Anti-Gay Bill: Obama Dares Nigerian Senate, Issues Presidential Memo

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Just a week after the Nigerian Senate passed the anti-gay sex bill, US president Barrack Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing ‘all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.
Half the time I don’t understand homosexuality, how anyone can be attracted to the same sex amazes me…but that doesn’t give me the right to wish them death or imprisonment. I like to talk about this here ‘cos a lot of you seem extremely passionate about the topic…all the comments! So continue to read and let’s know what you think of Obama’s statement…

“FACT SHEET: Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally.

“The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States’ commitment to promoting human rights.”

–President Obama, December 6, 2011

Since taking office, President Obama has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans. The President and this Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country. The Administration’s dedication to LGBT rights does not stop at our borders, as the President made clear at the United Nations in September of this year when he said: “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”

Today, President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum that directs all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Under the Obama Administration, agencies have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere.  And now, following an interagency process coordinated by the National Security Staff, this memorandum directs the first-ever U.S. government strategy dedicated to combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad.

Today’s memorandum applies to the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export-Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative, and such other agencies as the President may designate.

The memorandum directs agencies to:
*Combat the criminalization of LGBT status or conduct abroad.
*Protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.
*Leverage foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance nondiscrimination.
*Ensure swift and meaningful U.S. responses to human rights abuses of LGBT persons abroad.
*Engage International Organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination.
Report on progress.

Even before today’s memo, U.S. agencies have been working to protect and promote the rights of LBGT persons around the world. Since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has directed the Department of State to champion a comprehensive human rights agenda—one that includes the protection of LGBT people.

Around the world, the State Department is:

*Engaging bilaterally and regionally in conjunction with U.S. embassies, civil society, and multilateral agencies to encourage countries to repeal or reform laws that criminalize LGBT conduct or status.

*Reinforcing the human rights of LGBT people in multilateral fora, such as the UN Human Rights Council. In June 2011, the United States joined South Africa and a cross-regional group of co-sponsors in passing the first-ever UN Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights of LGBT persons.

*Promoting human rights worldwide. U.S. embassies are declaring the United States’ support for the human rights of LGBT people through innovative public diplomacy. Ambassadors and embassies have hosted public discussions and private roundtables, published op-eds and supported Pride events.

*Supporting LGBT human rights defenders and civil society groups, with programmatic and financial assistance, including efforts to document human rights violations; build advocacy skills; provide advocates with legal representation; and, when necessary, relocation support.

*Reporting on the conditions of human rights of LGBT people in each of its annual, country-specific Human Rights Reports.

*Strengthening the Department’s personnel and consular policies. The Secretary extended the range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of foreign service staff serving abroad. The United States also incorporated gender identity into federal equal employment opportunity policies in 2010.

*Protecting LGBT refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants through a protection strategy developed with other U.S. Government agencies, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and NGOs.

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Kentucky church overturns ban on interracial couples

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Codewit) — An eastern Kentucky church under a firestorm of criticism since members voted to bar mixed-race couples from joining the congregation overturned that decision Sunday, saying it welcomes all believers.

Stacy Stepp, pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, told The Associated Press that the vote by nine people last week was declared null and void after it was determined that new bylaws can’t run contrary to local, state or national laws. He said the proposal was discriminatory, therefore it couldn’t be adopted.

Stepp said about 30 people who attended church services voted on a new resolution that welcomes “believers into our fellowship regardless of race, creed or color.”

The issue came up at the tiny all-white Appalachian church after the daughter of church secretary Dean Harville visited over the summer with her boyfriend, who is from Africa, and the two sang for the congregation.

Harville said he was approached in August by Melvin Thompson, the church member who crafted the resolution to bar mixed-race couples, and was told that his daughter and her boyfriend were no longer allowed to sing at the church.

Thompson has said he is not racist and called the matter an “internal affair.”

Stepp said the Sandy Valley Conference of Free Will Baptists declared the vote on Thompson’s resolution null and void during a meeting on Saturday.

He said he told church members on Sunday about the decision and proposed a resolution to promote “peace, love and harmony.”

He said the resolution to welcome all believers passed with a unanimous vote.

 

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Jackson’s Dad Says ‘There’s More’ as Conrad Murray Civil Case Looms

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Now that a criminal jury has found Dr. Conrad Murray’s guilty of involuntary manslaughter, his case will head for civil court where Murray could be found liable for medical malpractice.

The Jackson family is ready for the next chapter. On his way out of Monday’s court hearing when Murray receive his guilty verdict, family patriarch Joe Jackson told the crowd of media and fans, “There’s more.”

Civil suits against Murray and AEG Live LLC, the firm behind Jackon’s “This Is It” tour, have already been filed. Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray in November 2010. Katherine Jackson, the pop star’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG in September 2010.

Sources familiar with planning told ABCNews.com that it’s likely the two suits will be joined together and focus on Murray’s action. Sources said that the civil case will attempt to answer whether or not AEG knew that propofol, the drug that was determined to have killed Michael Jackson, was being used in an outpatient basis and whether AEG knew administering propofol that way was a risky enterprise.

But it’s unlikely the law suits will ask Murray to pay damages. Sources said that considering AEG’s resources and Murray’s lack thereof, the entertainment firm would be held accountable.

In a civil case, a judge or jury only has to find that there is more than a 50 percent probability that the defendant was negligent, whereas the standard in a criminal case is beyond a reasonable doubt.

“His conviction can be used in a civil case as conclusive proof,” legal expert Dana Cole told ABCNews.com.

Statements Murray made to the police and other evidence excluded from the criminal trial would also more than likely be admissible in a civil case.

A civil suit may bring comfort to Jackson fans and his heirs, since even the manslaughter conviction may not bring them the result they were hoping for — that Murray spend time behind bars. On Monday, a judge remanded Murray to jail pending his Nov. 29 sentencing. Murray was cuffed and taken into custody after Monday’s hearing finished.

Murray could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. But with the recent change in California law, which transfers all non-violent inmates to county jail, he’s unlikely to do any time in state prison, Chicago-based attorney Kelly A. Saindon said. Moreover, with the realities of jail overcrowding in California, he’s more than likely to get a sentence of house arrest for up to a year, she said.

“I have a feeling that’s what will happen. I don’t think he will serve a day behind bars,” Saindon said.

For Jackson’s heirs, that reality could be fueling their civil battle against Murray. “I wouldn’t think it’s for the money, though money always makes people feel vindicated to some extent,” Saindon said. “This is their way of exacting revenge.”

Cole doubts Murray would return to the courtroom after his ordeal in the criminal case. If he’s got malpractice insurance, more than likely he will try to settle any civil suits.

As for his medical license, if convicted, Murray will most certainly lose his legal right to practice. In 20 years of practicing medicine, he’s never had his license suspended or a malpractice claim filed against him.

“The medical board can … suspend or revoke his license and they’ll have all the evidence before them,” a job made easier with his conviction, Saindon said.

The trial and the ensuing publicity have dealt “an unmitigated blow to his career,” Cole said. “He probably was decent a physician who cared for his patients, as they testified. Whether he can bounce back, it will be an uphill battle.”

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Wall Street protest fever hits Finland

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The Occupy Wall Street protest movement originating in New York spread to Finnish cities on Saturday, with people demanding reform to the global financial system.

Around 100 protestors gathered by the Kamppi shopping centre in Helsinki’s city centre. Loosely organised groups also clustered in Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Tampere, Turku and Oulu to criticise the country’s handling of the eurozone crisis.

”Our decision makers want to participate in the European bailout fund without hearing citizens’ opinions on the matter,” said protestor Heikki Ketoharju.

Protestors are marching in cities around the world this weekend to call attention to perceived income inequality and corporate greed.

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Trial starts in US airline attack case

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DETROIT (AP) — The man accused of trying to destroy an airliner on behalf of al-Qaida has entered a Detroit courtroom for the first day of trial.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab said nothing Tuesday as he settled into his seat next to defense attorney Anthony Chambers. He faces life in prison if convicted of trying to bring down an Amsterdam-to-Detroit plane with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds asked a Detroit-area attorney to leave the courtroom before opening statements were to begin because he could be called as a witness for Abdulmutallab. Kurt Haskell was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

The judge also denied a defense request to prevent prosecutors from using the word “bomb.” She then called a brief recess.

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US: Sarah Palin’s smart not to run, supporters say

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Sarah Palin wasn’t ever really going to run for president, was she? That’s Donald Craig Mitchell’s guess. In an Op-Ed that discusses Palin’s decision not to run, Mitchell says she’s long prioritized her celebrity career over her commitment to public office, reminding us of Palin’s lucrative deals that followed after she quit as Alaska’s governor, including a seven-figure contract with Fox News.

After three years of tweeting, hinting and eyelash-batting, on Wednesday Sarah Palin announced that she was not running for president. Her Facebook friends are disappointed. But for Sarah-watchers in Alaska like me, the announcement was long expected, old news. […]

For the past two years that's how Palin has spent most of her time: promoting books, making paid television appearances, giving paid speeches. During that time she made no effort to establish campaign organizations on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Nevertheless, with the filing deadline for the New Hampshire primary election less than a month away, until Wednesday millions of Americans were still wondering about her intentions.

While some readers on our discussion board side with Mitchell — and also express relief that Palin isn’t joining the race — others have used the space to support Palin’s decision.  Here’s a sampling.

Props to Palin for choosing high-paying gigs — obviously something lazy liberals don’t understand

As someone who supported Sarah Palin and wished she had run I can assure you I don't feel scammed. I can speak for many of her supporters who feel the same way. I can also tell you we already knew it was a long shot that she was going to run. It's funny that those on the left make a list of high paying jobs as though it was an insult. What is it about the left and not wanting to work? So wink, wink, nudge, nudge no I never felt teased.

As for her PAC we are mostly well informed and we knew that no matter if she was going to run or not by law she wouldn't have been allowed to use those funds. So you see no one was ripped off on that.

Here's a funny thing though. I came to this hit piece when I saw it in the sidebar while reading an article on the Fast and Furious operation. Surely your venom would be better served on that article. You know the Obama administration pumping illegal weapons into Mexico? Weapons that are killing many Mexican citizens and have indeed been traced to the killing of federal agents.

I'm sure I could go on that article and see all your user names there, right? I won't hold my breath.

–Cuttingboardblues

Washington is too corrupt for Palin

I do not blame Sarah one bit for dropping out of the presidential race. Too much corruption in the Washington, D.C., crowd. I would not run if they paid me one million dollars per day. I choose better friends than those running our country. I pray that God will give our politicians wisdom so that wise decisions are made, and making certain that God is in these decisions.

–Len Heinrichs

Palin’s one great-lookin’ 'outsider'

Sarah Palin is far more effective as an "outsider" than she could possibly be as an elected politician. And, she's having more fun and making a lot more money.

She's a smart, conservative, principled, honest, successful great-looking woman — a left-winger's nightmare.

Way to be, Palin; keep up the good work.

–candorman

Perhaps she'll teach Obama how to give a speech

Whenever Mr. Obama accidentally enters the terrifying world of extemporaneous speech, he collapses in a heap of uhs and ahs and usually ends up with his foot in this mouth.

Perhaps now that she is not entering the presidential race, Mrs. Palin, who is a brilliant and inspiring extemporaneous speaker, might offer to give Mr. Obama speech lessons. He certainly could use them.

–joinamerica

Spelling errors in the above comments have been corrected.

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US Embassy in Helsinki plans new innovation centre

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Helsinki welcomes showcase of green construction technology

The Embassy of the United States in Helsinki is planning to set up a new innovation centre on the embassy compound in the city’s Kaivopuisto area.
The aim is to showcase construction technologies which improve energy efficiency.
The centre is part of a US project aimed at making the countries embassies models of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly construction.

US Ambassador Bruce Oreck explained the plans to build an innovation centre during a seminar of influential economic figures held in Jyväskylä on Saturday.
The US Embassy in Helsinki is undergoing an extensive renovation. The project, which is due for completion in 2014, costs about 100 million dollars, or approximately EUR 75 million. It is to include an innovation exhibition.
Press Attaché David McGuire says that the Americans hope to turn the embassy into the world’s greenest. He added that the required security technology raises the costs.

The final plans for the changes at the embassy compound will be completed in about two weeks after the necessary permits are secured from the City of Helsinki.
Hannu Penttilä (SDP), the Deputy Mayor responsible for zoning issues, says that the new building will require a change in zoning.
He says that the city takes a positive view of the project, but that the matter needs to go through the proper channels.

Penttilä also points out that zoning issues involve certain complications. The land where the embassy is located is sovereign territory of the United States. The area has a number of other embassies, and it is considered to form an important part of Helsinki’s urban landscape.
“For instance, the residential building of the Russian Embassy, which is now under construction, involved a lengthy process, and some people might still remember the Iraqi Embassy project in Kulosaari. These are sensitive issues for both sides”, Penttilä says.
Discussions have touched upon issues such as the planned height of the building. Helsinki reportedly would like the new building to be lower than what the Americans have proposed.

The aim of the innovation centre in its early stages will be to showcase the construction innovations used in the renovation. Later the exhibition is to be updated with new inventions and technologies.
David McGuire does not yet want to know how open the exhibition space will be, in light of security measures which restrict access to US diplomatic missions.

 

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The new Facebook – the good, the bad and the ugly

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About 30 per cent of the columns I write for Wired revolve around social networking and largely to the king of that realm, Facebook. It seems Facebook rolls out new features frequently, but every time something new is added, or something we liked is taken away, the Internet moans and groans. Change is never wanted. Personally, to a certain extent I believe Mark Zuckerberg needs to learn the phrase, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” This past week, a completely new way to use Facebook has been rolled out, so I want to tell you everything about it: the tricks to make it work better, how it works and what I like and don’t like about it.

User engagement

FACEBOOK has officially hit 800 million users and most of them check Facebook multiple times weekly. Facebook also reached a record 500 million people using Facebook in one day. They must have huge server capacity. However, I have found since the new release was launched, the response time has been slower. Perhaps more users are exploring the new features. Well, here are the highlights.

The timeline

THE timeline has changed quite drastically. Instead of the old timeline where you saw the top stories and then you clicked a button to see the new updates, you are now presented with a scrapbook of your life essentially. The timeline now is a stream of photos of you, places you’ve visited in the world, apps you’ve used and so forth. The new Facebook encourages you to post more things about your past. The further back you view the timeline, the more information you see. You can customize this by enlarging a picture or viewing a status. The timeline is in beta right now but it will be most definitely the model in the future.

Like this

BACK in the good old days, all you could do was ‘like’ a status. With the new Facebook, they launched something called Facebook Gestures. This essentially allows you to make any verb into a button. REALLY weird.

Apps

REMEMBER when you wanted to play a Facebook game or use an application? You had to give the company permission to do basically whatever they wanted to your profile and for the most part you accepted it anyway? Well, instead of having to accept that permission document every time, you just have to click ‘Accept’ once and they can use your information, make statuses for you and use your photos for whatever they want. Cool right? Not really. When you’re dealing with Facebook, make sure you read what you are signing up for. You might be granting them permission to access to your email, phone numbers, for some people, even addresses. Make sure you’re not signing an agreement that allows a company to use your personal information.

Lightweight info GONE!

STATUS updates, pictures of hot girls that you like and relationship statuses are things that I want to see on Facebook. You achieving a new high score on Mafia Wars or seeing my Gramma’s farm expanding on Farm Ville aren’t the best updates to be filling up my timeline. All that information is now going to be in the ticker and all the important stuff on your timeline will show up. So in fact, Facebook is giving you the things you really want to see.

TV, movies, music and news

STARTING now, thanks to a whack of newly acquired partnerships with Facebook, you can use popular services like Hulu, Spotify or read Yahoo news all within Facebook. The ticker will tell you what your friends are watching/reading.

My opinion of the

new Facebook

FOR the most part I enjoy all the new features Facebook provides. The only thing I’m not so fond of is how the timeline works. It seems to function very awkwardly and the way it displays information to me is also awkward. But other than that, congrats Facebook, you’re on the right path!

Check me out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ibellixfan

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What Is the Point of the Female Orgasm?

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A new study examines “orgasmability” to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident

There may be few questions of human sexuality more rancorous than those about the female orgasm. Scientists agree that women probably started having orgasms as a by-product of men having them, similar to how men have nipples because women have them. As Elisabeth Lloyd, a philosopher of science and theoretical biologist at Indiana University put it in her 2005 book The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution: “Females get the erectile and nervous tissue necessary for orgasm in virtue of the strong, ongoing selective pressure on males for the sperm delivery system of male orgasm and ejaculation.” But why we ladies still have orgasms is hotly debated.

Male orgasms exist, it’s widely believed, to encourage men to spread their seed. On face value, it would be easy to say that women orgasm for the same reason: to encourage them to have sex and make babies. But in practice, compared to male orgasm, female orgasm is very difficult to achieve. There’s a lot of variation even within individual women, and 10 percent of women never have them at all. And, unlike male orgasm, female orgasm isn’t a prerequisite for pregnancy.

So why do women have orgasms at all? There are two firmly opposed camps on this question. The first group proposes that it has an adaptive function in one of three categories: pair bonding, mate selection and enhanced fertility. I’ll break these down. The pair-bonding theory suggests that female orgasm bonds partners, ensuring two parents for the offspring, while mate selection offers that women use orgasm as a sort of litmus test for “quality” partners. The enhanced fertility theory, meanwhile, proposes that uterine contractions during female orgasm help to “suck up” sperm into the uterus.

The by-product camp, on the other hand, claims that female orgasms are to this day an incidental by-product of male orgasm, not an evolutionary adaption. “There’s no documented connection between women who have orgasm at all, or faster, having more or better offspring,” Lloyd says.

The schism between the two camps deepened this month with the publication of a new study of twins and siblings in Animal Behavior that seems to rule out the by-product theory of female orgasm. Researchers Brendan Zietsch at the University of Queensland in Australia and Pekka Santtila at Abo Akedemi University in Finland asked 10,000 Finnish female and male twins and siblings to report on their “orgasmability” (their word, not mine). They looked for similarities in orgasm function between female and male twins. If the by-product theory of female orgasm is true, they say, this similarity should exist. Due to the inherent differences in orgasm between women and men, females were asked to report how often they had orgasms during sex and how difficult they were to achieve, while males were asked how long it took them to reach orgasm during the act and how often they felt they ejaculated too quickly or too slowly.

Zietsch and Santtila found strong orgasmability correlations among same-sex identical twins, and weaker yet still significant similarities between same-sex non-identical twins and siblings. However, they found zero correlation in orgasm function between opposite-sex twins. “We show that while male and female orgasmic function are influenced by genes, there is no cross-sex correlation in orgasmic function — women’s orgasmability doesn’t correlate with their brother’s orgasmability,” explains Zietsch. “As such, there is no path by which selection on male orgasm can be transferred to female orgasm, in which case the by-product theory cannot work.”

Zietsch says he doesn’t have a favorite theory on the evolutionary function of female orgasm, but if forced to guess he’d say that it provides women extra reward for engaging in sex, thus increasing frequency of intercourse and, in turn, fertility. (There’s no proof of this yet, though, as Lloyd points out.) Zietsch continues: “I’ve shown in another paper, though, that there is only a very weak association between women’s orgasm rate and their libido, so the selection pressure on female orgasm is probably weak — this might explain why many women rarely or never have orgasms during sex.”

Lloyd and other proponents of the by-product theory agree that weak selection pressure could be acting on female orgasm, but not enough to maintain it over the eons of human evolution. Rather, if female orgasm bestows any reproductive benefits onto the human race, it would be by happy accident. Unsurprisingly, Lloyd has a lot of bones to pick with the recent study. Comparing different orgasm traits in women and men is a textbook case of apples and oranges, she says.

Kim Wallen, a behavioral neuroendocrinologist at Emory University and frequent collaborator with Lloyd, explains it thus: “Imagine that I wanted to compare height in men and women. In women I used a measurement from the top of the head to the bottom of the foot. In men I used how rapidly they could stand up. Would I be surprised that each measure was correlated in identical twins within sexes, but uncorrelated in mixed-sex twins? Such a result would be what was predicted and completely unsurprising. Zietsch and Santtila have done the equivalent of this experiment using orgasm instead of height.”

Wallen also points out that previous research has shown that traits under strong selective pressure show little variability, while those under weak pressure tend to show more variability. With human orgasm this bears out in that men report almost always achieving orgasm during sex, while the ability to orgasm during intercourse varies widely among women. (Penis and vagina size – both necessary for reproduction — show little variability, suggesting they are under strong selective pressure, Lloyd says, while clitoral length is highly variable.) Wallen asserts that Zietsch and Santtila, “chose to compare apples to oranges because the evidence is so strong that men’s and women’s orgasms are under different degrees of selective pressure, the very point they were trying to disprove.” Yikes.

To their credit, Zietsch and Santilla acknowledged the limitations of their study, both in the paper and in Zietsch’s email to me. More work obviously needs to be done. “Figuring out the function of female orgasm, if any, will probably require very large genetically informative samples, fertility data, and detailed information on sexual behaviour, orgasm rate, and the conditions and partners involved,” Zietsch says. “I do have plans, but the debate probably won’t be settled quite some time to come.”

If, at this point, you’re as frustrated as me, you might be wondering what we do know about female orgasm. Well, we’re closer to knowing why they’re so few and far between during sex. In a paper published online this January in Hormones and Behavior, Lloyd and Wallen found that the farther away the clitoris is from the urinary opening, the less likely it is that the woman will regularly achieve orgasm with intercourse. If this holds up in future experiments, Lloyd says, it would establish that a woman’s ability to have an orgasm during sex rests on an anatomical trait that likely varies with exposure to male sex hormones in the womb. “Such a trait could possibly be under selection,” she says, “but this would have to be investigated. So far, no selective force seems to appear.”

Jennifer Abbasi is a science and health writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She has seen every episode of The X-Files. Have a question about the science of sex? Email Jen at popsci.thesexfiles@gmail.com.

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Thousands at pope’s final Mass in Germany

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FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Thousands of faithful, cheering and waving flags, have turned out for the final Mass of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to his native Germany.

 

Applause erupted as Benedict arrived Sunday morning at a vast field beside an airport in Freiburg.

The pope’s four-day state visit comes as Germany’s church has been losing tens of thousands of followers amid revelations that hundreds of children and young people were abused by clergy and church employees. There have also been scattered protests denouncing the Vatican views on homosexuality, contraception and other issues.

Benedict alluded to the dissent in Catholic ranks Saturday night when he said that through the years “damage to the church comes not from opponents, but from uncommitted Christians.”

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