Surprising Sources of Sexual Satisfaction | Psychology Today

Sexual satisfaction promotes relationship satisfaction, as well as life happiness, and is vital to the maintenance of intimate romantic relationships (Fisher et al., 2015; Heiman et al., 2011). But a satisfying sexlife is about more than just one’s frequency of intercourse or achieving orgasm. Some other surprising qualities can enhance our sexual satisfaction.


Intriguing research (Rudman and Phelan, 2007) shows that both men and women who have feminist partners report increased sexual satisfaction as well as more stable relationships.

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German president signs gay marriage bill into law |  Deutsche Welle 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the country. The change in legislation will take effect as of October 1 at the earliest.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed the “marriage for all” bill into law on Thursday, his office announced.

The final step in the process to legalize gay and lesbian marriage comes three weeks after the country’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, approved the legislation at the end of June.

Source: DW | 21.07.2017

Man wins equal pension rights for husband at supreme court | Society | The Guardian

A gay former cavalry officer has won a legal battle to provide his husband with equal pension rights in a landmark discrimination case at the supreme court.

The unanimous judgment, which could benefit thousands of couples, will ensure that should John Walker die first, his partner will have access to an income of about £45,000 a year for life. It may also impose unexpected liabilities on pension funds.

Lawyers for the human rights organisation Liberty, which represented Walker, argued that a same-sex husband should enjoy the same pension rights as a widow. Under current law, Walker’s husband would receive only about £1,000 a year.

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Like it or not, Rwanda is Africa’s future | News | Africa | M&G

Must Africa’s future be a trade-off between “development/prosperity” and democracy/human rights?

You probably don’t know much about Rwanda. Gorillas. Genocide. Don Cheadle. Maybe you’ve heard of Paul Kagame, the president. Maybe you’ve come across the phrase “Africa’s Singapore”, although what exactly that looks like, or what it means, is a mystery.

You need to know more about Rwanda.

In the grand scheme of African development, Rwanda is an experiment, a trial run, a test case for a new type of society. And the experiment is about to be repeated in a country near you.

Rwanda is your future, whether you like it or not.

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Mark Zuckerberg touts universal basic income as a bipartisan idea

Mark Zuckerberg has the attention of 2 billion people, so he doesn’t really need any help from us when he wants to spread the word about something. But it’s worth pointing out that the billionaire Facebook chief is really into the idea of the government giving everyone free money—or at least giving them money back. In a Facebook post from Homer, Alaska, yesterday, Zuck pointed out that the Last Frontier has its own form of universal basic income, one that allocates oil revenue for a fund that is divided up and returned to residents. It’s called the Permanent Fund Dividend, and Zuckerberg thinks it’s a concept worth paying attention to.

“This is a novel approach to basic income in a few ways. First, it’s funded by natural resources rather than raising taxes. Second, it comes from conservative principles of smaller government, rather than progressive principles of a larger safety net. This shows basic income is a bipartisan idea.”

Source: Mark Zuckerberg touts universal basic income as a bipartisan idea

Book Review: Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing | LSE Review of Books

Drawing on thirty years experience researching, testing, designing and advocating for basic income schemes, Guy Standing offers a concise and well-organised overview of their history, development, definition and implications in Basic Income: And How We Can Make it Happen. While the adoption of basic income by governments will ultimately depend on the results of pilots and emerging data, writes Christine Sweeney, this book effectively prepares readers to participate in the growing discussion surrounding this increasingly debated policy.

“Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen. Guy Standing. Pelican. 2017”

Full review at: LSE Review of Books

Lifestyle audits on the cards for ANC members | News | Politics | M&G

Lifestyle audits, restrictions on Cabinet deployment, empowering the integrity commission and reining in members with extravagant wealth are among the interventions the ANC is considering to get its house in order.

The party’s head of organising, Fikile Mbalula, on Sunday confirmed a range of proposals that included restrictions and amendments to its own constitution. These formed part of debates by delegates attending its policy conference, underway in Soweto at the Nasrec Expo centre.

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