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.

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Who's Having the Most Sex?

"American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s," Twenge states. Why is this the case?

Does Sexting Have Benefits for Your Relationship?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in Love, Digitally
Sexting messages convey a level of sexual promiscuity and therefore availability. 50 percent of those who engaged in sexting reported experiencing positive outcomes.

The Horrors of the Dream Ballet in "Oklahoma!"

The core moment in one of America’s most beloved works of musical theater is a violently realistic sexual nightmare.
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Is a Big Age Difference Problematic for a Relationship?

By Jenna Birch on February 21, 2018 in Navigating the Love Gap
Research can help explain whether May-December romances are built to last.

Me Too Movement Confronts an Ancient Problem

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 21, 2018 in The Human Beast
More than a third of female workers report being sexually harassed at work. Why is the problem so common?

5 Reasons Why Polyamorous Families are Reluctant to Be on TV

This blog explains five reasons why polyamorous folks might not want to be on reality television and a few of the remedies that might help poly folks feel safer about being on TV.

Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse

After the Nassar case: How and when to talk to kids about sexual abuse.

Let's Go Beyond He Said/She Said

By Barbara J. Risman Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Gender Questions?
Can going beyond gender itself help to end sexism, and protect women from #metoo moments in the future?

Sex and the Brain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Intriguing research reveals gender differences in brain function and anatomy

What Do Singles Really Want?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in In the Name of Love
Married people envy singles for their romantic freedom. Do singles envy married people for their serious relationships? A recent Match study indicates surprising trends.

Tina Alexis Allen: Untangling Identity and Sexual Abuse

By Jennifer Haupt on February 19, 2018 in One True Thing
What I once labeled "a relationship" with my teacher was really sexual abuse.

Your Partner Cheated, Now What?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in Friendship 2.0
In infidelity's aftermath, you may feel like your world has been shattered. As you take a breath, here are some steps to help you cope and find a path forward.

When Is Porn Use a Problem?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 19, 2018 in ExperiMentations
How do relationship and sexual satisfaction affect couples' use of pornography? New research provides guidance for when porn use is likely to become detrimental.

Talking With Teens About STIs

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in School and Family Matters
Ready to talk to your teen about sexually transmitted infections? An open conversation can bolster prevention efforts.

11 Reasons Women Have Difficulty with Orgasm, and What Helps

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 17, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Up to half of women report difficulty with orgasm. Research identifies barriers to sexual pleasure, and provides guidance on how to enjoy intimate experiences more fully.

The Real Problem With “Toxic Masculinity”

In today's culture, there is great deal of anxiety around gender roles and their relationship to biology. Toxic masculinity may be a problem, but not in the way you think.

Talking About Sex and Death and Hatred

By Nick Luxmoore on February 16, 2018 in Young People Up Close
To what extent do sex, death, and hatred end up as unmentionable anxieties hidden away inside a young person? How do we understand, and how do we respond?

Men, Women, and Sex Problems Throughout the Lifespan

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2018 in All About Sex
Throughout the lifespan, men and women tend to develop their most daunting sex problems at different time, often making couples feel out of synch.

Sexual Harassment Won’t Stop Until We Change the Story

By Charles S. Jacobs on February 15, 2018 in Management Rewired
How can changing the story put an end to sexual harrasment?

Searching for Evidence of the Oedipus Complex

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking Apes
A new study finds experimental support for Sigmund Freud’s theory of infantile sexuality.

Bestiality: Hidden Facts About the Sexual Abuse of Nonhumans

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Animal Emotions
An essay "Zoophilia: A Hidden Horror for Animals" that offers a brief summary about what is known about humans having all sorts of sex with other animals is disturbingly shocking.

Improve Your Relationship In Twenty Minutes!

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 14, 2018 in Quite Queerly
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.

How to Know if You Are a Sexual Empath

Sexual empaths are highly sensitive during lovemaking (and flirting too). They can pick up a partner’s energy even more than other empaths can.

Gender Differences in Desire

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in In It Together
How do long-term couples maintain desire? They understand the importance of secure emotional attachment.

Why Do Veterans Have Issues with Sex and Intimacy?

By Meaghan Mobbs on February 14, 2018 in The Debrief
Why do vets have issues with sex and intimacy? The conversation that needs to be happening but isn't.

Beauty and the Beard

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in How We Do It
Darwin suggested that men’s beards evolved through sexual selection exerted by female mate choice. But recent studies indicate that beards may primarily signal social dominance.

How to Say Yes, No, or Some: A Post-Cat Person Guide, Part 2

By Sari Cooper, CST, LCSW on February 13, 2018 in Sex Esteem
How Can You Bring Compassion to Dating post #catperson post #ansari ?

Infidelity: Why Does Your Partner Cheat?

Cheating on Valentine's Day is more common than you might think.

What Is the Smartest Move to Make on Valentines Day?

Previous research, including a study of almost 10,000 participants from 33 countries, confirms that ‘intelligent’ is the second most highly valued characteristic in a mate

Why Even Terrible Social Norms Are Hard to Change

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in I'm Only Human
The norms around sexual harassment and assault need to change. What’s in the way?