April 2014 – DrZhana

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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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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

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7 days ago

Dr Zhana

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