No gimmick left behind: psychiatry embraces hip-hop music


Psychiatry is not afraid to embrace new ways to talk about how we feel. Writing in The Lancet Psychiatry, Dr. Akeem Sule and Dr. Becky Inkster discuss their Hip Hop Psych project because, really, nothing says credibility like a Berkeley biologist or a mental health professional quoting Tupac Shakur lyrics.

Apocryphally, the music category known as hip-hop originated in the Bronx borough of New York City in 1973. The story goes that on August 11th, Clive Campbell (DJ Kool Herc) was emceeing his sister’s back-to-school party and, as he had done for some time, extended an instrumental break in a song by using the same album on both turntables and rotating the records backwards manually, letting people dance longer in a a “five-minute loop of fury” – and he talked over it. This ‘break’ dancing and MC’ing (rapping) became so popular that by 1980 even the whitest of white bands, “Blondie”, had a hit song song called “Rapture” using the style. Hip-hop is credited with making gang culture in the Bronx uncool; fighting with knives and guns was replaced by fighting over musical verse.

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Why You Won’t Have A Vaginal Orgasm This Weekend – They Don’t Exist


G-spot, vaginal orgasms, clitoral orgasms – the history of the science of sex, and men trying to figure out the sexuality of women, is littered with speculation.

It’s caused nothing but headaches for men and women alike, argue the authors of a paper in Clinical Anatomy. There are concerns about sexual dysfunction in women but they are misplaced because the vaginal orgasm does not exist.

Instead – and watch out, homophobes – the key to female orgasms is instead the female penis, the combined name for the clitoris, labia minora, vestibular bulbs and pars intermedia and corpus spongiosum of the female urethra. Read the rest of this entry »






Vulvodynia? Or Hispanic Men Are Huge?


A recent survey of Hispanic women in metropolitan Detroit found that they were twice as likely to list vulvar pain as white women.

Sure, they may be on the path to vulvodynia, which affects around 8 million women, or it could be that Hispanic men are just huge, while black guys get the benefit of all of the cultural mythology about penis size. The evidence? Half as many black women complained of it, according to the Obstetrics and Gynecology paper. And it was primarily listed by younger women, which means they haven’t been having sex as long and gotten used to it.
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Buy Legitimate Exorcisms: Those Internet Ones Are Bogus, Says Exorcist


Bob Larson, Evangelical Reverend of the Spiritual Freedom Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and self-proclaimed exorcist, does not want the public to be bilked by greedy Big Exorcism purveyors in cushy geographical monopolies, so he appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show to discuss how he is bringing exorcisms to the needy – by curing them over the Internet.

Big Exorcism does not agree and I agree with their disagreement. We know that voodoo – sympathetic magic – is bogus so if you want an exorcism done right, it has to be in person. Experts agree that people possessed by demons are not going to just sit there in front of a computer screen and let someone on Skype send them back to Lucifer. But you can try. Vocativ notes one start-up is selling exorcism home-training courses for a cool $29.95.


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Men Will Ride Bikes If Women Do – And Women Will If Helmets Are Invisible


If you want more people to ride bikes and save the environment and stop obesity and all that stuff, spending a bunch of money on annoying bikes that just enrage your population (that means you, New York City) is not the answer – as always, women are the answer.

Men will ride bikes if women do. Right now, the only people riding bikes are smelly, sweaty guys who wear paid advertising and will endure smelly, sweaty girls who wear paid advertising – that cuts out a large segment of planet Earth.

If you want bikes to go mainstream, you have to shuck off the image of the smelly, sweaty zealot – bike douchebaggery – and make them transparent, so that people don’t even know you rode a bike to work. For women more than men, it means not messing up their hair and for men more than women, it means not looking like a dork in a bike helmet. Guys know they cannot look cool with some styrofoam and plastic turtle shell messing up their rap.
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Climate Change Is Happening: Manhattan, San Francisco Impacted Most


Did you know California has its own Environmental Protection Agency?  Yep, because the federal EPA is too methodical and so the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has issued an apocalyptic report noting that California oceans are more acidic, California salmon populations are on the decline, Conifer forests are retreating from California, California butterflies are emerging earlier in the spring, California glaciers are shrinking and snow runoff has dropped.

Climate change is really doing a number on the coasts. In late 2012 a tropical storm, which happens dozens and dozens of times per year, turned into a gigantic Super Storm fueled by global warming in order to target media companies in Manhattan. The damage to New York City’s most important borough was so extensive that environmental activists insisted no water-sealing subway doors be installed lest that be a band aid that masks the real problem of climate change.

In California, the problem is more severe. Temperature readings from 1895 – we all know how accurate thermometers were then – compared to today show an average 1.5 degree difference.

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Psychologists Discover That Most Men Are Heterosexual


You might not know it from political posturing and the plots of upcoming network situation comedies but most men remain heterosexual.

A systematic analysis of 60 papers published between 1994 and 2012 had determined that the majority of men were still not gay, or at least bisexual. It has also been determined that male sexuality was relatively consistent – no ‘college experiment’ stuff for dudes, like women can apparently get away with. If you are gay, you are gay. Well, maybe not. Some studies have found that some men can be sort of gay – like apparently if it is late, you are drunk, he is in a dress and wearing a scarf over his adam’s apple.

A paper in Archives of Sexual Behavior measured physiological responses, the part you would expect and then also eyes. They found that most men were not lying when they said they were heterosexual. So yeah, the men of Greece are not the men of everywhere, most like girls.
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Only 10 Percent Of British, German Women Can Get Sexually Harassed In Europe


European men, especially southern European men, love tourists, especially foreign tourists. They’re on vacation, they drink a lot, their dopamine levels are up and their inhibitions down.

So if you want to get hit on, Europe is the place to holiday – unless you are German or British. Then, even horny Spanish men with their 30% unemployment are too busy to notice you.

Heck, 7% of men get sexually harassed in Italy, how embarrassing is it for German and British women that they are barely edging out the sexual harassment by Italian women and gay men? The survey (and it’s in Archives of Sexual Behavior, so take that for what it is worth) of 6,502 people was done in different airports across southern Europe – Crete, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The methodology and results are spotty but, really, outrageous enough to make it here.
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Miranda Or Ashley? The Only Question That Matters In METI Debates


On Science 2.0, the big topic is this week’s launch of Lone Signal, the latest effort at sending a message to let E.T. know we are here. But while David Brin would prefer some caution, Hank Campbell says it’s time for real world Farscape. Or Mass Effect. Anything without the creepy insect things that those Reapers are supposed to look like. We want our aliens to be humanoid.

Okay, we really want aliens to be hot girls who look just like hot girls on Earth. But they will be in space and haven’t heard all our stories so they will be new and exotic.

We’ve covered this ground before, namely in The Best Reason For Space Exploration In 2008: Alien Babes. But except for Milla they were not really helping us kick butt, they were the villains or just visitors. It couldn’t work out over the long haul and we can’t really trust visitors. Let’s face it, actual alien contact is going to involve war sooner rather than later.
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GCB Means Not Being A Victoria’s Secret Model


Victoria’s Secret doesn’t have much to dispute in former model Kylie Bisutti’s book about being a Victoria’s Secret model – so they simply dispute that she was ever an ‘angel’.

Her book is called I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model
and that is the part that got Victoria’s Secret ranting to People magazine.

Well, it will come as a shock to Victoria’s Secret but book authors really don’t pick the titles of books. They have a working title, and they get to have input on titles, but the publisher writes the checks. They pick the title, they pick the cover. So blasting Bisutti because of the title seems silly.

Bisutti takes on the whole modeling industry and its tendency to objectify women (well, they are models – what is really sad is how much PETA objectifies women even though they don’t sell skimpy underwear), not just Victoria’s Secret, so Victoria’s Secret shot back that her claims to work for them were exaggerated, saying she simply ‘won a contest.’ Well, she did. Their first-ever. It was called a rousing success by them in 2009 for finding her.

So here is a picture of her not working for Victoria’s Secret while she worked for them:
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