Testosterone patch 'boosts women's sex drive'
but, warn researchers, "If a couple doesn't like each other then no patch will improve their sex life." (BBC)
Rumors of rape fan anti-American flames "They are raping our women!"
- This is the eternal tribalistic cry
, often all too true
but also often used as a baseless or exaggerated claim for war propaganda, to incite to hatred of a "barbaric" enemy who commits unspeakable acts ( see The "Rape of Kuwait"
). The history of Rape in Warfare
and may be instinctually driven
, at least in part.
Now, mass rumors
spreading through Turkey - which seem to have inspired a recent indigenous Turkish terrorist car bombing - allege mass rapes of Iraqi women by American troops. "There are more than 4000 rape events on the record"
claimed the Turkish journal Yeni Safak
, on October 22, "citing" (though the purported supporting citation contains nothing about such atrocities) internet sex therapist Dr. Susan Block's piece on the metaphorical "Rape of Iraq"
[ Warning : preceding link is NSFW
! Here's the work-safe CounterPunch
version]. Having more or less invented modern PR and propaganda techniques
(see Ed. Bernays
, Ivy Lee
) - handy during both war
- Americans are now on the receiving end of Propaganda's use of the shameless lie
. (identification of "mystery meat" links inside)
Thailand launches national "Bust-Boosting" campaign
- "In an almost surreal scene, rows of women in shorts and T-shirts massaged and squeezed their breasts in front of the crowd of officials, media and onlookers on a busy Bangkok street....The health ministry said the idea was to show Thai women that there was another, more natural way, of boosting their breast size than plastic surgery. ...Cosmetic surgery is an extremely popular and lucrative business in Thailand....Bangkok is renowned for its inexpensive, but not always reliable, plastic surgeons." (via BBC) Here's a history of the slogan "We must, we must, we must increase our bust"