All About Sex

At least for humans, this most basic of acts is anything but basic. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error. From the behavior itself to our sexual identifications and associations, sex never fails to be a provacative topic. Most people are affected by sexual problems at some point in their lives and safety of the body and mind is always a concern. Though the global jury may remain hung over sex's moral and political implications, we can all come to at least one consensus: It's why we're alive today and it's the first thing future generations depend on.

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Packing Heat: Writing about Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.

The Rules of Engagement in Controversial Discourse

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
How to engage in civll discourse on controversial topics without really having to try all that hard.
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Juan: A Bisexual Young Man?

Bisexuality among youth takes many different forms.
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How to Talk About Sex

Having trouble talking about sex with your partner? Some tips for starting the conversation.

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

The Stanford Rape Case

By Guest Bloggers on July 19, 2016 in The Guest Room
Let’s shift the conversation toward understanding the needs of survivors in their healing journey.

Is Honesty the Best Policy in the Bedroom?

Research on close relationships supports common lore which regard it as wise for you to be honest with your partner. Should this honesty extend to your sexual past as well?

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Dr. G's 10 Rules to Love By

All couples go through all kinds of ups and downs. As long as we are learning, then we have the ability to keep our relationships moving forward.
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Would More Sex Really Make You and Your Partner Happier?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2016 in All About Sex
Sex makes most people happy, but a sudden jump in frequency may cause problems.
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Bisexual, Not Bisexual

In case you were wondering what bisexuality is, this post should totally confuse you.

Unmanned: An Unnatural History of Human Castration

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in How We Do It
Deliberate castration, long used to punish criminals and prisoners of war, has also yielded harem guards and has been inflicted on young boys to stop their voices from breaking.

The GOP Anti-Porn Platform

What is surprising is that the Republican rightwingers see a “crisis” in the vast new interest in porn, now that sexual images can be streamed on smartphones.

Sexual Trophies, Murder, And Addiction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in In Excess
When it comes to the collecting of ‘sexual trophies’, most research relates to more criminal sexual deviance. But what does the literature say and can it be addictive?
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What Can a Kiss Tell You About Someone's Sexuality?

Kissing is a very intimate activity and it's been said that you can tell how passionate someone is by the way they kiss. Recent studies indicate that kissing unites people.

GOP Declares War on Modern Sexuality

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Women Who Stray
The 2016 GOP convention is contemplating strident stances that express opposition to our society's sweeping changes to sexual values and behaviors.

Sex—A Freak of Nature

Sex. What's the origin of this term? What did philosophers have to say about it? Are we scared of it?

The Transgender Bathroom Battle

The Supreme Court may decide the debate over transgender bathroom laws. Let’s hope they use common sense.

Objectification Is a Basic Aspect of Male Sexuality

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in The Human Beast
Depersonalized sexuality is typically masculine. That is why most of the customers for pornography and prostitution are still men. But this is changing as more women objectify.

How to Use a Condom

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on July 06, 2016 in SexualityToday
Using a condom isn't as simple as you'd think. In particular, a surprising number of men can't seem to keep an erection with a condom on.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

8 Common Myths (and 1 Truth) About Intimacy in Relationships

Without your realizing it, your beliefs about intimacy may be based more on myth than reality.
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How Many Straight People Are There?

Regardless of whether it’s sexual identity, attraction, or behavior, fewer women than men say they’re straight.

Why Some Women Are Attracted to Unavailable Men

Why are women attracted to attached men? And when do you need to worry about your significant other?

The Orlando Shooter Doth Protest Too Much, Me Thinks

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on July 01, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
The Orlando shooter professed that he carried out the shootings in the name of ISIS but, might the choice of who he shot have had more to do with the shooter's own sexual identity?

How Sex Changes During Pregnancy, Nursing, and Parenthood

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Pregnancy, nursing, and parenthood have sexual impacts few expectant parents appreciate.

The Orgasm Talk

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on July 01, 2016 in As You Like It
Getting beyond the overly simplistic questions like "Was it okay for you?"

Sacrificing Reality to Sexual Politics

By Marty Klein PhD on June 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Exaggerating or inventing stories to bolster social justice movements will eventually undermine social justice.
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Oral Sex on the Menu

By Donna Barstow on June 30, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Don't worry about doing it "right." Just do it.