Valentine's Day

Classic Episode: The Revenge Porn Wars

Sometimes termed "cyber rape," revenge porn refers to sexually explicit images and videos nonconsensually shared on the internet. Cristen and Caroline chart the horrifying rise of revenge porn, why it happens, how it affects the victims and how the digital laws are evolving to criminalize it.

Cliteracy

The clitoris has been one of the most misunderstood and maligned female features in medical history. Cristen and Caroline uncover the incredible geography of clitoral complex and why it took so long for doctors to figure it out.

1903: The Year Boston Outlawed Kissing in Canoes

At the turn of the century before unmarried singles would begin kissing in the backseats of cars down Lover's Lane, making out in canoes was all the rage.

The Science of BFFs

What's the scientific function of best friendship? Cristen and Caroline put besties and bromances under the microscope to discover the pros and cons of how these influential relationships shape our lives.

Kiss Right to Kiss Well

In anticipation of the Stuff Mom Never Told You Valentine's Day Spectacular (SMNTYVDS2011), here's a fun finding from a 2003 study: Twice as many adults turn their heads to the right as to the left when kissing. Over two and a half years, German researcher Onur Güntürkün stealthily observed 124 "scientifically valid" kisses and came up with the 2:1 right turn smooch ratio. And what's a "scientifically valid" kiss, you might ask?

Chocoholism

Do women really go crazy for chocolate? Cristen and Caroline unpack the old stereotype of women's chocolate obsessions, one of advertising's greatest confections.

The Online Dating Report

Has online dating made it easier to meet people and find long-term romance? Cristen and Caroline trace the fascinating history of people using technology to find love, romance in the mobile dating app era and whether Tinder and Grindr are threatening monogamy.

Dating Science: Do Feminists Make for Better Girlfriends?

You know what's a fun topic to bring up on a first date with a guy? Feminism. Once you get hard-lined religious and political beliefs out of the way (preferably in the car, on the way to date destination or maybe during the appetizer if you must wait that long), I highly recommend you toss out a couple of Betty Friedan or bell hooks quotes, and see if the gent picks up on it and responds with an appropriate Simone de Beauvoir reference. Awkward silences -- not gonna happen, guaranteed.

7 Types of Friends With Benefits

Not all "friends with benefits" are created equally, research finds.

Top 5 Love Lies

Pop principles about love often end up on the chopping block, but classic wisdom about happily-ever-after may not be so spot-on, either. Which time-honored, love-related truisms break down when put under the microscope?