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.

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Do Asexuals Have Sexual Fantasies and Do They Masturbate?

There is a spectrum of asexuality with a variety of sex drives, attractions, fantasies, and masturbations.
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Don’t Bet on “Anything Goes” Regulation Change

I do expect some change to regulations on bullying and sexual harassment, but business owners and managers will still need to maintain a safe environment in the workplace.

Controlling the Conduct of College Women in the 1960s

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Rules regulating the freedoms of college women were absolutely draconian in 1962. In hindsight, the unabashed double standards of collegiate social regulations were jaw dropping.

Evidence Mounts That Yoga Improves Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Adding to a growing research literature, a recent Korean study shows that yoga improves sex for women.

Ten Ways to Heal Your Attachment Issues

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
It’s never too late to have a close relationship with someone you love. If you had a connection before, you can have it again.

XO in XY

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in The Political Animal
A small army of human geneticists is unfolding the history of human mating from our sex chromosomes.

St. Valentine’s Day and the Biology of Romantic Kissing

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in How We Do It
For Westerners, kisses and Valentine’s Day are inseparable. But new cross-cultural evidence challenges evolutionary inferences regarding possible biological functions of kissing.

Who Was Valentine?

By Neel Burton M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The history of Valentine's Day.

Three Relationship Tips, Courtesy of the Obamas

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 13, 2017 in Quite Queerly
The exemplary relationship practices the Obamas shared with each other and the world, is a rare and valuable form of leadership that we benefitted from on a daily basis.

Should You See Fifty Shades for Valentine's Day?

Should you go see Fifty Shades this Valentine's Day? It is prudent to consider how this deliciously salacious movie may impact your relationship, for better or worse.

Cancer and Relationships

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Cancer and its treatment have many effects on patients that are relevant to their social and intimate relationships.

8 Signs You're a Romantic Introvert

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 12, 2017 in Communication Success
When it comes to love, introverts may think, act, and communicate in ways that are different than those who are more extroverted. Here are eight key signs...

Does She Want Emotional Connection Before She Wants Sex?

A man complained that his wife didn’t want to have sex unless she felt emotionally connected to him. He had no idea what she was talking about.
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Close Call With a Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A crime historian pens an illustrated ebook about the cruel serial killer he once had encountered.

3 Important Sex Questions

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
The Sex Quiz when looking for a life partner

Dem Bones

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Hive Mind
Most primates (and many mammals) have bones in their penises. Humans don't, and there are some possible reasons for this.
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Men Understanding Women Understanding Men

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Talking About Men
Many romantic relationships flounder on minor misunderstandings, which can often escalate into full-scale crises. What can be done to diminish such misunderstandings?

Sex And Water Fetishes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in In Excess
Water-based fetishes and paraphilias appear to be rare but there are various references to it in both the popular and academic literature. To find out more, read on.

Misandry AND Misogyny

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Both misogyny and misandry are back in the news again, not that they really ever left, but now they are highlighted.

Sex and its Divine Nature

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego?

6 Essential Traits of Healthy Intimate Relationships

Healthy relationships require effort -- and that's a large part of what makes them so rewarding.
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Making Time for Intimacy

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on February 07, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Intimacy and sex are great when they are part of the same event. They aren't always. Be aware that intimacy needs to be cultivated even when sex takes care of itself.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.

10 Deeper Ways to Show Your Love

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Valentine's day is all about giving to your partner from the heart rather than your wallet. Take the risk of opening up and sharing your feelings.

Sex, Beauty, and Climate Change: Flycatchers are Less Flashy

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Climate change is reeking havoc on the behavior and reproduction of numerous animals. A long-term study of male flycatchers shows warmer temperatures make them less attractive.

The Most Romantic Valentine's Day Gift

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Increase your romance and your mental well-being with a different type of Valentine's Day gift!
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Asexuality: A Brief Primer

“Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people.”

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking

What you probably didn't know about Super Bowl Sunday and its connection to sex trafficking.

Beyond 50 Shades Darker: Debunking Popular Myths About BDSM

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Standard Deviations
With the upcoming release of "Fifty Shades Darker," groundbreaking new research challenges stereotypes about BDSM participants portrayed in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.