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  1. The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
      "There are few issues as hotly contested — and as poorly understood — as the question of what makes a person gay or straight. It's not only a political, social, and religious question but also a scientific question, one that might someday have an actual, provable answer." 03-06

  2. -05-18-07 The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
      "Psychologists used to believe homosexuality was caused by nurture — namely overbearing mothers and distant fathers — but that theory has been disproved. Today, scientists are looking at genes, environment, brain structure and hormones. There is one area of consensus: that homosexuality involves more than just sexual behavior; it’s physiological." 05-07

  3. Worms Hard-Wired for Sexual Orientation (MSNBC News)
      "Sexual orientation seems to be wired into the brains of nematode worms, and tweaking this sexual wiring can result in worms attracted to members of the same sex." 10-07

  4. Sexualization of Girls in Films (USA Today)
      "Female teenage characters were more likely to wear sexy, provocative clothing (40%) than other women — even more than those age 21 to 39 (32%). And the teen girls were as likely to appear partially naked as the older women (30%)."

      "Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, a University of Missouri researcher who studies the media's influence on young people and was not involved in this study, says the sexualization of girls is rampant in films, television, music videos and the marketing of clothing to children." 04-11

  5. Sexualization of Girls as Early as Six (MSNBC News)
      "Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest." 07-12

  6. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (Awesome Library)

  7. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Seniors (
      " 'It used to be that you encourage parents to talk to their kids," says Lee, "but now we're encouraging kids to talk to their parents — and grandparents.' " 07-08

  8. Foods for Better Sexual Health (MSNBC News)
      "Which foods pack the most punch: Many foods high in good-for-you omega 3s are also high in L-Arginine, such as free-range game, seafood, walnuts, and sesame seeds. Plus, omega 3s help your body better absorb L-Arginine, according to a study in Nutrition & Metabolism." 02-11

  9. Sexual Orientation (American Psychological Association)
      Provides statements on the positions of the American Psychological Association on issues related to gays and lesbians. Some visitors use the outdated term "homosexual." 04-11

  10. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) (
      Provides detailed information, listed by condition. 8-04

  11. Study: Sexual Habits of Americans (MSNBC News)
      "It’s a question that often prompts a boastful answer or a bashful one: How many sex partners have you had?"

      "Now the federal government says it has authoritative statistics, documenting that men are far more likely to play the field than women." 07-06

  12. Depression Treatment and Sexual Dysfunction in Women (U.S. News)
      "Viagra might be more than a man's drug after all. Four years after Pfizer abandoned trials seeking FDA approval of its use as a potential treatment for female sexual arousal disorder, new research suggests that the diamond-shaped pill may help some women overcome sexual side effects caused by antidepressants." 08-07

  13. Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CNN News)
      "Neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nor the American Social Health Association has a list of STDs you should get tested for when you're about to have sex for the first time with someone. However, after discussion with various STD experts, here's a list of tests many doctors recommend."

      "They can be a starting point for a discussion with your doctor. The CDC has a list of clinics that offer testing for STDs by ZIP code." 05-11

  14. 03-21-04 Methodist Church Acquits Lesbian Pastor (CBS News)
      "A lesbian Methodist minister said she was relieved by her acquittal in a church trial over her sexual orientation — but so was the pastor who prosecuted her, and even the bishop who filed the complaint."

      A jury of 13 pastors said it decided in favor of the Rev. Karen Dammann “after many hours of painful and prayerful deliberations, and listening for and to the word of God.” 3-04

  15. Report: Rumsfeld Approved Iraqi Abuses (
      "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the expansion of a secret program that encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners to obtain intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq, The New Yorker reported Saturday." 5-04

  16. -10-13-04 U.S. Snubs U.N. Plan for Women (CBS News)
      "More than 250 global leaders in all fields including 85 heads of state and government — have signed a statement endorsing a U.N. plan adopted 10 years ago to ensure every woman's right to education, health care, and to make choices about childbearing. But President George W. Bush's administration refused to sign because the statement mentions 'sexual rights.' " 10-04

  17. Editorial - One Country, Two Moralities ( - Cooperman)
      Provides a progressive view of the divisions in the nation revealed by voting preferences for the president."

      "There are indeed sides, but the dividing line is not morality. It is the ability to tolerate uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, unknowability, relativity."

      "And this tolerance is less a matter of brainpower than of temperament."

      "The asymmetry occasionally perturbs me, because I can appreciate their tastes far more readily than they can appreciate mine. But I would wager that our differences have even more to do with genes than they do with upbringing or education. Desire for novelty and risk aversion are both hardwired."

      "So I must abandon the solace of thinking my political opponents benighted, uneducated and cognitively impaired."

      "But I refuse to think them more moral."

      "There are as many moral values at stake in opposing the slaughter of innocent Iraqi children as there are in opposing the abortion of innocent unborn children. As much moral sensitivity in defending the world's wilderness from exploitation as in defending our ... er ... homeland security. And as much moral courage in supporting the rights of people of all sexual orientations as in supporting traditional marriage."

      "How does one participate in a democracy in which more than half the people want righteous certainty at any cost – and a significant minority despises this certainty as ignorance, bigotry and cruelty?" 09-13

  18. U.N. Resolves to Protect Children from War (BBC News)
      "The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution aimed at protecting children in armed conflict."

      "The council agreed to monitor more than 50 governments and rebel groups accused of violating children's rights and punish those who did not stop."

      "Abuses include killing or maiming children, using child soldiers and sexual violence against children." 7-05

  19. -10-07-05 Judge Gives Vatican Immunity on Abuse Case (USA Today)
      "A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that the Holy See is a foreign state that enjoys certain immunity protections, placing restrictions on a lawsuit by three men who allege the Vatican covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests.

      "The ruling is significant because it says that the Holy See's religious activity is irrelevant to the immunity protections it enjoys as a foreign state. It could have implications for other cases in which the Holy See is named as a defendant in the clerical sexual abuse scandal." 9-05

  20. -09-16-06 Israelis Disillusioned by Political Scandals (MSNBC News)
      "The president is being questioned on sexual harassment and wiretapping charges. The former justice minister is standing trial on accusations of sexual misconduct. The prime minister is being investigated for possible foul play in real estate deals."

      "An unrelenting wave of corruption scandals — which many blame on an increasingly selfish political culture — has further disillusioned Israelis already furious with their leaders over the devastating war in Lebanon." 09-06

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