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Men and women rate warmth and trustworthiness as very important in their potential partner. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

We all want the same things in a partner, but why?

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. Arden_Panikk/Shutterstock.com

What about young men who are having unwanted sex?

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. (Shutterstock)

Why you might want to rethink monogamy in 2018

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.
Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women. Wikimedia Commons

From reproducers to ‘flutters’ to ‘sluts’: tracing attitudes to women’s pleasure in Australia

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.
Women protest against child marriage in Albany, New York. AP Photo/Anna Gronewold

Child marriage is still legal in the US

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. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

A nursery of unconventional ideas – sex radicalism in Australia

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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