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Do psychological effects of sex discrimination have measurable effects on police-officer safety or productivity?

I would assume that sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace are correlated with workers' productivity and self-reported sense of well-being. I am not particularly familiar with the ...
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How common in general population sexual arousal towards children?

What percentage of the general population have attraction to children (not teens) ? Not how much are child molesters but how many feel attraction. I will appreciate if you can give research in your ...
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Sexual deprivation vs sexual frustration

Recently I came across a "sexual deprivation" term and started to google what it means. Weirdly each time I was trying to put it as search term the Google redirected me to the "sexual ...
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Are there any studies on how different sources of pornography effect someone?

It is well-established that use of pornography can cause sexual dysfunctions. Are there any studies that have evaluated the impact of pornography on an individual depending on the type of pornography ...
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Are there gay and transgender hunter-gatherers?

A debate among many people of a more conservative, traditionalist bent is that being gay and being transgender are mental disorders. Despite the protestations by pediatricians and psychologists that ...
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How much bigger is sex drive in men than in women?

There are several studies that determine that sex drive in men is bigger than in women (which, anyway, is something that almost anyone can conclude by observing). Here are some web pages examining ...
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Why do we have romatic feelings?

People who are asexual feel little to no sexual attraction towards others, but they can have romantic relationships. From how sexual and romantic feelings are different, it has made me start to wonder ...
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Is arousal to shemale porn by straight men in "A Billion Wicked Thoughts" exemplifying situational sexual behaviour?

A Billion Wicked Thoughts Over ten years ago Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam published a book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts. They did not publish any academic papers on their research, but Ogi and Sai have given ...
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What is Incestuous Resistances?

The context of the question is given below: As she preferred to follow the hidden presentiments of puberty rather than her duties towards the school and her teacher, she allowed her libido to fall on ...
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Right Attitude toward Reality is Way of Concrete Sexuality

I am reading an old pdf copy of The Theory of Psychoanalysis, By C. G. JUNG and trying to understand the following: This is the misunderstanding fallen into by so many neurotic people, who believe ...
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Any good research on the comparative rates of CSA in different populations? (religious vs none religious, Mormon, catholic, etc)

I'm wondering if there is any good research on the rates of CSA in different populations.
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Do women see the phallus with the same amount of sexual excitement as a man seeing breasts?

Heterosexual men love to ogle breasts; the bigger(usually) the better and often are one of the first things they look at. Women have more erroneous zones than men and they don’t really have the ...
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Are homosexuals more prone to violence?

A wiki entry on Conservapedia on "Homosexuality and murders" states: Dr. Eckert wrote regarding homosexual murders the following: "Equally high is the number of homicides, many ...
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Is there a study that supports the claim that sexual deprivation leads to sexual deviancy?

Can anyone give studies that, if they exist, prove that sexual deprivation leads to sexual deviancy in later stages of life?
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Can a person be persuaded to become gay?

Can a person become gay? Can a person be persuaded to become one? I heard that gayness is correlated with some genetic characteristics so, I figured, laws against "gay propaganda" (e.g. in ...
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Correlation between sexual repression in adolescents and sexual deviancy later in life?

Is there a correlation between sexual repression and sexual deviancy? Now we all have heard stories of people growing up in incredibly strict households that become some of the most exploratory and ...
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If the female comparator to the Oedipus complex is Electra complex, is there a male comparator to Jocasta/Phaedra complex?

I have been browsing the questions and answers here within the realm of psychoanalysis and I came across the Jocasta complex in an answer here, which I had not heard about before so I have been ...
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How Sexual fluidity works?

Can a heterosexual male that doesn't have any attraction towards male become gay without any attraction towards females. Or will he become bisexual because he was heterosexual before.
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Can hocd change sexual orientation?

Can sexual orientation change due to hocd (Homosexual OCD). And if it can change, is it possible to reverse the change and bring the person back to his/her original orientation. [Change from ...
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Can sexual orientation change in teen years?

Can Sexual orientation change in teen years as teenagers go through lots of challenges. And can a heterosexual teen become a homosexual teen.
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Psychological explanation for the situations (in TV, movies, video games, etc.) in which a heated argument turns into a make out session

I have seen this kind of situation a lot on movies, video games, comics and other media. Basically Alice and Bob are having a very serious, heated and hostile argument, involving a lot of shouting and ...
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Has there been research on the impact of gay parents on the sexual orientation of adopted children?

Disclamer: I am not interested in personal views on whether gay parenting is a good or bad thing. I would like to understand whether there has been serious research on the upbringing consequences for ...
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Is sexual desire an emotion?

I see that in the Wikipedia page of emotion classification, sexual desire is only mentioned once (in Parrott's tree-structured list of emotion). It is absent from other kinds of classification. What ...
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Do straight people exist?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.unilad.co.uk/life/straight-people-dont-exist-finds-new-study/amp/ Recent studies show that the eyes dilate when people watch male and female porn in all men and women,...
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Is there a criterion to distinct between a philia and a paraphilia?

The terms "Androphilia" and "Gynephilia" describe the two major romantic and/or sexual orientation/s of humans → towards "masculine" ...
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Alpha wave changes and brain waves shutdown vs sexual actions

I liked to know more about brain waves and sexual actions ( like foreplay, orgasm, etc). So I found this paper : (REVIEW:New Electroencephalogram (EEG) Neuroimaging Methods of Analyzing Brain ...
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Is there research into why people use piercings or tattoos for personal reasons?

I am interested in reasons why people engage in body modifications, such as piercings or tattoos. I am aware of some religious reasons, and some religions forbidding such activity, but I am ...
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Why is taboo erotic?

It comes in many forms: exhibitionism, voyeurism, public sex, rape, incest, to name a few. Any johnny with a John Thomas and internet has noticed how prevalent the incest premise has become on porn ...
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Buddhist monks/nuns and long-term effects of sexual abstinence on psyche

As far as I know, psychologists have speculated for a long time about the long-term effects of abstinence from sex and of sexual frustration. Some of them, including Wilhelm Reich (I think), have ...
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Does sexual orientation influence gender bias?

Let's take three people: Alice, Bob, and Carol. Suppose Alice is heterosexual. That should imply that Alice finds Bob attractive at some level, but not Carol. Does this mean Alice is more likely to be ...
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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 are ...
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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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Are men genetically programmed to seek multiple sexual partners more than women?

I saw this question on Skeptics Stack Exchange. Someone says "obviously, yes". The reasoning is that men have cheap sperm whereas females have expensive eggs. Hence, most males, in most ...
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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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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 she can afford to wait until they are approached by a male of high value. Whereas a female of low attractiveness cannot ...
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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, now deleted answer to another question, it's been said that classical conditioning is a posited mechanism for fetish development. A bit more googling found a popsci article claiming ...
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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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