Jesse Bering

Jesse Bering is the author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. Read his columns here and follow him at, @JesseBering, or on Facebook.

Aug. 19 2014 11:42 PMWhat Makes People Look Like Their Pets?The eyes are a window to the ego.
Oct. 7 2013 11:47 PMWhat Is Truly Perverted?How my book on sexual deviancy got a moral message.
Aug. 23 2012 12:02 PMWhat Do Homophobic Bigots Really Think?How to debunk the most revolting arguments.
July 10 2012 11:29 AMCan Oral Sex Cure Morning Sickness?Practical advice from a new hypothesis about pregnancy.
April 16 2012 2:04 PMPretty in PinkWhat does the color of our genitals have to do with evolution?
Jan. 6 2012 7:09 AMPorky PigIn early America, farm animals took the blame for zoophilic sex.
Nov. 14 2011 7:02 AMSoulless Soul MatesCan an atheist and a believer have a happy marriage?
Oct. 5 2011 6:33 AMAhmadinejad's Nightmare Does homosexuality exist in every human society?
Aug. 23 2011 6:54 AMYour Head on My ShoulderParasitic twins and other half-formed siblings.
July 25 2011 6:50 AML'Eau Pour ChienWhy do dogs rub up against things that smell bad?
May 17 2011 1:27 PMHow the Brain Got Its ButtocksSixteenth-century anatomists couldn't keep their minds out of the gutter.
April 5 2011 5:10 PMToo Old To HoldThe mystery of gerontophilia.
Feb. 1 2011 12:15 PMAre You There God? It's Me, Brain.How our innate theory of mind gives rise to the divine creator.
Jan. 13 2011 6:36 PMDarwin's Rape WhistleHave women evolved to protect themselves from sexual assault?
Medical Examiner
March 17 2014 11:55 PMA Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High SocietyCrooked lawyers sprang inmates from an asylum to make them slaves.
June 17 2013 7:45 AMStop Saying “Sexual Preference”You may mean well, but it makes you sound ignorant.
Aug. 6 2012 2:00 PMThe Prideful, Arrogant President of Chick-fil-AWhy ignorance of human sexuality is dangerous.
May 23 2012 3:06 PMDo Men Find Dumb-Looking Women More Attractive?A new study says yes.
Feb. 15 2012 6:30 AMEugene Hoskins Is His NameThe long-forgotten story of a black autistic man in Oxford, Miss., who crossed paths with William Faulkner.
Dec. 22 2011 2:35 PMHair of the Night StalkerWhy would anyone collect memorabilia of serial killers?
Nov. 1 2011 1:38 PMCulinary RacismTrying to explain the "Obama Fried Chicken" incident and others like it.
Sept. 14 2011 11:23 AMThat's HotWhat does it take to inflame a pyromaniac?
Aug. 8 2011 6:49 AMSo Close, and Yet So Far AwayThe contorted history of autofellatio.
July 11 2011 6:58 AMA Bad Case of the Brain FagsAnd other mental problems you probably won't get in America.
April 19 2011 10:11 AMThe Human Skin ConditionMother Nature gave us pimples, and then she made us self-conscious about them.
March 3 2011 7:39 AMNaughty by NatureWhat should we think of people whose addled brains are driving them to nymphomania?
Jan. 21 2011 4:09 PMDarwin's Rape Whistle: The Morning AfterA response to the critics.
Dec. 16 2010 4:41 PMBite MeAn evolutionary case for cannibalism.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. Then I Married Someone Like Him.

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 12:02 PM Here It Is: The Flimsiest Campaign Attack Ad of 2014, Which Won't Stop Running
Sept. 17 2014 12:13 PM “For a While Liquidity Led to Stupidity”
The Eye
Sept. 17 2014 12:19 PM Early Cancer Hospitals Were Modeled on French Castles, Served Champagne
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Sept. 17 2014 11:06 AM Inside the Exclusive World of Members-Only Clubs
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 11:14 AM How Does That Geometry Problem Make You Feel? Computer tutors that can read students’ emotions.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 8:41 PM You’re Cut, Adrian Peterson Why fantasy football owners should release the Minnesota Vikings star.