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Spanking 'brings couples together' (Scientific Study - Seriously!)
New Scientist ^ | 30 March 2009 | Linda Geddes

Posted on 03/30/2009 12:17:53 PM PDT by GOPGuide

SPANKING is stressful at first, but it could bring consenting couples closer together. That's the implication of two studies of hormonal changes associated with sadomasochistic (S&M) activities including spanking, bondage and flogging.

Brad Sagarin at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and colleagues measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at an S&M party in Arizona, before, during and after participating in activities. During S&M scenes, cortisol rose significantly in those receiving stimulation, but dropped back to normal within 40 minutes if the scene went well. There was no change in those inflicting the activity.

At an S&M event in Colorado, testosterone was measured in 45 men and women. It increased significantly in receiving women only. Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa, Italy, says the boost may help women cope with the aggressive nature of S&M activities, or that it could be another sign of stress. In both studies, couples who said the party went well also reported increases in relationship closeness (Archives of Sexual Behavior, DOI: 10.1007/s10508-008-9374-5).

It's important to note that levels of both hormones dropped back down in couples who enjoyed the experience, Marazziti says. "When sexual intercourse is consensual it is not stressful - even if it is extreme sex."

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, UK, adds that almost any shared activity is likely to promote interpersonal closeness. "It doesn't have to be tying up your partner or placing clamps on their nipples, it could be something as simple as cooking a meal together or even doing the housework as a duo," he says.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


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KEYWORDS: aggression; celebrateperversity; culturewar; hormones; medicine; rapefantasy; research; sadomasochism; science; scientists; sexpositiveagenda; smashmonogamy
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Are scientists running out of things to study?
1 posted on 03/30/2009 12:17:54 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

“......those receiving stimulation [spanking],”

The American taxpayers?


2 posted on 03/30/2009 12:19:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (And oh, Hey! I've been travelin' on this road too long)
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To: GOPGuide

“......those receiving stimulation [spanking],”

The American taxpayers?


3 posted on 03/30/2009 12:20:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (And oh, Hey! I've been travelin' on this road too long)
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To: GOPGuide

No thanks, I’ll pass on this one.


4 posted on 03/30/2009 12:21:07 PM PDT by dforest
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To: GOPGuide

I wonder if the gay ABC journalist who was murdered by an underaged teen he hired on Craigslist would agree.


5 posted on 03/30/2009 12:21:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: GOPGuide
"When sexual intercourse is consensual it is not stressful - even if it is extreme sex."

It's not extreme unless it involves base jumping.

6 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: GOPGuide
Whatever.


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7 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:06 PM PDT by Canedawg (Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny- M. Levin)
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To: a fool in paradise

Then...then spanking our kids makes them feel how much we love them...cool?


8 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:34 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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Are scientists running out of things to study?

More of the work of sex positive sexologists pushing to smash the concepts of morality and love.

9 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: GOPGuide

Hit me baby one more time (thank you sir, may I have another?)


10 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:41 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emporer has no pedigree.)
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To: pissant

Taking notes.


11 posted on 03/30/2009 12:22:42 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: GOPGuide

Most women like it. But why the study?


12 posted on 03/30/2009 12:23:18 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

This must surely explain Muslim women.


13 posted on 03/30/2009 12:24:28 PM PDT by WVNan (Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.: Sun Tzu)
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To: GOPGuide

Sick!

Still, if Reese Witherspoon really wants a spanking...


14 posted on 03/30/2009 12:24:38 PM PDT by olrtex
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To: ClearCase_guy
It's not extreme unless it involves base jumping.

Well, to each his own, I guess.

15 posted on 03/30/2009 12:25:28 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: GOPGuide

Meanwhile waterboarding terrorists captures in the field of combat is considered “abuse”.

Meanwhile spanking a child who misbehaves repeatedly is considered “abuse”.

Rape fantasy is okay with the Sex Positive crowd though.


16 posted on 03/30/2009 12:25:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: GOPGuide
"It doesn't have to be tying up your partner or placing clamps on their nipples, it could be something as simple as cooking a meal together or even doing the housework as a duo," he says.

Yeah, right. "Let's see, hon. Do we get out the fuzzy handcuffs, or shall we vacuum together?"

17 posted on 03/30/2009 12:26:01 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: pissant; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; EveningStar

I’m taking odds on how long this thread lasts before someone gets “spanked.”


18 posted on 03/30/2009 12:27:41 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: GOPGuide
Spanking kids, although stressful, brings couples together?

So, what's the next study: Although stressful, couples can be brought closer together with abortion.

Stupid gits...

19 posted on 03/30/2009 12:28:02 PM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: GOPGuide

I don’t know how I will explain it to my boss when this thread comes up on my visited sites.


20 posted on 03/30/2009 12:28:07 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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