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CASUAL SEX: EVERYONE IS DOING IT | Maria Konnikova via The New Yorker

28 Apr , 2017  

the New YorkerZhana Vrangalova had hit a problem. On a blustery day in early spring, sitting in a small coffee shop near the campus of New York University, where she is an adjunct professor of psychology, she was unable to load onto her laptop the Web site that we had met to discuss. This was not a technical malfunction on her end; rather, the site had been blocked. Vrangalova, who is thirty-four, with a dynamic face framed by thick-rimmed glasses, has spent the past decade researching human sexuality, and, in particular, the kinds of sexual encounters that occur outside the norms of committed relationships. The Web site she started in 2014, casualsexproject.com, began as a small endeavor fuelled by personal referrals, but has since grown to approximately five thousand visitors a day, most of whom arrive at the site through organic Internet searches or referrals through articles and social media. To date, there have been some twenty-two hundred submissions, about evenly split between genders, each detailing the kinds of habits that, when spelled out, can occasionally alert Internet security filters. The Web site was designed to open up the discussion of one-night stands and other less-than-traditional sexual behaviors. What makes us engage in casual sex? Do we enjoy it? Does it benefit us in any way—or, perhaps, might it harm us? And who, exactly, is “us,” anyway?”Read more

 
Maria Konnikova is a contributing writer for newyorker.com, where she writes regularly on psychology and science.

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Donald Trump Appointed an Extreme Anti-Choice Activist to the Department of Health and Human Services |AP via Cosmopolitan

28 Apr , 2017  

Donald Trump appointed the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, a move that pro-choice groups are calling “dangerous” and “extreme.” Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From…

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