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What It’s Like to Grow Up in a Culture That Doesn’t Hate Sex

by Careen Shannon August 8, 2013

 The first time I slept over at Peter’s house, we arrived so late his mom and dad were already asleep. We had a fun evening in his attic bedroom, but I was anxious when I woke up the next morning. Raised in America, I had never slept at a boyfriend’s place before. What would his […]

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Sex Ed, 1964

by Joyce Wadler August 1, 2013

Every once in a while I read about sex ed in middle school and kids putting condoms on bananas and I feel kind of sad I missed out on this. This is not just because of the comic possibilities of condoms on bananas, actually anything having to do with bananas, but because kids today have […]

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Are You Creating “Safe Space” or “Risk-takers’” Space In Your Sexuality Work?

by Amy Jo Goddard November 2, 2012

This week I published this article, “Hurricane Sandy Just Had a Great Big Orgasm”. I invite you to read it and tell me what YOU think as a sexuality professional. I invite you to read it below and tell me what YOU think as a sexuality professional, because some of my readers were honestly offended. They […]

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Many Shades of Gray: Reclaiming ‘Humanistic’ Sex Therapy

by Pamela Madsen September 13, 2012

After scanning the literature on the human relationship with sex, I have come up with this very deep and profound conclusion: “Sex is hard”. And it may very well be the gateway for us humans to being whole. It is the one part of us that is very difficult to isolate. Blame it on our […]

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Why Do Girls Slut-Shame Each Other?

by Rachel Rabbit White September 10, 2012

There’s that scene in “Mean Girls” where Tina Fey, exasperated by the high school antics, shouts, “You’ve got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” I had just graduated from high school when the movie came out and sitting in the […]

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Striving for Pleasure Without Fear: Short-Term Effects of Reading a Women’s Magazine on Women’s Sexual Attitudes

by Janna L. Kim and Monique L. Ward September 5, 2012

Contemporary women’s magazines are replete with scripts about sexual relationships and sexual roles for women. Our study used an experimental design to assess whether short-term exposure to a women’s magazine affected young women’s endorsement of sexual scripts commonly found in this genre, including scripts framing sexual intercourse as risky and portraying women’s sexual assertiveness as serving men’s […]

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What Does It Take to Consent to Sex?

by Cory Silverberg July 3, 2012

A few days ago an article was posted in the NPR health blog Shots, titled “Dementia Complicates Romance in Nursing Homes”. The piece was primarily about a new report out of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Age Care that looked at how sexuality plays out in nursing homes or long term residential care facilities […]

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Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM & the Circuits of Sexuality

by CJ Bishop June 28, 2012

Margot Weiss provides an in depth ethnographic study of the BDSM community as it exists in the San Francisco Bay area during the early 2000s.  Using a plethora of qualitative data gathered among willing BDSM practitioners, Weiss succeeds in her exploration of BDSM within the realms of capitalism, feminism, racism, sexism, the political sphere and […]

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Why Does Facebook Think Pleasure is Dirty?

by Leela Sinha June 21, 2012

Apparently, “pleasure” is a dirty word. At least it seems to be according to the Powers That Be of Facebook. I had no idea. Being a small business owner definitely has its educational moments. Tweet

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