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Does Sleeping Around Make People Happier?

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Sex makes us happy (do I need to cite my source for that?), but how about 1970’s style love-the-one-you’re-with sex? You know the kind of sex that is preceded by fishing around in a bowl at a party for a set of car keys? Research suggests that promiscuity is not associated with increased ...

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Sex in China

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almost 4 years ago

For anyone interested in sex and economics, China is fascinating. It takes in 30% of the worldwide pornography revenue,* and prostitution income makes up 8% of its massive GDP**. I’ve just spent two (wonderful) months in China, and while sex and economics had nothing to do with my trip, I was ...

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Dollar Drinks and Risky Sex

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almost 4 years ago

In December 2007, the city of Halifax decided that it had had enough rowdiness and started to impose minimum drink prices at bars in town bringing an end to dollar drinks in the city. It turns out that these laws might have a secondary beneficial effect, that of lowering risky sex and STI rates ...

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Sexless in the City

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almost 4 years ago

Here is a tip for educated women hopelessly looking for love in the city; you are not the only educated woman having a hard time finding a man. It isn’t just that educated men are hard to find, although it is true that they are in relatively short supply. Ever since 1985 there have been more ...