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  • Sex Research: Doing More Good Than Harm

    Anyone who’s tried to do sex research in the US knows how difficult it is to get your study approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board) – the research police imbued with the power of granting or withholding permission for all social science. IRBs all across the country regularly freak out when they see a study about sex, even those that require nothing more than answering a few sex questions in an anonymous survey. You all know how scary and traumatizing voluntarily talking about sex can be. And when the studies are a bit more involved, their reactions go bat-shit

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  • Who’s More Distracted During Sex: Straights or Gays?

    Think about having sex. Now think about what you like to think about while you’re having sex. Am I gonna get an STI? Do I look fat? Is this immoral? When is that conference paper due, again? Is this weird-looking thing that I’m sucking on her clit? These are probably not the thoughts you want to be thinking, right? Yet such cognitive distractions can and do happen to all of us at some point during sex. And when they do, unsurprisingly, they negatively affect sexual functioning and satisfaction. So who is more distracted, men or women, gays or straights, and

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  • 42 You Can Do to Make the Future Safe for Sex

    An excerpt from Pat Califia‘s book “Public Sex”, Cleis Press, 1994. (a couple of these are somewhat outdated nowadays, but just replace ‘letter’ with ’email’ or insert newest Defend an abortion clinic. Help women get through right-wing pickets and into the building. Write a sex ad. When your newspaper says police are cracking down on prostitution, call the police and tell them you don’t like them spending your money to bust hookers. Then write a letter to the paper saying the same thing. Urge the government to decriminalize prostitution. Nobody should have to go to jail for trying to make

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  • Young Adults Needed for Study on Sexual Attitudes

    Study on Sexual Attitudes – Chance to Win $50 We would like to invite all men and women between the ages of 18-24 to participate in a research study on attitudes toward a variety of sexual activities. Participation involves completing an online survey assessing background information, sexual attitudes, interests and experiences. The study takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. All participants will be entered for their chance to win a $50 dollar VISA gift card. If you are interested, please visit the link below: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/SexAttConsentForm.aspx This project is on file with the UNB Research Ethics Board (REB #2012-122).

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  • Straights Are More Gay When Gay Is OK

    We like to think of sexual orientation as something that is pretty stable and that, once established during childhood or early adolescence, doesn’t change much. We certainly don’t think it can change in response to fleeting, casual influences from our environment. Well, a new experimental study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology says what we think is wrong. Across three experiments, researchers at UCLA found that heterosexually-identified men and women¬† reported significantly more same-sex sexual desires and interests when they were exposed to positive, supportive information about homosexuality than when they were exposed to negative, stigmatizing information. In

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  • Felching, Anyone?

    While sex itself is clearly pretty sexy, sex science is usually not. Once, a friend of my husband who is not a social scientist (he’s a computer geek) decided to read one of my published research papers. After reading a few pages, he said to my husband: “I never thought you could make sex sound so boring!” I’m not sure what he was expecting to find in an academic paper – even one on a sex-related topic, but I can assure you that academic papers, sex or no sex, will not typically give you an erection or make your panties

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  • Red Is for Sex

    From red lipstick in use since 10,000 BC, to red-light districts around the world today, red is the color of sex. Many of us know this intuitively, but now there is a lot of science to back that up. Researchers have studied red in other mammals for a while, but as far as humans go, it all started back in 2008 at University of Rochester. In a series of 5 experiments, Andrew J. Elliot and Daniela Niesta established the following fun facts about the link between red and sex: – a red background in a woman’s photograph led men to

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  • Sexual Fantasy Role Play Survey

    This is not my study, I’m just passing it along. If you have some time and desire, please follow the link and take the survey. Confidential Sexual Fantasy Role Play Survey Hello! I am a researcher from the Psychology Department of SUNY at New Paltz conducting a Confidential Sexual Fantasy Role Play Survey. Participants must be at least 18 years old and fluent in English. Many questions are of a sexual and personal nature. If you find material of this type offensive you should not participate. The survey is designed to be confidential, you will not be asked to provide

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  • 9-Year-Olds Think About Sex Too

    In the U.S. today, we like to think of pre-adolescents and early adolescents as asexual. We like to keep our image on them as not yet soiled by the filth that is sex. We also tend to think that children and pre-adolescents need to be protected from any kind of exposure or information to anything sex-related. Of course, all available evidence points to the fact that children and pre-adolescents do have sexual interests, desires, curiosities, and behaviors. And there is no evidence to suggest that exposure to sexuality (unless forced) is detrimental to their well-being. But this country often cares

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What #personality traits predict interest in #consensualnonmonogamy (#CNM)? A new study with a sample of about 100 #LGB people (67% women; 55% in a #monogamous #relationship) identifies two #bigfive factors in particular: openness to experience (appreciation for variety of experience), and #conscientiousness (tendency for self-discipline). Specifically, openness to experience predicts positive attitudes and greater desire to engage in CNM; conscientiousness predicts negative attitudes and less willingness. The takeaway? The practice of #nonmonogamy is common among #bisexual, #lesbian, and #gay individuals, and can be partly explained by personality antecedents.
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Link to study: ow.ly/IUBr30fSrz7
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