Here's How That New Sex Pill for Women Actually Works

Yesterday, the FDA voted to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug, marketed as Addyi, has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But flibanserin doesn’t actually work like… »6/29/15 6:44pm6/29/15 6:44pm


Studies Are Obsessed With 'Showing' the Secrets of Attractiveness

It seems like every week there's a new study out exploring the manifold nuances of attraction and desire. Just when you begin to think the media is out of studies to run, something new claws its way out of the ether, bellowing "MEN IN ZIP-OFF CAPRI PANTS ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE TO WOMEN ON DAY TWO OF THEIR PERIOD, STUDY… »6/25/13 7:15pm6/25/13 7:15pm

FYI: Your 'Sexual Prime' Is Whenever the Hell You Want It to Be

Hey ladies careening toward age 35 — it's important decision time! You can A.) hit your sexual peak, and, like a remotely programmable robot in a Blade Runner ripoff, suddenly become "switched on" like a sex-crazed lunatic unleashed upon decent society. Or you can B.) reject the still-repressive social and cultural… »6/18/13 4:00pm6/18/13 4:00pm

What a Gross Facebook Page Tells Us About a Woman's Need to Be Desired

Recently I worked myself into a giant, gnarled, spiny tumbleweed of outrage, ranting and raving my way across the Internet and into my social life. The subject of my vitriol was a Facebook page, filed under controversial humor, called "12 Year Old Sluts." It features, among other jokes and memes, the kind of idiotic… »10/22/12 2:40pm10/22/12 2:40pm

Love and Sex Are Not Such Strange Bedfellows in Your Brain

If, let's say, love and sexual desire were personified as Felix Unger and Oscar Madison — two hopelessly mismatched companions who cosmically completed each other — and begrudgingly had to share a tiny, slug-shaped apartment in your brain, which would it be? It's the insula and striatum duplex, silly — everyone knows… »6/22/12 12:05pm6/22/12 12:05pm