Men, Are you Infertile? Masturbate Daily

Since masturbation has fast become a theme ’round these parts, I enjoyed this post from PZ Myers even more.

Glorious, glorious masturbation can help infertility! Pass it on.

Quoth the entire post:

William Saletan highlights an interesting study in reproductive biology.

In a paper presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Dr. David Greening, an Australian infertility expert, reports that 81 percent of the men in his study significantly improved their sperm quality, as measured by DNA fragmentation, through a simple one-week program.

The program was so easy that even the average guy could follow it. According to a summary of the study, “The men were instructed to ejaculate daily.”

He presents it as a conflict for religious organizations like the Catholic church, which frown on masturbation. Unfortunately, Saletan gets it wrong. The Catholic Church can still condemn masturbation as sinful and urge their followers to procreate madly because there’s nothing in their doctrine to favor qualityreproduction. To the simple-minded, human beings are all r-selected. Pop ’em out and let God sort ’em out should be their motto.

This is not a dilemma for the church : Pharyngula. Ping.

Glorious, glorious masturbation can help infertility! Pass it on.

Men Who Dress Provocatively More Likely to be Raped

Pull that skirt off the hanger and try it on for size. How does that make you feel?

Accuracy is paramount to science. That’s why your brain doesn’t fry when you stand in front of the microwave. It’s why your seat stays at 10,000 ft when you’re flying to Amsterdam to indulge your hippy proclivities. It’s why the shutter snaps on your camera. It’s why an operator picks up after dialing 911.

I don’t get why people trust science with everything from car seats to food production, but origins of the universe require magical thinking.

I digress.

Ben Goldacre blogs at badscience.net
Ben Goldacre blogs at badscience.net

Ben Goldacre writes about science. He saw an article written in the Telegraph UK that shocked him. It said that women who dress provocatively and drink alcohol are more likely to be raped.

Goldacre phoned the source of the article — a student at the University of Leicester. The press release that informed the Telegraph article was written based on a student dissertation positing that promiscuous men were more likely to rape women. There was no evidence cited about scantily-clad women hosed from a night of cosmos and margaritas were more likely to get bonked by a caveman and dragged into his lair.

The article has been pulled thanks to Goldacre.

It makes me feel like the guy has my back. It’s kind of nice. Like pressing the brakes in my car, and being able to stop myself and my loved ones from colliding into the back of a semi.

Happy Friday.