Regret over a hookup doesn’t change our behavior

A study finds that sexual regret doesn't change how we behave in the future.

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  • Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology investigate the degree to which regret regarding sexual encounters makes us modify our behavior.
  • Women more often have regrets about encounters that occurred, while men regret the ones that didn't.
  • According to the study, people keep doing what they've been doing and continue to have the same regrets.
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Study: Does the label "straight" worsen perceptions of gay people?

A new study explores how using positive labels to describe a majority group may negative impact perceptions of minority groups.

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  • In a recent study published in The Journal of Sex Research, heterosexual people were asked to rate their impressions of fictitious men.
  • Some of the fictitious men were described as "heterosexual," the others as "straight."
  • Across multiple studies, participants reported worse impressions of gay men after being exposed to the word "straight," but only if the participants were highly religious.
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Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

One bill hopes to repeal the crime of selling sex and expand social services; the other would legalize the entire sex trade.

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  • Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale.
  • The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps.
  • Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved.
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    BDSM therapy: Are there therapeutic and relational benefits to being submissive?

    In-depth research suggests BDSM practitioners can experience altered states of consciousness that can be therapeutic.

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    • BDSM is an acronym encompassing a variety of sexual practices that include: bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism. The practice of BDSM usually consists of partners taking on specific roles in which one partner is dominant and the other is submissive.
    • BDSM practitioners (individuals who frequently engage in BDSM play) can experience various mental health benefits from engaging in their scenes.
    • According to the research, subspace is often characterized by the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the release of epinephrine and endorphins, and a subsequent period of non-verbal, deep relaxation.
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    Ornamental dinosaur frills seem to have evolved thanks to sexual selection

    While other factors exist, sexual prowess appears to have helped determine the role of Protoceratops frills.

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    • New research seeks to explain why dinosaurs featured an elaborate diversity of ornamentation in their frills and crests.
    • A team at the Natural History Museum in London investigated a sheep-size Gobi Desert dweller known as Protoceratops.
    • While sex alone does not explain the design, "socio-sexual selection" seems to have played an essential role.
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