Social scientists at Florida State University say risk-taking is all part of the biological attraction game. Men are more likely to take risks in order to instinctively compete with one another. Horny men who had seen beautiful female faces took the most risks during games of blackjack leading scientists to think it spans all areas of life.
According to a survey by the late Shirley Glass, Ph.D., noted infidelity researcher and author, bout half of men cheat when they're "happy" or "very happy" in their current relationship. However, the majority of women reported feeling unloved and unappreciated for at least a year or more before cheating on their husbands. Another shocker, the most common extramarital affair happens in the first two years of marriage. Marital therapist Barry McCarthy says the best way to ward off cheating is to think of the kind of person, situation and mood that would make you vulnerable and avoid it.
Besides a lucky few who've never suffered a breakup, most of us know the boiling anger/sadness/frustration that boils up during and after a breakup. Out of this emotional volcano spews a molten mess of post-breakup correspondence most of us would rather forget we ever wrote. Thanks to two former New York City roommates, our attempts to clarify, expand upon or close the book after a split can now be forever recorded on their blog, Just Been Dumped. The founders go by Jules and Mer, and ask to remain anonymous to protect the identities of the friends and strangers who have submitted the material for public consumption. Whether recently dumped or not, the e-mails (and IM conversations) on the four-month old site are a voyeuristic and potentially cathartic treat.
Love Buzz recorded all the love and relationship news fit to fascinate in '08. While the economy and election dominated our attention, a man became pregnant (and gave birth to a healthy child), vampire love sunk its teeth into the entertainment world, Democrats married Republicans and the recession hit our grooming habits. Here, we've collected a roundup of the top trends, news and tidbits about love and relationship this year.
Dr. Mahmood Bhutta, an ear, nose, throat specialist at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford is saying sneezing can be brought on by thoughts of sex. hutta did a little poking around in chat rooms. He was surprised to see how many anonymous people said they sneeze while thinking about sex or after an orgasm. Researchers think this is an evolutionary response that may be genetic.
GSN (formerly the Game Show Network) is set to begin filming new episodes of the classic game show that tests newly marrieds' knowledge of each other. The original show first aired from 1966–1975 and has returned for several runs since then. Viewers last had the pleasure of watching husbands and wives blush and sweat while answering intimate questions about the other in 2000. Love Buzz thinks its certainly about time The Newlywed Game returned, and could only hope The Love Boat might come back with it.
Screaming, yelling, breaking furniture, soul-sucking jobs, mental illness, infidelity: Revolutionary Road is not your typical holiday season movie. Don't be fooled by the Kate-Winslet-and-Leonardo-Di-Caprio pairing -- this is not Titantic. Frank and April Wheeler are two bright young things in 1950s New York City who fall in love, get pregnant and move out to suburbia with stars in their eyes. But seven or so years later, the daily commute and absurd office nonsense is doing Frank in. Back home, April feels bored and stifled by domestic life, aching over both of their unmet potential. As she energizes Frank and they start to claw their way out, real life sets in and throws every single roadblock imaginable in their way. There's many Mad Men parallels in the analyses of post-war life, but ultimately, Revolutionary Road is just a portrait of a straining marriage: it's about the capacity that two people who are in love have to be cruel to each other.
A rather oxymoronic article reported that lesbian and bisexual teens are more likely to get pregnant than heterosexuals. Based off 30,000 seventh to twelfth graders living in British Columbia during the years of 1992, 1998, and 2003 more heterosexuals reported pregnancies overall, but the lesbians and bisexuals got pregnant more often. Researchers think this is due to the bisexual and lesbian girls overcompensating for their same-sex attraction.
Many women don't have orgasms from intercourse alone, hence the plethora of gels, shots and tips to try and make it happen. For those who've tried to no avail, that their chemical makeup is to blame may or may not provide relief. Of course, an increased level of testosterone is not the only factor. Painful conditions like vulvodynia make sex, let alone orgasm, virtually impossible for some women.
This is the saddest story ever: a 27-year-old man threw acid on the face of Iranian woman Ameneh Bahrami, blinding both her eyes, after she refused repeated marriage proposals from him. According to CNN, her attacker, who is known only as "Majid," fell for Bahrami at college and his mother attempted several times to arrange a marriage between them. Bahrami refused and even lied to Majid, telling him she was already married. Despite her refusal, he stalked her at her workplace to harass her. She even reported him to police, but the cops said there was nothing they could do until he actually tried to hurt her. What, no restraining orders in Iranian law? Maybe if they existed, the horrific attack on Bahrami that followed would not have occurred: one day in 2004, Majid followed her home from work and threw a container of acid on her face. Passersby tried to wipe the acid off and took her to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save her eyeballs. She is now blind.