Essential Reads

Twins With Two Daddies

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How We Do It
Paternity suits triggered by strikingly different fraternal twins have revealed bizarre cases with two different fathers. Split paternity is the visible tip of a sizeable iceberg.

The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.

It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Talking Apes
When it comes to marital happiness, frequent sex is not enough—it also has to be memorable.

For a Profound Sense of Meaning in Life, Have Sex

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Curious?
How central is sexuality to the development of well-being? New research untangles the association between sexuality and various dimensions of well-being.

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Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.

The Shame of Adult Sexual Harassment

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 20, 2017 in Minority Report
There's not much public space for adults of sexual harassment to feel safe, since adults are supposed to know right from wrong and have the language to say no. But I can tell you..

Parents, Your Millennial Wants to Talk with You about Love

A new report from Harvard indicates that millennials long to talk with their parents about romantic relationships. Here's how to get your intergenerational love dialog started.

Why Does the Religious Right Hate Your Birth Control?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 19, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Scripture doesn't mention birth control. So why are many religious people against it—for you?

When Spirituality and Sexuality Clash

Are sexuality and spirituality naturally antagonistic? Recent research suggests that sexual thoughts can weaken spiritual motivations. Can the two be reconciled?

The Demisexual Phenomenon

When sexual attraction comes only after establishing an emotional connection over time...

Blindness Fetishes Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in In Excess
Amaurophilia is a sexual paraphilia where the individual derives sexual pleasure and arousal by a partner who is blind. But what else do we know about this rare sexual behavior?

Performance Anxiety Is Often Transition Anxiety

By Michael Castleman M.A. on June 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Masturbation is easy, but partner sex is more challenging. When young lovers move from the former to the latter, their "performance anxiety" is often transition anxiety.

The Doctor Is In: New Web Series Explores the World of Kink

A new web series provides insight, humor and education about BDSM.

Falling in Love…again

When you are with someone who has your back, whatever the world throws at you can be handled. It’s amazing how much power there is in a loving relationship.

The Good Husband as Failed Lover

Romance can be a form of narcotic for a certain kind of woman, and Emma Bovary is the embodiment of the woman whose life can be shattered by too heavy a dependence on fantasy.

Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Clear Communication
Are you potentially asking for an extramarital affair without even knowing it?

How Masculinity Is Stifling Men's Sexual Desire

Does it seem like men want sex all the time? It might be feigned. And masculine norms and social pressures could be the culprit.

Child Porn Redux

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in Witness
An explosion of online pornography is leading to welcome research and debate on its social and psychological effects.

How the Brain Determines Sexuality

It has been known for a long time that early exposure to testosterone has a powerful influence on later sexuality. Now we are beginning to understand how this might come about.

Creating (or Renewing) Intimacy

Intimacy and sex are not the same thing. It's helpful to know the difference and how to achieve either or both.

Surprising Sources of Sexual Satisfaction

A satisfying sex life is more than just frequent intercourse or achieving orgasm; some surprising qualities can enhance our sexual experiences.

Four Fun Ways to Enrich Your Life and Improve Your Health

By Meg Selig on June 08, 2017 in Changepower
Does it seem like everything good is bad for you? Not so! Savor these four pleasures and become healthier and happier as you do so.

Overcoming Sex Addiction: A Self-help Guide

By The Book Brigade on June 08, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Compulsive sexual behavior typically conceals negative feelings about oneself—feelings that are readily treatable.

Trigger Warnings for American Classic Films

By Stanton Peele on June 08, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The film director Ernst Lubitsch, who was the toast of Hollywood for his light, "Lubitsch touch" before World War II, made films that would be banned on campuses today.

I Didn't Want to Betray My Wife Again

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on June 07, 2017 in Finally Out
​I had broken my vows to my wife, and I left her when I realized that if I made those vows again I would only betray her again. My attraction to men was too powerful to contain.

People Watch Porn That Turns Them On

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Women Who Stray
No, the explosion of Internet porn is not changing people's sexual arousals. Instead, it's revealing what their sexual arousal actually is.
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Bi+: The Bisexual Unicorn

Bi+ individuals adopt a variety of identities, including bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious, fluid, multi-sexual, and others.

A Boundary Overstepped

What should a teenage girl should do if her dad has poor boundaries?

Equality Makes Same-Sex Couples Happy

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in The Third Wave
Why are same-sex couples happier than straight couples? Here are eight ways research says same-sex couples rock relationships.
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Sex Work IS Work: a Documentarian Gives Sex Workers a Voice

A documentary filmmaker dispels myths about sex workers through their own words.

The Asian Christian Sex Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 05, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're an Asian, Christian, sex addict, is there a difference in your issues compared to other addicts? I would say definitely so since there are three distinct parts.

Dating Asian-American Men

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 02, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian men rank lowest in terms of online desirability and part of the problem is...

Men Masturbate to Make Up the Difference—But Women Don't

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on May 31, 2017 in Sex Matters
More data shows that men and women may masturbate for different reasons. Less sexually satisfied men masturbate more—but not women.