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

Sex Education: Teens Teaching Teens

There is clear evidence that risky sexual behavior harms young people. Does peer-led sex education help them avoid risky behaviors?
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The New Sex Talk: 3 Tips to Get You Started

Times have changed, and so has how we talk to our kids about sex.

Seriously, It Is Not Easy

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Sex used to be relatively simple. How did it all change? And why?

6 Fascinating Facts That Might Improve Your Sex Life

By Jen Kim on March 27, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
You may think you already know everything there is to know about sex, but do you really?
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Americans Are Having Less Sex

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
Are you having less sex these days? You're not alone.

Prejudice Toward Relationships

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Your Future Self
Relationships can face prejudice too, as society also passes judgment on couples whose pairing falls outside the lines of what it defines as customary and appropriate.

Why Are Indians Ashamed Of Their Happy Arranged Marriages?

The arranged marriage concept is associated with forced marriage & signals social ineptitude.

Problematic Low Sexual Desire in Men?

Many men don't want to admit if they experience low sexual desire. So what do we really know about men's experiences?

Belief in Sexual Compatibility Can Sour Your Sex Life

The satisfaction we derive from sex is largely influenced by the attitudes we hold about how it should play out with our partner(s).

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in In Excess
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?

Why Is Secret Sex So Exciting?

Do you have a secret relationship? Do you find secret sex to be more exciting? Find out why secret sex can be more novel, thrilling, intimate, and satisfying.

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development

New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

Predatory Polyamory?

My first blog on this topic told monogamous folks that they did not need to worry about poly people trying to steal their partners, but readers wrote in telling a different story.

How Relationships Work

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Want a straightforward, research-backed, practical overview of how relationships work? Here it is.

Why Men Post Revenge Porn Pictures

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
The culture has been rocked by more nude photo scandals, and they won't stop until we have thoughtful, nuanced conversations about why they happen.

Strategies for Supporting a Transgender Child

In advance of International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, this blog focuses on offering some strategies to parents with trans children.

Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual

By The Book Brigade on March 16, 2017 in The Author Speaks
For many people problems in sexual response arise from the inability to put aside their conscious, goal-oriented mind.

Courting Controversy

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Pop Psych
Talking about taboo topics in long, boring ways

Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2017 in All About Sex
The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don't work. How is this possible?

Recent Research About Millennials' Sex Life

Are more millennials preferring to binge watch on the couch at night rather than having sex? What the latest research tells us about sex and coupledom for the millennial cohort.

How Popular is Sexting Among Teens?

Researchers from Utah have returned to a high school after four years to track changes in the popularity of sending sexual images via smartphones.

Daddy's Little Girl

On the make for married men

Why the Clinical Use of Psychedelics May Heal Sexual Trauma

Recent research indicates that psychedelics can assist in healing sexual trauma by increasing the personality trait of openness to new experiences.

What's the Difference Between Friendship and Love?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 12, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The line between friendship and love is difficult to draw.

Why (Most) Polyamorous People Are Not Out to Steal Your Wife

There are three main reasons polyamorous people are not trying to steal monogamous partners away from their spouses -- consent, skills, and orientation.

Sex and the Internet

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in In Excess
The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.

Help! I Hate My Daughter's Boyfriend!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents can cope with their child’s dating choices

“I Have Feelings for You,” Its Eight Different Meanings

Virtually all of us would agree that such an emotional declaration as “I have feelings for you” implies fervid feelings of hopeful love. Unless, that is, it doesn’t.

Why He Cares About Your Orgasm

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Many men care about giving women orgasms. The thing is, giving them an orgasm makes the man feel more manly, and serves purposes for the man, as well as the woman.