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

Is Monogamy Really the Key to Happiness?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Talking Apes
The common wisdom is that open relationships are less satisfying and more prone to jealousy than conventional matrimony. But the data say otherwise.

Couples Benefit Big Time at Bed Time on Vacation

Even if you're a long-married couple, there are a few good reasons that your sex life will heat up if you "get a room."

Pimp Culture Glorification and Sex Trafficking

What may seem like a harmless portrayal of pimp culture has detrimental impacts on sex trafficking and other forms of sexual violence.

Sexuality During and After Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Research shows what changes you can expect with sex and intimacy.

Boosting Low Sexual Desire

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 27, 2017 in Sex Matters
Reduced sexual desire is both common and reversible.
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The Most Common Relationship Problem

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 26, 2017 in Fixing Families
One of the most common relationship problems is the competing needs for closeness and space. The problem is anxiety, and the solution is breaking the pattern. Tips on how to do it.

What Men Desire in a Woman

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Sideways View
What is the evolutionary psychology of mate choice? What really "turns men on" and why?

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Living Single
Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

Femme Fatale: Sexy Women Sway Men to Do Bad Things

Do sexy women send a man's moral compass haywire? New research shows that exposure to sexy images makes a man more likely to cheat, lie, and steal.

The O’Reilly Factor: Men, Power, and Sexual Abuse

Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly had the ear of America. He’s rich and famous, and we seem to have a different set of rules for those folks.

Difficult Sexual Negotiations

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 20, 2017 in Sex Matters
Big sexual differences can derail your entire relationship, but they don’t have to.

Going, Going, Gone? Human Sperm Counts Are Plunging

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How We Do It
Accumulated evidence confirms that human sperm counts have fallen markedly in industrialized countries since the 1930s. Male fertility and reproductive health are threatened.

Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In Excess
For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?

The Rise and Fall of Monogamy

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 19, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What future for monogamy and polyamory?

Should Children Register as Sex Offenders?

Does registering children as sex offenders reduce juvenile sex offending?

Overcoming Sexual Assault: Symptoms & Recovery

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Seeking professional help after sexual assault is one of the most important and helpful things you can do.

How Men Attract Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
How men attract women is a much more difficult question than vice-versa because women are both more selective, and also more individualistic in what they want.

Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A new research study finds more evidence that the alleged harms from porn are actually caused by religious conflict, shame, and the "porn addict" identity.

Can We Talk About Sex on Campus?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on April 15, 2017 in College Wellness
Sex is one of the toughest topics to talk about with your college-aged children, but also one of the most important.
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What Is Your Teen Hearing About Sex and Pregnancy?

By Guest Blogger on April 14, 2017 in The Guest Room
Families describe a complicated social world filled with strict rules, inconsistencies, silence, gossip, control by adults, and pushback from teens.

The Sexual Impact of Diabetes on Women

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Recent research clarifies how diabetes often harms women sexually. While diabetic women are not fated to develop sex problems, many do.

Negotiate Sexual Differences, Part 2: How Often We Do It

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 14, 2017 in Sex Matters
Do you and partner disagree on how often to have sex? Here's how to find common ground.

Relighting the Sexual Fire

How to Relight the Sexual Fire?

How to Choose a Long-Term Romantic Partner

There are probably “50 ways to leave your lover,” but far fewer ways to choose the one who will stay with you for the long term.

The Happy Healthy Pornosexual

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Apparently, some can watch porn without it getting out of hand.

Why Do Men Cheat on Women They Love?

Hey guys! Cheating is not the only option.

Aphrodite and Dionysus

Lack of or a low sexual desire is the most common sexual challenge, about which physicians hear numerous complaints.

Negotiate Sexual Differences, Part 1: What We Do

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 13, 2017 in Sex Matters
Do you and partner want different things sexually? Here's how to find common ground.

Estrogen Promise

By Robert J King Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Hive Mind
Have the rumors of the death of testosterone been somewhat exaggerated? In a word: Yes.
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It’s Time to Talk

If we don’t take the time to talk with—and really understand—our teens, how can we expect to know much about the choices they face and the decisions they make?