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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
As a young boy, Paul Christiano loved the world of girls - the way they danced, how their spindly bodies tumbled in gymnastics. In adolescence, as other boys ogled classmates, he was troubled to find himself fantasizing about 7- to 11-year-olds. His desires remained stuck in time as he neared adulthood. Despite a stable home life in suburban Chicago, he was tortured by urges he knew could land him in prison. "For having these feelings, I was destined to become a monster," he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2000 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
In-your-face depictions of erotic excess delivered with deliberately contemptuous technical surety have been Donald Byrd's choreographic specialty ever since he began presenting work in Los Angeles in the late 1970s.
HEALTH
July 21, 2008 | Regina Nuzzo, Special to The Times
When in 1950 Dr. Ernst Grafenberg described finding a surprisingly sensitive spot inside the vagina near the urethra, he made the process seem so foolproof. A medical article detailed his effortless demonstrations of the existence of this "distinct erotogenic zone" -- and the not-unexpected consequences of stimulating such a zone -- in his own patients. Anyone with a vagina could surely do the same for herself. Well, perhaps it was that easy for him.
HEALTH
February 11, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
The product: You can bet that lots of couples this Valentine's Day will be exchanging chocolates, lighting candles and sharing bottles of wine -- time-honored strategies for setting the "mood." But what if your desires have sunk so low that even Godiva and a nice pinot can't rescue you? On Valentine's Day and every other day, sagging libidos mean big business.
NEWS
July 10, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Food and Drug Administration said today that a series of products sold as aphrodisiacs did nothing to help sexual desire or performance and banned them from the U.S. market.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2007 | Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
When moviemakers wanted to film "Peyton Place" in this small seaside town, the bestselling novel the movie was to be based on was so scandalous that the local library didn't even keep it on its shelves. The book had sparked outrage with its titillating look behind closed doors in a proper New England town. People read it in secret, and it was banned from many schools But that didn't keep Camden from welcoming 20th Century Fox to turn its streets, homes and people into "Peyton Place."
SCIENCE
August 6, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Poets say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Researchers are finding that they are also windows to our sexual identity. The dilation of pupils in response to erotic stimuli may be the most accurate objective measure of an individual's sexuality, researchers reported Monday. The findings confirm a long-held belief among sexual researchers that has apparently not been studied in any depth before. The results provide new insight into the evolutionary development of human sexual responses, suggesting that women may have evolved a more responsive sexuality to help them cope with forced copulation.
SCIENCE
May 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sexual desire among female cancer survivors wasn't enhanced by the use of a skin cream containing the hormone testosterone, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The cream was no more effective than a placebo treatment in improving libido in 150 post-menopausal cancer survivors in a trial. The team said the result might be explained by low levels of estrogen, a female hormone, among the study participants
BUSINESS
February 14, 1992 | Reuters
Britain's sex life has taken a dive along with the economy, marriage counselors say. The number of couples complaining of a flagging sex life has increased sharply as financial worries and rising unemployment put many marriages under pressure, said Zelda West-Meads of Relate, a marriage counseling service. "If someone is angry or depressed, they experience a loss of sexual desire," West-Meads said. Relate saw a 30% rise in couples seeking advice as the unemployment rate in Britain climbed to 9.
NEWS
August 21, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Corroborating the testimony of the chief defendant in the McMartin Pre-School child molestation trial, a woman testified today that she had sex with Raymond Buckey in 1982. The unexpected testimony came after the defense had predicted that it would rest its case today after having called 40 witnesses over a 10-month period.
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