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Why are trans-women more common than trans-men?

Before I begin, note I have no animosity nor prejudice against anyone. Please keep the answers scientifically motivated. Various surveys on trans populations have shown male to female transitions ...
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How many genders are there?

As I understand it gender is a self-assigned identity and is correlated but not wholly determined by sex. Sex is presumably determined by the sex chromosomes present in the DNA of the cells of the ...
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What term is used to define long duration sexual intercourse addiction/hunger?

Sexual need between partners/couples often grows time to time. Sometimes it crosses the usual duration like it takes more than an hour to satisfy and it may grow more as they continue. But that ...
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Separation of romantic and sexual attraction

Occasionally I meet people who say that they are sexually attracted to X group of people (e.g. men) and romantically attracted to Y group of people, X and Y not being the same (Sometimes they overlap, ...
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Do men look more similar to each other than women?

Looking at an awards ceremony, I find that all the men look the same to me. Whereas all the women look very "unique". I wonder if this is a psychological thing in which, because I am male, I am less ...
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To what degree do fetishes differ from conventional sexual orientation?

If a person can develop - through some function of psychology/imprinting - an explicit attraction to some object (objectophilia - and in some cases, such individuals go so far as to have fully ...
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Psychological effects of statutory rape - differences by gender?

Occasionally, criminal cases where female teachers have sex with male students make the news. I have the impression that many people are much less critical of that than when the victim is female, and ...
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Why does venlafaxine have lower incidence of sexual dysfunctions at higher doses?

Venlafaxine at low dosages strongly inhibits serotonin, at moderate dosages also norepinephrine and only high dosages it also inhibits dopamine. The ratio is the following. serotonin : ...
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The shape of the relationship between men’s overperception of women’s sexual interest and women’s physical attractiveness

One of David Buss' more recent (2012) papers has among its findings The magnitude of men’s overperception of women’s sexual interest was predicted by the women’s physical attractiveness. Is ...
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Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

Something about falling in love seems to make people very possessive about their significant other. This happens even though sharing is almost universally acknowledged as an act of kindness and ...
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Any academic research/term for (some) men's preference for muscular female bodies?

While I was searching for articles on the correlates of attraction to female "feminine" faces I ran into some non-academic discussions on the attraction that some men apparently have for muscular ...
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Does male preference for feminine women faces vary with bisexual orientantion and/or (BDSM) submisiveness?

I found some papers on the variance of male preference for "feminine" women faces: "Men report stronger attraction to femininity in women's faces when their testosterone levels are high" "Men’s ...
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Is feeling bad about being cheated on innate or learned behaviour?

For most people, if their partner cheated on them with another person they would feel devastated. But is there any evidence that this is biologically innate behaviour or if it is a socially learned ...
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Sexual arousal when studying science [closed]

I'm interested in the phenomenon of people getting sexually aroused while studying science (math, physics, etc.). In particular, I've heard from a friend who's a psychologist, that it could be an ...
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Is it just a cultural norm that men approach women for dates rather than the other way round?

In many countries it is expected that a man should ask a woman on a date. But in some other countries (Scandinavia, or the Wodaabe tribe in Africa) it seems to be the other way round (or at least the ...
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How does a female measure her own attractiveness?

In theory, a female who is above average should reject most advances because they can afford to wait until they are approached by a male of high value. Whereas a female of low attractiveness can not ...
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Connection between sociosexual orientation and parental instincts?

According to wikipedia: Sociosexual orientation, or sociosexuality, is the individual difference in the willingness to engage in sexual activity outside of a committed relationship. Individuals ...
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Fetish development through classical conditioning?

In an older, fairly upvoted, but unreferenced answer it's been said that Classical Conditioning is a posited mechanism for fetish development. One review seems to suggest that you can't "normalize" ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

From wikipedia article sexual motivation and hormones, it is said that testosterone/estrogen, oxytocin and vasopressin are stimulating sexual behaviour. But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are ...
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Is Maslow's hierarchy of needs really accurate at labeling sex as a physiological “need”?

Is Maslow's hierarchy of needs really accurate at labeling sex as a physiological "need"? If so, would that mean that single/celibate people cannot live self-actualized lives unless they have some ...
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Causality studies between porn use and masturbation frequency?

Research into purported porn addiction (which goes by many names, PPU = problematic porn use being one) identified strong correlation between porn use and frequency of masturbation. For instance: Is ...
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Homosexuality independent researches [closed]

There are problems in contemporary science, that some researches are influenced by researchers opinion. (One problem is, that Even in the physics, there is very known problem, that prejudice affects ...
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Why is homosexuality considered “natural”? [duplicate]

Ok, firstly I don't know if this is the right forum to ask this question. Secondly and most importantly I am an ally and a supporter of the community, its rights and for their equality. Recently, I ...
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Is there any difference in social status for gay and lesbian? [closed]

If we ignore religion, do gay and lesbian have different social status? (Pleas add what bios you have in the question to support the answer, e.g. the grass is greener on the other side) I did find ...
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How can you tell the difference between “natural” homosexuality and “trauma related” homosexuality [closed]

When stumbling across the question: Is homosexuality a mental disorder? I realized that it is very close to a personal question that My wife and I (mostly me to be fair) about the source of ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

I acknowledge the fact that we currently don't understand the causes of homosexuality nearly well enough, but I have read about the following points: That homosexuality may not be a choice and could ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

Is the natural avoidance of incest something that is learned or is the human brain programmed by instinct to have a negative response to incest? This of course would have an evolutionary advantage and ...
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Childhood sexual abuse effects on psychological development [closed]

How would ones adult life and overall psychological development be affected by sexual abuse around the age of 10 by a stranger? //Edit: I am mostly interested in the ability to recognise, ...
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What are the effects of hebephilia?

Following the Milo Yiannopoulos shebang, I had a discussion with a friend over the effects of a sexually maturing teenager (14ish) engaging in sexual behavior with a significantly older adult (at ...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

Has any reliable study been done to compare mental health (e.g. depression or suicide rate) of transgender people before and after procedures (hormone or surgery) intended to change their bodies to ...
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Post-coital effects on human cognition [closed]

I often see couples fight after sex. Why is this? Is there an actual biological effects (release of endorphins or other hormones) post-coitus (or post-orgasm) that would increase irritability in an ...
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Can human brain neural circuits understand the concept of “other human beings” and their motives?

I've read that one of the tests of animal intelligence is whether or not the animal recognizes itself in the mirror or can determine that other animals have motives other than it's own (ex: can ...
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Correlation between sex and achievement [duplicate]

I heard an anecdotal opinion that according to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, people who don't fulfill themselves sexually tend to be more diligent. I would like to know; was any research conducted ...
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Is there evidence that heterosexual males make 'romantic advances' more often than heterosexual females?

Background: I have constructed a game theoretic model of romantic advances. There are a number of Nash equilibria in this model, distinguished by the frequency with which each sex makes romantic ...
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Do women have fetishes?

As in title; is it possible/common for women to have fetishes? It always seemed to me that fetishes are related to men only. Is it true?
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Are there empirical studies showing that one sex is more sexually selective than the other?

Initial research: I've found papers by Clark and Hatfield (1989) and Buss and Schmidt (1993) that seem to lend support to the idea of heterosexual females being more selective than heterosexual males. ...
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Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?

Based on the typical relationship advise: "Don't try to change your partner" and such, I would say that many people want to see their romantic partners behaving just a little bit differently. It is a ...
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Does testosterone level cause more sexual dream content?

I have long been interested in dreaming, including how dream content can shed some light on brain chemistry. I did a search on the subject of testosterone levels altering dream content and see some ...
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how can the development of sexual preferences be influenced?

I am wondering about the development of sexual fetishes, not necessarily in its meaning of having a sexual affection for inanimate objects, but in its broader meaning of any type of sexual abnormality....
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If orgasm triggers bonding and feelings of love, why don't people continue to stay in love?

I am a bit confused by the effects of orgasm in bonding; everything I seem to read seems to be a bit careless with the truth and does not mention why people fall out of love or why people who are in ...
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Can hate to same gender parent cause homosexualism? [closed]

I know a girl who is (or claims to be) lesbian. I also know that big part of her childhood (12-now years) she hated her mother. Her father left family when she was infant (1-2 years). I dont know what ...
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Why do many parents prevent children from being exposed to anything sex-related?

We remove children from anything that is sex related, including talks and photos. When I think about it, it seems deeply and morally wrong to not do it. When I first thought about that, I thought ...
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How does masturbation influence your brain and dreams?

What exactly changes in your brain the moment after you've finished masturbating? Could there be any effect neuro-psychologically on dreams or lucid dreaming?
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Do men have a higher sex drive than women?

It's a common cultural meme that men think about/are driven by sex more than women. Is there any objective truth to this? How do you define and measure 'sex drive'? How different are men and ...
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Behavioral and mood differences between D1 and D2 dophamine receptors action in context of monogamy and out of it

Claim: I initially thought of posting this to Biology SE, but the fact that the question finds its resting formation in the area of cognition/mood/personality, I decided to post it here. It is stated ...
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Role of hormones in behaviour [closed]

I have a very basic understanding of how hormones affect behavior. Especially for Ex: when it comes to sexuality and motivation, I learnt from some sources(friends ans interesting conversations) that ...
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Are males more likely to view homosexuals as mentally ill than females?

It's generally accepted that males tend to have a more negative attitude toward homosexuality than females: Three studies conducted with students at six different universities revealed a consistent ...
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How common are aromantics?

(Aromantic means lacking romantic attraction to others.) What percent of people are aromantic? While the percentage of people who are asexual seems to be 1%, I couldn't find anything on what percent ...
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Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?

I read Josh Pellicer's book titled "Tao of Badass." He discusses the sexual behavior of men and women and how they interact during the dating process. However, I have been unable to find any ...
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Does masturbation affect brain in long term?

I am interested in knowing. Does masturbation (once daily) affect the brain negatively in terms of: Memory and concentration skills during the long term ? Does it affect it in the short term? After ...