Questions tagged [sexuality]

Use this tag for the psychological and social aspects of sex and sexual activities in general. Use [gender] for gender differences and gender issues (male/female/lgbt...); use [reproduction] for the reproductive process, which may or may not include sex or even gender.

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Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate?

A doctor from my girlfriend's family was talking to her over the weekend. She explained to me that he was talking about how there is proof that cellphones decrease sperm count when being stored in a ...
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Is homosexuality innate?

There is a widespread belief that one chooses to be a homosexual, and that people can successfully overcome such feelings. On the other hand, some scientific studies have shown that finger length may ...
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Does child rearing by homosexual couples have any measurable negative effects?

There is a widespread belief that there are adverse effects on children reared in same-sex-parents households compared to male+female household (I can add random googled cites if necessary, but the ...
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Do nice guys finish last?

xkcd #513 Friends  by Randall Munroe You might think this is something men parrot to justify their lack of luck with the ladies, but ask any androphile and we'll tell you there's just something ...
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Do 80% of gender-dysphoric children grow up deciding not to change their gender?

A Wall Street Journal article makes the following claim: ... a high percentage—up to 80% in a study of 44 gender-dysphoric boys—grow up to be not transgender, but bisexual, gay or lesbian ...
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Do dolphins have homosexual “blowhole” sex?

In his comedy act, Ricky Gervais shows examples of homosexuality in nature, all of them from the book "Biological Exuberance, animal homosexuality and natural diversity" by Bruce Bagemihl. One of the ...
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Is it possible to reliably examine if a girl is a virgin?

Amnesty International wants the Egyptian military to stop the practice of rounding up all the female protesters to investigate if their hymens are unbroken as a virginity check: An Amnesty ...
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Do women prefer men with a sense of humor?

I think everyone may have heard this at one time or another, but it's said that women prefer men with a "good sense of humor". The idea is so commonly held, it even has its own abbreviation on dating ...
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Is masturbation bad for one's health?

This question has probably been asked by almost everyone at some point in their lives. But the answers we receive vary from "it is very good" to "it is very bad". I can understand that becoming ...
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Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors?

In other words, are the censorship & ratings of movies and other forms of art based on something more than nothing? ;) Or, in a broader sense, I am questioning the very widespread belief that kids ...
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Did most sex workers experience abuse as a child?

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a medical doctor who hosts several television and radio programs, claims quite frequently that most people who engage in sex-related industries, such as prostitution or pornography, ...
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Does abstinence-only sex education reduce the frequency of teenage sex or the rate of teenage pregnancy?

Many people in the USA and the UK are still advocating abstinence-only sex education that avoids giving advice to schoolchildren about topics such as contraception. The advocates of the abstinence ...
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Could smoking cause erectile dysfunction?

I was told that smoking 'menthol' cigarettes could cause erectile dysfunction. But I don't know how much of this is true so I wanted to know how much of this is true... Here is an example of the ...
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Do non-FDA approved “male enhancement” pills work?

The airwaves and Internet are full of advertisements for "male enhancement" products: magic pills "guaranteed" to enlarge your penis and increase your sex drive. For example, ExtenZe, perhaps the ...
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Do human pheromones exist?

Do humans secrete chemicals that attract the opposite sex? Some cheesy advertisements in magazines would make one believe pheromones exist. When's the last time you said "that girl/guy is butt ugly", ...
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Could climate affect Aisha's age of sexual maturity?

Critics of Islam state that Muhammad had sex with Aisha bint Abu Bakr when she was nine years old, and that this was sexual abuse. One defense made against the claim is that women become sexually ...
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Does frequent sex cause vaginas to become permanently stretched?

This is a common belief, sometimes used to shame women - that virgins have 'tight' vaginas and women who partake in more sexual intercourse have 'loose' vaginas due to permanent stretching. Is this ...
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Is there such a thing as an aphrodisiac?

Can the popular belief about some food items acting as aphrodisiacs be verified? The wikipedia article states that However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have ...
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Can oral sex cause throat cancer?

(somebody had to ask this) Micheal Douglas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, said in a recent interview with the Guardian: Asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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Do predators assault women in female toilets pretending to be transgender?

One claim that pops up quite often in the media is that allowing transgendered people to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity will lead to sexual harassment and sexual predation in what ...
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Does homosexuality preserve the species?

From The Huffington Post: For even without a causal link established between homosexuality and population management, the obvious reduction in population growth attributable to homosexuality by ...
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Does eating soy affect men's virility?

Several sources claim that eating soy has an effect on estrogen levels (for example, Livestrong, American Cancer Society and sfgate). Some sources go further and say eating soy affects men's sex-...
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What are the chances of female-to-male HIV transmission during straight sex?

I am really confused about this matter. I've heard a lot of versions from doctors and on internet. To be more specific: A pathologist that claimed to have worked with HIV positive patients for 10 ...
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Is prone masturbation detrimental to your sex life?

The term "Prone masturbation" refers to men lying face down and thrusting their penis into or against the bed, pillow, or something else. Healthy Strokes is claiming that: Prone masturbation can ...
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Do mechanical techniques for penis enlargement work?

According to several different penis enlargement companies, and an unsourced claim on Wikipedia, men have been trying to enlarge their penis for over 2,000 years. Over the years, many different ...
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Do the Salvation Army policies discriminate against homosexuals?

I have seen several articles and read several blogs stating that the Salvation Army is "homophobic", and that they actively discriminate against gay and lesbian people: The Salvation Army does not ...
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Do 50% of self reported homosexual teens no longer self report as homosexual by their twenties?

A claim I heard last night from a "chastity expert" was that about 50% of teens who self reported as homosexual ceased self reporting as homosexual sometime in their twenties. Standing and saying "...
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Do Australian Aboriginal people have low intelligence and sexual control?

Margaret Sanger wrote in What Every Girl Should Know: Sexual Impulses--Part II New York Call 29 December 1912 and also in her 1916 What Every Girl Should Know at page 47 and a 1920 version and in ...
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Does Conversion Therapy cause harm?

There have been many claims that conversion therapy/reparative therapy to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals is harmful or potentially harmful. Does it actually cause harm?
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Can you guys help me debunk this anti-gay statement? [closed]

According to Dr Bob Cabaj, the former president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, “bug chasers” (those who actively seek to contract HIV/AIDS) account for 10,000 of the 40,000 new cases of ...
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Does a hanged man get an erection?

One of James Joyce's characters explains, in his book, Ulysses: The distinguished scientist Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft tendered medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous ...
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Does masturbation (or sex) help one focus better later?

From a NY Post article: Kit Maloney, the founder of O’actually, a feminist porn production company, said that “masturbation [and] orgasm is like meditation. It allows the space for the brain to ...
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Was the opposition of the Catholic Church to contraception based on the Homunculi theory?

I have heard said that the opposition of the church to any form of contraception - or any attempt to prevent conception (pulling out, oral sex, etc.) while still performing coitus - was originally ...
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Did Mike Pence advocate conversion therapy for homosexuals?

It's not difficult to find image memes indicating that Mike Pence, our future vice-president for 2017-2020, advocates gay conversion therapy paid for by the government. Did he actually make that ...
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Are fashion models sexy? [closed]

TL;DR: Is there a group of females beating fashion models in terms of sexiness? Initial motivation This is a follow-up to this answer which seems to imply that top models are considered the norm of ...