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The female price of male pleasure

The female price of male pleasure | Health and Education | Scoop.it
The Aziz Ansari case hit a nerve because, as I've long feared, we're only comfortable with movements like #MeToo so long as the men in question are absolute monsters we can easily separate from the pack. Once we move past the "few bad apples" argument and start to suspect that this is more a trend than a blip, our instinct is to normalize. To insist that this is is just how men are, and how sex is.
This is what Andrew Sullivan basically proposed in his latest, startlingly unscientific column. #MeToo has gone too far, he argues, by refusing to confront the biological realities of maleness. Feminism, he says, has refused to give men their due and denied the role "nature" must play in these discussions. Ladies, he writes, if you keep denying biology, you'll watch men get defensive, react, and "fight back."

This is beyond vapid. Not only is Sullivan bafflingly confused about nature and its realities, as Colin Dickey notes in this instructive Twitter thread, he's being appallingly conventional. Sullivan claims he came to "understand the sheer and immense natural difference between being a man and being a woman" thanks to a testosterone injection he received. That is to say, he imagines maleness can be isolated to an injectable hormone and doesn't bother to imagine femaleness at all. If you want an encapsulation of the habits of mind that made #MeToo necessary, there it is. Sullivan, that would-be contrarian, is utterly representative.

The real problem isn't that we — as a culture — don't sufficiently consider men's biological reality. The problem is rather that theirs is literally the only biological reality we ever bother to consider.

So let's actually talk bodies. Let's take bodies and the facts of sex seriously for a change. And let's allow some women back into the equation, shall we? Because if you're going to wax poetic about male pleasure, you had better be ready to talk about its secret, unpleasant, ubiquitous cousin: female pain.

Research shows that 30 percent of women report pain during vaginal sex, 72 percent report pain during anal sex, and "large proportions" don't tell their partners when sex hurts.

That matters, because nowhere is our lack of practice at thinking about non-male biological realities more evident than when we talk about "bad sex." For all the calls for nuance in this discussion of what does and doesn't constitute harassment or assault, I've been dumbstruck by the flattening work of that phrase — specifically, the assumption that "bad sex" means the same thing to men who have sex with women as it does to women who have sex with men.

The studies on this are few. A casual survey of forums where people discuss "bad sex" suggests that men tend to use the term to describe a passive partner or a boring experience. (Here's a very unscientific Twitter poll I did that found just that.) But when most women talk about "bad sex," they tend to mean coercion, or emotional discomfort or, even more commonly, physical pain. Debby Herbenick, a professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health, and one of the forces behind the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, confirmed this. "When it comes to 'good sex,'" she told me, "women often mean without pain, men often mean they had orgasms."
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Canada Is Being Hit With A Flu Outbreak That Can Be Potentially Deadly.

Canada Is Being Hit With A Flu Outbreak That Can Be Potentially Deadly. | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Currently, Canada is dealing with a serious flu outbreak and experts are suggesting that the peak of infection is going to be happening in the next few weeks as dominant strains of the flu virus are expected to emerge. Although the peak infections are expected to occur in January there will be another peak at…
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Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From The Dawn Of The Universe

Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From The Dawn Of The Universe | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Scientists have spotted the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen in the universe, giving us a glimpse back into the dawn of the cosmos.
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Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated

Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Most of the recent cases occurred in outbreaks, including a large one in Arkansas, rather than as a sporadic here-a-case, there-a-case disease. And most of the outbreaks were among people 18 to 22 years old, most of whom had had the requisite two doses of mumps vaccine in childhood. “We are seeing it in a young and highly vaccinated population,” Dr. Routh said.
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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Slow Processing Speed

At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Slow Processing Speed | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Slow processing speed can impact learning at all stages. Find out how teachers can help your child in the classroom. Get ideas for classroom accommodations.
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Canadian researchers create first map of universe's dark matter

Canadian researchers create first map of universe's dark matter | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created the first map showing how our universe's elusive dark matter interacts with galaxies.
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The Studies Behind Canadian Health Care Seem To Have Forgotten Us

The Studies Behind Canadian Health Care Seem To Have Forgotten Us | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Inexplicably, research data on minority and female populations is not collected in Canada — seemingly a theme in this country.
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Dissenting doctors write open letter in support of federal tax reforms | Toronto Star

Dissenting doctors write open letter in support of federal tax reforms  | Toronto Star | Health and Education | Scoop.it
The tax reforms proposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau have been panned by many physicians across Canada, including the Canadian Medical Association.
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“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.” Canadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians. “These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.” The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy. Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said. McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau. “It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.” Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said. “I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said. Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario. “Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.
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Geology IN: Falling Sea Level Caused Volcanoes to Overflow

Geology IN: Falling Sea Level Caused Volcanoes to Overflow | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Model of an island volcano. During the last transition to glacial conditions the decreasing pressure at the seafloor could have induce
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The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto's New Genetic-Engineering Technology

The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto's New Genetic-Engineering Technology | Health and Education | Scoop.it
It’s the first time RNA interference will be used to kill insect pests.
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If glyphosate is found at higher and higher levels in our food already, with corresponding health effects, what does this have the potential to do?
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More Than Half Of Opioid Prescriptions Go To People With Mental Illness

More Than Half Of Opioid Prescriptions Go To People With Mental Illness | Health and Education | Scoop.it
People with mood disorders receive 60 million prescriptions for painkillers a year.
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Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic

Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Temperature changes around the globe are pushing human pathogens of all kinds into unexpected new areas, raising many new risks for people.
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Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation? | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Yet as popular as this theory has become, it is riddled with problems. For example: 

Reducing levels of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine does not produce depression in humans, even though it appears to do so in animals.
Although some depressed patients have low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, the majority do not. Several studies indicate that only 25 percent of depressed patients have low levels of these neurotransmitters.
Some depressed patients have abnormally high levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, and some patients with no history of depression have low levels of them. (2)
What if depression isn’t caused by a “chemical imbalance” after all? More specifically, what if depression itself is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying problem? 

That is exactly what the most recent research on depression is telling us. A new theory called the “Immune Cytokine Model of Depression” holds that depression is not a disease itself, but instead a “multifaceted sign of chronic immune system activation.” (3)

To put it plainly: depression may be a symptom of chronic inflammation.
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Morning Sickness Drug May Not Be Effective: Researchers

Morning Sickness Drug May Not Be Effective: Researchers | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Diclectin is prescribed 300,000 times each year by Canadian doctors.
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Does secrecy around long-term care home abuse put residents at risk?

Does secrecy around long-term care home abuse put residents at risk? | Health and Education | Scoop.it
CBC News has obtained a second batch of abuse investigation reports prepared by Nova Scotia's Health Department, though large sections remain greyed out.
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Brand name drug sales soar in Canada, while R&D sags

Brand name drug sales soar in Canada, while R&D sags | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Canada's manufacturers of brand name medicines have failed to invest 10 per cent of their annual sales into research and development as they have long promised. The industry earned a record $20 billion in 2016, yet spent just four per cent of that on in-house R&D in Canada.
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It’s a Myth That Young Children Cannot Be Screened for Dyslexia

It’s a Myth That Young Children Cannot Be Screened for Dyslexia | Health and Education | Scoop.it
This is part four of the five-part series, What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability? In part one, Bob Broudo talks about the early awareness of and research into Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLDs). Part two is primer on LBLDs, part three discusses remediation, and five will feature a day-in-the-life of a family with children with LBLD. Originally published on the International Dyslexia…
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‘No One Is Coming’: Hospice Patients Abandoned At Death’s Door

‘No One Is Coming’: Hospice Patients Abandoned At Death’s Door | Health and Education | Scoop.it
The hospice care that people expect — and sign up for — sometimes disappears when they need it most.
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Scientists think they've spotted some of the universe's 'missing' matter and it could be a lot

Scientists think they've spotted some of the universe's 'missing' matter and it could be a lot | Health and Education | Scoop.it
There’s a big chunk of matter in the universe that physicists know is there, but haven’t been able to find. Now, researchers from B.C. and Scotland say they've spotted some of that 'missing' matter.
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Autism and the Inclusion Mandate - Education Next

Autism and the Inclusion Mandate - Education Next | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Daniel experiences the regular classroom
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Neoadjuvant chemotherapy induces breast cancer metastasis through a TMEM-mediated mechanism

Breast cancer is one of the most common tumor types, and metastasis greatly increases the risk of death from this disease. By studying the process of intravasation or entry of cells into the vasculature, Karagiannis et al . discovered that, in addition to killing tumor cells, chemotherapy treatment can also increase intravasation. Groups of cells collectively known as tumor microenvironment of metastasis (TMEM) can serve as gateways for tumor cells entering the vasculature, and the authors discovered that several types of chemotherapy can increase the amounts of TMEM complexes and circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream. The researchers also determined that a drug called rebastinib can interfere with TMEM activity and help overcome the increased risk of cancer cell dissemination.
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Scientific evidence that chemo actually spreads cancer - we already knew it works in only around 1% of cases (which means a failure rate of 99%), and was therefore just a pharma cash crop, but now there's proof it causes cancer to mastaticize and spread. And all of this while they've known for decades of plant substances that shrink and kill off tumors.
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Geology IN: How to Read a Geologic Map

Geology IN: How to Read a Geologic Map | Health and Education | Scoop.it
1-Starting on the Ground - Topography on Maps Geologic maps may be the most concentrated form of knowledge ever put on paper,
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EPA Chief's Refusal To Ban Pesticide 'Puts All Children At Risk,' Pediatricians Warn

EPA Chief's Refusal To Ban Pesticide 'Puts All Children At Risk,' Pediatricians Warn | Health and Education | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency "has no basis" to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops.
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How I discovered that some foods were messing with my son's brain.

How I discovered that some foods were messing with my son's brain. | Health and Education | Scoop.it
We’d already known my son had a dairy sensitivity as a baby, but we thought he had outgrown it. His original infant symptoms had disappeared. But by age 3 we were having a very tough time with him…
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Doctors charging both government and patients privately in illegal double-dipping practice

Doctors charging both government and patients privately in illegal double-dipping practice | Health and Education | Scoop.it
Regulators are doing little to stop doctor-owned clinics from quietly making desperate patients open their wallets to bypass long lines for everything from simple appointments to major surgery
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