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Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves biological, erotic, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual feelings and behaviors. Because it is a broad term, which has varied with historical contexts over time, it lacks a precise definition. The biological and physical aspects of sexuality largely concern the human reproductive functions, including the human sexual response cycle.

Someone's sexual orientation is their pattern of sexual interest in the opposite or same sex. Physical and emotional aspects of sexuality include bonds between individuals that are expressed through profound feelings or physical manifestations of love, trust, and care. Social aspects deal with the effects of human society on one's sexuality, while spirituality concerns an individual's spiritual connection with others. Sexuality also affects and is affected by cultural, political, legal, philosophical, moral, ethical, and religious aspects of life.

Interest in sexual activity typically increases when an individual reaches puberty. Although no single theory on the cause of sexual orientation has yet gained widespread support, there is considerably more evidence supporting nonsocial causes of sexual orientation than social ones, especially for males. Hypothesized social causes are supported by only weak evidence, distorted by numerous confounding factors. This is further supported by cross-cultural evidence, because cultures that are very tolerant of homosexuality do not have significantly higher rates of it.

Evolutionary perspectives on human coupling, reproduction and reproduction strategies, and social learning theory provide further views of sexuality. Sociocultural aspects of sexuality include historical developments and religious beliefs. Some cultures have been described as sexually repressive. The study of sexuality also includes human identity within social groups, sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), and birth control methods. (Full article...)

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Gustav Klimt's Woman seated with thighs apart (1916)
Gustav Klimt's Woman seated with thighs apart (1916)
Masturbation is the self-sexual stimulation of the genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, everyday objects, sex toys or combinations of these. Mutual masturbation, mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners, can be a substitute for sexual penetration.

Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. (Full article...)

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Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli c. 1483

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16 June 2021 -
German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer withdraws a platoon from a NATO mission in Lithuania. The withdrawal follows a Monday report from Der Spiegel saying that the platoon's members engaged in misconduct, including bullying, filming a sexual assault against another soldier, and singing antisemitic songs to mark the birthday of dictator Adolf Hitler. (BBC)
15 June 2021 - LGBT rights in Hungary
The Hungarian National Assembly passes a law banning content depicting or promoting same-sex relationships and gender reassignment to anyone under the age of 18. 157 MPs voted in favor, with all opposition parties except the far-right Jobbik boycotting the vote. (Euronews)
15 June 2021 -
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denies reports by the Australian Broadcasting Company's Four Corners program that his close friend Tim Stewart, who was referred to the national terror hotline by his own family for his extreme far-right political views, influenced his decision to mention "ritual abuse" in a speech regarding child sexual abuse earlier this year, in line with the QAnon conspiracy theory. (News.com.au)
Canadian Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff Michael Rouleau resigns following criticisms of him playing golf with former General Jonathan Vance, who is accused of sexual misconduct. (BBC)

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