April 2013 – DrZhana

Info@DrZhana.com

send me an email

  • 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

    Read more
  • 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

    Read more
  • 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

    Read more
  • 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

    Read more
  • 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

    Read more
  • Urban Dictionary: Zhana

    Have you ever looked up your name on Urban Dictionary? I just looked up mine last night, and this is what I found. 1. Zhana Unique name, just like her. Super ah!mazing. She is wonderful. Colorful, wears what she wants. Self-confident and Beautiful. Any guy would be lucky to have her. Wears makeup, doesn’t need it. Not too tall, but that doesn’t matter. Zhana totally rocks. Boy 1: “So you gonna hook up with that girl, dude?” Boy 2: “I dunno. She doens’t seem like a Zhana to me.” 2. Zhana a wonderful a-mase-ing person who is a great friend

    Read more
  • Socialization At Its Worst

    These images are from a photo project by JeongMee Yoon. You can read more about it here. I have nothing against girls wearing pink or boys wearing blue. But when ALL girls wear is pink, and ALL boys wear is blue, well, that is disturbing. Because it’s not just the color that is different – it’s the entire worldview. No wonder people often feel like women and men come from different planets. They may be born on the same planet. But our civilization makes sure they grow up on two different planets.

    Read more
  • The Holiday Season Sex Effect

    Sex is a seasonal matter: in the U.S., there’s a spike in sexual activity during the cold, winter months, and then another, smaller spike during early summer. For example, we already know that during these two times of the year, condom sales shoot up, first intercourse happens more often, and children are more often conceived. Consequently, abortions and STI diagnoses increase in the first 3 months of the year and in late summer-early fall. (Here‘s a review paper on this.) These two, 6 months apart, seasonal cycles are so consistent and intriguing, that they have their own names: the holiday

    Read more
  • Sexy Narcissists

    Narcissist are not the nicest people around – they have unrealistically inflated views of themselves, an annoying sense of entitlement, and blatant disregard for others. Yet, they seem to have a special sexual appeal that many men and women fall for, at least initially (until they reveal their true colors). Or so they say narcissists themselves. For example, narcissists claim that: – they find it easier to start new relationships (see here); – they feel they have more alternatives to their current dating partners (see here); – they have more sex partners (see here). But you can’t really trust narcissists.

    Read more

Sign up for my email list and be among the first to learn when my new course on "Are open relationships right for you?", based on #legitsexscience, goes live!

Sign Up Now!

The Science of Sex Podcast

The Science of Sex Podcast

Listen to comedian, Joe Pardavila, and I sit down each week with a new sex researcher to talk about the latest information on anything and everything to do with sex.

Error: Access Token is not valid or has expired. Feed will not update.
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

There's an issue with the Instagram Access Token that you are using. Please obtain a new Access Token on the plugin's Settings page.
If you continue to have an issue with your Access Token then please see this FAQ for more information.

FACEBOOK

20 hours ago

Dr Zhana

Sexual attraction vs. romantic attraction. Yes, there's a difference! Sexual attraction is about who you want to fuck. Romantic attraction is about who you fall in love with. Both are usually discussed in terms of the gender of the people you're attracted to.

They often go hand in hand, especially among folks who are on either end of the sexual orientation spectrum (completely straight or completely gay) or people who are demisexual (only sexually attracted to someone after they've developed romantic attachment to them). Such folks tend to be sexually attracted to the same gender that they're romantically attracted to.

For bisexual people, the two often diverge. Many bisexual people are more sexually attracted to women but more romantically interested in men. Or vice versa.

Divergence in sexual vs romantic attraction can also apply to traits other than gender, like people's physical appearance or personality traits. You may be sexually attracted to athletic, dominant people but romantically attracted to kind, funny people. Our hearts and genitals sometimes like the same thing, sometimes they like different things.

When people feel this divergence, it can be confusing. It can complicate your labels and your identity. But it's perfectly normal and common!

There might be some evolutionary reasons behind it (for example, our genitals are more interested in good genes, our hearts in good long-term partners and parents). Or not. It doesn't really matter. You can choose how you want it to impact your life and to what extent you want to take action based on your sexual attraction or your romantic attraction.

Recognizing your romantic attraction and your sexual attraction doesn't have to be complicating. It can be an opportunity to better understand yourself and your desires ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

7 days ago

Dr Zhana

Got questions too awkward for your regular doctor? Well we have just what the doctor ordered! Join Dr Zhana and other experts to get your questions answered. No question is too awkward! The event is on June 20th at 7 pm. Get more info and tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/doctors-orders-pride-edition-tickets-62511605896 ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook