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So Much For That: Gay Conversions Don't Work

Remember a while back when the crazy church in Connecticut exorcised a gay demon from a teen, and then put a video on it online and then members were surprised when people weren't fans of the exorcism? Well, apparently the also need to read the latest research from the American Psychological Association, CNN reports. Yes, the group that considered homosexuality a mental illness until the '70s, just released a massive 138-page report, which investigated 87 peer reviewed studies, and found that conversion therapy for gays and lesbians is not only ineffective, but also has potential to harm the individual.

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Men Ogle Women 43 Minutes A Day

Kodak Lens Vision Center conducted a survey of 3, 000 Brits and found that men check out on average 10 women a day eating up 43 minutes. Women on the other hand check out only 6 men a day and spend only 20 minutes doing so. Supermarkets ranked as the number one spot men check out women.

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Full Disclosure: His Finances, His Health

When you enter into a relationship with a man you want to know every last detail about him. His health: Is everything in check? What's his history? His finances: Is he in the black? What's his savings account look like? Is he signed on to the 401(k)? But is asking for full disclosure okay or might it suggest that you may not fully trust your new partner.

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Having Sex Vs. Making Love

Among my least favorite words and phrases in the English language are: 'date night,' 'panties,' and 'making love.' And among those, the worst offender is by far 'making love.' I've never understood why people can't just say 'having sex,' the sort of innocuous, less-pervy alternative. I mean, use whatever phrase you want with the person you're doin' it with, but in mixed company, 'making love' just reeks of things that are too private to share with others. (Am I the only one who immediately thinks of 'love juice' when I hear the term or is that a common word association?). Anyway, in case you were wondering what the difference is between 'having sex' and 'making love,' a sex-related Q&A column on MSN attempts to give the answer, after the jump.

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Dating A Black Guy? 10 Things NOT To Say

Even though we live in a "post-racial society" (thanks, Oprah!), we're all still pretty much ignorant when it comes to stereotypes. Before reaching across the color line to make nice, make sure to avoid uttering any of these awkward phrases that'll have the "cool" black guy seeing red.


Should Blood Tests Be Required To Get Married?

Until the 1980s, most states required people to get a blood test in order to get a marriage license. The test, which screened for certain illnesses, like syphilis and rubella, was put in place to cut down on the spread of communicable diseases and prevent birth defects. By 2006, however, the blood test requirement was phased out everywhere U.S. except Washington D.C. and Mississippi. Three researchers (Kasey Buckles of Notre Dame, Melanie Guldi of Mount Holyoke, and Joseph Price of Brigham Young) recently decided to find out if the elimination of the blood test had any relationship to the number of couples who applied for marriage licenses each year. Studying data on state marriage rates between 1980 and 2006, they found that, when blood tests were required, 5.7% fewer licenses were issued

3 Tips For Introducing Boyfriend To Friends

3 Tips For Introducing Boyfriend To Friends

After a new man enters your life and he becomes your boyfriend you naturally want to fold him into every aspect of your life. Over time you will want to introduce him to your friends, your colleagues and ultimately your family. But introductions should be handled with care and as we have learned, should be timed appropriately.