No, a DNA swab can’t tell you if you’re gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed. And it can be damaging to believe so.
Genetic apps claim to reveal fundamental insights about your health, well-being, and even intellect. But it's not just spurious science - believing these traits are genetic can have harmful consequences.
The identity of the joke-teller matters more than you might think.
A new study highlights the importance of the 'intergroup sensitivity effect' in comedy, which gives people license to tell certain jokes, but not others.
Activists block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments in major LGBT rights cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on how the Civil Rights Act applies to LGBT people. A business law scholar explains why it could be one of the most consequential discrimination cases in decades.
For millennia, theologians taught that the sole purpose of sex was reproductive. Now, almost everyone agrees that sex has many purposes – and benefits.
The purpose of sex may seem obvious, but it has perplexed and intrigued a variety of great minds for millennia.
The ABS should include detailed questions about gender and sexuality in the 2021 Census.
Accurate data on Australians' gender and sexual identity helps governments make good policy – and, importantly, ensures those communities are seen and recognised.
Men and women who report a decrease in sexual activities are more likely to experience a deterioration in how they rate their overall level of health.
Why do caseworkers and immigration judges not believe that asylum seekers are gay?
Biological factors shape sexual preference.
A new study of nearly 500,000 individuals finds that many genes affect same-sex behavior, including newly identified candidates that may regulate smell and sex hormones.
The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes.
The largest study of its kind - comparing the genetic sequences of almost half a million people - has revealed many different parts of our genetic code that seem to influence same-sex sexual behaviour.
Michel Foucault argued that surveillance, such as CCTV, is used to enforce social norms.
Michel Foucault was one of the most famous thinkers of the late 20th century, achieving celebrity-like status before his death. His theories about power and social change continue to resonate.
In Wordslut, Amanda Montell deconstructs gendered language.
The book promises to help reclaim language used against women, exploring the origins of gendered slurs. But its use of contemporary slang and lack of an index undermines its credibility.
It’s perfectly normal for your libido to fluctuate.
While changes in libido are perfectly normal, there's still some things you can do to try and increase it. If they don't work, consider seeing a doctor or counsellor.
The Australian Christian Lobby galvanised Folau’s Christian supporters by setting up a fund-raising website that earned more than A$1 million in its first day.
For many people of faith, the very identity of Christianity is at stake in the battle over religious freedom. But not all Christians see it that way.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019.
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According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.
Who identifies as non-heterosexual varies on who, what and when you ask.
To better understand Australians' lives and their needs, we need a clearer understanding of sexual orientation - but the research presents a complicated picture.
Pornography can give women new sexual ideas and make them feel like their body and their sexual preferences are normal. But there are downsides too.
Claudia van Zyl
Most young women we interviewed said they gained pleasure watching sexually explicit material, but their focus was often on their male partner's needs, desires and expectations, rather than their own.
Mutual respect and communication are key to successful relationships, regardless of the gender of the partners.
Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation
Simply put, being in a relationship can be complex - but if there's one secret to a happy one, it's communication.
It turns out that sexuality research has little interest in … sex … or the pleasure associated with sex.
How do you express, feel, communicate, and embody your sexual desires and pleasures in the prevailing social climate?
Battita Dossi, Nymph of Spring (16th century).
Women's solo sex can be taboo even today. But in 17th century England it featured in many texts from poetry to medical books, suggesting knowledge or even acceptance of female self-pleasure.
Many men were concerned about climaxing too quickly or lacking interest in sex.
Research suggests that men who are exposed to cultural images of traditional masculinity have a greater vulnerability to sexual dysfunction than those who aren't.