Sex Science in the News

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Sex continues to be an important topic in the news. I don’t mean celebrity infidelities, Midwest prom gossip, or the latest bluetooth vibrator that also tracks your steps and cholesterol.

I mean the ongoing public policy issues that affect us and our families every week. There’s real science about sexual behavior, feelings, and biology which everyone deserves access to—and which policymakers and political activists should take seriously.

Here are a few stories you’ll continue to read about in Sexual Intelligence.

The War on Trafficking—Now a War on YOU

Congress has passed SESTA and FOSTA—two horrible bills that censor online speech about sex. As a bonus, these bills also endanger sex workers and sexual minorities.

These bills even threaten my blog.

Journalist Violet Blue explains why “sex trafficking” is the latest American moral panic, why it is NOT the huge problem moral entrepreneurs (and misguided feminists) say it is, and how these two new laws will create more misery and reduce our freedom.

Actual Data on Actual Porn

PornHub is the world’s largest porn website. It gets 81 MILLION visits a DAY. Other than shopping, social media and search engines, it’s the fourth largest site on the entire web.

Who watches PornHub? When? Where? They’ve recently released a huge amount of site statistics, which tells us plenty about ourselves and our sexuality. Journalist Michael Castleman helpfully summarizes and comments on the numbers here.

Teen Sexting—Shocking!

Teen sexting continues to rise, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. One in four teens receive them, while one in seven send them. Virtually none of them realize that this is a felony, and could involve mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

Abortion Outcomes

The National Academy of Sciences has released the first in-depth report in more than 40 years about the state of science on abortion safety and quality in the United States. Abortions done in a clinic or with drugs are overwhelmingly safe—statistically, safer than childbirth.

The science shows that abortion does NOT appear to increase the risk of infertility or breast cancer. And having an abortion is NOT linked to depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

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