December 2015 – DrZhana

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  • Negotiating Open Relationships with Fellow Sex Educator Atrina

    Last month I went to a 2-day event, where it was sex education workshops during the day (I taught a class about Hooking up Healthy) and a sex party at night. My friend and fellow sex and relationship educator Atrina taught a class on nonmonogamy and designing your open relationships. So we sat down and did a Q & A around opening up. You can also watch the YouTube and video at the end 🙂 Me:       Hi Atrina, tell us a bit about you: Who you are and what you do? Atrina:   Sure. I’m a sex and relationship educator, coach, and researcher. Right

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  • Cuddle Puddle Party in Brooklyn

    Earlier this month, I went to a Cuddle Party in Brooklyn and filmed it just for you (video at the end of this blog). No, it’s not a sex party, although someone called it a “hug orgy.” It’s organized by @BKWildLife, Chris Carr. The rules for this particular cuddle party are 1. no sex and 2. no drugs, only sober cuddlers! Chris’ inspiration for this is, “To remind people that humans need touch. It’s about interpersonal contact, exchanging energies and bringing people together. Hugs, holding hands, and spooning are welcomed.” Chris isn’t a psychologist but he’s a Medievalist (in graduate school

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  • Are “Hypersexual Disorder” & “Sex Addiction” Just Really High Sex Drive?

      “Sex addiction” and hypersexuality are a hot topic these days, with every few weeks a new, typically male, celebrity getting slapped with this nonexistent diagnosis. (I say nonexistent because the latest 2015 edition of the psychiatric disorders Bible, the DSM-5, rejected all proposals to add these diagnoses to the list due to lack of sufficient evidence that they are really a thing). Most people believe that complaining of being addicted to sex has to do with having a really high sex drive. But a new study just published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy suggests that problematic

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  • Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: Interview with Nio

    Sexuality and disability are topics we don’t often talk about. What is the sex life of someone in a wheelchair like? It depends on the injury and the person’s mindset. So, I’m really glad that Nio- a straight man living a sexual life with a spinal cord injury- agreed to this conversation. If you’d rather watch us chat, go to my Katch and YouTube channel (also at the end of this blog). Me:    Let’s start with telling us who you are, where you’re from, age, and where do you live? Nio:     Hi there. I live in Orlando Florida, I’m 37 years

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  • For Straight Women, Gay Men are a “Safe Bet”

    From the phenomenon of the “gay best friend” to the pejorative term “fag hag,” friendships between straight women and gay men have long been a mainstay in popular culture. Accordingly, numerous findings have indicated that straight women experience a greater sense of comfort and trust in their friendships with gay men than in their friendships with heterosexuals. But what exactly accounts for this enhanced closeness? Could it be that gay men represent a safe bet, in that they neither want to sleep with women nor compete with them for mates? Psychologist Eric Russell, of The University of Texas at Arlington,

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  • TONIGHT: Non-monogamy Workshop in NYC Dec 3!

    Non-monogamy is one of those terms that’s most easily understood by what it’s NOT, rather than by what it IS. As the map above shows, non-monogamy can mean a LOT of different things! How do you know what type of non-monogamy is right for you? Get some clarity in-person with the creator of the Casual Sex Project! Yes, sex researcher and NYU professor, Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, is giving a FREE workshop in NYC on December 3 all about non-monogamy. She’ll you through her unique 5-step process for designing your ideal non-monogamous relationship. Workshop details: Thursday, December 3 at 8 pm. The

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