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This Week in Sex: What People Think About Sex, Love, Porn, and Valentine’s Day

This week, we take a look at some completely unscientific surveys that give us a fun peek into the brains of others this Valentine's Day.

This week, we take a look at some completely unscientific surveys that give us a fun peek into the brains of others this Valentine’s Day.

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Is a Kiss Just a Kiss? Scientists Study Why We Pucker Up

Though kissing may be considered first base by some, new research says that this sexual activity has many functions in a relationship but sexual arousal isn’t one of the more important ones.

Though kissing may be considered first base by some, new research says that this sexual activity has many functions in a relationship—but sexual arousal isn’t one of the more important ones.

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Here’s a Secret: Size Really Does Matter

Condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, but only 82 percent effective with typical use. Wearing a condom that is too small or too big can impact how effective a condom is at preventing pregnancy.

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The Role of “Men” in Preventing HPV-Related Cervical Cancer

Men have an important role to play in preventing the spread of HPV. It is too common for women (particularly women of color) to have barriers to screening services or accessing this vaccine. This makes it even more important for men to seek the vaccine and to encourage the women in their lives (particularly the ones they are having sex with) to also be vaccinated.

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Get Real! I’ve Had to Lie to Get Him to Stop Pressuring Me for Sex

One part of readiness for sexual partnership — and it’s a biggie — is being able to hear, accept and respect another person’s limits and boundaries, not just using someone else to get your rocks off.

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What’s Perverted About Curiosity About Sex?

By shaming scientists who research sex, culture warriors restrict access to valuable knowledge that could help women and gays push back against their oppression and advocate for better health and happier sex lives.

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