Friday, August 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
More from Science
Using data from a large study of Italian men, the researchers created 343 computer-generated male figures that varied in penis size, as well as in height and shoulder-to-hip ratio—traits that other research has linked to attractiveness and reproductive success. Mautz and colleagues turned the figures into short video clips and projected them, life-sized, onto a wall for viewing by 105 women. Each woman watched a random set of 53 figures and rated their attractiveness as potential sexual partners on a scale of 1 to 7.
"The first thing we found was that penis size influences male attractiveness," Mautz says. "There's a couple of caveats to that, and the first is that the relationship isn't a straight line." Rather than the attractiveness rating consistently improving with each jump in penis size, the team found what Mautz calls "an odd kink in the middle." Attractiveness increased quickly until flaccid penis length reached 7.6 centimeters (about 3 inches) and then began to slow down, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I don't live in Los Angeles County, but I've been thinking about this measure they have on the November ballot, Measure B, which would require the use of condoms in all porn filmed there (vaginal and anal, but not oral). Since a huge percentage of U.S. porn in made in L.A. County, this would have a big effect on the industry. Some companies are threatening to move; others say that wouldn't be so easy. Porn stars have come out against the measure. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
Pro Measure B:
When I watch porn with unprotected sex scenes -- which is most porn I see -- I worry about the actors involved. I really don't want them risking their health for my entertainment. The industry argues that its customers don't want to see condoms. I'm here to tell you that they don't speak for me. I'd much rather see the man come with his penis in the woman's pussy than the common "come-shot," where semen goes flying everywhere. Coming inside is so much more loving and romantic. And if anyone needs proof of the man's orgasm afterwards, he can pull his condom-clad penis out, and we can see the rubber full of spunk. (To see what I mean, check out this scene featuring the beautiful Persia Monir.)
Anti Measure B:
The industry argues that it has a testing regimen that (mostly) works, and that requiring condoms would infringe their free speech rights. (You could argue that forcing people to wear seatbelts or motorcycle helmets infringes their free speech rights, too. I don't buy that argument.)
I guess what sways me in the end is the Los Angeles Times' editorial opposing measure B. They conclude:
If Los Angeles County could demonstrate that it was ready, willing and able to enforce a permit and condom requirement or that producers would not simply evade the requirement by leaving the county (and if audiences would choose to watch explicit sex scenes depicting condoms) [Note: I'm ready for more porn with condoms, as I said above. -- V.P.], Measure B could merit support. Instead, it's impossible to predict the results of passage. Measure B then falls into the category of "Let's pass it and see what happens." That's a bad way to make law because it puts government, or voters, on a track toward regulating all kinds of conduct without any hope of enforcing the requirements fairly and equally, and that in turn undermines the power of government.
Performers should use condoms. Producers should encourage them to do so. But the power of law to make them do it is limited. So is the desirability of always turning to government and lawmaking to address all dangers.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
These are pay sites, and I didn't really want to pay for this kind of content, but I found a few samples at Beeg.com. As you might imagine, the women grope, and stroke, and sometimes suck the strippers. This one from Horny Birds I found somewhat shocking: two strippers come to an office party of women, and two of the women actually screw with one of the strippers! I can NOT imagine doing that in front of all my co-workers. Guess I've led a sheltered life!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Gail Collins writes in the New York Times that everything is being politicized:
But breast cancer would seem like the last thing to go. Everybody hates cancer and everybody likes breasts — infants, adults, women, men. Really, it’s America’s most popular body part.
Friday, January 27, 2012
This woman is strutting around in a bar singing about how she's looking for Mr. Right, but all the men appear to be monsters (and probably don't smell nice). (I don't recommend doing this in real life!) This is what she sings:
Men, you better not come on too strong,
If you want to take me out tonight.
I've had enough of Mr. Wrong,
I want to be with Mr. Right.
So she picks them up by handing them deodorant, thus turning them into cute guys in the process. By my count, she's got at least three guys ready to go home with her. It would appear she's not so much looking for Mr. Right, but Messrs.* Rightnow. I knew there was a reason I liked this commercial.
* Messrs. is the plural of Mr.