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

Understanding Skirt Club

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Stepmonster
Can an all-women's sex party help us understand our deeper selves?

Out of the Shadows: Shining Light on the Vampire Community

New research on modern day vampires sheds light on this misunderstood community.

Why Do You Find Someone Attractive?

Researchers have spent years studying the attraction process. Want to learn some of what they know? I summarize some findings here.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

Who Is Having Threesome Sex?

Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.

Forever Now

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in Memory Medic
The usually benign herpes simplex virus is not always so benign.

When Is the Best Time to Have Sex?

Misinformation about sex is just about as pernicious as no information about sex. Both are worse than having lots of information about sex.

The Personal Erotic Myth and the Rise of Fetishsexuality

A new sexual concept paves the way in understanding the role of the unconscious and psyche in exploring authentic sexuality.

When We Fall In Love

When we are in love, our whole way of looking at the world changes.

Find Out What Really Happens in Couples Therapy

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Until now, the only way to find out what really happens in a couples therapy session is to go to couples therapy with your partner. That is about to change.

How to Touch Him the Way He Likes

Has your partner told you how he likes to be touched? Do you know? Are you sure?

Masturbation and Marriage

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Why do men and women masturbate within a relationship? Is it about more sex or not enough?
Pixabay, CCO Public Domain, Steve Buissinne, photographer

Why Does Playing “Hard To Get” Feel So Desperate?

Why Does Playing “Hard To Get” Feel So Desperate? Feigning disinterest may be an attempt to fend off vulnerability. By Kirby Goldin, Ph.D.

Tinder Users Are Different Than Online Daters and Here’s How

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Tinder users scored highest on sexual permissiveness.

“Only You” Or “I've Two Lovers and I Love them Both"?

Emotional partiality and diversity are essential to romantic love. However, they appear to conflict with each other. Which one has a greater romantic value?

Can Being a Female Breadwinner Cost You Your Relationship?

7 signs that your relationship is at risk of romantic bankruptcy.

Open, Non-Monogamous, Poly or Designer Relationships

What do clinicians need to learn about open relationships in order to be better couples therapists?

Want to Live Longer? Have Sex Regularly

Independent of health, maintaining an active, regular sex life appears to extend longevity. Sex put life into your years and years into your life.

Premature Ejaculation: Learn Control

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on May 15, 2017 in Sex Matters
Lots of men worry about climaxing too quickly, but those who do can learn to slow things down--and to give their partner a great time without one.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 4

This blog offers a sneak peek into the ongoing fourth wave of research on children growing up in polyamorous families by focusing on the experiences of young adults.

Wondering How to Keep the Spark Alive?

Want to keep the spark alive in your sexual relationship? These three things are key.
Todrick Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzRf56XbrNA

"Gay Capital" and Shifting Perceptions of Homosexuality

The gay youth developed close friendships with both straight and sexual-minority peers, felt accepted by their straight peers, and gained status by their gayness.
Charles C. Thomas

The Impact of Mentors

A new collection of important papers reminds us of past work in criminal psychology, as well as the importance of mentors.

Claire Dederer Talks About Love & Trouble

By Jennifer Haupt on May 12, 2017 in One True Thing
"...I went through old journals and letters and photos, revisiting my younger self. I won’t pretend it wasn’t excruciating, but that research really did inform the whole book."

More Than Just a Pretty Face: Unmasking Furry Fandom

Recent research debunks common misconception of the furry community as a bunch of sexual "deviants" or misfits.

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.

Government Criminalizes Sexual Fantasy

Erotic age role-play between adults is incredibly common. Unfortunately, prosecutors and juries think it's sick and dangerous.

A Call for Orgasm Equality

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in Stress and Sex
The most crucial action needed to orgasm with a partner.

Sexual Mummification

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in In Excess
Some claim that mummification as a sexual fetish is on the increase. But what do we know about this sexual behavior from a psychological perspective?

What’s So Sexy About Belly Buttons?

Academic journals examining the psychological and sexual aspects of the navel are almost nonexistent. But Wikipedia’s extensive, even scholarly, coverage fills this gap.