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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.

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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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To: GOPGuide; wagglebee
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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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."

I'd rather do the vacuuming, and I really HATE vaccuming.

21 posted on 03/30/2009 12:28:19 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!


22 posted on 03/30/2009 12:28:34 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: indylindy

This will be taught in public schools next semester. Kindergarteners need to know this.


23 posted on 03/30/2009 12:29:32 PM PDT by donna ( I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: GOPGuide

OMG!!! What in the world is in these peoples’ water they’re drinking?????


24 posted on 03/30/2009 12:30:15 PM PDT by lula ( If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: Larry Lucido

25 posted on 03/30/2009 12:30:47 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Canedawg
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26 posted on 03/30/2009 12:31:00 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!")
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To: a fool in paradise
Meanwhile spanking a child who misbehaves repeatedly is considered “abuse”.

Exactly. It's sad that when I read the headline I thought it was saying that discipline of an offspring brings couples together. I thought it was odd, especially since it would imply something positive about traditional parenting methods, but the "sexual meaning" didn't hit me until I clicked on it. I guess I'm living in a different era.
27 posted on 03/30/2009 12:31:57 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: pissant

I think I have that one!


28 posted on 03/30/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: olrtex
Still, if Reese Witherspoon really wants a spanking...

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Helen is available.

29 posted on 03/30/2009 12:33:00 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!")
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To: GOPGuide

“When sexual intercourse is consensual it is not stressful...”

Uh, yeah...and prostitutes are paid to leave afterwards not for sex.


30 posted on 03/30/2009 12:33:28 PM PDT by Leg Olam (my gurlfrnd syas my tyipgns as goood as my sex)
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To: BenLurkin

“SPANKING is stressful at first, but it could bring consenting couples closer together.”

Bring them together in divorce court maybe. If My husband tried to spank me, I’d be a widow.


31 posted on 03/30/2009 12:35:00 PM PDT by 1035rep ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: GOPGuide
Works on the government level, too, according to our leaders.

Google has apparently suppressed this image. I had a hard time finding it this time.

32 posted on 03/30/2009 12:35:22 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: pissant

lmao! Have you done your own study? I don’t have any friends that wouldn’t flip out if their man tried to spank them. I can see lots of their husbands & mine walking hurt or with black eyes. Perhaps both.


33 posted on 03/30/2009 12:39:42 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

Have I done my own study?

Yes.


34 posted on 03/30/2009 12:40:15 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: GOPGuide

The family that flays together, stays together.


35 posted on 03/30/2009 12:41:09 PM PDT by George Smiley (They're not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. They're eating it straight out of the packet.)
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To: 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.

What ever happened to just putting a Barry White album on the record player?

36 posted on 03/30/2009 12:41:19 PM PDT by SIDENET (President Obama's teleprompter has issued a stern warning to corporate executives)
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To: Cicero

“Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But whips and chains
Excite me!”


37 posted on 03/30/2009 12:41:33 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: dragonblustar

You must mean porkulous..


38 posted on 03/30/2009 12:42:21 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: pissant

Cool! I take it you came out unhurt?


39 posted on 03/30/2009 12:44:47 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

My wrist got a bit sore from swinging for awhile.


40 posted on 03/30/2009 12:46:05 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Keep a ace bandage handy & some ice next time & you will be fine.


41 posted on 03/30/2009 12:50:44 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812
I don’t have any friends that wouldn’t flip out if their man tried to spank them. I can see lots of their husbands & mine walking hurt or with black eyes. Perhaps both.

From what I have read, not many women like to be spanked, unless it is just light and playful; and then only some.

Light restraints are a whole different matter. Most women apparently enjoy it or the thought of it.

42 posted on 03/30/2009 1:02:30 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Hegemony Cricket
thank you sir, may I have another?

Beat me (to it!LOL)!
43 posted on 03/30/2009 1:16:25 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (For the sake of our Republic....RAISE HOLY HELL!)
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To: a fool in paradise
I wonder if the gay ABC journalist who was murdered by an underaged teen he hired on Craigslist would agree.

Indeed.
44 posted on 03/30/2009 1:17:38 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (For the sake of our Republic....RAISE HOLY HELL!)
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To: gimme1ibertee

My motto has always been “Come early - beat the crowd...” :-)


45 posted on 03/30/2009 1:19:16 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emporer has no pedigree.)
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To: BenLurkin

Exactly. My cortisol levels have been sky high since Obama came into office and they aren’t showing much sign or going back down.


46 posted on 03/30/2009 1:20:02 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: SeaHawkFan
Light restraints are a whole different matter.

Not for this lady...I want my hands free and busy! LOLOL :P
47 posted on 03/30/2009 1:20:02 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (For the sake of our Republic....RAISE HOLY HELL!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

LOLOL!!!


48 posted on 03/30/2009 1:20:31 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (For the sake of our Republic....RAISE HOLY HELL!)
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To: SIDENET

Barry White didn’t write any Swedish Black Metal.

(but he DID write songs for the Banana Splits)


49 posted on 03/30/2009 1:20:33 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

So beating your spouse can actually be good!


50 posted on 03/30/2009 1:24:13 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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