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Women Most Attractive in Winter
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Women Most Attractive in Winter

Researchers explain that men see so much female skin during the summer months that they become more selective and critical of what qualifies as attractive. But, during the winter, with skin hidden under layers of clothing, a bare shoulder or chest is more of a rarity and therefore more appealing. In most societies, our faces are on view year-round, and the participants attraction ratings to the female head shots remained unchanged from season to season.

Recession Entertainment: Romance Novels
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Recession Entertainment: Romance Novels

I hear "romance novel" and a few things spring immediately to mind: Fabio, bad prose and women sitting in La-Z-Boys, smoking Virginia Slims in their housecoats. I'm not talking about soapy chick lit or emotional love tales, like those that Nicholas Sparks writes. I'm talking about the kind that use verbs like throbbing and aching and feature topless hunks on the cover. While the book business continues to falter, romance novels continue to sell. In fact, a 2004 market analysis showed that the romance genre accounted for 40 percent of all books sold that year. With this in mind, I decided it's time to stop judging these books by their covers and take a peek inside.

Is Swearing Sexy?
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Is Swearing Sexy?

The Frisky asked a number of men, both on a radio show and online: What do you think of women cursing? While the verdict didn't come out to a clear "sexy" or "scummy" consensus, most men agreed that swearing, when done poorly, is extremely unattractive on a woman. And, really, the same goes for men. A well-placed curse here or there can add humor or emphasis to a sentence, but, like salt, too much of it begets the appearance of bloat and indulgence.

Pretty People Get Free Things
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Pretty People Get Free Things

A Current TV reporter recently hit the streets of London two days in a row in search of free goods and services: cab rides, slices of cake, drinks. The first day she dolled herself up in a form-fitting dress, makeup, blown-out hair and heels. The second day, she hit the streets in the "dowdy" version of herself: long skirt and loose-fitting blouse, no makeup, hair pulled back. As evolved as we try to be, humans are still suckers for good-looking members of the species. This is why the line between trophy wife and gold digger is often blurred. If someone is attractive, people are willing to give that person things no digging required.

Alanis Morrisette & Sex With Women
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Alanis Morrisette & Sex With Women

I'm so naive...I thought Alanis would play a song. Instead, I cringed through this smarmy "Alanis Morrisette Discusses Her Lesbian Days With Howard Stern" clip on Gawker. Howard hammers on about Alanis' hookups with women and tries to box her into easy-for-straight-folks-to-understand stereotypes, like when he asks, "What type of women were you attracted to? Ultra-femme? Or butch?" Alanis just laughs at him.

A Case for the Sliding Bi Scale
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A Case for the Sliding Bi Scale

New research suggests that heterosexual women are equally turned on by men and women, reports The New York Times. It's not gender, says Dr. Meredith Chivers, but the degree of sensuality, in the new documentary, "Bi the Way." Researchers have spent more than 10 years trying to pinpoint arousal differences between straight, gay, and bisexual individuals. Whereas gay men tend to be aroused by same-sex imagery, women are aroused by both.

Single By Choice
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Single By Choice

According to the Mail, eight percent of the female population in Britain between 25 and 44, or almost three-quarters of a million women, are single -- twice the number of ring-less gals than 20 years ago. But no lonelyhearts are these -- two-thirds of women surveyed said they believe they can live a fulfilling life alone. Like Samantha Jones at the end of the Sex and the City movie (oops, spoiler alert!), the mighty freemale is tethered to no man, woman or child.

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Why Men Always Think You Want Them

According to researchers at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, women got the most classifications right. Looking at the men, they noticed that a few patterns emerged: Not only were guys more likely to interpret friendly gestures as sexual overtures, they also did the converse, reading actual come-ons as signs that you "just wanted to be friends." (Call it the Have It Your Way Theorem.)

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Beauty Marks

woman looking in the mirrorBeauty is a curious thing. More accurately, the perception of beauty. While reading Violet Blue's most recent piece for the San Francisco Chronicle, I sympathized with her as she endured countless negative comments from readers—specifically those of a personal nature, such as her physical characteristics, rather than her writing or opinions. Our own contributors, like "Marriage Without Monogamy" writer Dan Eldridge, have experienced this mean-spirited jabbing, which seems so much easier when hidden behind a keyboard. Long story short, her column brought up a good point (from a burlesque dancer, no less) when it comes to beauty and judging such fragility...

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Study Finds: Most Women Prefer Mediocre Sex

From Pravda Women have high expectations for nearly every area of their lives, but when it comes to sex, they settle for less. And most women keep their dissatisfaction with sex a secret, leaving their partners (let alone their doctors) in the dark, said Anita Clayton, a psychiatrist who focuses on women’s sexuality at the University of Virginia Health System. “Whereas men, if they have trouble with sex, it’s a crisis. They run to the doctor and say ‘I need something for this.’ Women don’t do that. They just sort of stuff it down and push it further down on the list,” Clayton said. With surveys and years of clinical experience, Clayton has compiled a vast collection of data on women’s sex lives. Often, she said, a female patient would visit her with issues like marital problems or depression, and only when directly asked about sex, the patient would divulge dissatisfaction. Read More…