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

Top 10 Lessons I Learned in Sex Class

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Every year, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught a human sexuality class. Over so many years of this work, one observes things.
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Women Aroused by Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some female serial killers defy notions in criminology and sexology that women develop sexual addictions.
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Is It Last Call for the Gay Bar?

By Adam Gerace Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Knowing Me, Knowing You
Are gay nightclubs and bars still relevant to same-sex attracted people for forming sexual and romantic relationships?

Womanizers, Harassers and Predators #MeToo: Part Two

By Sari Cooper, CST on December 11, 2017 in Sex Esteem
What can men learn to expand their awareness of boundaries in this new age of #MeToo.

Reducing Hard Candy Christmases, One Family At a Time

By John-Manuel Andriote on December 11, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Teaching parents that sexual orientation is about more than sex is a key to supporting their gay kids.

If You’ve Been Sexually Harassed, What’s Next?

How do you move forward after you’ve been sexually harassed?

Why Testosterone Is Important for Sexuality in Both Sexes

You might think that hormones such as testosterone have little to do with human behavior. But the recent evidence suggest otherwise. And it's not just a "male" hormone.
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Why Do Some Men Engage in Sexual Exhibitionism?

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on December 10, 2017 in What Is He Thinking?
One of the weirdest sexual behaviors exhibited by some of the men busted for sexual harassment is masturbating in front of a woman (e.g. Louis C.K.). The real cause is anxiety.
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What Sexual Harrassment Does to All of Us

By Elizabeth Young on December 10, 2017 in Adaptations
That’s a weird sentence, so I’m going to repeat it for emphasis. I am privileged: I have never been threatened, assaulted, or raped. 

Ten Tips for Preventing Infidelity

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Preventing infidelity isn't something you have to worry about, as long as you and your partner stay communicative about your desires, your dreams, and your devotion.

Love, Trust, and Sexual Infidelity

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Can a medication based on oxytocin treat sexual infidelity?

My Parents Cheated. Does That Mean I Will Cheat?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 08, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity is of constant interest, especially during the holidays when intimacy reigns. New research sheds light on how our parents' behavior affects our relationship decisions.

12 Book Recommendations to Blow Your Freaking Mind Open

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in Curious?
More than a dozen books that you need to read in the months and years ahead. Some are far off the beaten path.
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Romantic Love, Casual Sex, and Human Ecology

Do harsh environments foster short-term mating, and rich ones long-term commitment? Environmental effects on reproductive strategies are more complicated than one might think.

When Do Men With Power Engage in Sexual Harassment?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Close Encounters
Not all powerful men are sexual harassers. Research on power suggests that there are three reasons why power may make some men more likely to harass women at work.

Men Want to Be Wanted Too

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on December 07, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Magazine articles abound about wooing women, very few about wooing your men. Yet men need the same declarations of being admired and desired.

How Cyberspace Turned a Decent Man into a Sex Offender

People feel free to say and do things online they otherwise never would do.

How Careful Should a Parent Be?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 06, 2017 in Fighting Fear
A discussion of some of the issues surrounding the sexual abuse of young women.

How Sex Is Connected To Marital Satisfaction

Taking the time to connect with your partner can lead to better – and more frequent – sex.
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The Ripper's Home Base?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
As we approach the 130th anniversary of the Ripper murders, we see more theories about whodunnit; here's one that offers details from original reports.

His Hormones Made Him Do It.... Or Not

What do we really know about hormones and sexual harassment?

The Vulnerability Hangover: A Fresh Take on Modern Eroticism

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Standard Deviations
A psychotherapist/sex therapist explores eroticism and the 'vulnerability hangover', a new phenomenon in modern sexuality.

What's Truly Hot: Desire and Consent

Six years ago a woman accused me of rape.

The Dark Side of Outing Men’s Sexual Misdeeds

The vast majority of men I deal with in therapy say, “If she doesn’t want it, it totally turns me off.”


By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
Fear of coming across as a jerk keeps many, but not all men in line.

What Sexy Dreams Say About Your Psyche

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in Creating in Flow
One woman's sex dream is another's nightmare. But such dreams may tell you something about your real life, both in and out of bed.

5 Ways Intimate Partner Violence Research Informs #MeToo

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
High-profile cases raise awareness of gender-based sexual violence. Research on perpetrators of domestic violence tells us what we may need to do to prevent future aggression.

Why Sexual Harassment Goes Unreported

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2017 in Minority Report
With the sudden ouster of 'Today Show' anchor Matt Lauer, many are wondering why other women didn't complain to HR sooner.

They Say They're a Sex Addict. Is It Automatically True?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Just because a person says they feel they are addicted to sex, does it mean it's automatically true?

Sex in America: 45 Years of Often Contradictory Changes

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Teen sex has decreased, but casual adult sex is on the rise. Acceptance of premarital sex is up, but acceptance of affairs is down. What’s going on?