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The Opposite of “Protection”: A Fetish for Used Condoms

The Opposite of “Protection”: A Fetish for Used Condoms

Using condoms is a good thing. Using used condoms, well, not so much. In a 2009 article published in Sexually Transmitted Infections, the British medical author Vincent Tremayne explains the fetish for prophylatics...

August 12, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Hearts of Stone: Sexual Deviants in Antiquity

Paraphilias change with the times—and with the materials at hand. One of the reasons that completely new forms of sexual deviancy continue to emerge, while others vanish, is the fact that, as society changes, so too do the cultural factors upon which sexual imprinting occurs...

August 8, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Erotic Vomiting: You’re So Hot You Make Me Barf

“Erotic” and “vomiting” are not words that appear together often—and fortunately so, for most of us. Orgasms and barfing are strange bedfellows, even natural enemies, you might say.

August 7, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Bromidrophilia: Beauty is in the Nose of the Besniffer

“Coming home soon; don’t wash,” Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote to his wife, Joséphine. It’s unclear from this snippet of a love note if the most famous Emperor in French history had a certifiable case of bromidrophilia—a paraphilia in which the individual finds the natural body odors of attractive people to be the most arousing erotic [...]..

August 6, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Meet the Feeders: Getting Off by Getting Fat

“If I offered you a million dollars if you could have an orgasm in the next 60 seconds,” said the psychologist to the woman, “what would you do or fantasize about in order to achieve that orgasm as quickly as possible?” “I would use my vibrator and probably run the other hand over the thicker [...]..

August 2, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Meet the Feeders: Getting Off by Getting Fat

“If I offered you a million dollars if you could have an orgasm in the next 60 seconds,” said the psychologist to the woman, “what would you do or fantasize about in order to achieve that orgasm as quickly as possible?” “I would use my vibrator and probably run the other hand over the thicker [...]..

August 2, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Partial for Protuberant: The Man Who Was Into “Outies”

Here’s a question for you: When did you last spend some serious, quality time with your belly button? As for me, it was the bellbottomed year of our Lord 1979 that I last engaged in a literal bout of navel-gazing, back when I was a hyperactive preschool contortionist bending myself into an awkward ball just [...]..

July 29, 2013 — Jesse Bering

The Third Gender

Transsexuals are illuminating the biology and psychology of sex—and revealing just how diverse the human species really is By Jesse Bering

October 23, 2012 — Jesse Bering

Is Your Child Gay?

If your son likes sissy stuff or your daughter shuns feminine frocks, he or she is more likely to buck the heterosexual norm. But predicting sexual preference is still an inexact science...

July 6, 2012 — Jesse Bering

18 Attributes of Highly Effective Liars

Niccolò Machiavelli might well have titled his 16 th -century Dell'arte Della Guerra (" The Art of War ") as The Art of Lying , since verbal deception—mainly, how to get away with it—was so central to his political psychology...

July 7, 2011 — Jesse Bering

Female Ejaculation: The Long Road to Non-Discovery

I confess: this subject—the science of female ejaculation—is not an easy topic for me to write about. I could, in principle, feign complete gynaecological objectivity, affixing to my literary visage the stone-faced look of a caring urologist palpating your pudendum...

June 17, 2011 — Jesse Bering

Why I'm Not Proud of Being Gay

The Oxford English Dictionary (hereon "OED", for simplicity’s sake) offers several alternative definitions for the term pride . Almost none of them are positive.

June 6, 2011 — Jesse Bering
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