Do black holes create polyamory?
The two women left needing hospital treatment after they were attacked on a bus in a homophobic assault have blamed a rise in rightwing populism for growing hate crime and called on people to stand up for each other.
Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, 29, defiantly announced they would not be intimidated into hiding their sexuality, days after they said they were attacked by several young men when they refused to kiss upon demand.
The attack was of course appalling. It’s vile to attack anyone peacefully going about their business and that’s all there is to that.
There is another little thought that crops up though. The claim is – and there’s no reason to doubt it – that they refused to kiss in public and were therefore beaten up. Does this mean that we have, as a society, managed to raise some young men to be quite so dim as to not know what the internet is for?
What will they think of next?
In a study recently published in Marketing Theory, my colleagues and I found that sperm banks in these countries solved this challenge by playing into traditional male stereotypes and selling sperm donation as an experience that makes donors feel more masculine.
The key to many of the health benefits of sex is the love hormone – oxytocin. Also sometimes called the cuddle hormone, it can even be released when petting your dog. The same hormone causes contractions in childbirth and is in the pessaries given to induce labour. It’s even in sperm. It’s not a myth that sex can help an overdue baby get going.
Isn’t that wondrous? A sex column in The Guardian that is actually about sex not either the feelz or the patriarchy?
For I don’t actually know what it means.
Sure, I know what “a date” is. I can think of a range of meanings for “dating”. But what is it taken to mean generally?
Moby has insisted that he and Natalie Portman did date, a day after the Oscar-winning actress denied they had been in a relationship and described him as “creepy”.
Portman, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, dismissed claims in Moby’s book that the pair had been romantically involved.
“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” she said.
The American singer responded on Wednesday, and swore that he was telling the truth, posting a photograph of the pair together on Instagram.
Does “dating” mean they went for ice cream together? In which case, so what? Or does it mean they bonked? In which case Moby should be horsewhipped for bringing the subject up of course.
Because I masturbate while prone, coitus is not pleasurable.
I think this bird’s problems are a little different from whether she lies down to play with herself or not, no?
The “because” there being the bit to question.
After Ms Klavina’s disappearance was reported, the police interviewed a Brazilian prostitute who said she had been in the same group but had declined Capper’s suggestion of going back to his house as “she did not like his attitude”.
So, BiS, this is your are, isn’t it?
Two British men have been found guilty of coercion after they forced a waitress who was never seen again into their car outside a Costa del Sol nightclub.
A Malaga court on Monday sentenced Westley Capper, the 41-year-old son of a British millionaire property developer, to two years for bundling Agnese Klavina into his Mercedes. Capper’s friend, 37-year-old Craig Porter, received a six-month sentence as an accomplice to the incident in the luxury resort of Puerto Banus.
Neither man is expected to serve time in prison as Spain’s judicial system routinely suspends the sentences of first-time offenders with terms under two-years.
Ms Klavina, 31, worked as a waitress in the Marbella area and has not been seen by friends or family since the early morning of September 6, 2014. Her bank accounts have also remained untouched, the sentence noted.
When a working girl doesn’t like your attitude that’s a fairly damning verdict. Or is it a case of having better radar for these things?
Ruth Hunt hasn’t had an easy ride. The outgoing chief executive of Stonewall has been accused of driving away donors. She has been charged with running “a militant trans agenda” by one former supporter and “[losing] what the big principle was” by another. Earlier this year the Times and Daily Mail claimed her resignation as a victory in the face of “growing protest by leading gay and lesbian supporters”.
For the head of a charity campaigning for lesbian, gay, bi and – under Hunt – trans rights, it might have been crushing. But Hunt, 39, is unflappable and unapologetic.
“The truth is, the support for our position significantly outweighs the opposition,” she says. And for proof, she points out that in her five years in the job, Stonewall has more than doubled in size, expanding from 75 to 160 staff, while its income has grown from £5.4m to £8.7m.
The organisation campaigning for trans rights has more employees than actually have the chop in any one year.
Well, OK, not really. But it’s a substantial proportion, I’ve not got the latest numbers:
The number of gender reassignment surgeries carried yearly on the NHS has tripled
since 2000, figures show. In 2000, 54 surgeries were carried out, compared with 143
in 2009, the Daily Telegraph reports.
We are approaching bureaucratic perfection, are we not? Where there are more shuffling paper than there are customers?
Rather more seriously, note that definition of success within a bureaucracy. Increased head count, greater budget. No reference whatsoever to greater output….
Barry Manilow: glad to be gay, without trying to sell something
For some stars, their sexuality is now a commodity that can be traded
We’re among human beings here. Sexuality has always been traded. Not just in the sense of the sexual marketplace but in terms of celebrity – what is it that is being sold?
Rock Hudson wasn’t in the closet because he was gay but because the gay sexuality wasn’t something people were buying at that time. That is, it’s long, long, been about trading sexuality – it’s just which is traded has changed.
What’s less clear, though, is why females should value unusualness in a mate.
When puzzling over why this mating preference arose, it occurred to me that attraction to novelty fits with a simple kind of learning called habituation. Psychologists have long known that when an animal is repeatedly exposed to some stimulus – be it a sound, a touch or in this case a visual pattern – it responds to the stimulus less and less. This occurs because the nervous system starts to “tune out” repetitive information. Since repetitive information is usually unimportant, habituation helps to free up the animals attention for other more important things.
But I can’t help noticing that Gentleman Jack is the latest in a glut of recent high-profile lesbian period dramas.
recent high-profile lesbian dramas
recent high-profile period dramas
recent high-profile lesbian period dramas
Looks like an extremely specialised taste there.
Still, this is the BBC, it won’t be that graphic. Maybe they’ll shout at each other then eat chocolate together?
Scotland Yard’s detectives had believed in ‘Nick’. His claims of being raped and tortured as a child by a group of paedophile VIPs that included a former prime minister, military generals and the heads of MI5 and MI6, had been described by the Metropolitan Police back in December 2014 as “credible and true”.
For more than 15 months, the force took seriously Nick’s insistence that he had personally witnessed three children being murdered by the gang.
So, what we really want and need to know. Did Bea Campbell, OBE, believe these allegations?
It’s one of those compass needle tests, butt end version.
Twice married Kyle, 53, who has four children and lives with his fiancee Vicky Burton, the family’s former nanny,
Penis extensions don’t work, study finds
Procedures carry high risk of complications ‘and should almost never be carried out’
“These procedures should almost never be done,” said Muir.
“Many men who wish to undergo penis enlargement procedures have an average-sized penis but believe their size to be inadequate. Sadly, some clinics seem to ignore this. Surgeons in the private sector should not do this. It’s wrong on every level.”
An unknown number of men who seek such treatment have either body dysmorphic disorder or penile dysfunction disorder, both of which involve an obsessive dissatisfaction with their appearance.
Body dysmorphia should not be treated by not very effective surgery.
From a PR email:
Dismay as new report reveals that health inequalities continue to disadvantage older LGBT people
· – LGBT men and women aged 50+ have poorer self-rated health and are more likely to have other conditions that impact their health and wellbeing
· – Action is needed to improve health outcomes of the older LGBT community by enhancing inclusivity of mainstream health and care provision, strengthening training of health and care staff and enhancing data collection
Could be that the entire NHS is homophobic, sure. Or lesbophobic, qphobic and so on.
Could be that not being heterosexual is damaging to your health. And there are certainly good reasons why the second could be true. Anal sex is more likely among the male and gay, anal sex plus promiscuity is well known as an HIV risk. Lesbians are less likely to have children than hetero women, the largest risk for breast cancer is to not bring a fetus to term and then breast feed it – that’s why nuns have such a high incidence.
I do not insist on either answer. But we do need to find out before we decide what to do about it.
The things The Guardian will complain about:
In other cases, Tennant made a joke in which he referred to sex acts involving a young girl. In another case, he joked about his wife bringing home a sex toy, but bemoaned that he was considered a “pervert” for buying his own, which he described using vulgar and obscene terms.
There is in fact a double standard here. Innumerable newspaper sex advice columns suggest that women might think about, possibly should celebrate, buying a vibrator. Not that we’ve actually gone hunting for the proof of this but we would expect a rather different response to a man buying a fleshlight.
I might have mentioned this before but if I have I can’t recall the answer. Or maybe I just think I did and didn’t, which would be why I can’t recall the answer rather than some onset of LATE.
Do other apes get sexually transmitted diseases?
There’s a pretty big variation in sexual patterns among our close relatives. Gorillas are polygamous and while the Silverback rules sexual activity remains within that small group. Chimps are hierarchical and the alpha male gets a lot more while the betas try to steal the occasional shag if they can. Bonobos have sex like the man who drinks halves asks whose round is it – often and widely.
I would assume that STDs exist in other apes. Can’t see any reason why bacteria and viruses wouldn’t colonise where they could. But are they there? And are there different patterns of them consistent with those different mating patterns?
I’d sorta assume that anything that happens to bonobos – within the varied population groups at least rather than across them – must be trivial in symptoms because anything serious would have wiped out the group that had it already.
But does anyone actually know?
UK shamed as Europe’s biggest market for sex slaves
It’s unlikely to be largest market for immigrants who then sell sex. Germany, Spain, that’s legal. You expect to have more of what’s legal.
Actually, it’s legal in the UK but brothels aren’t etc.
And imagine that it really is true. Proper sex slavery. Then that would indicate that Spain, Germany, have less of it – where brothels etc are legal.
Can’t really see any way that this supports the standard feminist narrative. Also, can’t see the full report, maybe someone else has reported on it too…..
Someone who gives birth to a live child is a bird:
A Man Who Gives Birth Is Not A Man, Sorry, She Isn’t
Is I being transphobic?
Around here we’re fine with whatever social politesse people decide they want to follow. I’m prepared to agree – in public at least – that Diane Abbott is the Right Hon, that Harriet Harman is actually a QC. Just as I’m entirely willing to be polite and address those who let me know by their favoured pronoun of Miss, Ms, or Xe.
However, there are limits to such and that’s when these differences are important.
Mum ditches Bargain Buys job to become £140-an-hour dominatrix – and turns living room into ‘sex dung
Seems a bit specialised, there aren’t that many Lib Dem MPs left are there?
Sadly, it’s just how Google News truncates headlines:
Mizz Enigma UK says she can cater to almost every fetish, but insists her services are never sexual