Essential Reads

Describing Sexual Assault in a Language Men Can Understand

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Female victims' sexual assault stories often fail to resonate with men. But Terry Crews describes his experience in terms with which men can empathize.

Letter to Dads of Daughters on a Sexual Misconduct Epidemic

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Curious?
I wanted to write a letter to dads of daughters everywhere on the sexual misconduct mayhem that is being revealed daily.

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research—Getting Value for Our Money

By John Elder Robison on November 12, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
In the past decade, we’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice.

What Is the Link Between Sex and Power in Sexual Harassment?

Men who are feeling more powerless over an extended period but then experience new heightened power, are the most likely to sexually harass.

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When Food Is Food, When Sex Is Sex

Symptoms and behaviors that attempt to deal with emotions and replace relationships abound.

Think You’re Not a Virgin? Consider This

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Living Single
People with no romantic relationship experience often feel shame. They shouldn’t. In other times and places, they probably wouldn’t.

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Same-Sex Relations in the Bible

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 01, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Many traditional attitudes to same-sex relations have come down from the Bible.

If the Woman You Love Gets Sexually Assaulted

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Sexual assault leaves survivors traumatized. How men can help them cope and recover.

Doing Sex Differently

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Stress and Sex
Academics discuss a “standard cultural script” where male orgasm is the climax of the show. Let's replace this with four new plays that make orgasms an equal opportunity event.

Harvey Weinstein's Unexpected Victims

By Eric Sherman L.C.S.W. on October 29, 2017 in Couch Meets World
How childhood survivors of sexual abuse can be retraumatized by each new revelation of sexual harassment.

The Normalcy of Sexting Among Teens

By Sue Scheff on October 29, 2017 in Shame Nation
Research says peer pressure is linked to growing sexting concerns with teens.
J. Borowski

What Dahmer Actually Said

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Filmmaker John Borowski provides the entire arrest report for Jeffrey Dahmer, including his full confession.

The Psychology of Obscene Telephone Calling

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in In Excess
Obscene phone calling has existed for decades yet there has been little research into it. What do we know about it psychologically?

That’s So Aromantic!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Living Single
Some people just aren’t into sex. Others just aren’t into romance. To understand what this means, we need to recognize four kinds of people.

Rape Myths and the Search for True Justice

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why are sexual assault complaints so often dismissed or ignored? New research explores how rape myths can influence how police and the courts treat victims of sexual assault.

How Sex Is Linked to Your Brain as You Age

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 26, 2017 in Cravings
Sexual activity and cognitive function are related in older adults.

A Brief History of Masturbation

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Hide and Seek
7 reasons to masturbate.

Let's Talk About Orgasms

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Your Future Self
People can place enormous pressure on themselves when it comes to sex and orgasms. It’s easy for the Big O to become a Big Pain when climaxing turns into a must-have goal.

Open Your Mind: Merging Psychedelic Therapy with Sex Therapy

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Psychotherapist reveals current advances in psychedelic research and sex therapy.

How to Solve the Problem of Campus Rape

Telling college women to stop drinking won’t help.

Surprising Relationship Benefits of the Female Orgasm

Some of the benefits of women's orgasms are both unconscious and surprising.

Why It Takes Years for Survivors to Speak of Abuse #metoo

By Sari Cooper, CST on October 23, 2017 in Sex Esteem
How can people understand the reasons sexual assault & harassment survivors make for keeping their abuse a secret? What impact does this experience have on their lives afterwards?

The Secret Suffering

If you are a parent of a sexual assault victim and not sure what to do, here are some ideas that could be helpful in your journey.

Psychology Isn't Immune From a Harvey Weinstein Problem

The recent Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal has highlighted how powerful and influential men can egregiously exploit young women in any field, even psychology.

#MeToo: What We Know About Sexual Harassment

Is sexual harassment more prevalent than we realize?

5 Ways to Communicate to Achieve Better Sex and More Orgasms

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 23, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research shows how sexual and relationship satisfaction are distinct yet interrelated, describing ways to enhance both by communicating differently about each.

The Power of Preying

Harvey Weinstein is just one of many.

Sex and the Abuse of Power

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on October 20, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Those in power have always seen those below them as theirs for the taking. Perhaps the times finally are changing.

Harvey Weinstein Is Not a Monster

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in The Third Wave
Let's use Harvey Weinstein as an opportunity to talk honestly about sexual assault and harassment.

Agreeing About Porn

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on October 19, 2017 in Sex Matters
Despite all the controversy, most people use porn responsibly, but romantic partners still need to agree about how it fits into their sex life.
Kristen Fuller

Practicing Empathy in the Dating World: A Long-Lost Skill

On the romance merry-go-round, many people will keep others in their lives until they find the next best thing, while others may choose to "ghost" last night's date.

Secrets, Fear and Sexual Harassment

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle sexual harassment.

What Is the Sexiest Emotion for Women to Display?

By Alec Beall, Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in Aesthetics 101
Emotion research may provide happy women with yet another reason to smile.