Essential Reads

The Experience of Fear

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Wild Connections
We, and other species, have evolved the ability to rapidly adopt an appropriate strategy to respond to life-threatening, fearful, or aggressive encounters.

Porn "Addiction" in the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media presents pornography addiction as a legitimate disorder when in fact this is far from certain. In addition it offers questionable advice and suggestions.

3 Ways of Saying "No" to Unwanted Sex

Research on refusal to provide consent for sex begins to sketch out the complicated landscape of how people say "No," when "No means no!" is one important part of the picture.

"Touch Me There," Said the Robot

Are we physiologically activated when touching robots' bodies? Research begins to sketch out how we respond to humanoid robots.

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The Secret Life of the Cheating Wife

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Stepmonster
These cheating wives challenge all our easy assumptions about female sexuality

The Most Important Sex Education Lesson of All: Consent

By Adam Price Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Unmotivated Teen
How to teach boys when no means no and when yes means no.


By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 16, 2018 in Minority Report
Do you find your partner's emojis to others too flirty or just too much with someone else? If so, your romantic relationship could be victim to "micro-cheating".

How the “Porn Addiction” Movement Disrespects Women

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Sexual Intelligence
Assuming that women can't control their emotions in the face of their partner's porn use disempowers them--and undermines the partnership a couple needs to work things out.

Cat Person, Aziz Ansari and Power in the Age of Trump

The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?

Want More Intense Orgasms? Try This Simple, Subtle Exercise

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 15, 2018 in All About Sex
For more intense, more pleasurable orgasms—guaranteed!—try quick, easy, private Kegel exercises.

6 Tips to Practice on a First Date

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love"—Mother Teresa

Tips for Sexual Wellness in 2018

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on January 11, 2018 in Modern Sex
What will you do to cultivate more sexual wellness this year?

Why Men Will Always Be More Disgusting Than Women

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Out of the Ooze
It can be very liberating to be the most disgusting person in the room.

Why Are You Having Sex and Have You Told Your Partner?

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on January 08, 2018 in Sex & Sociability
Hot sex or maintenance sex and any kind of sex in between — Are you and your partner having the same kind?

#MeToo: Take Your Hands Off Pandora’s Box!

Transactional analysis explains the current sex scandals as a series of games with established rules and well-defined roles for each participant.

The Pros and Cons of Polygamy

By Neel Burton M.D. on January 04, 2018 in Hide and Seek
Is there a link between polygamy and social unrest?

What We Can Learn from the Sexual Harassment Reckoning

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in The Power of Insight
How the bad behavior of a few can help inspire a more self-aware world—if we listen.

Research Shows Higher Hostile Sexism among Trump Supporters

Research shows that hostile sexism won the day in the 2016 election. Will we continue to permit our society to be governed by bias, leading to avoidable suffering and inequality?

Ronan Farrow: Man on a Mission

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 03, 2018 in Uncharted Customs
Often the first word many people learn to speak is `Daddy,' . But this young prodigy grew up with a daddy who was a baddie `- dubbed by all at home a `no goodie' sex harasser. `

The Seeds of Cultural Change

What can we learn about masculinity from the sexual harassment scandals dominating the media world?

What Does Makeup Say About You?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Attraction, Evolved
What do we assume about a woman wearing makeup? And do our preconceptions have any basis in fact?

Seven Ways a Cheating Man Will Break Your Heart (Again)

Learning about infidelity might be only the beginning of your pain.

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"

If Someone Takes “Forever” to Reach Orgasm

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 01, 2018 in All About Sex
Do you or your lover have difficulty working up to orgasm? In both genders, orgasm difficulties are fairly common—and almost always curable

Power, Sex, and What Else is New?

Apparently we've reached a tipping point at which enough women have enough power to speak up against sexual assault. But things are far from perfect. Here's what I wish for 2018...

Genitals, Beer Kegs, and the Need For Basic Scientific Study

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Two popular essays and a research paper raise key questions about sex, science, and the importance of recognizing basic research as "a valid and valuable use of public funds."

When Sex Drives Clash

Do you and your partner have different sex drives? Is it causing conflict in your relationship? Here are some ways to improve your sex life.

Consent Violations in Consensual Non-Monogamy

Why are consent violations inevitable in CNM relationships, and what can people in those relationships do about them?

Will Lookism Ever End?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 27, 2017 in Ambigamy
Caring about how we look is a huge and cruel distraction, here's a way we might end up working through it.

Sex Work and Therapy

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 27, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Therapists often assume that a person involved in sexwork is "damaged." That assumption prevents many therapists from being able to actually help.

Rape by Deception

Deceiving another person in order to have sex with them is morally wrong when it prevents the other person from giving fully informed consent to the act.

7 Snafus During Sex: What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Let’s face it: Two bodies can make a lot of sounds and smells that are anything but sexy. Here are some embarrassing difficulties you might encounter – and how to handle them.

Four Effortless Relationship Hacks

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on December 23, 2017 in Dating and Mating
These evidence-based relationships hacks can help to improve your romantic relationship, no extra time or effort necessary. Try them today!