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Tuesday
Aug142012

Death, Derogation, and Double Standards: What’s a Sexy Woman to Do?

You do not need to look hard for evidence that North Americans are uncomfortable with female sexuality. Women, for example, are derogated for engaging in less common sexual behaviors, like threesomes. Male sexuality, alternatively, is often viewed positively or—at worst—ambivalently. This ‘sexual double standard’, when society evaluates women negatively than men for comparable sexual behaviors, is an extensively researched phenomenon.

Perplexingly, some of the research on the double standard has indicated that men are the most likely to endorse it. Why would a man derogate a sexual woman, when it would seem to be more in his interest to encourage female promiscuity? Research conducted by Dr. Mark Landau and colleagues provides an interesting explanation for this phenomenon. According to these researchers, men degrade sexual women because these women make them feel lusty, and thereby remind men of their ‘natural creaturely origins’. If this argument seems far-fetched, bear with me. Let me explain...

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Monday
Aug132012

The Hookup Culture

At the recent conference on relationships research that many of us attended, some folks mused about the increased attention social science is giving to uncommitted relationships, casual sex, and “hooking up,” as if it’s a new thing culturally (when in fact, it may not be). For those who are old enough to remember the 1960s and 70s, those times marked a period known as the sexual revolution and casual sex was very common. So why has it taken so long for scientists to catch up? Or is there something different about our society today?

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Sunday
Aug122012

Ermahgerd...Submitted by a Fan

We love when our fans have fun with the site. Here's a new meme that was just sent in by one of our clever readers (meme-scholars: to learn more about this one, check out this link).

If you've created any ScienceOfRelationships.com memes, spoofs, or other chuckles, please send them to us (science.of.relationships@gmail.com). In the memetime, you can check out our past fun stuff here.

Sunday
Aug122012

Justin Bieber + C-3PO = Your Droidfriend

Saturday
Aug112012

Week in Review: 5-11 August 2012

Saturday
Aug112012

The Einstein of Pick-Up Lines

For the sake of historical accuracy, we should note that this come-on was not originally posited by Einstein. Instead, it was developed based on the work of Galileo and Newton.

Friday
Aug102012

Are “Open” Relationships The Hotbed For STDs That Everyone Assumes?

There seems to be a widely shared belief that anyone involved in an "open" relationship is infected with all sorts of STDs. The assumption seems to be that if you aren't monogamous, you're a promiscuous disease spreader, right? Not so fast. The reality is actually far more complex than this, and the risks of “open” and “closed” relationships may not be as different as they are assumed to be.

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Thursday
Aug092012

ScienceOfRelationships.com = Olympic Champs

Thursday
Aug092012

Cheating is in the Eye of the Beholder: What Counts and Who Cheats?

Not that you need reminding, but nearly 15 years ago then-President Bill Clinton was immersed in a saucy sex scandal. The affair was the topic of many water cooler talks. People wondered how the American President, the leader of the free world, did not know whether he cheated or not? Well, it turns out that identifying what “counts” as cheating is more complicated than it seems.

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Wednesday
Aug082012

Who Fights More: Heterosexual Couples or Gay Couples?

"E.R." submitted the following question:

My brother is homosexual and I am a heterosexual female, we often argue about who has more drama in our relationships. He claims that heterosexual relationships have more drama, and that he and his boyfriends have argued less then me and my boyfriends. I think that hetero and homosexual relationships have the same about of arguing and drama. Who is right? Do homosexual and heterosexual relationships differ?

Dear E.R.,

Setting aside the irony that you and your brother fight about who has less conflict in your relationships, the short answer is that you are right! The unfortunate reality is that no couple is immune from conflict. In fact, research indicates that gay and lesbian couples not only fight about the same things as heterosexual couples, but they do so with about the same frequency. We all fight about money, sex, lies, minor annoyances and irritations (e.g., your partner’s driving habits), and which set of parents to spend the holidays with.

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Tuesday
Aug072012

The Seasons for Sex

When researchers examine sexual behaviors they tend to focus on who is most sexually promiscuous. For example, men and women with dominant personalities tend to sleep with more people than submissive individuals. But what about the equally interesting question: when are individuals most promiscuous? Is there a time of the year when people tend to be the horniest?

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Monday
Aug062012

Friendship Fallout: The Post-Divorce Apocalypse

Having been divorced more than once, I have noticed a sad, but unfortunate by-product: Losing friends. My ex-husband and I had many mutual friends that we met through some parent networking groups; we hosted play dates and attended children’s birthday parties together. Our shared participation was essential for my adjustment to motherhood. The collateral damage I did not anticipate after the divorce was losing some of these friends.

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Sunday
Aug052012

Great Moments in Parenting: Getting Chores Done

Saturday
Aug042012

Week in Review: 29 July - 4 August 2012

Saturday
Aug042012

Relationship Gymnastics: A Perfect "10" Kiss

This couple was inspired by the gymnastics competition at the Olympics. Who needs a pommel horse?

From awkwardfamilyphotos.com.

Friday
Aug032012

I Kissed a Girl and HE Liked It: Heterosexual Women and Same-Sex Activities

Have you ever seen two girls (presumed to be heterosexual) making out at a party or bar? If so, you are in the majority. According to a recent study, nearly 70% of college students have witnessed this behavior, and about a third of heterosexual women in this sample reported having kissed another woman in a public place. If you haven’t seen two women kissing at a party or bar, you have surely seen it in the popular media – think Madonna and Britney at the MTV Music Awards or Katy Perry’s hit song “I kissed a girl and I liked it.”

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Thursday
Aug022012

Bisexuality Myths Debunked by Science

Bisexuality tends to be quite misunderstood. Myths and stereotypes about bisexuality abound, some of which even contradict one another. Straight and LGBT people alike can hold these stereotypes, which compounds the difficulties that bisexual people can have fitting into either group. Luckily, an increasing number of researchers have become interested in bisexuality in recent years, and with research, our understanding of bisexuality is improving.

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Wednesday
Aug012012

Why Does "It's Not You, It's Me" Feel Like "It Really Is Me?" 

A reader recently submitted the following question:

Q: Why does a break up feel like the person is rejecting you? Even though you are pretty satisfied with yourself? I guess what I am also asking is, when someone says “It's me, not you,” why does it still hurt?

A: Thank you for submitting your question. Social rejection is painful in almost any context; being ostracized from others feels bad because it threatens many of our core needs, such as our need to belong.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

July 2012 - Thank You! 

As July comes to a close, we'd like to thank all of you for helping us have a banner month for readership. Our traffic hit an all-time high this July.

We have an exciting few weeks coming up, with some awesome new contributors joining the team, as well as a batch of outstanding new articles from your favorite authors. Let's see if we can set another record in August!

You can continue to support ScienceOfRelationships.com by following us and sharing our articles on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Tumblr, Reddit, and your other favorite social media and news sharing sites. Please help us spread the word about relationship research.

Tuesday
Jul312012

TV Alert: Dr. Amy Muise Talks "Sex in the Summer"

ScienceOfRelationships.com featured columnist Dr. Amy Muise will be on CTV tomorrow morning on the TV show AM Express (at about 9:45am, EST). She'll be talking about "sex in the summer" and answering questions like: Is it too hot to get busy in the summer? and Do people have more/less sex in the summer? Maybe they'll even ask her if people have more sex while they are on vacation (see her answer here).

If you're north of the border, check it out!

See a previous interview with Amy here (on the topic of the effects of social media on relationships) and read her ScienceOfRelationships.com articles here.