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  • Is LELO’s Re-Engineered HEX Condom Safer or More Dangerous Than Your Regular Latex Condom?

    LELO’s HEX condom has gotten a lot of attention from sex educators. So I looked into some of the concerns that have been raised to determine: How does HEX stack up compared to other condoms when it comes to safety? The answer might surprise you! Check out my in-depth analysis of this question over at Medium!

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  • Rethinking monogamy today

    Check out this article from CNN (featuring yours truly) about non-monogamy and its rise in popularity! Non-monogamy is becoming a topic that people are increasingly open to exploring. As anyone who’s explored non-monogamy knows, these relationships are really different based on individuals’ wants and needs. Non-monogamous people quickly get a lot of experience thinking about what they want from a relationship and communicating that to their partners. As the article explains, whether or not you end up deciding to open up your relationship, exploring non-monogamy can help equip you with skills that are useful in any relationship. If you want

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  • Check me out on PornHub…

    …but not in the way you think! As you may have heard, PornHub has launched its own Sexual Wellness Center. It’s really exciting to see a company with a huge reach like PornHub take an active role in the sex education sphere. And I’m excited to announce that I am contributing content to their center based on #legitsexscience! You can keep an eye on anything I publish with them over here. So far, I’ve published two pieces. The first one is perfect for anyone who’s ever been curious about attending a play party. Is it an all-out orgy? Are people

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  • Having an Epic Sex Life When You’re Worried about “Catching Feelings”

    Check out this video from Elite Daily for a behind-the-scenes peek into my sex coaching services, the way we do it together with my business partner Kenneth Play! What constitutes an epic sex life? Most people probably imagine something of a crossover between a Hollywood romantic comedy and a mainstream porn shoot. But in reality, an epic sex life is having the kind of sex life that is fully authentic to you (that is, in line with your desires and your moral values), and which allows you to nourish the three basic psychological nutrients all humans need to survive and

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  • Study Finds Disturbing Conclusion About ‘Revenge Porn’ But Experts Are Dubious

    Gizmodo recently reached out to me to comment on a new study that claims that 99% of people approve of revenge porn. For anyone who doesn’t know, revenge porn is posting intimate photos of other people online without their consent, as retaliation against them for hurting you. This can obviously be very damaging for many people; the publishing of sexy or nude pictures has ruined many people’s careers. Yet, according to this study, virtually all of its 100 respondents (most of whom women), “expressed at least some approval (e.g. did not feel remorse) of revenge porn”.  As you can read in the Gizmodo article, several scholars, myself

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  • Pornography’s Global Impact

    I’m excited to share that I’ve been featured in a short film on a topic that a lot of people have strong feelings about: porn.  Here’s how the Media Education Foundation describes the project: In her riveting new short film Pornography’s Global Impact, Dr. Chyng Sun, the director of The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships and a professor at NYU, explores how Internet pornography has shaped attitudes and behavior in Taiwan, one of the world’s most lucrative porn markets. The film features Taiwanese men and women who speak with striking frankness about the ways pornography has shaped their relationships, their sexual imaginations, their

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  • Is Consensual Non-Monogamy Right for You?

    Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM) has gained in popularity quite a bit recently. Recent studies found that 30% of men and 20% of women in the U.S. currently in a relationship have some level of openness and 50% of men and 30% of women described their ideal relationship as “somewhat open.” This recent video produced by ATTN about polyamory has received almost 3 million views in just a few months. It is clear that Non-Monogamy is being talked about and explored more now than ever: While CNM relationships can have some wonderful pros, at least for some people, they also carry with

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  • Sex Science Social: Kink! Facebook Live Videos!

    Only rare freaks are kinky. Kinky people are mentally disturbed.  Kinky desires are a result of sexual assault.  Women are submissive, men are dominant.  Every day we are bombarded with inaccurate, moralistic, and pseudo-scientific information and advice about sex and relationships. How do you figure out what’s true and what’s not? You go to the scientific research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. And if you don’t have access to or can’t be bothered to read all the boring science? You come to one of Dr. Zhana’s Sex Science Socials! If you were unable to attend in person and missed the

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  • What’s More Important to You: Love or Lust?

    We know, it’s not an entirely fair question–what if both are really important to you?–but let’s say you had to choose one. Which one would it be? Valentine’s Day is here, and with it comes a multitude of messages to buy chocolates, flowers, expensive dinners and other aphrodisiacs to spread the love, or get you in a lustful mood. From heartfelt cards to heart-shaped vibrators to completely ignoring what many consider a Hallmark holiday, there isn’t a wrong way to do Valentine’s Day. But whatever you decide to do, it’s important to know what you are looking for. In a

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