This week it seems to be mostly about sexuality, in the broadest sense. But first a couple of miscellaneous items.
The first is a report of a venomous snake which can kill, but even if it doesn't it can seriously mess with your hormonal system and (partly) reverse puberty.
For the aficionados of history and things touristy, as well as bookshops, there is now a small bookshop in the Wellington Arch at London's Hyde Park Corner. The Arch itself is also open and well worth a visit, if only for the views. IanVisits reported recently and I mentioned it a couple of times a few days ago.
And now for all the "sex stuff" ...
... although the first is also historic. Here's a report of vulva shaped Medieval pilgrim badges.
In further revelations, researchers claim to have worked out a woman's 'sexiest time'. 11pm on Saturday since you ask!
And yet more researchers claim to have shown that, for men, red is not a proxy signal for female genitalia. Think I could have told them that!
Here's an interesting article on society's attitudes towards childless women. Why is it that everyone is supposed to have children? Why can't we accept that some don't want to, and some can't. And many who can't accept that's the way life is. And then there's society's attitude to men who aren't fathers: we get just as much incomprehension, although not as much cattiness. In my view the childless are legally discriminated against in the workplace with the law requiring that parents have the right to special/extra leave which isn't available to the childless, who have to mop up the extra work. Besides not having children is possibly the most eco-friendly thing one can do — rapidly followed by not having a car and not flying.
Finally a piece by Kate Takes 5 on book clubs and Brazilians. Why do women (and some men too!) feel the need to remove all their pubic hair? Sure beats me!