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.

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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.

Barriers to Adoption for Same Sex Couples

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 01, 2016 Am I Right?
Children may suffer in families for many reasons but being raised by a gay individual or couple is not, in and of itself, one of them.

The Sexual Ethics of Star Wars

Why must erotic love compromise a person's ability to use the Force for good?

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

The Everyday Clinician's Guide to Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 Minority Report
If you're a therapist with no formal training in sex addiction, then this guide is tailored for you. The information provided is hands-on, practical tools you can use with clients

An Unusual Response to a Sex Survey

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 29, 2016 As You Like It
From a man who likes having sex with women but is fascinated with penises, posts photos of his penis online daily, and is aroused by transgender porn and male genital torture.

Savvy Shoppers Seeking Sex

By Jesse Marczyk on January 28, 2016 Pop Psych
How prices for prostitution can inform hypotheses of mate preferences

No More Sex Until...

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 27, 2016 Fighting Fear
A common, although largely ignored, problem for some couples is how to have sex with the children still awake. I offer a solution.

Hot, Mindful Sex

Want some hot, slow sex to keep warm these days/nights? Consider starting a mindfulness practice.

When You Love Someone Who Doesn't Love You Back

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 The Shrink Tank
How far would you go to pursue someone who didn't love you back? Author and NYTimes Modern Love column contributor Lisa A. Phillips shares her own story of romantic obsession.

Of Mice and Women: A Dark Side of Oxytocin and Conservation

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Animal Emotions
Studies of sex differences in responses to stress now focus on females. Usually data from animal studies are used for humans, but this information is important for the animals.

Naked Sexual Awakenings

When mentioning the word " Lust" to someone, you can learn about their sexuality. There are also other surprises to learn along the way, such as the connection between yoga and sex

The Explosive Mix of Sex and Violence

By R. Douglas Fields on January 26, 2016 The New Brain
The mass sexual assaults in Cologne illuminate a dark side of human nature—how sex and violence are interlinked in the human brain.

Male Bisexuality: Current Research Findings

Improved research methodology spotlights the complexities and challenges of the 1.4 percent of American men who identify as bisexual.

7 Signs You’re in an Unhealthy Rebound Relationship

Research indicates that while some rebound relationships can be successful, others may be harmful. Here are seven signs you’re in an unhealthy rebound relationship...

The 13 Reasons We Have Sex

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Curious?
New research on sexuality that offers insights into the different motives behind the act.

Secret Powers of Estrogen

New study reveals how estrogen fights infections.

A Mind of One’s Own?

Julian Jaynes once made the strange claim that our ancestors did not evolve conscious minds until 600 BCE. But are we conscious at all? To find out, let's talk about Love.

The One Penis Policy

This blog explores the phenomenon of the One Penis Policy in which some men in polyamorous relationships attempt to limit their female partners access to other men.

Peeling Away the Layers: Art Therapy with a Sex Offender

It's difficult yet rewarding to address the needs of this marginal—and oftentimes disturbing—population.