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Hollywood Has a Gay Sex Problem… When Mother Jones’ movie guy penned a review of Steven Soderbergh‘s latest (and maybe last) film Behind the Candelabra, he highlighted Soderbergh’s claim that the movie never made it into theaters because of all the gay sex. A few Hollywood executives pushed back and said Soderbergh’s claim wasn’t true. Then, Soderbergh got in touch with MoJo himself. “In Soderbergh’s view, the reason you can’t see Behind the Candelabra in American theaters has as much to do with financially—though not politically—conservative executives as it does with the palate of the American movie-going public. ‘It’s all economics,’ he says.”

Women like sex, too… Salon has a piece by Tracy Clark-Flory on a new book from Daniel Bergner, What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. Flory says Bergner, who talked with a lot of expert sex researchers to get to the bottom of what women really want, has come to a surprising conclusion: “…women’s sexuality is not the rational, civilized and balancing force it’s so often made out to be — that it is base, animalistic and ravenous, everything we’ve told ourselves about male sexuality.”

Summer Swimming Safety… After recounting a dramatic story of a life guard who spotted a drowning kid from 50 feet away when his father couldn’t at 10, Slate’s Mario Vittone  has tips on what to really look for, especially if you plan to spend any time near the water this summer. ”Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life,” he writes.

Happy Birthday Bazooka Joe… WaPo’s Style blog highlights a new, compact anthology of 200 “classic” Bazooka Joe comics, called “Bazooka Joe and His Gang” published to celebrate Joe’s 60th birthday. “The book is full of curious details about the gum and the times. Did you know, for instance, that Joe’s eye-patch was a spoof on a Hathaway shirt ad?” No, we did not. And, as writer Ron Charles tells us, this collection is particularly poignant as Joe and his gang’s stale humor will soon disappear from gum packages forever, and replaced next year with brain teasers.

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