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It has taken a year and £118,000 of taxpayers' money to determine what some might argue was a foregone conclusion - lap-dance and striptease clubs are not welcome near schools.

Research into the effects of sexual entertainment venues on towns and cities was carried out by the University of Kent's School of Social Policy.

The £118,000 project - Sexual Entertainment Venues and the management of risk - was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, a non-departmental public body that receives most of its funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

It canvassed residents in Maidstone, Lincoln, Newcastle and Brighton due to the variety of nighttime venues in each area.

Not surprisingly, it found 83% of respondents felt lap-dancing clubs are not appropriate near schools or nurseries.

An American study has found that people are most likely to search online for pornography in winter or early summer, suggesting that sex and mating behaviours are seasonal.

Researchers at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, led by Dr Patrick Markey, found keyword searches over the past five years relating to dirty images and movies had clear peaks and troughs, recurring at six-month cycles.

The same was found for internet searches relating to prostitution, according to American magazine, The Atlantic.

Interestingly, mainstream dating websites also experience the same spike in search traffic as pornographic sites.

But there was no such pattern for non-sexual words, which were tested as a control group, the Daily Mail reported.

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British women simply love porn

A study has found 90 percent of British women surveyed admitting that pornography turns them on.

An X-rated survey has revealed almost a third gain ideas from porn to spice up their sex lives, with online pornography being popular with 37 percent logging on for a peek at erotic pictures and one in 50 even watching it at workplace, The Sun reported.

Saucy novels like Fifty Shades of Grey are just the thing to get the girls going.

Almost four out of 10 like looking at naked women and three out of 10 enjoy girl-on-girl action - with a nine percent confessing the porn had inspired them to try it for real.

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While couples who watch porn together may be better off commitment-wise, new research has discovered that pornography "quiets" the brain. In other words, your brain, at least the part the processes visual stimuli, pretty much shuts off when you flip on the adult-only channel. It's not exactly the end of the world, since you don't really need to use your brain while visually engaging in erotica, but it's still rather distressing for those of us who waste hours a day watching the plumber in his tool belt trying to "fix the pipes" of some lonely housewife.

It seems that while other visual tasks, such as working or even watching a non-porn movie, send blood to the region of the brain that handles visual stimuli, the dirty stuff has the opposite effect. Apparently not only does the brain pretty much know what's coming next ("why, yes, this is where the fornication begins") but it doesn't need to pay attention to specifics like the wallpaper pattern or the color of the floor in the movie, because it's not central to what's going on.

The study took 12 healthy premenopausal women and put them to the test. Each woman watched three videos while their brains were scanned: a documentary about marine life, a "soft-core" porn for the ladies, and an all-out hard-core flick. The hard-core porn, compared with both of the other videos, not only initiated a stronger physical arousal in the women, but also "resulted in far less blood being sent to the primary visual cortex." This effect is usually only seen in those who are asked to perform a task that does not involve a visual element because it's unnecessary to the project at hand, such as remembering words.

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B.C. sex worker study released

VANCOUVER — A new study in B.C. says female sex workers suffer less violence and have better relations with police if they can operate from a safe indoor environment.

The study, published today in the “American Journal of Public Health,” was based on interviews with 38 women living in supportive-housing units in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The women say living in and working from such venues allows them to refuse unwanted service, negotiate condom use and avoid violent predators.

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