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

Forbidden Words: Sexual Health

Talking about about sexual health without people projecting their fears and shame onto it.

Talking About The Things That Matter

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
When the two of you can spend the entire night talking, you know this is someone you can spend a lifetime with.
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Asexuality is a Lifelong Lack of Sexual Attraction

By Lucia F O'Sullivan Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in At First Blush
If you have never experienced sexual attraction, like, ever, you may be asexual.

How to Say Yes, No, or Some: A Post-"Cat Person" Guide

By Sari Cooper, CST on January 19, 2018 in Sex Esteem
Do you relate to the characters in "Cat Person"? Here are some critical dating and sexual tips for Millennials and beyond.

Has the #MeToo Movement Gone Overboard with Aziz Ansari?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Isn't there a difference between bad guys doing bad things, and good guys doing gross things? A bad date is not #metoo.

If Oxytocin and Sex Deceive You, Try Gratitude to Move On

By Rita Watson MPH on January 18, 2018 in With Love and Gratitude
If you are suffering from heartbreak, honestly evaluate your last love relationship, then embrace gratitude and look forward to Valentine's Day with a new perspective on love.

The Secret Life of the Cheating Wife

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Stepmonster
These cheating wives challenge all our easy assumptions about female sexuality.

The Most Important Sex Education Lesson of All: Consent

By Adam Price Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Unmotivated Teen
How to teach boys when no means no and when yes means no.

Micro-Cheating

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 16, 2018 in Minority Report
Do you find your partner's emojis to others too flirty or just too much with someone else? If so, your romantic relationship could be victim to "micro-cheating".

The Experience of Fear

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Wild Connections
We, and other species, have evolved the ability to rapidly adopt an appropriate strategy to respond to life-threatening, fearful, or aggressive encounters.

How the “Porn Addiction” Movement Disrespects Women

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Sexual Intelligence
Assuming that women can't control their emotions in the face of their partner's porn use disempowers them--and undermines the partnership a couple needs to work things out.

Cat Person, Aziz Ansari and Power in the Age of Trump

The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?

Porn "Addiction" in the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media presents pornography addiction as a legitimate disorder when in fact this is far from certain. In addition it offers questionable advice and suggestions.

Want More Intense Orgasms? Try This Simple, Subtle Exercise

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 15, 2018 in All About Sex
For more intense, more pleasurable orgasms—guaranteed!—try quick, easy, private Kegel exercises.

6 Tips to Practice on a First Date

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love"—Mother Teresa

Tips for Sexual Wellness in 2018

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on January 11, 2018 in Modern Sex
What will you do to cultivate more sexual wellness this year?

Why Men Will Always Be More Disgusting Than Women

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Out of the Ooze
It can be very liberating to be the most disgusting person in the room.

3 Ways of Saying "No" to Unwanted Sex

Research on refusal to provide consent for sex begins to sketch out the complicated landscape of how people say "No," when "No means no!" is one important part of the picture.
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Why Are You Having Sex and Have You Told Your Partner?

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on January 08, 2018 in Sex & Sociability
Hot sex or maintenance sex and any kind of sex in between — Are you and your partner having the same kind?

#MeToo: Take Your Hands Off Pandora’s Box!

Transactional analysis explains the current sex scandals as a series of games with established rules and well-defined roles for each participant.

"Touch Me There," Said the Robot

Are we physiologically activated when touching robots' bodies? Research begins to sketch out how we respond to humanoid robots.

The Pros and Cons of Polygamy

By Neel Burton M.D. on January 04, 2018 in Hide and Seek
Is there a link between polygamy and social unrest?

What We Can Learn from the Sexual Harassment Reckoning

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in The Power of Insight
How the bad behavior of a few can help inspire a more self-aware world—if we listen.

Research Shows Higher Hostile Sexism among Trump Supporters

Research shows that hostile sexism won the day in the 2016 election. Will we continue to permit our society to be governed by bias, leading to avoidable suffering and inequality?

Ronan Farrow: Man on a Mission

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 03, 2018 in Uncharted Customs
Often the first word many people learn to speak is `Daddy,' . But this young prodigy grew up with a daddy who was a baddie `- dubbed by all at home a `no goodie' sex harasser. `

The Seeds of Cultural Change

What can we learn about masculinity from the sexual harassment scandals dominating the media world?

What Does Makeup Say About You?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Attraction, Evolved
What do we assume about a woman wearing makeup? And do our preconceptions have any basis in fact?

Seven Ways a Cheating Man Will Break Your Heart (Again)

Learning about infidelity might be only the beginning of your pain.

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"