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“Seventy-year-old journalist and TV presenter Anne Robinson has never watched porn before. Young feminist Grace Campbell, 20, grew up online, where hardcore porn is instantly available. Is that why Grace and her peers are dealing with unrealistic sexual expectations? She asked Robinson to have a look at what’s out there to see if her problems are unique to the internet age.” (via The Guardian)

WebMD estimates there are 420 million adult web pages online. “For the person who has difficulty stopping, more is only one click away,” says sex therapist Louanne Cole Weston, PhD.

GQ says there are at least 10 reasons to stop watching online porn.

Today’s Question: Has online porn created unrealistic sexual expectations?

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Investors Bob Pohlad, left, Wendy Carlson Nelson, far right, and Bill McGuire joined MLS Soccer Commissioner Don Garber at an announcement at Target Field in Minneapolis, Friday, March 25, 2015. McGuire’s current team, Minnesota United, will play for two more years as a minor league team, then join the 24-team MLS roster in 2017 or 2018. Tim Nelson | MPR News

“The owners of the Minnesota United soccer club are asking state officials for tax breaks to help build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis,” writes MPR News reporter Tom Scheck.

Gov. Mark Dayton said the team is asking for a property tax exemption along with a sales tax exemption for construction materials. The sales tax break, he said, could cost as much as $3 million.

Today’s Question: Should the new soccer stadium be built with help from the state?

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The Minnesota Senate has affirmed a ban on eye contact with senators during floor debate.

“On a 15-44 vote, the Senate decided to keep its current requirement that all speakers must gaze at the Senate president,” wrote Pioneer Press reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger

“Our decorum would probably not be as Senate-like as we would like to have it,” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (Pioneer Press).

Bakk added he doesn’t want floor arguments getting overly personal. The rule might help senators be more persuasive during floor debates.

Eye contact is a poor way to win people to your way of thinking, according to researcher Francis Chen.

That averted gaze may be more powerful than that “persuasive” stare. “If they’re already avoiding eye contact with you,” Chen told NPR, “especially if you’re saying something potentially threatening to them, maybe think twice before insisting that they make eye contact with you.”

Today’s Question: Is eye contact unbecoming of a state senator?

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