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Surgeons report nearly 20 percent increase in number of transgender surgeries

The world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons has for the first time released the number of gender confirmation surgeries performed in a single year: 3,256 male to female and female to male operations in 2016.

That’s an almost 20 percent rise from the prior year, said the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in a report released Monday. A publicist for the ASPS could not disclose geographic information about where the majority of these operations were performed in 2016, as it is still being compiled.

LGBTQ Nation has learned exclusively that the majority of the GCS operations last year were performed on transgender women: 1,759, to 1,497 surgeries for trans men. That’s a 27 percent increase year over year for trans women and a modest ten percent boost for operations on trans men.

The Price of ‘Disability Denial’

I have nystagmus, a condition in which involuntary, jumpy movement of my eye muscles makes it difficult to focus, a chore that constantly challenges my brain as it frantically tries to keep up. As a child, my thick bifocal glasses and lack of confidence made me the brunt of cruel names and pranks, like being surrounded by kids who threw things on the ground and forced me to look for them. Later there were awkward, sometimes hostile encounters with potential landlords, dates and employers who I tried to brush off as a few gross kids who never grew up.

Recent research on student sex workers shatters societal misconceptions.

Two students at California State University, Northridge presented their groundbreaking research on student sex worker identities, a little-known and poorly understood population. Societally, we may be surprised to hear that many university students engage in sex work, as sex work is often unfortunately associated with pathology and criminality. Ute and Alex's research sheds light on the subjective experiences of sex workers, illustrating the commonplace experience of sex work as another valuable form of labor.

When Water Makes You Wet: Inside the Ecosexual Revolution

Are our fetishes and sexualities based on nature or nurture? In the case of ecosexuality, an identity that celebrates an heightened connection between body and Mother Earth, it’s all about nature. Ecosexuality is not exactly what you might expect it to be. Nobody is fucking a tree hollow. But, then again, it might be exactly what you think it is.

Ecosexuality is about incorporating more elements of nature into our sex live and being more mindful of them, as well as our senses.

Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

From The New York Times: Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes A groundbreaking study has found that genetic variations in mice are linked to parental care and monogamy, the first time such a link has been found in mammals.

New Mexico bans conversion therapy

The original draft of the bill also prohibited groups from advertising gay conversion therapy, as it was the only way we could try to restrict the practice in unlicensed religious counselors. Sadly, that part of the bill was removed, due to conflict and precedent over other business issues, and the bill that was signed into law only prohibits the practice licensed clinicians.

Still, it's a remarkable and unexpected success for a state with a highly conservative Republican governor. We did not expect her to sign it into law.

Debby Herbenick in the Washington Post! Americans are having less sex. And that’s just fine.

A new study on the frequency of sex seems like bad news, but quality matters more than quantity when it comes to intimacy.

Dan Savage commented on this article in a recent SavageLove podcast stating that the people that complain about quantity also don't want to be intentional. (These individuals don't want to schedule sex.)

New Research 

Article Highlights

  • Past research has focused on narcissism’s global traits as being factors in predicting risk factors for infidelity, rather than specifically studying the traits that are activated in sexually situations.
  • Not all situation activate personality system.  Still undetermined is what sexual situations may or may not activate personality components.    
  • Current above mentioned research aimed to study what specific narcissistic traits in the sex domain pose risk of infidelity.
  • Clients may benefit from therapeutic interventions by identifying narcissistic traits in the sexual domain.  Focusing on increasing sexually empathy towards partner and decreasing entitlement to sex.

There is theoretical reason to believe that narcissism is associated with infidelity. Yet, studies that have examined this association have yielded inconsistent results. Given that these inconsistencies may have emerged because prior studies used global assessments of narcissism that do not capture the extent to which the components of narcissism are activated in the sexual domain, the current research drew from two longitudinal studies of 123 married couples to examine the extent to which sexual narcissism predicted marital infidelity. Consistent with the idea that narcissism predicts sexual behavior when activated in the sexual domain, own sexual narcissism was positively associated with infidelity, controlling for own marital and sexual satisfaction, own globally-assessed narcissism, partner globally-assessed narcissism, and partner sexual narcissism. Helping to explain why this association emerged, further analyses demonstrated that it was driven by all four facets of sexual narcissism—sexual exploitation, grandiose sense of sexual skill, sexual entitlement (Study 1 only), and lack of sexual empathy (husbands only). Additionally, although partner sexual narcissism was unrelated to infidelity on average, partners’ grandiose sense of sexual skill and partners’ sexual entitlement (Study 2 only) were positively associated with infidelity, and partners’ lack of sexual empathy was negatively associated with infidelity (Study 2 only). These findings highlight the benefits of using domain-specific measures of sexual narcissism in research on sexual behavior and the benefits of using domain-specific measures of personality more generally.

McNulty, J.K. & Widman, L. (2014) Sexual Narcissism and Infidelity in Early Marriage. Archives of Sex Behaviors, 43(7), 1315-1325.

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    This study explores the risky behaviors that occur during Spring Break as well as how those behaviors are perceived by other Spring Breakers. A survey of 1,540 college undergraduate were asked to describe their perceptions of what was normal in terms of having casual sex, how common is it to drink before sex, how many drinks and how often condoms are normally used in the context of Spring Break. The other key part of the study was for the person being surveyed to report their own drinking and sexual behaviors.

    The study showed, the idea that the other same sex student was having more sex than the student's own self-reported sexual behavior was a common misperception. They also discovered, the choice of who a person travels with can affect the amount of risky behavior that occurs. For example, traveling with a friend versus a romantic partner, in this scenario condoms were shown to be used less. In closing, this article promotes the idea of counseling students to challenge their perceptions about what is really happening during Spring Break in order to avoid risky behavior with sex and alcohol.

    Abstract: Spring Break trips are associated with heavy drinking and with risky sexual behavior (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple partners, unwanted sexual contact), especially for those students who go on trips with friends. The present study adds to this growing event-specific risk literature by examining Spring Break-specific normative perceptions of sexual risk behavior and the role that these perceptions and taking a trip with a friend or with a romantic partner have on Spring Break sexual behavior. College students (N = 1,540; 53.9% female) were asked to report descriptive normative perceptions of sex with casual partners, drinking prior to sex, number of drinks prior to sex, and condom use as well as their own Spring Break drinking and sexual behaviors. Students perceived the typical same-sex student to have engaged in more frequent sexual behavior for all outcomes than students’ own self-reported sexual behavior. Furthermore, results revealed that these perceptions were positively associated with behavior. The choice of travel companion (friend(s) vs. romantic partner) also deferentially predicted sexual behaviors. Results suggested that intervention efforts aimed at reducing risks for Spring Break trip-takers may be strongest when they incorporate corrective normative information and target those traveling with friends.

    Lewis, M. A., Patrick, M. E., Mittmann, A., Kaysen, D. L. (2015). Sex on the beach: The influence of social norms and trip companion on spring break sexual behavior. Prev Sci, 15(3), 408-418.

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