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Etymology Of Sex Words: Erection

Etymology is the study of word origins and what better words to study than the sexy ones? While on a walk through Melbourne with my husband, we saw a plaque commemorating the completion of the Trades Hall in 1924. I know I should have been reflective, awed even, at the labor struggles that brought this plaque to bear, but all I did was giggle that it said “erection” in big, chiseled letters. Embarrassing, yes, but it made me wonder about the origins of the word “erection” and how it can describe both a building and a specific type of male enthusiasm. It comes from the Latin erectus, which means “upright,” like the early upright human-ancestor Homo erectus (I remember the muffled giggling in my physical anthropology courses when this genus/species was introduced). Continue Reading →

Spontaneous Erections Brought To You by Apple?

Just as I love snarky comments on Director’s cuts of movies, I also love Gizmodo live blogs of Apple events. One, because although I’ve owned iPods and iPhones forever, I am new to the macbook and am increasingly in love with Apple. Two, because the guys who liveblog always say a few random things that kind of sort of make my day. Let’s take the above example from Giz’s Apple event liveblog today. Given how frequently we receive questions about spontaneous erections over at Kinsey Confidential, I should probably give them their due here at MSP as well. Continue Reading →