Essential Reads

Sexual Intimacy May Be One Key To a Longer Life

It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.
Susan Sullivan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sexual Assault: Hot-Blooded Clashes

Problems with sexual assault reports include confusing assault with rape, focusing on the specific behavior experienced, and considering gender politics.

Religion, Secularism, and Homophobia

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in The Secular Life
Millennials are the least homophobic Americans, and also the least religious.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

More Posts on Sex

Women's Sexual Pleasure, Orgasm, and Touching

The sources of women's sexual satisfaction remains less understood in spite of recent advances and advocacy. New empirical research gives detailed insights into what women like.

Besides Religion, Immutable Nature Is Key to Civil Rights

Confusing "immutable nature" with "lifestyle choices" leads to disrespect, oppression, and "slippery slopes."

Sex Gives Your Brain a Boost

By David DiSalvo on July 22, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Good news: your brain benefits from staying sexually active. Recent research offers possible reasons why sex is a brain booster.

Have Fun with Sexual Fantasies

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on July 21, 2017 in Sex Matters
Sexual fantasies are private experiences, but sharing them with your partner can ramp up the passion, and increase your intimacy.

Fatal Attraction

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in The New Brain
An intriguing link has been identified between unconventional sexual behavior and a common parasite, which is acquired from cats.

Real Reasons for Sex Before Marriage

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in The Human Beast
More people today are sexually active before marriage than ever before. The true reasons are practical and have little to do with changing belief systems.

Facebook Infidelity: 10 Safeguards Your Marriage Needs Today

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Clear Communication
Most Americans now consider this cheating. Do you? It's time to fight this marriage cancer. Here's how...

Pornography and Broken Relationships

People who view pornography are much more likely to experience a romantic relationship breakup. We look at research data supporting this expectation and discuss pivotal factors.

7 Ways to Say “No” if You're Introverted or Shy

Often there’s a fear of rejection or a desire to avoid confrontation.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Having Fun Together

Fun is by definition associated with good feelings. While not the only source of good feelings, it is an important means of generating them. Love thrives on positive affect!

Gender Bias in Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the biggest, baddest, bias in social science on politicized topics?

Sex During Late Pregnancy: A Risk of Premature Delivery?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Does sex during late pregnancy pose a risk of premature delivery? Most studies say no, but a few say yes. What should expectant parents do?

The Oldest Gays in History

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Three tales of homosexuality in Ancient Egypt.

Polyphobia

This blog explores discrimination and prejudice against polyamorous people in loss of social ties, housing, child custody, job loss, and selective enforcement of rules or laws.

Navigating Abuse by the Clergy—Part One

Oftentimes, abuse inflicted upon victims by clergy occurs within a context that is religious and is supposed to be safe.

Smoking Fetishes Examined

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in In Excess
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

Some Forms of Compassion Are More “Acceptable” Than Others

Everything is a matter of perception, including empathy and compassion.

Why Women Have Affairs

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Engaging in infidelity might increase a female’s perceptions of her self-esteem.

Coming to Terms with Infidelity: Men Versus Women

Why do some but not all relationships survive infidelity?

Want to Keep Love Alive? Here's How

There is an idea going around that you may have heard, that-long term relationships eventually and inevitably become flat and boring...

Netflix and What?!

Hooking up is an intentionally vague term that is often used to describe a sexual encounter without commitment. It has its own script, which is different from the traditional date.

Not-So-Leaky Pipelines

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Pop Psych
Some people think the world of academia is biased against women when it comes to hiring. Turns out just the opposite is true

Gender Bias in Science or Biased Claims of Gender Bias?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the bias? Is it in the sexism of scientists or in the politics of those proclaiming sexism in science?

So You Think You Know Your Partner's Sexual Preferences

Even long-term partners can exchange some new information about sex together. Are you up for the risk?

How to Please a Woman or a Man in the Bedroom

By Sheila Kohler on July 04, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
I always think of my mother-in-law talking about her Italian lover, Enzo. I see her sitting smiling in the shade of her terrace in Bologna with all the earthenware pots.

Do Men Have A Biological Clock?

Doctors Find That Men May Have a Biological Clock too
K. Ramsland

Women Who Run With Killers

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.
By Glogger (Own work) GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wet Dreams: Bemused & Bewildered

Many boys are confused by a common event, which for many is their first experience of an orgasm. It doesn't have to be this way.

What Happens When Women Ask for Sex?

By Donna Barstow on June 30, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Upending the traditional roles of who wants sex more...will satisfy everyone.

Your Biases And Beliefs Are Impacting Your Decision-Making

A line must be drawn when the beliefs of one person or a group of people harm another person or group of people.