The Surprising Relationship Between Sex and Pizza: 4 Things We Learned About Sex This Week
This week, we answer several fascinating questions: how long do car-based sexual interactions last on average? Why should you consider rolling around in pumpkin pie and/or cheese pizza? Why do people watch condom-free porn? Enjoy, and be sure to share these discoveries with your loved ones over the holidays.
1. Friends don’t let friends sex and drive. Or maybe they do, but they probably shouldn’t. It turns out lots of young people are have sex in cars, and the results can be a little dangerous. Looking at 195 men and 511 women, researchers from the University of South Dakota found that 33 percent of men and nine percent of women had sex while driving, and nine percent of men and 29 percent of women had sex as a passenger. According to the study, the sexual activity lasted 1-10 minutes for 42.7 percent of the respondents. Approximately 49% traveled at 100-130 km per hour during sex. The most common side effects were speeding (37.8 percent), drifting into another lane (36 percent) and letting go of the steering wheel (10.8 percent). Ah ha! “Letting go of the steering wheel.” So, that’s what the kids are calling it these days. Though fewer that two percent of those DWS (driving while sexing) had an accident.
2. The sexy smell of cheese pizza and Good and Plenty. If you want to turn on a man, you may want to put your face in a pumpkin pie or rub some pizza grease behind your ears. Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, reveals some interesting findings about smell in his book The Real Science Of Sex Appeal, which will be published in January. Dr. Hirsch looked at how 46 different scents affected penile blood flow in 31 men and found that lavender and pumpkin pie (individually, not combined) increased it by 40%. Cheese pizza increased it by 5%. So maybe you should wear lavender oil instead of pizza grease.
Hirsh also surveyed 30 women and found that vaginal blood flow was increased by pumpkin pie smell as well. But the winning combination was the scent of cucumber and Good & Plenty licorice candy, which increased vaginal blood flow by 13%. I guess if you really want to increase your odds, you should make a pumpkin pie with plenty of lavender, licorice, and cucumber, topped with cheese and tomato sauce. Then bring it out with you and see who comes around.
3. Clothes off, condoms on, free speech intact. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a law requiring adult entertainment actors to wear condoms becomes the law of the land on Monday. Vivid Entertainment and other producers of porn tried to argue that a 2012 law, pushed by the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, violated the First Amendment. The law was passed after the LA health department alerted people to the widespread transmission of STIs including HIV among porn actors. Vivid and other plaintiffs claimed that condomless sex allowed them to communicate a message about a world free of risks like pregnancy and disease.
While that is a beautiful, utopian message, it doesn’t stand legal muster. As 9th Circuit judge Susan Graber wrote, “To determine whether conduct is protected by the First Amendment, we ask not only whether someone intended to convey a particular message through that conduct, but also whether there is a ‘great’ likelihood ‘that the message would be understood by those who viewed it… [W]hatever unique message Plaintiffs might intend to convey by depicting condomless sex, it is unlikely that viewers of adult films will understand that message.” You mean people don’t watch condom-free porn because they want to unpack its socio-cultural-sexual metaphors? I feel dirty!
4. Lesbians do it (earn) better. Gay men do it worse. A new study shows that in some countries lesbians actually earn more than their heterosexual counterparts. The study, called “Sexual orientation and labor market outcomes,” led by Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University, shows, unsurprisingly, that gay and lesbian employees report more unfair treatment and harassment at work and less job satisfaction than do heterosexual employees. Also, gay men earn less than heterosexual men with a similar level of skills and experience. But it’s not all bad news for LGBT people. While lesbians earn less than heterosexual women in Greece and Australia, they earn the same in France and Sweden and earn more in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Canada and the U.S.