What TED Taught Us

THREE SEX FACTS WE’VE LEARNT FROM THE ED­U­CA­TIONAL TALKS. NOTEPADS AT THE READY.

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“You can or­gasm when dead”

Af­ter death, stim­u­lat­ing the spine’s sacral nerve can trig­ger an or­gasm re­flex – just one ge­nius factoid in comic writer Mary Roach’s 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Or­gasm. Oth­ers in­clude whether foe­tuses mas­tur­bate (pic­to­rial ev­i­dence sug­gests yes) and the long­est recorded ejac­u­la­tion – 2.4 me­tres, if you’re feel­ing com­pet­i­tive.

“We’re pro­grammed to share part­ners”

In Are We De­signed to be Sex­ual Om­ni­vores?, psy­chol­o­gist Christo­pher Ryan looks at the promis­cu­ity of pre­his­toric hu­mans, plus chimps – which can have sex with up to a dozen dif­fer­ent part­ners a day – to en­cour­age a greater re­spect for re­la­tion­ships that don’t fit the ‘monog­a­mous het­ero­sex­ual’ la­bel. Smart stuff.

“Time apart is key for longterm lust”

That’s psy­chother­a­pist Es­ther Perel’s rev­e­la­tion in The Se­cret to De­sire in a Long-term Re­la­tion­ship. She says a pe­riod spent away from your lover trig­gers imag­i­na­tion and long­ing. Also, watch­ing your part­ner do things they’re com­pe­tent at: public speak­ing, per­form­ing, work­ing the room. Turns out ob­serv­ing con­fi­dence is a pow­er­ful turn-on.

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