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First federal case under female genital mutilation ban spurs efforts for harsher penalties

Minnesota state Rep. Mary Franson received a note from a friend last year urging her to draft stricter legislation against female genital mutilation. The state had banned the practice in 1994, so the Republican worried that a new law would seem ­“Islamophobic,” given its target audience.

One case changed her mind.

Federal prosecutors last month charged a Michigan doctor and his wife in connection with performing the procedure on two Minnesota girls. The parents of one girl — believed to have been involved in arranging the procedure — lost custody “for a whopping 72 hours,” Franson told lawmakers on the floor of the Minnesota statehouse last week.

Another Michigan doctor, ­Jumana Nagarwala of Detroit, has been charged in a separate case.

Now Franson wants Minnesota to pass a bill that would send perpetrators to prison for up to 20 years, targeting parents as well as doctors.

“We’re saying that if you harm your child in this way, you’re going to be held responsible,” she said.

Female genital mutilation has been a federal crime in the United States for more than two decades, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison. But the three doctors are the first to be charged under the law. The case has set off a flurry of new bills across the country, with a growing number of states moving to extend penalties to the parents and hit them with lengthy prison terms.

The issue has been a lightning rod in right-wing political circles for years, with anti-Muslim and anti-immigration activists linking it explicitly to Islam. In fact, there is no mention of female genital mutilation in the Koran, and the procedure is rare in most Muslim countries. But attorneys for the doctors, all three of whom are Muslim, say their trial defense next month is likely to invoke religious freedom, a move that is sure to lend the case even more political ammunition.

Republican-authored bills are pending in Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Maine, and activists say Massachusetts is also weighing legislative action.

In Minnesota, which is among the 25 states that ban female genital mutilation, state representatives on May 15 voted 124 to 4 in favor of expanding the penalties. The bill will go to the state Senate for consideration, but it will probably be signed into law before the fall.

Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes called female genital cutting or circumcision, refers to the ancient, ritual practice of cutting off parts of a girl’s genitalia, and sometimes sewing shut the vaginal opening. It has no health benefits and can result in serious complications, including hemorrhaging and death, the lifelong loss of sexual pleasure, painful intercourse, and chronic infections.

The World Health Organization says more than 200 million women and girls living in 30 countries have experienced FGM. Most of those countries are in Africa.

The practice spans an array of ethnic and religious groups despite nearly universal national bans. Although the rationale for the practice varies, experts say it is often driven by social pressures to control women’s sexuality and ensure girls’ virginity before marriage. Some practitioners also believe that it serves a religious mandate, although the practice has no root in religious doctrine.

Some Muslim clerics have endorsed the practice, but a number of major Muslim leaders have condemned it. The three doctors in Michigan and the girls whom investigators say they cut are from the tiny Dawoodi Bohra sect of Shiite Islam, in which the practice is common and clerics are said to endorse it. The doctors’ trial is set for next month.

There’s no reliable data on how common the practice is in the United States, according to the authors of a 2016 Government Accountability Office report. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 513,000 women and girls in the United States either had the procedure or are at risk of experiencing it in the future, based on immigrant populations from countries where the practice is prevalent, including Somalia, Ethi­o­pia and Sudan.

The Maine law would make parents who consent to FGM liable for up to 10 years behind bars. This month, the Texas state Senate unanimously approved a similar bill that would allow the state to prosecute people “who transport or permit the transport of a person for the purpose of FGM,” said the bill’s author, state Sen. Jane Nelson (R).

In Michigan, where the state Senate unanimously approved a package of bills on female genital mutilation May 17, perpetrators and accomplices would face up to 15 years in prison.

“We want to send the message that Michigan is not the place to bring your daughter for this evil, horrific, demonic practice,” state Sen. Rick Jones (R) told his colleagues during a recent hearing on the measure.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for criminal investigations under the federal ban, is set to launch a pilot program next month that aims primarily to reduce FGM abroad by warning travelers of its illegality. The practice of taking girls abroad to be cut, sometimes called “vacation cutting,” was banned in 2013.

The program, Operation Limelight USA, will be limited to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, although officials said they are still drafting specifics on how it will work.

The fresh wave of attention has been bittersweet for the U.S.-based activists who have spent years campaigning to end a practice that they say is poorly understood and generally ignored by the public, law enforcement and U.S. officials.

“When things like this happen, people just want to focus on getting all states to penalize it. But there’s a bigger picture out here that we’re not focusing on,” said Jaha Dukureh, the founder of the Atlanta-based Safe Hands for Girls, a leading advocacy group against FGM.

Dukureh, who underwent the procedure as an infant in Gambia, said she would rather see education and outreach aimed at preventing the practice than punishment alone.

For instance, many activists, doctors and lawmakers have said they want better training for medical professionals so they can address the issue with pregnant women who have experienced FGM before they give birth to girls. And they want to see efforts to spread awareness of the procedure’s dangers in vulnerable schools and communities, enlisting the support of neighborhood and religious leaders in condemning it.

Somali American activists have been pushing legislators for funds to prevent the practice through education and outreach, said Minnesota state Rep. Susan Allen of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

“They have not gotten resources,” she said.

The United States banned female genital mutilation in 1997, and in 2003 banned the transport of a minor abroad to have the procedure. But there have been only two other FBI investigations into the practice over the past two decades. In both cases, the FBI was unable to find victims, and only one of the cases, in California, led to charges, according to the GAO report.

Experts say a culture of shame and secrecy — or even ignorance of having undergone a procedure that they might have been too young to remember — keeps many from talking about FGM in the United States.

Deborah Thorp, who is an ­obstetrician-gynecologist in Minneapolis, said she sees at least one patient a day who has undergone FGM. Many are older refugees from Somalia, where the prevalence rate is 98 percent.

But she said she doubts that the practice is common for Somali American children who are born in the United States.

“I’m seeing a lot of moms who are so angry that it got done to them that I have a hard time thinking that they would ever have anything to do with it,” she said.

Some activists and Democratic lawmakers have argued — in lieu of hard data about the prevalence of FGM — that racism, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments have played a role in fueling enthusiasm for the new policies.

Far-right blogs and news websites have long perpetuated the myth that FGM is a common Islamic practice by immigrants who are fundamentally at odds with American society.

FGM and honor killings “would not exist in the U.S. without mass immigration bringing its practitioners into U.S. communities,” Breitbart reporter ­Katie McHugh wrote in March. Stephen Miller, a top aide to President Trump, has voiced the same sentiment.

In Minnesota last week, some dissenting lawmakers worried that meting out “draconian” punishment for a poorly understood crime might make it worse. The Minnesota law would make it easier and more likely for the state to take custody of a child whose parent is suspected of involvement in FGM. For suspects who are not yet U.S. citizens, the crime would probably mean deportation.

“When you start removing children from their families, increasing penalties for families,” Allen, the state lawmaker, said, “it’s likely that it may deter them from reporting the violence. They may not cooperate with police.”

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Pro-rape' US pick-up artist posts personal details and pictures of female journalists online in revenge for negative coverage

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A controversial 'pro-rape pick-up artist' is posting the personal details of journalists who have criticised him online.

Daryush Valizadeh - also known as Roosh V - is infamous for arguing that raping women should be legal on private property.

Labelled 'Operation Bullhorn', Roosh has asked his online supporters to 'adopt' a journalist and post their details on his forum. They have been instructed to gather photos, Facebook profiles and have even been told to save addresses for possible future use.

One forum user said the backlash was 'because women are scared that they won't be able to get a free lunch anymore by virtue of having a vagina.'

The backlash follows criticism of international meetups which included eight UK cities, including Manchester, London, Leeds, and Glasgow.

The meet-ups, set to take place today, were cancelled after Roosh claimed he feared for the safety of his supporters.

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Butea Superba and Its Ability to Influence Testosterone Production in the Body

In the world of testosterone boosting supplements, Butea superba is one that may be commonly found within many supplement products. For men over the age of 25, they will begin to experience a decline in testosterone production, as a natural part of aging.

Testosterone is responsible for many male characteristics, including increased muscle mass, a deep voice, body hair, and sexual drive. When testosterone production begins to decline, it can be more difficult to get through a workout, add muscle, and even maintain the muscle that was developed over years.

It may also be difficult for an older male to become sexually aroused or remain at peak sexual performance for a longer duration of time.

That leads many men to seek out various supplements to help either increase the production of testosterone in their body or free up certain testosterone levels.

A Word about Free Testosterone

Free testosterone essentially refers to any testosterone that is not bound to either SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) or the protein albumin. When testosterone is bound, it doesn’t have the same ability to help boost muscle strength or even provide an increase in stamina or libido.

Bound testosterone is basically being held by the body for use at a later time. This could be during a workout, a particular fight or flight response that becomes necessary, or some other purpose, but is not free to be used to help increase muscle or get through a difficult workout.

What is Butea Superba?

Butea superba is one of only two known species of the butea genus of plants. It is indigenous to Thailand but has also been found to grow in India and Burma.

Four many centuries, it has been claimed to be an aphrodisiac of sorts. It has gained a great deal of attention during the past several decades in Western societies as an effective solution or treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Only recently have research studies been conducted on Butea superba to determine its influence on testosterone levels and even safety. There are numerous products that rely on Butea superba, and it’s important to understand whether or not it’s actually effective at helping to increase testosterone levels in the body or even help free up testosterone.

We found three research studies the specifically tested Butea superba and measured testosterone levels on subjects, but two of them were conducted on male Wistar rats.

Study #1:

The first study we looked at was conducted in 2012 by Chaiyasit and Wiwnaitkit at Mahidol Nutrition Society, Mahidol University, Thailand. It was a single case study on human subjects. That alone highlights the significant problem with this particular research study, but due to the low level of research conducted on this ingredient, it’s important to include here.

The researchers found an increase in dihydrotestosterone levels for the one human male subject that took Butea superba on a regular basis. What is interesting to note is that the researchers with this study had the subject stop taking Butea superba and after a week the subject reported feeling no increase in sexual drive and dihydrotestosterone levels had decreased to what is considered normal.

While only conducted on one subject, it does highlight a potential ability for Butea superba to help boost testosterone levels for human male subjects.

Study #2:

The second research study we looked at was conducted in 2012 by Malaivijitnond, Ketsuwan, et al. at the Department of Biology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. These researchers were looking at the impact of luteinizing hormone reduction on male potency when taking the Butea superba herb.

They conducted their study on five different groups of male Wistar rats. They provided the control group a placebo and the test groups each received 0, 10, 50, and 250 mg/kg body weight of Butea superba in distilled water. They did this over a 30 day treatment period.

The researchers did not find any change in serum testosterone levels or luteinizing hormone levels. They actually found a significant reduction in serum luteinizing hormone levels for those test subject rats that had received 50 mg/kg body weight and 200 mg/kg body weight of Butea superba extract. The researchers found that Butea superba requires androgens testosterone to be able to work synergistically to stimulate the sex organ of intact animals.

Study #3:

The final study we looked at was conducted in 2008 by Cherdshewasart, Bhuntaky, et al. at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Patumwan, Bangkok, Thailand. These researchers were looking to measure the androgen destruction and toxicity tests of Butea superba commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The test subject male Wistar rats received either 0, 10, 100, 150, or 200 mg/kg body weight of Butea superba powder per day in 0.7 mL distilled water. They conducted this study over 90 consecutive days.

The researchers found a decrease in testosterone in rats that were treated with 150 and 200 mg/kg dosages for body weight.

They concluded that there was a significant risk of overdose consumption problems with Butea superba. In other words, taking too much of Butea superba could actually have a reverse impact on testosterone production, thus resulting in lower testosterone levels.

Conclusion

It’s important to note that while some of the research that was conducted on Butea superba found an increase in testosterone levels, the two studies conducted on male Wistar rats found that elevated dosage levels of Butea superba could actually negatively impact testosterone levels and luteinizing hormone levels in male subjects.

The overall conclusion is that Butea superba is certainly effective at increasing dihydrotestosterone and testosterone levels in the body, but to make sure not to use an elevated dosage is that can have negative repercussions.

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It is the secret dream of every Swedish or German woman to marry a black men, or at least have sex with a black man. Every smart young African man should migrate to Europe. Free money, nice house, good sex!

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Diabetes and diminshing climax

THE Euro2016 is coming to its end. Fans are awaiting its climax with all eyes on Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to create yet another orgasmic magic! Portugal will meet France in the finale.

J. Donald Walters, better known as Kriyananda, the founder of worldwide movement of spiritual international community once said: “Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.”

My question is: “When it comes to sex, will many successions of climax be damaging for the ultimate happiness?”

We address the concerns from one diabetic reader who is troubled by the parental warning of “too much sex is bad for you!” Is this a fact or fiction?

Dear Dr G,

My name is Kee. I am 26 years old and has been a diabetic since I was 15.

Since the diagnosis of my diabetes, I have been very cautious of my health.

I exercise regularly and have my diabetes under check on a regular basis.

I have a brilliant doctor who checks my diabetes.

She has also advised that I see the heart, eye, foot and diet doctors regularly. The team of healthcare professionals has been keeping a close eye on me since my adolescent years.

I recently encounter a very strange problem.

Although I can maintain erection for sexual intercourse, I noticed the amount of semen ejaculated is diminishing in the last two years.

I went back to my endocrinologist and he told me it is associated with the diabetes and the condition may be irreversible.

I feel very sad as I worry I may not be able to father a child in the future.

Do you think my follow-up should include a urologist?

Can you tell me what is my problem? How do we confirm this?

I also cannot help in thinking this is related to my frequent “self-indulgence”.

Do you think I have simply run out of seeds?

Please help.

Kee

Type I diabetes is essentially a medical condition characterised by the diminished production of insulin following the destruction of cells in the pancreas.

Compared to the type II diabetes, this condition is more acute in its onset and tends to have higher prevalence in younger age groups.

Although the exact mechanisms of both diabetes are believed to be different, the medical complications faced by sufferers are usually the same.

As type I diabetic patients tend to present as young adults, the possibilities of diabetic related problems are more likely to occur over a longer interval.

Because of lifetime risks of complications, the sufferers have been “coached” to take charge of the condition seriously from an early age.

The common destruction of organs in diabetic patients include neuropathy (destruction of nerves), retinopathy (destruction of retina), vasculopathy (destruction of vessels), cardiomyopathy (destruction of heart) and nephropathy (destruction of kidneys).

As the condition results in so many “opathies”, this warrants the involvements of a team of “ologists”.

A multi-disciplinary team comprising an endocrinologist, cardiologist, podiatrist and dietitian controls the stringent monitoring.

However, such facility is commonly lacking in many institutions, as such cautions are often not part of diabetic care among adults.

Although urologists are not part of the team of specialists participating in the care, the specialist involvement during the sexually active age is often encouraged.

The most common diabetes related problem is undoubtedly erectile dysfunction. Often times, the “heart” doctor also take on the roles as the “hard” doctor.

However, when patients encounter more complex problems such as recurrent urinary tract infections and infertility, early interventions from a urologist can ensure better outcome in patient care.

Type I diabetic patients may face the issues of retrograde ejaculation, or commonly known as dry orgasm, following the destruction of the parasympathetic nerve system that is responsible for the contraction of relevant muscles to ensure the propulsion of semen forward.

The sufferers will notice the diminishing amount and the “power” of ejaculation during climax. Some may even describe the lessening of the intensity of orgasm.

Although the intensity of climax is difficult to quantify, the diagnosis of retrograde ejaculation can easily be established with a bit of coordinated efforts, with the microscopic examination of the urine immediately after sexual climax.

Many sexual dysfunctions are often associated with guilt and sufferers tend to reflect on the “damage” caused by too much sex or masturbations.

There is no evidence to suggest too much ejaculation can result in semen “drying up”.

The bad news - there is no effective treatment available to reverse retrograde ejaculation. But the good news - the sperms swimming in the urine are often “alive and kicking” and mostly suitable for test-tube babies.

Although the diminishing climax may be a cause of misery for Kee, keeping healthy will hopefully continue to bring happiness for him in years to come.

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The destruction of the Western World will not be achieved by suicide bombers but by arsonists. Suicide bombers are a waste of human resources because the dedication of just one suicide bomber could set hundreds of square kilometers of forests on fire. And the personal risk? A comfortable prison sentence of just a few years.

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Clinical trial of Butea superba, an alternative herbal treatment for erectile dysfunction

Abstract

Aim: To study the effect of Butea superba on erectile dysfunction (ED) in Thai males. Methods: A 3-month randomized double-blind clinical trial was carried out in volunteers with ED, aged 30 years ~ 70 years, to evaluate the therapeutic effect of the crude preparation of Butea superba tubers on ED. Results: There was a significant upgrading in 4 of the 5 descriptive evaluations of the IIEF-5 questionnaire. Estimation of the sexual record indicated that 82.4 % of the patients exhibited noticeable improvement. Haematology and blood chemistry analysis revealed no apparent change. Conclusion: The plant preparation appears to improve the erectile function in ED patients without apparent toxicity.

1 Introduction

White Kwao Krua (Pueraria mirifica) is a Thai phytoestrogen-rich plant that has been used for a long time as a herbal medicine and its chemical contents [1, 2], reproductive physiology [3, 4] and clinical application [5] have been well studied. The related plant, Red Kwao Krua (Butea superba), is abundantly distributed in the Thai deciduous forest and has been popular among Thai males for the purpose of rejuvenation and increasing sexual vigor [6]. The tuberous roots of Thai B. superba were found to contain flavonoid and flavonoid glycoside with cAMP phosphodiesterase inhibitor activity as well as sterol compounds, including b-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol [7]. However, the Indian B. superba stem contains flavone glycoside [8] and flavonol glycoside [9] with no reports on its use for male sexual purposes. It was demonstrated that coumarins from Cnidium monnieri exhibited a vasodilation effect on animal corpus cavernosum [10], which opened the possibility to develop this plant into a product for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). B. superba might exhibit a similar effect as it contains a high cAMP phosphodiesterase inhibitor activity, which was directly related to corpus cavernosal vasodilation.

ED is physically and psychologically a key sexual problem in andropause. A Thai traditional medicine with B. superba as a major ingredient has long been accepted as an effective treatment of ED. We therefore carried out a randomized, double blind clinical trial in Thai males with the crude preparation of B. superba to evaluate its effect on ED treatment.

2 Materials and methods

2.1 Crude plant preparation

Fresh tubers of B. superba were collected from Lampang Province, cleaned, sliced into pieces, completely dried in a hot air oven, ground into fine powder, passed through 100 mesh sieves and finally filled into capsules with the net filling amount of 250 mg/capsule. Tapioca starch of the same weight was filled into the same type of capsule that served as the placebo.

2.2 Volunteers and treatment

Thirty-nine non-alcoholic Thai males, aged 30~70 years, having a fixed sexual partner and a history of ED for at least 6 months were recruited. They were divided into a treated (n=25) and a placebo group (n=14) at random and took no other ED treatment during the trial. The volunteers had a completed blood cell count and a blood chemistry analysis before and after the trial, including haemoglobin, haematocrit, white blood cells, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine phosphate, calcium, SGOT, SGPT, cholesterol, sugar and blood testosterone levels. They were verbally informed about the details of the drug and the study, including the consumption of 2 capsules per day of either the drug or the placebo at a double-blind manner during the first 4 days and 4 capsules per day afterwards for a total of 3 months. Written informed consent was obtained. The volunteers had interview appointments every 2 weeks to fill out the IIEF-5 questionnaire and received the next batch of capsules.

2.3 Statistical analysis

The results were expressed as meanSD. Pair t-test was used for analysis of the test results and P<0.05 was considered significant.

3 Results

3.1 Volunteers

Seventeen volunteers in the treated group completed the 3-month trial period. Eight volunteers dropped out between week 2 and 4. Nobody in the placebo group returned to fill out the IIEF-5 questionnaire and receive the second batch placebo capsules since the beginning of week 3.

The background data of the 17 volunteers completed the course were shown in Table 1. It can be seen that most of them were 40 years ~ 69 years of age and 7 were complicated with other systemic diseases.

There were 3 volunteers with diabetes mellitus, 2 with hypertension, 1 with heart disease and 1 with hyperthyroidism (Table 1). They were among the volunteers with ED improvements.

4 Discussion

Eight tested volunteers dropped out between 2~4 weeks of the trial. This was mainly due to travel inconvenience as their residence area was far from Bangkok where the trial was conducted. The complete loss (100 %) of the placebo volunteers should be the consequence of total uselessness of the tapioca starch and may imply that there is no psychological effect that could possibly created by the use of the placebo. This then further implies that the patient response to the B. superba capsule should be derived from its pharmacological rather than psychological influence. The trial results were far different from those with sildenafil, which could elicit a high percentage of positive psychological response [11].

Haematology and blood chemistry analyses showed no significant change. It meant that all relevant functions were not disturbed by 3 months consumption of 1000 mg/day B. superba.

The IIEF-5 questionnaire and sexual record indicated a significant improvement in ED patients taking the drug. The authors believe that B. superba may act primarily by increasing the relaxation capacity of the corpus cavernosum smooth muscles via cAMP phosphodiesterase inhibition [7] and may also affect the brain, triggering the improvement of the emotional sexual response. It is interesting to note that patients with additional health problems, such as diabetes mellitus, hyper-tension, heart disease and hyperthyroidism, responded satisfactorily to B. superba.

An interesting aspect is the study of B. superba as a phytoandrogen food supplement for reproductive health in normal males. The plant, with a similar action to Cnidium monnieri [10], could be prepared as capsules, tablets or beverages for the treatment of ED in the peri-andropausal males and in the males as a whole. The paper is another trial on the application of plant products to promote the reproductive health in the males.

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Injections of Botox into the penis probably are the most effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Every artery and vein in the body is surrounded by a layer of smooth muscle. Otherwise there could not be variations in blood pressure. When the muscles around blood vessels contract, this is called vadoconstriction. When the muscles around blood vessels relax, this is called vasodilation.

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Yes, We Should Study Duck Penises

Some conservatives got some attention last week by alleging that the federal government is funding research into duck penises, by way of trying to demonstrate that many taxpayer dollars are wasted and that the sequester is therefore great because it might stop us from funding the study of duck penises.

PolitiFact got curious enough to look into it and decided to give it a "mostly true"--an evolutionary ornithologist at Yale named Richard Prum did indeed snare nearly $400,000 from the National Science Foundtion to study duck mating.

But if you read the item, I think you'll conclude with me that the whole matter is rather fascinating and just self-evidently deserving of human study:

Here, in Prum’s words, is what he studied and learned:

"Most birds don’t have a penis. Ducks do. They still have it from the reptilian ancestor that they shared with mammals," he said.

The duck’s penis is stored inside the body, and when it becomes erect, the process of insemination is "explosive," Prum said. The duck’s penis becomes erect within a third of a second, at the same time it enters the female duck’s body. Ejaculation is immediate, and then the penis starts to regress. The length of the duck penis, as mentioned in the tweets, grows to 8 or 9 inches during the summer mating season. In winter, it shrinks to less than an inch.

In duck ponds, Prum said, a lot of forced copulation occurs. Forced copulation is what it sounds like -- rape in nature. Even gang rape happens among ducks. And Prum found that while 40 to 50 percent of duck sex happens by forced copulation, only 2 to 4 percent of inseminations result from it (meaning times the female duck ends up with a fertilized egg).

"The question is why does that happen? How does a female prevent fertilization by forced copulation?" he said. "The answer has to do with taking advantage of what males have evolved -- this corkscrew shaped penis."

Prum said the duck penis is a corkscrew whose direction runs counterclockwise. Female ducks, he said, have evolved a complex vagina also shaped like a corkscrew -- but a clockwise one.

"This is literally an anti-screw anatomy," he said.

When females choose their own partners -- in other words, solicit copulation -- the muscles in the vagina are dilated and expanded. So the anti-screw effect is negated.

"The females are enormously, amazingly successful at preventing fertilization by forced copulation," he said.

So it turns out that Todd Akin was right, but only about ducks, not actual human women.

More broadly, three points. One, I had no idea cute little ducks were such violent (ahem) pricks. I'll never be able to look at them the same way. Two, this is obviousy knowledge the human race needs; we have these species of animals around us, and it's important to know how they live and survive, a knowledge that is important not for any application but simply for its own sake, and if you don't agree with this assertion, we live on different planets. The philistinism on display here--hey, duck penises, we can make fun of that--is depressing.

And three, the government has a clearly legitimate role to play in supporting such research. The idea that we shouldn't be funding duck mating is a total canard. Onward, Professor Prum!

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You probably have to look at imagery of death and dying regularly to stay focused on what really counts in life: great sex before you are gone anyway.

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Vaginal Rejuvenation in Charleston County, SC

Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dennis K. Schimpf, MD, MBA, FACS, of Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery is pleased to provide restorative vaginal rejuvenation treatments to the residents of Charleston County and the surrounding South Carolina communities, with offices in Charleston, Summerville, and Hilton Head.

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Dr. Schimpf is an expert on vaginal rejuvenation and has many years of experience working with a wide range of female patients who have been empowered to achieve their personal goals through vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Schimpf is able to remodel the collagen growth factors in your mucosal lining, which triggers the growth of more “young-like” vaginal tissue and a corresponding contraction of the overall tissue lining for more tightness, less laxity, and a balance internal system of self-lubrication.

Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation

In many instances, attaining the best sexual experience is an issue for women who have had children. But many women who haven’t had children also opt for vaginal rejuvenation with Dr. Schimpf because it is an empowering procedure. Many patients of Dr. Schimpf report that vaginal rejuvenation is a powerful way to reinvigorate your intimate life, enabling you to take control of your femininity and boost your self-esteem.

Now at Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery, vaginal rejuvenation can be accomplished without surgery, needles, anesthesia, downtime and hassle. Dr. Schimpf can effectively help you decrease the internal and external vaginal diameters, in addition to building up and strengthening your perineal body so that vaginal laxity, a common side effect of aging, menopause, or post-partum trauma recovery, is ameliorated as an issue. If you have found that the sensual side of sexual gratification is diminished or less than ideal for your quality of life goals, then you could possible reap the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation.

Who is a Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

During your consultation, Dr. Schimpf will answer any questions that you may have. He will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your particular unique vaginal rejuvenation needs and requirements. In many cases, impressive vaginal rejuvenation results are attainable in a single treatment, with a follow-up procedure scheduled for 30 days afterwards. Dr. Schimpf may also recommend scheduling three treatments 30 days apart, depending upon your specific needs.

What is the Procedure for Vaginal Rejuvenation

At Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery, our 360-degree full-spectrum laser vaginal resurfacing treatments stimulate biosynthesis of new collagen by acting on the mucosa wall, which triggers a tissue regeneration process. Dr. Schimpf painlessly provides vaginal rejuvenation with results that last, thanks to laser technologies. Your procedure is quick, easy, pain-free and with no downtime!

What is the Cost of Vaginal Rejuvenation?

The total cost of your Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery vaginal rejuvenation treatment will vary based upon how much treatment is required. During your consultation with Dr. Schimpf, we will develop a personalized treatment plan, and you will be informed of your treatment costs and methods of payment. We are happy to accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Financing is also available so that our vaginal rejuvenation treatments are affordable to all of our patients.

Dr. Schimpf is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience. Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery has offices throughout the Charleston, South Carolina area — including Summerville, Hilton Head, and in Charleston on Daniel Island for your convenience. Contact us today to set up your vaginal rejuvenation consultation!

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Feminism in Europe makes second-generation male Muslim immigrants suicide bombers. Up to now it's only explosives. But a poison gas attack isn't far away.

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The Female Orgasm Gets Better With Age: How Confidence Helps You Have The Best Sex Of Your Life

Many of us believe the older we get, the more sex fades away each year. At a young age, we're taught men sexually peak at 18, while women reach their sexual prime time in their 20s, but the truth is, the best sex of our lives is tied to self-confidence. In a study conducted by Natural Cycles, the world's first app to be certified as contraception, researchers found women experience their best orgasm at age 36.

The survey revealed orgasm, feelings of attractiveness, and most enjoyable sex all get better with age, specifically in women 36 and over. Women in their late 30s and above scored 10 percent above the average when it came to confidence and body image; about six out of 10 admitted to having the best, and greatest number of orgasms; and they scored 10 percent higher than the younger age group (23 and younger). About nine out of 10 women in the older age group reported enjoying sex over the last four weeks compared to seven out of 10 in the middle age group (23 to 36).

"Our findings show that although women over the age of 35 engage in sex less frequently than younger age groups, they actually tend to have more and better orgasms," wrote Natural cycles, in their blog.

The researchers surveyed 2,600 women using the standardized McCoy Female Sexuality Questionnaire methodology. This method was designed to measure aspects of female sexuality that are likely to be affected by changing sex hormone levels. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone play major roles in women's sex drive, with estrogen levels generally declining during perimenopause, eventually falling to a very low level.

The women were divided into three groups: younger, middle, and older, and were asked about various aspects of sexuality, like sexual attractiveness. While women in the older group scored higher than both groups, only four out of 10 women in the middle age group reported being happy with their appearance; seven out of 10 women under 23 said the same. Older women were more self confident about their sexual attractiveness and overall appearance.

When it came to climaxing, only five out of 10 in the younger groups of women had admitted to having more frequent and better orgasms. A little more than half of the youngest group agreed they had great sex over the last four weeks compared to their counterparts. The younger group seemed to be having the least enjoyable sex with limited to no orgasms.

As a whole, women gave mixed responses when it came to sex frequency. Under a third of women surveyed said they had sex twice a week, over one-fifth three times per week, and under one-fifth got intimate just once a week. Moreover, one in three women felt sex should last longer, while one in ten felt that it should be over quicker.

Overall, it seems the older women get, the more fulfilling their sex lives.

But why?

A 2016 study presented at the Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society in Orlando, Fla., found while women and their partners had lower libidos, these women had a better knowledge and understanding of their bodies, and how they work when it comes to sex. They also felt more comfortable in their skins and bodies. This ability led them to develop a higher self-confidence to express themselves sexually, and to communicate their needs to their partner.

Growing old doesn't mean your sex life is doomed; although the quantity of sex may be less, the quality only gets better.

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In peace, women are feminists. In wars, they are cowards, trading sexual signals for sympathy and protection.

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