The Week: Most Recent Relationships:Sex and Relationships recent posts.en-usFri, 01 Feb 2013 11:45:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Relationships:Sex and Relationships from THE WEEKFri, 01 Feb 2013 11:45:00 -0500Absurd finding of the day: 'Men who don't do chores have a lot of sex'<img src="" /></P><p>Today in cringe-worthy studies: Researchers in Spain report that married men who spend more time helping out with chores like cooking, cleaning, and getting groceries have less sex than husbands who don't do as much housework.</p><p>"Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," says lead author Sabino Kornrich, a junior researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. "Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently."</p><p>He continues: "Similarly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Feb 2013 11:45:00 -0500Why do we kiss underneath the mistletoe?<img src="" /></P><p>The history of mistletoe, which can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, is long, strange, and full of contradictions. Certain varieties are poisonous, for starters, and ingesting their toxic white berries has been known to cause a host of stomach problems (poison control centers often send out "holiday safety" fliers every year). Yet Hippocrates used other types of mistletoe to treat menstrual pains, and through the centuries it's has been enlisted to fight leprosy, infertility, epilepsy, and even cancer. (Recent research suggests an extract might even help terminate colon cancer cells.)&nbsp...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:17:00 -0500What the condom of the future might look like<img src="" /></P><p>The exact origin of the condom is a subject of debate, but many believe a rough form of the contraceptive came into use sometime around 1000 B.C. Images from the period show ancient Egyptian men&nbsp;wrapping their penises in linen sheaths, which in the 1500s were found to be&nbsp;useful in preventing pregnancy and blocking infection. That discovery eventually led to the first mass-produced condom in 1844, which was made of vulcanized rubber, a substance more familiarly used these days in car tires and hockey pucks. In a giant step for the comfort of mankind,&nbsp;<strong>the first latex condom was introduced...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:30:00 -0500Do we really find selfish, narcissistic jerks more attractive?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The question:</strong>&nbsp;In high school, narcissistic jerks dominate the cool kids table, and some of us can't seem to shake our infatuation with KimYe's romance in spite of our better judgment. It's not exactly a secret that there's something entrancing about such self-involved twits.&nbsp;Psychologists even lump the telltale personality traits &mdash; narcissism,&nbsp;Machiavellianism, and psychopathy &mdash;&nbsp;of these kinds of people into an elastic term called the Dark Triad.</p><p class="p1">A new study confronts the question of whether we're really wired to find these types of borderline sociopaths more physically...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:41:00 -0500Should teen girls get access to Plan B before they have sex?<img src="" /></P><p class="p2">It's no secret that children born to teenage mothers are more likely to do poorly in school, suffer from behavioral problems, and become sexually active at a younger age. Though teen pregnancies have fallen overall in the U.S. in the past two decades, America still has the highest teen birthrate among developed countries such as France (where the rate is five times lower) and Canada (two-and-a-half times lower). This week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement recommending that doctors prescribe teens (age 16 and younger) emergency contraceptives like the Plan B...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:10:00 -0500Can the 'love hormone' oxytocin keep men from cheating?<img src="" /></P><p>Oxytocin is often called the "love hormone" because of its unique ability to help couples bond on a deeper level. Lesser known&nbsp;is the hormone's rumored ability to keep partners from straying while in a monogamous relationship. To see if that is indeed the case, researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany set up an experiment to put committed men, not so different from Gen. David Petraeus&nbsp;and his now-public indiscretions, to the test. Here's what went down:</p><p class="p2"><strong>First things first: What is oxytocin?</strong><br />It's a "powerful hormone" crucial to building feelings of attachment,&nbsp;says <em>Psychology...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Nov 2012 15:05:00 -0500The woman who sold her virginity online for charity<img src="" /></P><p>Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian college student who wants to make a "positive impact on the world," has found a curious way of doing it: Auctioning her virginity online. The winning bid of $780,000 was made by a Japanese man named Natsu, and Migliorini will reportedly donate the bulk of the money to a Brazilian initiative that builds homes for poverty stricken families. Here, a guide to this curious mash-up of the prurient and the philanthropic:</p><p><strong>Really, a virginity auction?<br /></strong>Yes. The auction is part of an in-progress documentary called <em>Virgins Wanted</em>, produced by Australian filmmaker...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 26 Oct 2012 14:48:00 -0400Does shared housework really lead to divorce?<img src="" /></P><p>In what sounds like "a slap in the face of gender equality," a new report from Norway finds that couples who divvy up the housework equally are 50 percent more likely to get a divorce than households where the woman handles most of the chores, says Henry Samuel at Britain's <em>Telegraph</em>. Um, seriously? Here's what researchers found:</p><p class="p2"><strong>What exactly did researchers discover?</strong><br />"One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite," says Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study "Equality in the Home." Researchers say the lack of a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Oct 2012 11:32:00 -0400Should doctors encourage sexually active teens to use IUDs?<img src="" /></P><p>A new recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that sexually active girls should skip the pill and patch in favor of intrauterine devices and hormonal implants to avoid unwanted pregnancies. The group contends that IUDs and implants are not only safe and effective, but should now be considered "first-line recommendations." Here's what you should know:</p><p><strong>How do the implants work?</strong><br />IUDs are tiny T-shaped pieces of plastic that are inserted in the uterus. The implant secretes hormones like levonorgestrel or substances like copper to kill off incoming...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 Sep 2012 15:39:00 -0400Do cold feet doom marriages?<img src="" /></P><p>Put a ring on it? Not so fast. New evidence makes the case that uncertainty, or cold feet, before a wedding could be a powerful predictor for whether a marriage lasts or not. UCLA researchers found that brides who have doubts about their impending nuptials are 2.5 times more likely to get a divorce just a few years later. Here, a concise guide to the findings:</p><p><strong>What exactly did this study set out to test?</strong><br />Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral student in psychology, wanted to find out if "cold feet" could serve as a predictor for whether a couple stayed together or not. "People think everybody has premarital...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 18 Sep 2012 07:31:00 -0400How your cell phone wrecks your relationships -- even when you're not using it<img src="" /></P><p>It's understandably tempting to play with your shiny new iPhone when you're out for dinner. But new research suggests that you don't even have to shower attention on your smartphone to sour your relationship with your dinner mate; in fact, just leaving your phone on the table &mdash; untouched &mdash; can do interpersonal damage. Here, a brief guide to the research, and why, for the umpteenth time, you should really consider keeping your phone in your pocket:</p><p><strong>What happened in these studies?<br /></strong>Researchers Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein of the University of Essex in Britain wanted to see...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 14 Sep 2012 11:45:00 -04009 crazy 'marry me' stunts -- and the rise of the alarming public proposal<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Earlier this week, a Russian businessman decided he'd make sure his girlfriend knew <em>exactly</em> what "till death do us part" meant. Alexey Bykov enlisted the aid of a stuntman, a makeup artist, a screenwriter, and a director to fake his bloody death in a gruesome car wreck. When all the carnage was set, he laid down and played dead until his beloved arrived at the "accident" scene. <span class="s1">When she saw his "corpse" and burst into tears, he miraculously rose from the dead and popped the question &mdash; incredibly, she said yes after threatening to kill him for real.</span> According to Katie J.M. Baker at <em>Jezebel...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 06 Sep 2012 16:12:00 -0400Implanon: The birth control that's getting lost in women's bodies<img src="" /></P><p>The beauty of contraceptive implants is that, once a doctor has tucked one under a woman's skin, she shouldn't have to worry about birth control for several years. At least, that's the theory. But hundreds of British women who were using an implant called Implanon nevertheless wound up pregnant last year and &mdash; after visiting doctors to have the implants removed &mdash; discovered that the implants were nowhere to be found. What's behind this deeply troubling mystery, and what are the consequences? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>What is Implanon?</strong><br />It's a match stick-sized device that is placed under the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 06 Sep 2012 15:16:00 -0400Brazil's groundbreaking three-person civil union<img src="" /></P><p>In the U.S., same-sex unions fierce opposition from people who insist that marriage has to be between a man and a woman. In Brazil, an official in the state of Sao Paulo has caused an uproar by giving her stamp of approval to a civil union between a man and a woman ... and <em>another</em> woman. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues says the trio live like a family and should be treated as one, while religious groups and at least one legal expert say recognizing the three-way union is immoral and absurd. Will this unique union be allowed to stand? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>Who are these people?</strong><br />They won...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 30 Aug 2012 15:15:00 -0400Morning-after photos: The latest sexy wedding trend<img src="" /></P><p>Prenuptial boudoir photos are so... two weeks ago &mdash; the new hot trend in wedding photography, according to the New York <em>Daily News</em>, is "sexy" photos taken of the happy couple on the morning after their wedding night. For these morning-after photo shoots, the wedding photographer comes into the pair's home, honeymoon suite, or wherever they spent their first night together as a married couple to capture the rumpled, unmade bed, and the bride and groom in various stages of intimacy and undress. Not everyone in the wedding industry thinks these post-consummation photos are necessary, or even...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 27 Aug 2012 09:27:00 -0400The jet-pack wedding and 5 other extreme nuptials<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"Most brides choose to have their dad walk them down the aisle on their wedding day," says Katie Kindelan at<em> ABC News</em>. But Amanda Volf "chose a jet pack instead," flying across the water before landing at her wedding ceremony on the shores of Newport Beach, Calif. Her husband-to-be, Grant Engler, also flew to the ceremony with one of the $90,000 gadgets, in what is "being billed as the first jet-pack wedding in history." But Volf and Engler are not the only bride and groom to think outside the box when it comes to their nuptials. Here, five other couples who scoffed at the traditional wedding and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 27 Aug 2012 07:40:00 -0400