, product (sex toy) endorsements & merchandise. 
  •  Per scene rates will vary by hi or lo-end producers; the type of scene (girl/girl, girl/boy, girl/girl/boy); the type of sex…and also by the prominence of the performer
8 facts about the U.S. sex economy
7. Pimps find prostitutes from their friend groups. Social circles and home neighborhood are more likely venues for pimps to scout than clubs or the Internet. One in nine pimps surveyed said they recruit from schools.
Tunisia sex workers call for brothel to reopen in resort of Sousse
A court ordered the brothel to close around November 2012, after a lawyer argued before a judge on behalf of neighbors in the area. The case came at a time when radical Islamists had launched a campaign in several parts of Tunisia against the licensed brothels.

The head of the delegation told Labidi, "There is no problem. ... We were attacked by the Salafists, radical Islamists, who attacked us and closed the premises by force."

Although it is a conservative Muslim country, Tunisia allows prostitution in licensed brothels. Buying sex elsewhere is illegal.

The country's licensed brothels date back almost a century and were first documented during the French colonial period.
Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves
Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, made an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., and will now be transferred to Utah for further proceedings.

The charges against him include kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography, and could bring a life sentence if he is convicted. His public defender, Richard Henderson, could not be reached for comment.

An arrest warrant filed Tuesday in Salt Lake City claims Vafeades kidnapped a 19-year-old female relative who had come from Florida in May 2013 to work with him on his truck, the "Twilight Express."

After a week, the teen told Vafeades she wanted to go home, but she later told authorities that he strangled her until she blacked out and used threats and violence to keep her with him for the next six months while they traveled to Washington state, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and other states.
Gel protects monkeys from HIV after sex, study finds
In another promising development in AIDS prevention, scientists have shown that monkeys can be protected against infection with a vaginal gel even when it is used as long as three hours after sex.

If it works in humans, such a gel would be particularly useful in countries where women have little protection against domestic violence or rape, because they could apply it surreptitiously after a partner fell asleep or a clinic could administer it after a rape.

But if the technique does move into human trials, scientists said, it is more likely that women will be asked to try to use it both before and after sex.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, did not show 100 percent protection. One of six macaques became infected despite the gel; all that got a placebo gel became infected.
Gonorrhea is about to become impossible to treat
That's right: penicillin and various tetracyclines have all stopped working against the most prevalent strains. This means that today's gonorrhea patient has very few treatment options left. And with symptoms like burning, swelling of the testicles, vaginal discharge and anal itching, it's not exactly something that you want to leave untreated. Unfortunately, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) thinks that emerging resistant strains will one day take the last remaining first-line treatment option away — a treatment that currently consists of a cephalosporin injection combined with an oral dose of either azithromycin or doxycycline. The government agency outlined how that scenario could unfold in a study released today.

By analyzing long-term surveillance data for 17 US cities between 1991 and 2006, researchers were able to trace how gonorrhea became resistant to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic that lost its CDC recommendation in 2007 because studies demonstrated that 13.8 percent of patient samples were resistant to the drug.
11 ways mainstream porn misleads women about sex
10. That men are always ready and willing: "I thought that all men liked being aggressive and dominant, like in porn, and that if they were under 50, they were always going to be able to get hard and orgasm."
Male peacocks make fake sex noises to seem more attractive than they are
The fake-sex hoot, says the BBC, may be a learned behavior: “By pretending they are mating when they are not the birds could convince females they are more sexually active - and therefore genetically fitter - than their rivals.”

With fake sex being reinforced by real sex, some males seem to have learned to keep up the ruse.
Reddit is creeping on your Facebook photos
With Imgur unwilling to take down these images, is there anything a woman can do to protect herself from showing up on either forum? Short of making all her personal Facebook photos completely private, there’s not much she can do to hide them from redditor friends.

“No one cares,” writes Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel, “because dudes want to make jerking off a social activity, and women aren’t people.”

Reddit has consistently prized free speech over all else. In the words of general manager Erik Martin, “Morally questionable reddits like jailbait are part of the price of free speech on a site like this.”

Yet doxing and harassment have always tested the limits of free speech. Using the social news site to spread personal information about its subjects is among the site’s biggest no-nos.

Reddit just can’t figure out whether those rules apply to ripped-off photos of young women in swimsuits.
61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage
Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.
"Love formula" claims 5th partner could be The One
While qualities such as sense of humour are important, so too are the number of previous lovers each partner has had. You guessed it, the magic number is five.

Exactly a quarter (25%) of both men and women believe their partner should have had four sexual partners before them – though one in five men (21%) are holding on to tradition, believing they should be their ideal woman’s FIRST partner.
The Holy Grail of celebrity gossip content
A list of all the male celebrities Lindsay Lohan has slept with, allegedly written by Lindsay herself back in January 2013. The magazine explains she "was trying to impress her friends" with the revelations while they all laughed and gossiped about celebrity peen sizes, as you would. But then she casually "tossed [the list] away afterwards," which seems like a risky thing to do, particularly in retrospect given this whole tabloid magazine cover story and because you can also be fined for littering these days. Hey, what's risky for Lilo is great for the rest of us.

In Touch is only running half of the celebs' names. The other half are blurred for legal reasons, apparently, because "they’re not all single guys." That said, not all the men they have named are either. (Presumably this means the named guys were single when they hooked up with Lilo, while maybe the blurred out folk weren't.)

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