All About Sex

At least for humans, this most basic of acts is anything but basic. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error. From the behavior itself to our sexual identifications and associations, sex never fails to be a provocative topic. Most people are affected by sexual problems at some point in their lives and safety of the body and mind is always a concern. Though the global jury may remain hung over sex's moral and political implications, we can all come to at least one consensus: It's why we're alive today and it's the first thing future generations depend on.

Recent posts on Sex

How To Have Better Sex & Enhance Relationship Satisfaction

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

8 Great Books on the Evolved Psychology of Sex and Passion

By Kevin Bennett on October 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Tired of just having sex all the time? Try reading about it too! Every intensely emotional thing you do is inked to an adaptive problem and solution. These books will open doors.

Has Your Daughter Been Sexually Harassed?

Research shows that sexual harassment is part of everyday life in American middle and high schools. How do we educate and protect young women from unwanted sexual behavior?

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.

The State of Affairs

By Mark Matousek on October 20, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
"An affair upsets the status quo by not only bringing the subject of sexuality to the forefront but every other aspect of their relationship as well," says Esther Perel.

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.
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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.

#MeToo and Preventing Sexual Harassment at School

How to talk about #metoo and reduce sexual harassment in schools.

Don't Call Harvey Weinstein a Sex Addict

All too often everything from having extramarital affairs to watching porn to desiring different sexual experiences with a reluctant partner is lumped together as sex addiction.

The Male Legacy of "Me Too"

By Mathis Kennington Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Meaningful Change
A boy’s first rite of passage isn’t the loss of his virginity or the first time he gets into a fight. A boy’s first true rite of passage is how he responds to sexual violence.

Bromance Over Romance, Say Men in New Study

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 30 heterosexual university men found that they valued their bromances more than their romances in every way except one.

Choosing a Romantic Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in In the Name of Love
It is mistaken to hold that keeping all romantic options open cannot be bad, as you can always select the best. There is a cost to this and too much of a good thing can be harmful.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

Bipolar, Hypersexual, and Celibate

Manic hypersexuality is the strongest urge I have ever known. It surpasses need. It makes lust seem tame. It’s all encompassing and in my case, uncontrollable.

The Sexual Confessional from Hollywood

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 16, 2017 in Minority Report
The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal is a very public reminder of a very private and shameful experience for victims of sexual abuse/harassment. But this abuse happens everywhere.

Is Harvey Weinstein Addicted to Love?

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Harvey Weinstein sought a mother's love and admiration, combined with sexual devotion, in 20-year-olds, an addiction that doomed him.

The Psychology of Romantic Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Could romantic love be little more than an ego defence?

Harvey Weinstein and the Silent Response of Men in Hollywood

By Justin J Lehmiller Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in The Myths of Sex
Why are male stars reluctant to speak out about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment? Social psychology offers insight.
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How to Improve Your Sex Life Tonight

Want better sex? Follow these tips and really get what you want.
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6 Manipulations Used in Sexual Harassment

What manipulative tricks do sexual harassers use to get women to comply? A recently released tape of Harvey Weinstein talking to a model may hold some clues.

The Rise of Uninvited Sexual Images

By Sue Scheff on October 12, 2017 in Shame Nation
Are you receiving unsolicited sexual content? A new survey says unwanted sexual images are becoming the norm among millennials. Protect yourself from sextortion.

The Talk

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
Weinstein, Trump, and Cosby have brought sexual abuse to the fore. How do parents of gender-fluid children address this issue?

Bigfoot Parents Have Small Brains

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in How We Do It
Birds and mammals mostly show intensive parenting, linked to their “warm-blooded” nature and quite large brains. Incubator birds show no care of their chicks and have tiny brains.

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.

Why Are Suicide Rates Higher Among LGBTQ Youth?

Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater.

Sex Addiction Summer Camp or Toxic Masculinity?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein joins the long line of men who flee to sex addiction treatment in an effort to avoid or suppress sexual scandals.