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 provacative 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

To Use or Not Use Condoms? Gay, Bi, Queer Teen Guys Tell Us

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 Connected
In light of International Condom Day, our new infographic showcases quotes from our online discussion with gay, bisexual, and queer teen guys on condom use.

What Happens When We Really Listen to Someone Else

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 Listen Up!
One filmmaker. Two fictional transgender sex workers of color in Los Angeles. A lesson for us all in seeing people as more than diagnoses and stereotypes..

Valentine’s Day, Love, and the Broken Soul

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Obesely Speaking
Even if you are lucky enough to find "true love" – do you know where to get the app for it?

The Year of the Monkey: Which Monkey Are You?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 11, 2016 The Pacific Heart
It's the Lunar Year of the Monkey. Are we more bonobo-like, favoring sex, or chimp-like, favoring aggression?

Sex and Violence

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Hive Mind
"Making a Murderer" is just one of many true crime shows that has become popular. Why is this? Is it a new phenomenon?

The Science of Monogamy

Contrary to what some men may claim in locker rooms, dorm rooms, and after one too many rounds during happy hour, more sexual partners does not equal more happiness.

Teens and Sex

Afraid to discuss "the birds and the bees" with your teen? Here are a few tips.

How Your Unconscious Mind Is Keeping You Single

Many people are consciously and happily single. But if you are interesting in finding a mate, consider these unconscious factors which may be affecting your status.

Valentine's Day—Love's Amateur Night

Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to test the waters and see what it might be like if we allowed the intimacy and vulnerability of our partnership to happen every day.

Sex in Marriage

Do men and women have different sexual agendas?

Do Separate Bedrooms Signal Marriage Problems?

A couple’s sex life can improve when they have found a sleeping arrangement that allows good quality sleep for both of them.

Playboy.com's "Journalista" Explores OD Reversal Drug

By Amy Dresner on February 09, 2016 Coming Clean
Playboy.com has a new provocative docu-series about sex and drugs. This episode is about a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Ladies, You Know What a Beer Is? Stay Away From It!

By Danielle Teller on February 09, 2016 Tipping Sacred Cows
Telling people not to have sex doesn't prevent pregnancy. Why does anyone think it will work for alcohol?

Writing for Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 09, 2016 Minority Report
If you're an addict & want to gain greater insight into your behaviors, triggers, and overall addictive tendencies, what do you do? Research shows journaling can aid in recovery.

Virtual Sexualities Blog Anthology

Is there an app for that? Online environments have transformed possibilities for human interaction, and sexual identity and sexual expression are no exception.

Depathologizing Sexual Eroticism

Discovering a partner’s surprising porn-viewing habits can be disturbing, but it can also be a gateway to greater understanding and compassion.

When Stereotypes Affect Our Thinking

Cognitive abilities are affected by many factors. Is the role of gender stereotypes as important as some believe in explaining sex differences in cognitive abilities?

What is Your Partner’s Relationship Attachment Style?

In romantic relationship, most couples have degrees of four attachment styles. What are yours and your partner's?

Stop Having Kids?

Like Ebola and SARS, the Zika virus is causing great fear. Fear and anxiety rarely engender good policy.

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

Once an Addict, Always an Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 05, 2016 Minority Report
Do you agree with the phrase, "Once an addict, always an addict"? Why or why not? This view of addiction may seem pessimistic in terms of recovery & clarification is needed here.

Sex, Gender, and Testosterone

What is the relationship between hormones and gender roles?

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Moisture

Why do most women think they have to moisturize every day? Why do most men have no idea why anybody should have to do that?

A Biological Function for Oral Sex?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 How We Do It
High blood pressure affects 10% of pregnancies in which a mother’s immune system over-reacts to the fetus. Long-term sexual priming by a specific male partner reduces the risk.

3 Sure Signs of a Relationship at Risk

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Is 20/20
Relationships don't end for mysterious reasons. If you learn to watch for the signs, you can see it ending clearly.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Why So Many Women Don’t Have Orgasms

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2016 All About Sex
Women don’t have orgasms largely because their lovers don’t provide the clitoral caresses that elicit them.

Is It Love or Low Self-Esteem?

It’s called RCSE, and if you can’t believe how in love you are, you just might have it.

Rape is Not (Only) About Power; It’s (Also) About Sex

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Therapy
The common explanation that ‘rape is not about sex’ is long on ideology, but short on accuracy.

5 Steps to a Better Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a day that can be fraught with and weighed down by expectations. Perhaps we can mitigate potential problems by prepping for it together.