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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.
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BOOKS
November 4, 1990 | Paul Robinson, Robinson is professor of history at Stanford University and the author of "The Modernization of Sex" (Cornell University Press)
You might think that the anatomy of male and female genitals is so obvious that there could never be much historical disagreement about them. But the chief virtue of Thomas Laqueur's "Making Sex"--a study of ideas about sexual anatomy and reproductive physiology from the ancient world to the present--is that it disturbs any such easy conviction.
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.
NEWS
October 13, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Sexual desire disorder in women is supposedly a significant problem in the United States, according to some studies and various companies that market products designed to improve women's sex lives. But a large study published this week finds that older women are mostly quite satisfied with their sexual health. If they have a problem, it's because they lack a partner or would like to have more sex, not less. The data are from the Women's Health Initiative, famous for its investigation into the effects of hormone therapy on post-menopausal women.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1986
I read Ruth Macklin's article (Editorial Pages, April 22), "Castration for Sex Offenders? It's Wrong." I agree with Macklin when she says, "Rape should be viewed more as an act of aggression or hostility than as an expression of uncontrolled sexual desire." A rapist should be dealt with from a mental standpoint. When men rape, it is, mostly, because of a very sick mental problem, not because of the desire to satisfy their hormones. In my early years and being a victim (of rape)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1994 | GABRIELLE CARTERIS, Gabrielle Carteris of "90210" is preparing for two firsts: a child, due in May, and the April start-up of 10 one-hour specials--"Lifestories With Gabrielle Carteris." The social activist - actress - mom-to-be hosts and co-produces the syndicated TV series, which spotlights such topics as drug abuse, rape and AIDS. and
In response to Judy S. Rasminsky's March 15 commentary regarding the character of my character, Andrea Zuckerman on "Beverly Hills, 90210," Rasminsky's facts are incorrect. Andrea has not dropped out of school. Rather, she has chosen to continue her education while realizing the difficult road she has chosen by keeping her child. Intellect does not define one's sexual desire--and perfection is an impossibility.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration ordered Pfizer Inc. to yank cheeky television ads that promised better sex for men taking Viagra because the ads failed to disclose known risks associated with the drug, according to a letter released Monday.
HEALTH
January 12, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Men with low testosterone have long been cautioned against taking hormone supplements to improve sexual desire and performance because testosterone feeds some prostate cancers. But in a new study, researchers found that testosterone treatment didn't increase the chances that even men with an elevated prostate cancer risk would develop a malignancy.
NEWS
August 26, 2002 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Forty years ago, the birth-control pill freed women from fear of pregnancy and gave them the ability to engage in spontaneous, uninterrupted sexual intercourse. So it is somewhat ironic that recent research has found that for a minority of women, the pill has the unintended and surprising effect of diminishing sexual desire.
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