Saturday, July 21, 2012

Based on IQ tests, women are now officially smarter than men

It’s official. Women are smarter than men.
For the first time in history, western women are scoring higher than men on IQ tests, according to Professor James Flynn, a widely recognized authority on intelligence quotient testing.
Both genders’ IQ scores have improved over the past century, yet women’s scores typically lagged four or five points behind, Flynn told the Star.
But in the last few years, women’s scores have risen faster and surpassed the men’s results by about one point, according to data Flynn compiled from testing agencies and academics in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Estonia, Argentina and Israel.
“Where women had a full opportunity to embrace modernity, women now either equal or slightly surpass men,” said Flynn, emeritus professor of psychology and philosophy at New Zealand’s University of Otago. He spoke to the Star by phone from Oxford, England.


I wouldn't get too excited just yet. The author of the study says that women's average IQ is one point higher than the men's average. One point really doesn't make any difference at all. If the study claimed that women's average IQ was 10+ points higher, then that would be something. Maybe if they revisit this subject in 10 - 15 years, that will be the case.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ejaculation, prostate cancer and long-term chastity

I'm sure you've all heard that ejaculation helps prevent prostate cancer. It was all over the news a few years ago (along with smirking male news anchors). Well, it turns out, it might not be true.

In the article "Ejaculation: How Often for Good Health?" by Cupid's Poisoned Arrow, Marnia writes:

"Curious, my husband and I began digging around for the answer. We learned that the medical profession considers ejaculation frequency irrelevant as far as prostate cancer rates are concerned. That's right, ejaculation frequency is not a risk factor for the disease. Research studies on the matter have gone both ways. The most recent study we saw found that men who had masturbated very frequently had slightly higher rates of prostate cancer later in life."

She also writes:
"Primates are a funny bunch. Even the sexy bonobos and their cousins the macaque monkeys frequently don't ejaculate when they engage in sexual activity. It seems primates need sex for the social bonds that soothe their brains—rather than mere ejaculation. In fact, comforting contact may be even more vital for pair-bonding brains like ours. In any case, too much sexual stimulation can actually leave people less contented."

In the article, she also writes that a man's body will take care of its own needs via wet dreams. A urologist is quoted as saying whatever a man's rate of wet dreams is, that's how often he should ejaculate.

A search for scholarly articles on Google Scholar has also turned up nothing confirming the myth that ejaculation prevents prostate cancer.

I'm not at all surprised that this hasn't been covered in the news. I can only imagine how many women have been duped into getting their husband or boyfriend off more often, and when she doesn't particularly feel inclined, claiming that it's good for his prostate.

So, if you're worried about keeping your man locked up in a chastity device long-term, or if you're a male who fears for his prostate if you're kept locked up, there's no need to worry.