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52 - Aimee Sword: The Hate that Turned to Incestuous Love

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What made a thirty-six-year-old mother want to start an incestuous affair with her fourteen-year-old son?

Aimee Sword, an attractive thirty-six-year-old married woman, mother of five, was found guilty yesterday in a Detroit courtroom of incest with her fourteen-year-old son and sentenced to between nine and thirty years’ imprisonment. Pleading guilty so that her son would not have to testify against her, Sword apologised to her children and her sister, saying, “I am remorseful for everything that occurred…I don't understand it.”

Fourteen years after giving up her son for adoption, Aimee Sword contacted him through Facebook when the adoptive family failed to send her regular reports. Sword then asked the adoptive family if he could spend time with her in a hotel and visit her in her family home, to which they agreed.

This was the beginning of what became a tragic folie à deux between them. As her lawyer explained, “When she saw this boy—something touched off in her—it wasn't a mother–son relationship, it was a boyfriend–girlfriend relationship.” He added, “Aimee's searching for a reason why this happened. She can't understand it. She's going to get some counselling.”

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44 - Less Clever Men are More Likely to Cheat. Really?

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Ashley Cole, John Terry, and Tiger Woods, now famous for their infidelities, are not very clever. It's not just that they got caught—which is never clever—and attracted a bad press. They have shown how unintelligent they are simply by being unfaithful.

That's if you believe the London Sschool of Economics evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa who argues that men with lower IQs are more likely to be unfaithful than smarter guys.

Dr Kanazawa, whose report was published this week in the Social Psychology Quarterly, also claims that men with higher IQs are more likely to be atheist and politically liberal. In short, his message is that people with higher IQs are more “evolved” in their behaviour.

The research findings are drawn from a longitudinal study conducted in the US using a large sample of adolescents who were interviewed in 1994–1995 and again in 2001–2002 when they were between eighteen and twenty-eight years old. Data was also drawn from a cross-national study in the US. The young adults who saw themselves as “very liberal” scored an average IQ of 106, and those who saw themselves as “very conservative” had an average IQ of 95. The adolescents who were atheists had an average IQ of 103, whereas adults who were religious scored an average IQ of 97.

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47 - The Spread of Rape Spells Madness in the Congo

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Soldiers in DR Congo are notorious rapists. Why has this behaviour spread to civilian men?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is notorious for brutality and violence—and especially rape and other sexual assaults committed by soldiers. Alarmingly, the rapists are no longer confined to the military. A study released by Oxfam says that in 2008, thirty-eight per cent of the rapes reported across the country were committed by civilians, as compared with fewer than one per cent in 2004.

To explain the spread of sexual violence in the civilian population, it is important to question first of all why it is so prevalent among soldiers. For this is where the sexual violence has so far gone unchecked.

Within the Congo, there is no government legal structure that is either effective or that has the recognised support of the various constituencies. Without a protective authority—or, in psychological terms, a potent father—there are few restraints to curb violence and aggression.

The situation is similar to an individual lacking a healthy superego that prevents him from falling prey to destructive impulses.

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26 - Madness of Wanting to be Normal: Nancy Garrido's Make-Believe Family

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Wife of sex offender Phillip Garrido had powerful capacity for denial

In his first ninety-minute interview with Nancy Garrido, the wife of Phillip Garrido, her lawyer Gilbert Maines reported: “She has said to me she misses the girls, that she loves them and her feeling was they had become a family. They acted like a family. It seems strange given the circumstances but that's it. She's distraught, frightened, and appeared to be a little lost.”

The “circumstances” Maines refers to are the discovery last week that Phillip and Nancy Garrido had abducted eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in South Lake Tahoe in 1991, and held her captive in ramshackle tents and sheds at the bottom of their Californian garden.

The “family” consists of Jaycee Lee Dugard's two daughters, fifteen-year-old Starlet and eleven-year-old Angel, fathered by Phillip Garrido and raised as if they were Nancy's children and Jaycee Lee Dugard was their older sister.

The dispute now is whether Nancy was a victim of what Maines describes as her husband's “suppressive control” or whether she was a willing accomplice. Whatever the ultimate verdict, Nancy is named in the twenty-nine felony charges, including forcible rape, that have been made against her husband and herself.

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28 - Why the World is Scared of Hermaphrodites

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Ambiguous gender identity in another can trigger anxieties about our own unconscious homosexual fantasies

“I see it all as a joke, it doesn't upset me. God made me the way I am and I accept myself.” This was Caster Semenya's response to accusations made following her exceptional victory in the women's 800-metre final at the recent world athletics championships that she is a man, not a woman.

However, Semenya made this statement when she was convinced she was a woman. Now it seems the facts are not so clear, and leaked medical tests, conducted under the aegis of the International Association of Athletics Federations, indicate that the eighteen-year-old South African winner has both male and female sexual characteristics. The “joke” has turned nasty. Semenya has been transformed from star to monster in the eyes of the world—seen, mistakenly, as neither man nor woman but as hermaphrodite.

The controversy within the professional world of competitive sports centres on the crucial division between men's and women's sports—an historical distinction intended to recognise differences in physical strength and capabilities between the sexes. So far, so good, but what happens when these differences are not so clear-cut?

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