SEX NEWS: Female Orgasm, Pill Recall, Sex Doll Couture and Lawsuits

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There past few weeks have brought us all kinds of interesting news and the love and sex front is no different. Here is a quick roundup of some interesting research and news stories about relationships and sexuality that crossed our radar.

MYSTERY OF FEMALE ORGASM DEEPENS

Did female orgasm evolve to give women a reproductive advantage or is it simply a byproduct of male evolution? Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, and Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, put the notion of female orgasm as a byproduct of male evolution to the test by comparing "orgasmability" (a person's ability to orgasm) in identical twins, non-identical opposite-sex twins, and siblings.

Researchers found same-sex identical twins have more orgasmic similarity than same-sex non-identical twins and siblings, which suggests that genes may have role in orgasmic ability. This leads credence to the theory of orgasm as a byproduct -- however, when researchers examined opposite-sex nonidentical twins and siblings, they found no correlation in orgasmability. What does this mean? It's entirely possible that male and female orgasm evolved through completely divergent genetic routes, meaning female orgasm is not a byproduct of male reproductive evolution. [NewScientist]


Photos by Alex Barth and Nick McGlynn.

MAN ORDERED TO PAY $14,000 OVER LACK OF SEX

France raises the bar when it comes to crimes of passion -- and lack of passion, it'd appear, according to a recent article in the Telegraph, which recounts the sad affairs of a French man whose wife left him because their marriage was sexless and later sued him for damages and won. The judge decreed the man was solely responsible, husband's fatigue and health issues be damned, and awarded the wife -- sexless for 21 years -- a sum in euro amounting to $14,000. The judge in Aix-en-Provence ruled: "A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent." Article 215 of France's civil code states married couples must agree to a 'shared communal life' and according to the judge, this means sex. [Gawker]

BIRTH CONTROL PILL RECALLED

Several birth control pills have been recalled after it was found that they were incorrectly packaged, an oversight that could result in unplanned pregnancies. The week of placebos that appears at the end of a pack was accidentally packaged as the first week! Look to see if the first week of pills is a different color than the rest -- these pills are the placebos. It's they're at the beginning, you have a bad pack on your hand. To verify, check QualitestRX (PDF) and compare the data with your pills' lot number, which appears on the pill card or pack. If you're affected call 1-877-300-6153 for more information. Dr. Margaret Polaneczky offers great advice about what to do if you've been taking pills from an affected pack. [TBTAM]

FASHION GETS SEXY IN A WEIRD WAY

Dutch artist Sander Reijgers likes to make hoodies and tracksuits. Not the sexiest kind of fashion, true. But wait until you get a load of this: he makes them out of recycled blow up sex dolls! "I customize existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blow-up dolls -- the head, the breasts, the vagina, the anus," Reijgers says. "These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me. The doll is a means to convey something else." Before you call him crazy, hear him out:

The idea of doing something with blow-up dolls came to me after reading The Malady of Death by Marguerite Duras. The main character of this novel is incapable of feelings for people, so he hires a woman hoping that sex with this woman will allow him to feel.

I do the exact opposite with my work: I remove the sexual function of the dolls by turning them into a jacket or a bag. In this way, the doll can "feel" by performing a normal day-to-day task, rather than through sex.

In daily life, we are bombarded through the media and advertising with images of especially female nudity to stimulate consumerism. I comment on this situation through my art, but with humour and without being too moralistic about it.

Interesting. Now you can go look at photos of his work and fashion show here and on his main site Anders. [Lost At E Minor]

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