Men and women rate warmth and trustworthiness as very important in their potential partner.
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What movies tell us is important in a parter – a nice smile or money – are exaggerations of fundamental evolutionary needs that actually do matter.
In the recent wave of sexual assault allegations, men tend to only appear as active perpetrators. But the landscape of sex in American culture is more nuanced.
Even though they weren't particularly interested in having sex, fear of ridicule and insecurities tugged at many of the young men the author spoke with.
Is a too-strict definition of monogamy undermining your relationship? Research shows that while most people expect exclusivity in a relationship, infidelity is still the leading cause of divorce.
Seeking monogamy without jealousy? Try ditching the fear of your partner's intimate connections with others and write your own relationship rules, suggests a relationship researcher.
French engraving of a cuckolded husband.
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'Cuck', short for cuckold, is the favoured insult of men's rights activists today. But the term has a long history: from the 16th to 18th centuries it reflected a deep anxiety about women's sexual appetites.
War was not always about fighting, and in times of relaxation soldiers were able to indulge many other activities.
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Our histories tell us armies make men, but in World War II, conflicted provided a rare and surprisingly open space for men to experiment with their femininity and sexuality.
Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women.
Australian women were once largely seen as reproducers, rather than lovers: sexual pleasure was suspect. Attitudes have changed, yet our culture is still troubled by female desire.
A living curriculum is needed to properly teach children about sex and relationships.
Women protest against child marriage in Albany, New York.
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It is possible for minors in all 50 states to get married. A scholar explains the long history of child marriage, mostly of young girls, in the US.
People in Melbourne protest funding cuts to the Safe Schools program in 2016.
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From William Chidley to Germaine Greer Australia has spawned more than its fair share of radical thinkers about sex, and Australians have often embraced their ideas, despite persecution by officialdom.
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A novelist who compared a man's genitals to a billiard rack has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. But not all entries were that silly.
Is this how we got the sperm and the egg?
An ancient sexual conflict over mitochondrial inheritance may be responsible for the evolution of the two sexes as we know them.
The unpleasant influence of the adult entertainment industry.
Sex education in some American high schools is evolving to include to curb sexual assaults.
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Incorporating lessons on healthy sexual behavior into sex ed classes and special prevention programs for youth could be key to reducing sexual violence, experts say.
Most people's shortbread-tin ideas about the Highlands and Islands are missing a key traditional ingredient.
Jenny Graves published her first paper on sex genes in 1967.
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The 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize winner is genetic researcher Professor Jenny Graves, well known for her 2002 suggestion that the male Y chromosome will self-destruct.
A collage of Beate Uhse shops from the late 1970s.
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Just as Playboy was emerging as a cultural phenomenon in the United States, a German entrepreneur named Beate Uhse was building a sex business of her own – centered on the pleasure of women.
Sexting is a criminal offence for under-18s.
Sexting has led to a rise in under-18s reported for sex offences.
“Gritty,” “authentic” are words of praise often used for TV director David Simon: No less so with The Deuce, his new series about the rise of the porn industry in New York City in the 1970s.
Dressing up can be part of the sexual act. Here: fetish nails and make up.
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Fetishes and non-conventional sexual practices are commonly misrepresented and judged by society. It's time to stop judging and instead embrace and enjoy our sexual lives.
Attractiveness in the voice is very important for the impressions we give our potential partners.
Body language can sometimes tell us if the person we're talking to is interested in us romantically. But the way they talk offers a few clues, too.