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Open your eyes to recognize reality. Female sexuality is a merchandise. And not perpetrators of human trafficking are the primary traders, but women themselves, with their universal attitude of demanding all kinds of things in exhange before they let a man have it: gifts, money, extra attention, commitment, economic stability, protection, a future, and love. (Serge Kreutz)

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Brookfield, Winconsin: Butea superba (Roxb.) improves penile erection in diabetic rats

Mark P. Osgood 3819 Joseph Street Brookfield, WI 53005

The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of ethanolic extract of Butea superba (Roxb.) on erectile dysfunction in diabetic rats by the measurement of intracavernous pressure (ICP) and on cavernosal smooth muscle relaxation. Male Sprague–Dawley rats were induced to become diabetic by a single intravenous injection of Streptozotocin (55 mg kg−1 body weight). The ethanolic extract at the concentration of 1, 10 and 100 mg kg−1 BW was administered orally once a day to diabetic rats in each group for 4 weeks. Diabetic rats showed a significant decrease in both ICP and the relaxation of the cavernosal smooth muscle compared with the normal rats. The extract of B. superba significantly increased the ICP with the effective dose of 10 mg kg−1 BW (61.00 ± 11.11 mmHg versus 39.61 ± 11.01 mmHg in the diabetic control group). Moreover, the B. superba-treated group also showed enhanced relaxation of the cavernosal smooth muscle with EC50 of 1.17 mg ml−1. These results suggest that the extract of B. superba enhanced penile erection in diabetic rats by increasing the ICP. This might be explained by the increased blood flow as a result of the relaxation of the cavernous smooth muscle.

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Anaheim, California: Optimal sex and Torture

Calvin J. Sikorski 3363 Sunny Day Drive Anaheim, CA 92805

Optimal sex up to an advanced age, and if necessary, aided by vascular and neurotropic agents like Pfizer’s Blue, yohimbine, dopaminergics, or testosterone enhancers like tongkat ali and butea superba, very much is a concern of modern civilisation. In medieval and ancient times, people were quite content if they were not tortured to death (never mind the optimal sex, thank you). An amazingly high number of people in medieval and ancient times (let's avoid designating them as ancient civilizations) were brutally tortured to death, often for the entertainment of onlookers. This included all mentally ill, and all enemies of rulers or ruling elites. Public torture is an extremely effective political tool. Not for the extraction of confessions, though. But torture one poor victim cruelly to death, and every onlooker will get the message: do not challenge authority!

Horrific Medieval Torture Methods & Devices (YouTube 7:42)

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Columbus, Ohio: Teen auctions off her virginity to pay for college and a car

Thomas M. Ward 883 James Martin Circle Columbus, OH 43215

An 18-year-old is chasing her “dream” of auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder — so she can pay for college and buy a car.

The half-Austrian, half-German, brunette — known only as “Kim” — said she jumped at the chance after hearing about a Romanian model who collected close to $3 million dollars for her v-card, according to her listing on the infamous site Cinderella Escorts.

The “18 year old and [5’8”] tall, school student is a checked up virgin and her dream is to sell her virginity,” Kim’s profile on the site reads.

“After I read about other virgins who sold their virginity…I asked myself one question. Should I give my virginity to a man who later on maybe will break up with me or is it better to take a lot of money instead,” the profile reads.

The website says virginity is proven with a doctor’s note, and bidders are free to do their own tests to “inspect” the girl and make sure she’s not faking it, according to The Sun.

Kim wrote she wants to study in Germany or Vienna and aims to use the dough to buy an apartment, a car and pay for tuition with the money she receives.

Her minimum bid is about $112,000 and her profile boasts a love for fitness, Greek food and Dior perfume.

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Wholesale tongkat ali shipped to the port of Houston, Texas
Wholesale tongkat ali shipped to the port of Houston, Texas

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Careful with Amazon – They sold a deadly tongkat ali brand

Deadly Singaporean fake tongkat ali has been on sale on Amazon.

More Singaporean products claiming to be tongkat ali are still touted on Amazon.

The following is how a dubious Singaporean tongkat ali source explains that they can sell just anything without having to be afraid of authorities.

Why Singapore is dangerous for tongkat ali

Caverflo – another death caused by fake tongkat ali shipped from Singapore

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Spencerville, Indiana: Sex Is Cheap

Robert M. Warren 3328 New Creek Road Spencerville, IN 46788

We keep hearing that young men are failing to adapt to contemporary life. Their financial prospects are impaired—earnings for 25- to 34-year-old men have fallen by 20 percent since 1971. Their college enrollment numbers trail women's: Only 43 percent of American undergraduates today are men. Last year, women made up the majority of the work force for the first time. And yet there is one area in which men are very much in charge: premarital heterosexual relationships.

When attractive women will still bed you, life for young men, even those who are floundering, just isn't so bad. This isn't to say that all men direct the course of their relationships. Plenty don't. But what many young men wish for—access to sex without too many complications or commitments—carries the day. If women were more fully in charge of how their relationships transpired, we'd be seeing, on average, more impressive wooing efforts, longer relationships, fewer premarital sexual partners, shorter cohabitations, and more marrying going on. Instead, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (which collects data well into adulthood), none of these things is occurring. Not one.The terms of contemporary sexual relationships favor men and what they want in relationships, not just despite the fact that what they have to offer has diminished, but in part because of it. And it's all thanks to supply and demand.

To better understand what's going on, it's worth a crash course in "sexual economics," an approach best articulated by social psychologists Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs. As Baumeister, Vohs, and others have repeatedly shown, on average, men want sex more than women do. Call it sexist, call it whatever you want—the evidence shows it's true. In one frequently cited study, attractive young researchers separately approached opposite-sex strangers on Florida State University's campus and proposed casual sex. Three-quarters of the men were game, but not one woman said yes. I know: Women love sex too. But research like this consistently demonstrates that men have a greater and far less discriminating appetite for it. As Baumeister and Vohs note, sex in consensual relationships therefore commences only when women decide it does.

And yet despite the fact that women are holding the sexual purse strings, they aren't asking for much in return these days—the market "price" of sex is currently very low. There are several likely reasons for this. One is the spread of pornography: Since high-speed digital porn gives men additional sexual options—more supply for his elevated demand—it takes some measure of price control away from women. The Pill lowered the cost as well. There are also, quite simply, fewer social constraints on sexual relationships than there once were. As a result, the sexual decisions of young women look more like those of men than they once did, at least when women are in their twenties. The price of sex is low, in other words, in part because its costs to women are lower than they used to be.

But just as critical is the fact that a significant number of young men are faring rather badly in life, and are thus skewing the dating pool. It's not that the overall gender ratio in this country is out of whack; it's that there's a growing imbalance between the number of successful young women and successful young men. As a result, in many of the places where young people typically meet—on college campuses, in religious congregations, in cities that draw large numbers of twentysomethings—women outnumber men by significant margins. (In one Manhattan ZIP code, for example, women account for 63 percent of 22-year-olds.)

The idea that sex ratios alter sexual behavior is well-established. Analysis of demographic data from 117 countries has shown that when men outnumber women, women have the upper hand: Marriage rates rise and fewer children are born outside marriage. An oversupply of women, however, tends to lead to a more sexually permissive culture. The same holds true on college campuses. In the course of researching our book Premarital Sex in America, my co-author and I assessed the effects of campus sex ratios on women's sexual attitudes and behavior. We found that virginity is more common on those campuses where women comprise a smaller share of the student body, suggesting that they have the upper hand. By contrast, on campuses where women outnumber men, they are more negative about campus men, hold more negative views of their relationships, go on fewer dates, are less likely to have a boyfriend, and receive less commitment in exchange for sex.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health data offer other glimpses into just how low the cost of sex is for young men ages 18 through 23. Take the speed with which these men say their romantic relationships become sexual: 36 percent of young men's relationships add sex by the end of the second week of exclusivity; an additional 13 percent do so by the end of the first month. A second indicator of cheap sex is the share of young men's sexual relationships—30 percent—that don't involve romance at all: no wooing, no dates, no nothing. Finally, as my colleagues and I discovered in our interviews, striking numbers of young women are participating in unwanted sex—either particular acts they dislike or more frequent intercourse than they'd prefer or mimicking porn (being in a dating relationship is correlated to greater acceptance of and use of porn among women).

Yes, sex is clearly cheap for men. Women's "erotic capital," as Catherine Hakim of the London School of Economics has dubbed it, can still be traded for attention, a job, perhaps a boyfriend, and certainly all the sex she wants, but it can't assure her love and lifelong commitment. Not in this market. It's no surprise that the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who are married has shrunk by an average of 1 percent each year this past decade.

Jill, a 20-year-old college student from Texas, is one of the many young women my colleagues and I interviewed who finds herself confronting the sexual market's realities. Startlingly attractive and an all-star in all ways, she patiently endures her boyfriend's hemming and hawing about their future. If she were operating within a collegiate sexual economy that wasn't oversupplied with women, men would compete for her and she would easily secure the long-term commitment she says she wants. Meanwhile, Julia, a 21-year-old from Arizona who's been in a sexual relationship for two years, is frustrated by her boyfriend's wish to "enjoy the moment and not worry about the future." Michelle, a 20-year-old from Colorado, said she is in the same boat: "I had an ex-boyfriend of mine who said that, um, he didn't know if he was ever going to get married because, he said, there's always going to be someone better." If this is "the end of men," someone really ought to let them know.

And yet while young men's failures in life are not penalizing them in the bedroom, their sexual success may, ironically, be hindering their drive to achieve in life. Don't forget your Freud: Civilization is built on blocked, redirected, and channeled sexual impulse, because men will work for sex. Today's young men, however, seldom have to. As the authors of last year's book Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality put it, "Societies in which women have lots of autonomy and authority tend to be decidedly male-friendly, relaxed, tolerant, and plenty sexy." They're right. But then try getting men to do anything.

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Hallsville, Texas: Mother jailed for forcing daughter into prostitution in Dubai

Jeff M. Bolden 1951 Thrash Trail Hallsville, TX 75650

A mother who forced her 16-year-old daughter to work as a prostitute has been jailed for two years.

At Dubai Criminal Court in August, the 42-year-old Pakistani denied a human-trafficking charge.

The court heard the girl became pregnant during her work. A 50-year-old Pakistani man was also charged with human trafficking because he was allegedly responsible for arranging liaisons with customers, but was found not guilty.

Records showed that the mother brought her daughter from Pakistan last year after telling her she had found her a job in a beauty salon. The girl arrived with both of her parents.

"They told my that I was here to work as a prostitute.

"I refused, but my mother started yelling at me and telling me I had to repay the costs they paid," the victim said.

She was sent to a hotel where she was forced to have sex with men. She continued to work as a prostitute until her mother’s visa expired after which both of them returned to Pakistan.

"We came back to Dubai in June last year and my mother started sending me to customers. On one occasion she sent me to Sharjah, where I was arrested."

She said that she had once asked a customer for help and to call police but he refused.

The teenager is being cared for by the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children.

She was seven months pregnant when her mother appeared in court on August 15.

The mother will be deported after serving her jail term.

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Rancho Cordova, California: The economics of sex: Has the price gotten too cheap?

Edward Y. Smith 2079 Park Avenue Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

With the romantic haze of Valentine’s Day behind us, can we return to the reality of relations between the sexes?

Start with a new film short, “The Economics of Sex,” from the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. The think tank’s “whiteboard video” — the kind where someone is drawing really fast — should be mandatory viewing for every woman between the ages of, say, 16 and 40.

The economics of sex isn’t a new topic and has nothing to do with anything illegal. It’s the study of where the supply and demand curves for sex meet.

The nice thing about viewing sex in economic terms is that we don’t have to satisfy the goddesses of political correctness. Here’s how the video lays things out:

“On average, men have a higher sex drive than women. Blame it on testosterone, call it whatever you want — but on average, men initiate sex more than women, they’re more sexually permissive than women, and they connect sex to romance less often than women.

“Nobody’s saying this is the way it ought to be. It’s just the way it is.”

“Women, on the other hand, are likely to have sex for reasons beyond just simple pleasure. Her motivations for sex often include expressing and receiving love, strengthening commitment, affirming desirability, and relationship security.”

How refreshingly honest — in a way that parents of adolescent girls should appreciate. These moms and dads don’t have an easy task: Though they know (and the research confirms) that their daughters will be happier if they delay sex until at least 17 or 18 and limit the number of partners they have, these girls are surrounded by cultures that offer a different message. Pop culture says everyone around you is enjoying casual sex; elite culture insists that women and men are exactly the same in this regard.

Most parents, even moderately religious ones, don’t feel comfortable telling their daughters not to have premarital sex because of divine retribution anymore.

“I don’t flat-out say, ‘Wait to get married,’ like my mother did,” one Catholic mother of a 14-year-old in Scarsdale tells me. She advises her daughter to “not give herself away easily or too many times” and that “sex is better when you are married and in love, so waiting is always better.” She wonders, “Does that sound conflicting and-or confusing? Maybe a tad bit, eh?”

When her son and two daughters were growing up in Park Slope, Kay Hymowitz says she never had an explicit discussion with them about avoiding casual sex or delaying sex in general; “They just knew.” But one reason they just knew, says Hymowitz, a Manhattan Institute scholar, is that they had “quasi-psychological” discussions at the dinner table, which included “why boys seemed one way and girls another.”

What many parents never get to, but should, is the next part of the video, which asks: “So in an exchange relationship where men want sex more often than women do, who decides when it will happen?” The answer: “She does, of course. Sex is her resource. Sex in consensual relationships will happen when women want it to.”

It is safe to say that few teen girls, let alone 25-year-old women, understand the truth of that statement, or its significant implications. They feel pressure coming at them from all sides to have sex early and often — even though, ultimately, they hold all the cards.

Or at least they could. And this is where the economics matters. Because many more women than men are in the market for a serious relationship, the video explains, “men can be picky and can insist on extensive sexual experience before committing.” Women’s competition for those men has increased, and so the “price” of sex — what the man has to “deliver,” emotionally and commitment-wise — has gone down.

If girls did actually come to realize that they’re “in the driver’s seat” when it comes to sex (and if sisterhood really were powerful), they could change the market entirely, having sex only when they were ready and only when they saw a serious commitment on the part of their partner.

As the voiceover in the video explains, “Collusion — women working together — would be the most rational way to elevate the ‘market value’ of sex.”

Call it the OPEC of sex. If this collusion worked, we’d see “on average more impressive wooing efforts, greater male investment, longer relationships, fewer premarital partners, shorter cohabitations and more marrying going on.”

Well, by next Valentine’s Day . . .

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Macon, Georgia: Sexual Economics

Frank A. Edwards 3134 White Lane Macon, GA 31201

A full 84 percent of unmarried Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three have already had sex. Sexual standards have disappeared, book after book argues, and young adults cohabit and hook up with reckless and frequent abandon. If we know this, why do we need another book on the subject? Because, while sexual standards have changed, they haven’t disappeared. Those wilder and looser sexual encounters are not as normal as we’ve been led to believe. Young adults don’t date like their grandparents did, but they don’t sleep around indiscriminately, either. So what, exactly, are they doing, and how can debunking myths about sexuality help young people make better choices?

To find out, sociologists Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker examined statistics on almost 15,000 young adults and interviewed almost 300. They use two theories to explain this mountain of data: sexual scripts and sexual economics.

Scripts are the plot lines on which we map our lives. Going on casual dates, progressing to an exclusive relationship, getting married, buying the house in the suburbs, having kids”that was yesterday’s middle-class American script, in which people tended to have sex within marriage or shortly before it, while society provided rules and guidelines for every stage.

Today’s sexual script looks much different. Many young adults think they will not be married for years. Although marriage remains an ideal for the young, they see it more as the end of the romantic story than the beginning. Sex, self-discovery, and freedom all end in marriage, while financial responsibility, the burden of children, and the likelihood of divorce begin there. If the desire of young adults for marriage is postponed, their desire for sex and companionship remains strong. So, though many (especially women) hope for permanence, they form temporary, exclusive relationships that last only as long as both parties remain interested.

In other words, they embrace serial monogamy. But serial monogamy has few clearly defined rules. How many partners is it normal to have over one’s sexual career? Does oral sex count as sex? Young people look for answers to these questions from their friends and popular media. Not surprisingly, therefore, their lives are guided by a triangulation of perceptions that often sharply diverge from reality.

The authors elaborate this idea in the theory of sexual economics, which explains how individual decisions”and perceptions about those decisions”about when and why people have sex affects a broader sexual “marketplace.” Of course this is an incomplete way to conceive of sex. Adam Smith does not explain the intricacies of human love. But given the decisions that millions of human beings have made about premarital sex, the authors argue, a loose sense of economics makes the most sense of them.

The first thing they note is not that new: Men and women have sex for different reasons. Men tend to be more sexually permissive than women; they initiate sex more often than women do; they refuse sex less often; and they rate their sex drive as stronger than women’s. For men, sex tends to be about satiating this drive. For women, it might be about that, but they also aim to acquire resources such as reassurance and financial benefits. Regnerus and Uecker note: “Women, on average, don’t want to have sex with. They want to be made love to.”

Second, women are the gatekeepers in the sexual marketplace, because they are more likely to refuse. In interviews, women and men agreed that women determine when sex in the relationship begins. The man doesn’t make a list of things he needs to see before he consents to have sex; most of the time, he is ready from the start. Sex is the woman’s bargaining tool”and she and her partner know it.

In many instances, this gives women the ability to gain something”whether emotional closeness, a change in behavior, or temporary commitment”before agreeing to have sex. In one study, attractive young male and female researchers approached members of the opposite sex and expressed their attraction to them. When they asked these strangers whether they wanted to go to bed that night, 75 percent of the men agreed. Not a single woman did. Who controlled the ability of those men to have a one-night stand? The women who offered. Regnerus and Uecker conclude, “Women can have sex when they wish to; men can only hope for it.

Women may have bargaining power for when and how they have sex, but, like all economic actors, they do not fully control the price of the commodity. “Just because women control the flow of sex within their relationships does not mean they’re free to do sexually as they please.” If the sexual script sets a high price for sex, as it used to do, a woman can demand that her lover be mature and ready for the commitment she seeks before she gives him the sex he desires. If the script sets a low price for sex, she cannot demand nearly as much.

“In other words,” the authors comment, “men will work for sex. But they won’t if they don’t have to.” If women think that everyone else is having sex earlier in their relationships or that quicker sex will lead to quicker commitment, they tend to set the price lower themselves. The increasing ubiquity of online pornography further lowers prices by promoting an unrealistic picture of women and sex. As a Texan sorority-sister commented, “Men made the rules and women enforce them.”

Regnerus and Uecker offer a compelling explanation for why that price falls even lower on college campuses. Today women tend to outnumber men, and fewer men means that, if a woman wants a relationship, she has to agree to the man’s terms”in other words, she has to be more willing to have sex sooner and on less committed terms. This, in part, explains the dynamics of the much-publicized hookup culture.

However, life on college campuses is not the orgy that many have made it out to be. In fact, young adults who never go to college have more sex than those who do. Many of today’s college students spend their time studying, enjoying their friends, and pursuing romantic relationships. They may have multiple sexual partners in a series of relationships, but that doesn’t mean that they are having anonymous, nonromantic sex all the time.

Regnerus and Uecker also contrast what they call “red” and “blue” sexual habits, meaning the sexual practices common among young adults in culturally conservative and liberal states. Liberal young people are more likely to relativize or discard sexual mores. They might keep certain codes of right and wrong but, with the exception of the universal prohibition on cheating, they are reluctant to say that any rule should govern the conduct of others. Moreover, they do not attach sex directly to marriage.

Conservative young people are more likely to believe in codes of right and wrong for themselves and others. But they are also more likely to adapt those mores or exempt themselves from them altogether. It is not uncommon for young conservatives who are having sex even though they think it wrong to say, “I’m not perfect,” or “That’s just how it is nowadays.” It’s not that they’re being intentionally hypocritical, Regnerus and Uecker argue. “Rather, they feel the powerful pull of competing moral claims upon them: the script about what boyfriends and girlfriends in love want or are supposed to do for and to each other, and the script about what unmarried Christian behavior should look like. They want to satisfy both but find themselves rationalizing.”

The authors continue: “In emerging adulthood, the point of sex for most blues is enjoyment. Reds like sex no less than blues, but they feel compelled to motivate sex for reasons beyond that. For reds, sex is supposed to serve some overarching relational purpose.” What separates most conservatives from liberals isn’t that they’re abstaining from sex; it’s that they’re just following different scripts for when and how to have it.

What are the consequences of serial monogamy or strings of casual sexual encounters? Those who are virgins or those who have had only one or two previous partners and are in a relationship are the most emotionally healthy. The more serial the monogamy, the greater the likelihood of some kind of emotional dissatisfaction or instability.

In a world of changing scripts and lowering sexual costs, relationships become riskier business”especially if you’re a woman. Regnerus and Uecker close by debunking myths about sex and relationships. The idea that everyone else is having more sex than you are is a fiction, they say, but the possibility of long-term exclusivity is not. Furthermore, what one person does in his bedroom affects what others do in theirs. And just as introducing sex won’t save a relationship on the rocks, neither will cohabitation lead to a wedding ring.

If current sexual and romantic customs leave many dissatisfied, what can be done? Regnerus and Uecker shy away from prescriptions, but they note that “people pay attention to”and live out”compelling and attractive stories.” Anyone interested in telling a story about love and marriage that is not only attractive but also accurate would do well to start with this book.

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