What Is Allostatic Load?

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Man, the pandemic… it’s… ugh… it’s a bad time.

Regardless of who you are, whether you’ve got your feet on the ground and are looking at peer-reviewed data or have decided to don some manner of tinfoil hat (of any shape or size), these times are difficult and frustrating.

If you’re one of those folks who think this whole thing is no big deal re: public health (for purposes of disclosure,  » Read more

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Rough Sex Has No Link With Abuse, Is Initiated About as Often by Women as By Men & Typically Isn’t Very Rough

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As I’ve written about many times before, I grew up in a fairly conservative large Catholic family in the Maine woods. We didn’t talk about sex openly. When it was addressed, it was always uncomfortably and framed as something bad that I as a woman would go through in order to have what I as a woman should really want —  » Read more

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Having a More Melodic Alarm Tone Can Make You Less Groggy in the Morning

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Some people are pretty quick to wake up in the morning. They open their eyes, and they’re basically instantly awake. True, maybe they don’t want to leave the bed right away for other reasons — say, because the blankets are warm and it’s cold outside, or because they have a nasty day at work ahead of them.  » Read more

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Women With Anti-Feminist Attitudes Are More Likely to Fake Orgasms

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In an earlier installment of this series, we dove into how commonly women fake orgasms and why. Feel free to read that article for more information, but here are some highlights:

  • According to one study, 80% of the women involved had faked orgasms during sex and 20% of participants reported that they fake orgasms 90% of the time.
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Less Supportive, Less Responsive People Have Partners with Lower Self-Esteem

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These days I live with a romantic partner who makes me very happy. Before I met them, I didn’t know this was actually possible. I’d had long-term relationships before, but I’d never been with someone who was so supportive. And frankly, even as responsive in conversation, if I really think about it (stumbling on today’s study prompted me to).  » Read more

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