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  • SEXx Philly: Hooking Up Healthy

    Are you in or near Philly? If so, come watch me and 15 other presenters talk about all sorts of sexy sex-related topics. Each talk is only 5 minutes long! My talk is on one of my favorite topics “Is Casual Sex Right for You and How to Do It Well?” Cramming everything I want to teach the world about casual sex in 5 minutes will be a mighty challenge… See you there. In the meantime, Share On Facebook Share On Twitter permalink Tags: #SEXx #SEXxPHL #sex toys #philadelphia #sexuality education  

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  • Beyond Monogamy: Making an Informed Decision

    We live in a world that glorifies monogamy and vilifies non-monogamy. Yet many of us fail miserably in our attempts to remain completely sexually and emotionally monogamous with long-term partners, suggesting that some re-evaluation of our beliefs might be in order. This coming Tuesday (May 27), I will give an hour long talk (plus 20 minutes for questions) for Open Love NY, the largest polyamorous community on the East Coast, that will examine the social science research around how much truth behind the stereotypes that monogamy is better (and non-monogamy is worse). I’ll specifically focus on people’s sexual satisfaction, prevention of

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Casual

    SEX FOR SMART PEOPLE PODCAST Last month, I was a guest on Stephanie Johnstone’s and Dave McGee’s podcast called Sex for Smart People, and we talked about the thing I like to talk about the most: casual sex. The episode is now out and you can listen to it here: EPISODE 14: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE CASUAL Here is how Stephanie describes the episode: “Casual sex can be difficult to talk about rationally because there is so much stigma around having too much of it or, on the flip side, not enough of it. Our guest Dr Zhana

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  • April Update

    I am happy to report April was an extremely busy and productive month. Many great things happened. My third and final doctoral dissertation paper, titled Who Benefits from Casual Sex? The Moderating Role of Sociosexuality and co-authored with one of my grad school committee members at Cornell, Dr. Anthony Ong, got accepted in Social and Personality Psychology Science. Turns out, people who are unrestricted in their sociosexual orientation (who desire, approve of, and have prior experiences with casual sex) have higher wellbeing following casual sex compared to not having casual sex. This was not true of those with a restricted

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  • Sex Ed for Adults in NYC

    There is no doubt that adults need more sex education. Sex educator Kate McCombs talked about this quite eloquently in a post entitled “Why We Need More Sex Ed for Grown-Ups“. So where can grown-ups find sex ed in NYC? Here are some that I know about. 1. The New York Academy of Sex Education Coordinated by the one-and-only Ducky Doolittle and presented by various sex educators from NYC and beyond, these workshops happen each Friday at 7.30 in the workshop space at the Pleasure Chest on the Upper East Side. They cost $25 (advance, online sales only). Upcoming topics

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  • Bread & Sex

    Yesterday I spent a couple of hours talking about sex research with Almudena Ferrer, who runs a bilingual Spanish/English blog called Bread & Sex: Sexuality and Innovation Around the World. Almudena, who lives and works as a sex educator in Madrid, has been recently traveling around the US, interviewing various people involved in the sex-positive movement, like Carol Queen or Dorrie Lane. She talks to them about their work, their projects, and the state of sex education, activism, or research. Check it out – it’s pretty good! It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with her. The funniest part of

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  • March Update

    March has been an incredibly eventful, busy month. 1. One of my academic papers got accepted to the Journal of Sex Research. This was the 2nd paper of my 3-paper doctoral dissertation, and it’s titled Hooking Up and Psychological Wellbeing in College Students: Short-Term Prospective Links Across Different Hookup Definitions. It won’t be made available online for another month or two, but you can download it from my Academia.com page here. 2. I got a revise-and-resubmit on my 3rd paper from my doctoral dissertation that examines how your general orientation toward or away from casual sex influences whether your mental

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  • I’m speaking at CatalystCon East!

    During my academic career, I have been to and presented my work at many academic conferences, where scholars present their research to other scholars in a very scholarly way. This year, I will be going to my first non-academic sex conference, where non-academics (and some academics) present all sorts of sex-related knowledge to mostly non-academics in a less scholarly, more interactive and engaging sort of way. As described by founder/Creator Dee Dennis, CatalystCon is a “melting pot of sexuality that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, those in the adult industry and anyone with a passion for

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  • Working from Home: Can There Be Too Much Freedom?

    I love working from home, not having a set schedule, or a boss. I really do. I love the flexibility it offers, the casualness of my day, the ability to wake up and go to sleep whenever I want, to stay in my pajamas all day, to get lunch or coffee with whomever I want whenever I want. I love the freedom to work in my home office, a coffee shop, a library, or even from bed. But that can sometimes get isolating. Especially during a winter like this when it’s either too cold or too wet outside to motivate

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  • Personal Update: PhD, Three Months Later

    There is life after the PhD? I defended my thesis and received my PhD in November 2013. Being done with this monumental task that I had started more years ago than I care to admit and had worked so hard to get, felt good. There were no fireworks or ecstatic bliss (not that I expected any), but it felt good. Good to be done with it, over with, off my back. Good to be finally able to start the rest of my life. Ah, but what was going to be the rest of my life? Figuring out life after those

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