Thoughts on Sex
The first article about sex and mortality was actually depressing. I have known that having sex regularly is good for couples' health, and it is just sad to know that people who have no partners are at greater risk of death. And it makes me think that losing sex partner is one of the reasons why losing spouse is bad for health. Even when their spouse is alive, it could create more stress when the spouse has illness and other disabilities as they get old.
I also think, however, that sex cannot always be a good thing. Just like anything, intuition tells me that too much sex would not be good for health. I don't know how much sex would be the right amount, but it would be interesting to know the answer.
On a side note, it's interesting to compare this study to the widespread notion during the Renaissance: the link between sex and death. Back in the days people believed that sex is linked to death, and it is often found in Victorian literature. Maybe it did ring true to them because they were not as protected from STDs as today's people are.
The second article goes along with the first one, and it was a very weird study. Not all orgasms have the same effect, according to this psychoneuroimmunological evidence. I am dumbfounded by the fact that noncoital sex and masturbation deter the health effects of genital intercourse and only coital sex was truly beneficial, yet I don't think the article was clear about why intercourse entails better stress coping than other types of orgasm or non-orgasm. (It quotes Freud's perspective, but who still believes Freud nowadays?)
On the other hand, this study seemed like reinforcing the traditional view on sex. The result that only genital-to-genital sex is ideal reminds me how sodomy has been deemed undesirable throughout history. It also excludes homosexual relationships, so more research seems needed.
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