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Sex By Numbers: On the Brain

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. The human brain—comprising 3% of our body weight yet using 20% of our energy—is our body’s most complex organ. When it comes to the brain and sex though, things are pretty straightforward: we want it. This week’s Sex By Numbers […]

Sex by Numbers: Modern Day Romance and Breeding

ColumnHow do you maintain passion and pleasure in a romantic partnership, while at the same time navigating the ins and outs of parenting? As a weekly relationships columnist, I regularly receive love inquiries that range from the philosophical to the salacious. This week, my friend Rachel sent an intriguing letter, […]

Sex by Numbers: An App A Day

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. 9: Fossils of turtle couples that apparently died while mating that were recently discovered in an ancient lake bed in Germany 19cm: Length of a double-headed sex toy that Chinese reporter Ye Yunfeng identified as a “rare mushroom” on national […]

Sex by Numbers: Hot German Men in Cold Northern Climes

ColumnFour Northern European men offer insight into their culture’s subtle approach to love and loyalty. Stereotypes, however coarse and insensitive, can nonetheless serve as useful indicators about a culture’s biases and predilections. For instance, it’s not exactly going out on a limb to generalize that Mediterranean men are exhibitionists of […]

Sex By Numbers: Survival of the Fittest

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. It’s hard being a member of the human species these days—what with all that competition for procreation and all those standards of beauty and gender norms to live up to. This week’s Sex by Numbers takes a look at just […]

Sex by Numbers: Big Legal Troubles

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. 1 in 10: number of American inmates who claim to have experienced sexual assault from guards or other inmates while incarcerated 50%: Female farmworkers who reported sexual harassment and assault in a recent Human Rights Watch report 12: new age […]

Sex by Numbers: Taking You for Granted

ColumnStop wasting time being self-conscious and celebrate you at every age. Sara’s wearing a sliver of a bikini. Her short, brown hair gleams in the midday light and is shellacked in an elaborate bouffant. People describe her eyes as electric-blue, around which she applies heavy kohl eyeliner. Her lips are […]

Sex by Numbers: Republican Caucus Edition

Column Facts are facts. In honor of the recently-concluded Republican Iowa Caucuses, we’re running an extra-special Sex by Numbers this week honoring both the region and the people that made the last few months so jam-packed with sex scandals, mistresses, and trips to the Pizza Ranch.

Sex By Numbers: Good for a Man, Good For a Woman?

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. The differences that distinguish males from females are often the same things that attract us to each other. However, that’s not to say that what’s good for one gender is always good for the other. From oxytocin-laced semen to walnuts […]

Sex by Numbers: Online Dating’s Stranglehold on Desire

ColumnNow that internet-dating revenues exceed even those of the once-indomitable porn industry, online matchmaking is no longer the pitiable purview of computer trolls seeking intimacy and connection. This $4-billion global empire has become commonplace and, in some circles, even cool. ManHunt (gay men), Amigos (Latinos), MillionaireMatch (wealthy), DeafDate (deaf), JDate […]

Sex by Numbers: Big Legal Troubles

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. 1 in 10: number of American inmates who claim to have experienced sexual assault from guards or other inmates while incarcerated 50%: Female farmworkers who reported sexual harassment and assault in a recent Human Rights Watch report 12: new age […]

Sex by Numbers: Picking Up Our Sex Litter Edition

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. There are a lot of terrible things that happen in the world, but this is the week that brought us the phrase “sex litter,” so hold onto that when life seems unbearable. 250,000: total sales for 50 Shades of Gray, […]

Sex by Numbers: Bring on the Sexbots

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. It’s nice to know that in a rapidly-evolving world, people are always happy to write predictions about the future market for sex robots. Some things do not change, and never should. 61 to 39: Margin by which the decision not […]

Sex by Numbers: The American Girl’s Guide to European Men

ColumnAn American ex-pat on dating in Europe. It’s the gulf between the man who says “Mon chéri” and he who says “Hey, baby.” It’s the difference between the guy who orders a Jack Daniels with Coca-Cola and he who instead prefers a nice Bordeaux. It’s the net effect of a […]

Sex By Numbers: Both Young & Old Are Doing It

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. From teenagers to nonagenarians, it appears we all like to have sex—even after giving birth and especially while on vacation. For that reason, here’s an age appropriate installment of Sex by Numbers. 28: Percentage of 1000 Texas teenagers surveyed who […]

Sex By Numbers: What You Don’t Know Will Kill You Edition

Column Facts are facts. Sex facts have been piling up like rabbits this week. If you didn’t get enough information last time, then get ready for some more statistic-based intrigue. Slip into your comfiest bathrobe, dilute your vodka tonic, and let the numbers carry you away.

Sex by Numbers: Big Legal Troubles

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. 1 in 10: number of American inmates who claim to have experienced sexual assault from guards or other inmates while incarcerated 50%: Female farmworkers who reported sexual harassment and assault in a recent Human Rights Watch report 12: new age […]

Sex by Numbers: 6 Reasons to Love Being Single

ColumnSix reasons it’s hot to be single right now. American women are marrying later in life than ever before – the Pew Research Center just released a report indicating the average marrying age is now 28. Coupling-up and exchanging wedding bands used to be considered the gateway into adulthood. Now, […]

Sex by Numbers: An Ounce of Prevention

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. $900k: Amount awarded to a woman in Oregon after suing her partner for lying about condom use and giving her a case of genital herpes $29: Cost of a 50 Shades of Grey book-and-bondage set at Babeland in NYC 1: […]

Sex by Numbers: An Ounce of Prevention

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. $900k: Amount awarded to a woman in Oregon after suing her partner for lying about condom use and giving her a case of genital herpes $29: Cost of a 50 Shades of Grey book-and-bondage set at Babeland in NYC 1: […]

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Sex By Numbers: Lady Gaga and Settling the Score

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. There are certain things we will always want: eternal youth, the upper hand with our ex, and—if you happen to be Lady Gaga this week—everyone to stop obsessing over bodily perfection. Even though we may never get these things, this […]

Sex By Numbers: We Love You Kate Middleton

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. If anyone has the right to be irritated this week, it’s Kate Middleton. Can’t a Duchess get a little uninterrupted tanning time in? In her royal honor, we’ve dedicated this week’s Sex By Numbers to every woman that just wants […]

Sex By Numbers: Mixed-Up Media

A weekly look and sex and culture, by the numbers. Messages of sexual innuendo in all forms of media is as American as apple pie. Though despite the vagina biographies, Tumblrs, mobile apps and pregnant teens in French cinema featured in this week’s Sex By Numbers, it appears we still […]

Sex By Numbers: I Saw it on TV!

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers  As a culture, we spend a lot of time watching TV. We also spend a lot of time thinking about sex, so it’s no surprise that the two go hand-in-hand. This week’s Sex By Numbers takes a look at this […]

Sex By Numbers: Stranger Than Fiction

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers. When it comes to our sexual selves, we might as well learn to expect the unexpected. Never has that been more true than this week’s Sex By Numbers, in which Hugh Hefner is an outspoken feminist, a male worries that […]

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