Note the change back to the original title. And video for the reading-impaired! I’m thinking of moving Doom back to Wednesdays, and leaving Saturday’s blank.
Masturbation may well be one of the healthiest human sexual behaviors.
…Graham and Kellog, 19th Century physicians invented bland foods like corn flakes and graham crackers to curb the desire to masturbate (I think that Graham didn’t anticipate s’mores, which are actually pretty sexy)…The DSM-I, published in the 1950’s by the American Psychiatric Association offered the diagnostic code of 317.1 for the “mental health disorder” of masturbation. But, modern society seemed to have moved away from open condemnation of the dangers of self-pleasure.
Masturbation is the healthiest human sexual behavior, associated with a range of health and life benefits, with no known (to science or medicine) health risks. It is pregnancy and disease free. It teaches people to accept and understand their own sexuality. Healthy sexual and marital relationships are improved by masturbation when the shame and stigma of it are removed….
The hatred of masturbation by these various conservative men may also reflect fear, as opposed to stupidity. Most of them seem to have religious backgrounds, and likely grew up being taught to suppress their desires for anything other than heterosexual monogamy.
Sperm rates are declining in the West, we are told. We men, of course, are weak and sinners; hence there is the “No Fap November” to encourage us (that’s a Newsweek link, and safe for work). The feminists are screeching that self control is anti-woman and violent (must-read-thread).
It should be noted the Psychology Today, the publishers of the story, changed the title into something less provocative: “Is One Sexual Behavior Triggering Certain Groups?”. Here is a screenshot of the original; I used the original above. The image today is also from them.
Here is the punchline. The author bills himself as “David J. Ley, Ph.D., [who thinks S’mores are sexy] is a clinical psychologist and the author of Insatiable Wives, Women Who Stray and The Men Who Love Them.” The masturbation enthusiast doesn’t note whether this is a memoir.
Item Ireland announces women-only professorships to close academia’s gender gap (Thanks to Victor DOOMin for the tip.)
Ireland has announced a new plan to combat gender inequality in higher education by creating women-only professor positions across its universities and technology institutes.
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the project would ensure that 40% of Ireland’s professor-level positions would be held be women by 2024.
Speaking at the Gender Action Plan for Higher Education’s launch in Dublin on Sunday, O’Connor said that increasing female representation at the highest academic level would “underpin the transformation and cultural change” necessary to ensure that Ireland’s higher education “fully realizes the benefits of gender diversity.”
Boosting the rate of non-male professors was the reason for the institution of Ladies Studies departments at the like.
As the number of self-identified witches in the United States has surpassed the number of Presbyterians, it is helpful to recall G.K. Chesterton’s adage that when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves as Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over previous years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or Paganism today, a rise from an estimated 8,000 in 1990, and 340,000 in 2008.
You’d have to say the Presbyterians had a good run. And while there are still a few left that believe in the central tenets of Christianity, it’s a good bet they won’t be coming back. Next, the survey mentioned above.
Overall, roughly six-in-ten American adults accept at least one of these New Age beliefs. Specifically, four-in-ten believe in psychics and that spiritual energy can be found in physical objects, while somewhat smaller shares express belief in reincarnation (33%) and astrology (29%)…
Moreover, religiously unaffiliated Americans (those who say their religion is atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular”) are about as likely as Christians to hold New Age beliefs. However, atheists are much less likely to believe in any of the four New Age beliefs than agnostics and those who say their religion is “nothing in particular.” Just 22% of atheists believe in at least one of four New Age beliefs, compared with 56% of agnostics and eight-in-ten among those whose religion is “nothing in particular.”
A better word is Even 22% of atheists believe in psychic powers. They’re beat by the “spiritual but not religious.” Everybody believes in something, even the 78% of atheists who don’t hold “new age” beliefs.
Funny that “new age” beliefs are actually age old beliefs.
Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for euthanising an elderly woman with dementia in the first case of its kind since the practice was legalised in 2002, officials said Friday.
The female doctor, who was not named, allegedly put a sleeping drug into the 74-year-old woman’s coffee and had to ask her family to hold her down when she began to struggle.
I’m old enough to remember when we used to call this murder, not euthanasia.
The Financial Times is automatically warning its journalists if their articles quote too many men, in an attempt to force writers to look for expert women to include in their pieces…
“Desks that use quotes from a high proportion of women also feature more women in their pictures, and their articles are well read by women,” the deputy editor, Roula Khalaf, told staff in an internal email, saying that women tend to feature in stories about the NHS, US immigration, and EU tech regulation but less so in stories about US trade, the oil industry and banking.
Diversity and Equality always lead to mandatory quotas. Absolutely always.
Item Who can you trust?
This is not a human being? pic.twitter.com/vOZO1hHQfP
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) November 8, 2018
If you’re not there seeing it in person, you will soon never know.