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I have often heard people say that pornography is a terrible thing, that damages to men and women, while stunting its users’ ability to develop healthy relationships.  Research put out by the University of Monteral found that this just doesn’t seem to be true.  Most men have consumed pornography and most men are not sexually violent, deviant or devaluing towards women.  If watching pornographic materials could make an individual deviant, watching a heterosexual movie could make a homosexual switch their orientation.  When researchers first started looking into the effect pornography had on male sexuality, they looked for men who hadn’t consumed any.  None could be found.  Maybe pornography isn’t that bad of a thing to consume.  What do you think?

University of Montreal (2009, December 1). Are the effects of pornography negligible?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/12/091201111202.htm

A study put out by Stony Brook University found that long term relationships do not necessarily need to fizzle into non-sexual, companionship love.  Types of love were characterized as:

  1. Friendship Love (just what it sounds like)
  2. Passionate Love (friendship + sexual interest + obsessive)
  3. Romantic Love (friendship + sexual interest)

Passionate love was found to make only short term relationships happy.  Romantic love was found to not only exist in both short and long term relationships, but also improve the quality of both kinds of relationships.  Couples don’t need to get settled into a long term relationship and expect that sexual interest will fade.  Like all good things, it can be maintained with commitment.

American Psychological Association (2009, March 21). Contrary To Widely Held Beliefs, Romance Can Last In Long-term Relationships, Say Researchers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 9, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/03/090317153039.htm

A survey given to over 3,600 college students found that 71% of female students overestimate the amount of alcohol male peers would prefer for them to drink at events.  They overestimated by 1.5 drinks.  A follow up survey will be taking a look at the amount of alcohol males think that their female peers should drink.

There is a part of me that feels a bit judgemental reading this study.  Why is it that females sometimes feel the need to engage in self destructive behaviors to attract a mate?  Do males feel the same need?

American Psychological Association (2009, March 11). Young Women May Be Drinking Heavily To Get Attention Of Opposite Sex, But Men Not Impressed. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/03/090309140654.htm

A recent study put out by Binghamton University found that there seems to be correlations between being a victim of peer victimization and sexual activity.  Males who are bullied in adolescence seem to have less sex and females who are bullied seem to have more sex.  Researchers think that it may be related to an evolutionary desire to eliminate sexual competitors.  Males who are bullied don’t end up having as much sex because females end up finding them less attractive.  Bullied females end up having more sex possibly as a function of lower self esteem and greater suscebility to coercion.  Additionally, the females being bullied may be bullied because they are more attractive, thus more attractive to male peers. (It should be noted that this study did not examine levels of attractiveness.)

I wonder how this would have been different if the study looked at peer victimization among homosexual adolescents.  Additionally, I wonder how it would have been different if it had examined levels of attractiveness.

Binghamton University (2009, February 25). Peer Victimization In Middle And High School Predicts Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/02/090217104431.htm

May 2020