Essential Reads

The Ethics of Libido Manipulation

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Women Who Stray
New technology and research suggests that we may one day soon be able to effectively and non-invasively alter sexual libido. This raises tremendous ethical challenges.

What Do You Do Right After Sex?

Do you want to snuggle, talk, or check your phone after sex? How is what you do after sex connected to your relationship satisfaction or the hormonal influences of sexual activity?

New Evidence Suggests Men Are Not Better Map Readers

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There are remarkably few stable sex differences in cognitive abilities. One ability that has shown consistent sex differences, though, involves spatial perspective taking.
By sylvar from Tampa, Florida, United States (I'm not a tomboy — I'm just better than you.) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The New Tomboy

Girls are given more leeway than boys in their gender presentation and, thus, it is more acceptable to be a tomboy than a sissy.

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Fidel

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in The Political Animal
Fidel Castro has been laid to rest. His words, and his descendants, live on.

Inside the Bungled Case That Spawned Sex Offender Registries

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Witness
The 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling riveted the nation and spawned modern sex offender registries. But would these laws have made a difference? A brilliant podcast explores.

Do Try This at Home

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Hive Mind
Female orgasm: What happens when you try to study it in a more natural setting than labs? Persistent infertility is a hot topic at the moment and this research offers insight.
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Analysis: How the AASECT Sex Addiction Statement Was Created

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An Insider's Perspective Behind the Scenes of AASECT's Historic Sex Addiction Statement.
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.
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Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

7 Secret Ways to Test the Strength of a Relationship

How committed is your partner? Use these tests to find out.

Not Trusting the Happy

One reader asks if it is possible to be happy as a secondary in a polyamorous relationship. Dr Eli says go for it -- with two cautions.

Turns Out, Porn Doesn’t Kill Love

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Women Who Stray
A 1989 study found that porn made men love their wives less, but these findings could not be replicated in more recent research.

Are Your Partner's Rules Ruining Your Sex Life?

Sexual boundaries protect our special commitment. Sex rules, on the other hand, are often unspoken and usually limit sex.

What People Keep Asking Me About Sex and Relationships

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on November 27, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
Now you'll know what others want to know too, here, and in educational and entertaining essays on every aspect of dating and mating, socializing and sexuality.

Sexual Infidelity: The Post-Discovery Longer-Term Aftermath

After you discover your partner's infidelity, this is what you should expect to feel and deal with during the next weeks or months.

Infidelity, Open Relationships, and Polyamory

Some romantic partners are convinced that they can provide everything the other person needs. Not so.

What The Holidays Can Provide for a Couple's Erotic Life

What can the holiday season teach us about improving our erotic lives? Gratitude practice may be the answer.

The Psychology of Animal Torture

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in In Excess
Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

How to Scare Your Kids Off Taking Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 22, 2016 in Open Gently
Painkillers weaken bones, interfere with sex hormones, and can make pain worse.

Politics From the Polling Booth to the Bedroom

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Is our preferred political party linked to our sexual behaviour? New research suggests that certain sexual acts are associated with right/left political ideology.

The Politics of Faking Orgasm: Saving Time, Saving Face

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Insight Therapy
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?

Is Blame Shutting Down Your Sex Lilfe?

Nothing crushes love's high more quickly than the low blows of blame.

Mechanophilia Exposed and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in In Excess
In a society where more people are spending more time with technology and machines, is there evidence that some people are sexually aroused by machines?

Quadriplegic: How Does Sex Work?

Tiff's injury left her paralyzed in her legs, hands, and triceps. How does sex work under these conditions? Tiff explains.
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Sex and the Single Parent

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 15, 2016 in All About Sex
A recent survey of sex and single parents produced a surprising finding: Single parents date and have sex as often as childless singles—sometimes more.

My Student Has a Crush on Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What to do about student/teacher crushes.

Can a TV Series Teach Us to Love Androids?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 13, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Our response to humanoid robots says more about us than them. Emotional reading comes from within, leading us to project our own feelings onto others, both living and inanimate.

There's Nothing Wrong With a Low Sex Drive

If you are not interested in sex, and it really bothers you, then there are pharmaceutical and natural remedies that can help.

Parental Attachment Problems

Recent reports reveal that a shocking high number of children are not securely attached to their parents.

Nature or Nurture? Brain Science and Biological Essentialism

It is not unlikely that lived experiences as a man or woman in a wider sense of these words can alter gene expression.

How to Voice the Ultimate to Your Partner—And Be Heard!

What's your bottom line? Here's how to make yourself heard!

Small Hands

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in The Political Animal
Sex in politics is as old as politics. And maybe as old as sex.

6 Ways to Develop Sexual Integrity

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Women Who Stray
There ARE ways to help people develop sexual integrity, and to resolve the conflicts between their values and their sexual desires and behaviors.