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

1-on-1 Opposite Sex Friends: A Blind Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Clear Communication
Check your mirrors. Giving up friendship freedom may save your marriage. Here's five tips on how to manage friendships with the opposite sex without compromising your marriage.

How Our Bodies Age, Part 5

Does sexuality have to decline as we age? Maybe in this regard aging is a myth. We grow old in other people's eyes and eventually they convince us of that fact.
2004 by Tomasz Sienicki

Do Smartphones Delay Sex and Dating?

Perhaps the correlation is not causal because a third variable, such as helicopter parenting, might be responsible for having a smartphone and delaying sex and romance.

Infidelity Vs Addiction: What Is the Difference?

Is your partner a sex addict, or just a cheater?

Fantasies of Other Lovers? Relax, Almost Everyone Has Them

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 15, 2017 in All About Sex
While making love with your honey, do you have erotic fantasies of other lovers? If not, you're unusual.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

Why Your Sex Life Stinks—Yes You, Capitalist Tool

By Stanton Peele on August 14, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Your lousy sex life is likely due to your overachieving participation in the capitalist system. Just ask women who have lived under both communism and capitalism.

How Nameless Invisibility Harms

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Stress and Sex
The totalitarian regime that captured the handmaids relegated them to "Of Men." Let's not do the same thing with our genital anatomy.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat on You?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 14, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.

How Men Really Feel about Sex

Sex begins in the body. While women’s desire for sex may be prompted by their mind, memory or emotional feelings of connection, for men, desire is physical...

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.

A Guide for Gay Men on Both Open and Monogamous Marriage

A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

Sexual Disorientation of Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Sexual abuse disorients you; it does not orient you. Consider straight men who have sex with men due to childhood sexual abuse.
McLeon91 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Masturbation: Do Boys Do “it” More and Better than Girls?

Gender equality is becoming more of a reality when it comes to masturbation, at least in Sweden, but there is a cluster of girls who prefer not to masturbate.

Love, Sex, and Marriage in the Bible

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 09, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Many traditional attitudes have come down from the Bible. What is their basis?

On That Google Memo About Sex Differences

Are sex differences in personality real? A response to the Google memo.

Playing on Team Relationship

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Moving forward through life with your teammate by your side seems ideal to me. Some couples may want more space, but I enjoy doing most everything with the one I love.

Sally Hemings

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in The Political Animal
This summer, Sally Hemings of Monticello is getting her own room. Just steps from where Thomas Jefferson slept.

I Love Him Most of the Time

Lively’s claim that she loves Reynolds most of the time runs counter to the nature of profound love. She probably desires him sexually most of the time, but loves him all the time.

A Feminist Critique of Marriage

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Hide and Seek
At a time of unparalleled social freedom, can we imagine a better way of living?
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The 3 Most Dangerous Topics in Relationships

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 04, 2017 in Fixing Families
Sex, money, and kids—the three power issues in relationships, the ones that cause power struggles and acting out. How to navigate them and use them to help you define your needs.

Why Do We Kiss on the Lips?

The startling answer is more than tongue in cheek.

How Couples Resolve Disagreements About Sex

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.

What Keeps Partners From Cheating?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 04, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

How Do We Talk About Condoms?

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Adventures in Dating
Condoms are important in negotiating safer sex—but what do people actually say about using them? My latest study examined this question, summarized here.

How Much Gender Inequality Is There in Internet Pornography?

How are men and women represented in online porn? New research suggests that there continue to be pervasive inequalities in the way women are depicted.

Back-to-school Homophobia

What are your LGBT children learning in sex ed?

Surprise: Men Enjoy—and Want—Foreplay

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Many women say men fixate on intercourse, but one study shows that both genders value foreplay equally. Meanwhile, men who engage in extended foreplay suffer fewer sex problems.