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 provocative 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.

Recent posts on Sex

Four Rules for a Productive Sex Talk with your Partner

How many times have you thought if you could just communicate about sex, it would get better, but instead talking seems to make it worse?

No Sexism In Scrabble

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
Explaining sex differences in more objective fields

Talking About Sexuality with Transgender and Nonbinary Teens

Wondering how to be inclusive in your practice when talking about the intersections of gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior? Here are some important steps to consider.

Our Civiliation is Doomed!

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in The Human Beast
If one studies ancient complex civilizations, the prognosis is bleak. All failed, generally quite spectacularly and with remarkable speed. Can ours be any different?

Can We Have a (Sex-Positive) Talk?

Want to talk with your adolescent about sex but don't know how to start? Here are some steps to help you begin to have "the talk."

Can AI Detect Sexual Orientation from Photos?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
A new study from Stanford claims it can detect sexual orientation from photos people post on a dating site. The truth is more complicated.

Watching Porn in Public: Is It Ever Okay?

Seriously, kid? Do you watch porn in class and then watch the professor’s lectures at home by yourself?

Should You Go to Couples Therapy?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Lots of people waver on whether they should take the plunge and see a couple's therapist. Might it be time for you and your partner? Here are some clues.

What Turns a Man On? For Some, It's Feeling Desired

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on September 18, 2017 in SexualityToday
A man whose deepest need is to feel desired may be analogous to one who gets excited by wearing women’s clothing. Best to just chalk it up to sexual diversity and accept it.

Choice in Consensual Non-Monogamy

How consent, personal responsibility, and mutual reliance enable polyamorous people to construct designer relationships.

I Should Never Have Trusted Him (or Her)

If you have been deceived for years, you may have this same reaction. But should you?

Looking for the G-Spot? 6 Things to Know

Is the G-spot real? Does every woman have it? How do I know if I'm touching the right spot?

The New Erotic Frontier: Sex in Nursing Homes

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Nursing homes are slowly moving from a policy of “don’t” to “do not disturb.”

Different Ways to Say “I Love You”

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
We all know that people experience love in different ways. Some people want affection, others need praise, and for others, actions speak louder than words.
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Why Are Teens Sexting? Should We Find Out?

We know relatively little about the reasons youth sextext, who sextexts, how prevalent it is, or how to educate about sexting.

The Shrinking Breast Fashion

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Women seeking breast augmentation are opting for smaller sizes than previously. Why the change?

Millennial Men, Women and Casual Sex

Millennial men may not be hooking up as much as we think they are, but their attitudes towards women suggest a deeper problem

USA vs Norway: The One Night Stand

Are Americans more likely to have one night stands? A recent study suggests otherwise.

Revisiting Berne's Theory of Sexual Frigidity

Are you living in a sexless marriage?

Managing Sexual Harassment and Violence On Campus

Understanding Title IX and Clery is a professional imperative. Learn the procedures to correctly handle sexual assault and violent behavior on campus.

Out on the Pitch

How is the mental health of LGBT athletes affected by coming out of or staying in the closet?

6 Facts and Myths About Masturbation

While it may feel shameful to admit, everybody does it at some point in their lives.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Family Secrets
Do not feel ashamed about being a victim of sexual harassment. Shame is for those whose conduct is improper, not the victim.

A Sperm’s Obstacle Course to the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in How We Do It
If too many sperms surround the egg, catastrophic fertilization by more than one may occur. A woman’s reproductive tract is adapted to tightly constrain sperm numbers near the egg.

What Is It Like to Be a Sex Addict?

Sex addiction is not a joke, and it’s not enjoyable.

Putting the Sex in Sexagenarian

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Many baby boomers are recommitting themselves to sex, not about to give up on one of the best things in life because of physical or social challenges.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: Harmful? Unethical?

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Stress and Sex
A major professional society calls abstinence-only sex ed harmful and unethical. The UN backs comprehensive sex ed, and the WHO defines sexual health as including pleasure.

Sexual Assault on Campus

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for first year students and parents.

Imagine If The Results Went The Other Way

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Pop Psych
If your reasoning is immune to evidence, you aren't doing science.

Revisiting the Google Manifesto

Were there gender difference in the past? It is extremely likely. Do we know if they were like gender differences we see today? No.