April 2015 – DrZhana

[email protected]

send me an email

  • BDSM/Kink Panel

    This past Thursday, my Human Sexuality NYU students had a chance to attend yet another fascinating, informative, and eye-opening Q & A panel: This time on BDSM/kink, and we discussed everything from specific preferences, developmental trajectories, the meaning of sex, relationships, stigma and coming out, to 50 Shades of Grey. Only after seeing this pic did I realize how three of the four of us had decided on blue that day… Huge thanks to our three panelists for sharing their interests, experiences, and views: – Stephen Elliott, a writer who frequently explores issues of submission and domination in his books; – Dulcinea

    Read more
  • Be My Professional Assistant?

    So many incredible things have happened in my professional life over the last year and a half: a book deal, teaching, talks (including a TEDx), freelance writing gigs, frequent media consulting, TV show possibilities, and a website (the Casual Sex Project) that gets over 700,000 views a month. I’ve reached a point in my career where I’m trying to juggle too many things at once and I could really use a part-time assistant to help out with managing my own blog/ newsletter/ social media as well as the work related to the Casual Sex Project (CSP). Key responsibilities: edit & format blog posts for

    Read more
  • Making Safer Sex Sexy & the Myth of Sex Addiction

    This past Thursday, my Human Sexuality students at NYU got a double treat. First, Dr David Ley, a clinical psychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Skyped into our class on Sexual Dysfunctions to share his perspective on the hotly-debated notions of hypersexuality and sex addiction. Dr Ley is the author of the controversial book The Myth of Sex Addiction that challenges the idea that people can get addicted to sex, even if they are truly suffering due to their sexual behaviors or desires. Thank you Dr David Ley!! Later that afternoon, the amazing sex educator Kate McCombs, MPH did an optional, after-class workshop on Eroticizing Safer

    Read more
  • Launching “Play!”: A Research Study on Group Sex Events

    My colleague, Brooke Wells (PhD, Hunter College), and I are launching Play!, an online survey to better understand play / sex / swinger parties and the people who attend them. We hope this research will serve to dispel myths and stereotypes about these events and their participants. The survey is completely anonymous, and requires between 15-40 minutes to complete, depending on how many portions people would like to complete. Participants will receive a discount code from the adult stores Adam & Eve and a chance to win $50 Amazon.com gift cards and gifts from Shag! Brooklyn. Have you been to a play/sex party in the U.S. in the past 12

    Read more
  • Check out my advice in Slutever’s new column ‘Ask a Sex Researcher’

    Ever since we appeared together on a Huffington Post Live segment (discussing one of my studies on promiscuity and friendship), Karley Sciortino and I have had a very productive and mutually beneficial relationship, including, among other things, an interview for Vogue about sex addiction, and again for an article on non-monogamy and sex parties. Our latest collaborative effort is a semi-regular Ask a Sex Researcher advice column for her awesome blog, Slutever. I spend so much of my time giving advice about sex and relationships to my friends anyway, I might as well extend that to others, no? In this first installment, I answer questions on how to

    Read more
  • Dancing in the Streets for Sexual Self-Acceptance

    Yesterday, I spent several hours on the streets of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, representing a dominatrix in Stephanie Johnstone‘s upcoming music video promoting sexual and gender self-acceptance. As the song says: “No Shame being into what you’re into; No Worries if you’re not into what you’re not”. It’s a great cause that I support with all my heart. For more info on the song and the project, check out Love Songs for the Rest of Us. More photos and the videos themselves coming soon, and save the date for the album/video release party – June 21st! Completely unexpectedly, this was a day when my doing

    Read more
  • When Sluts Have MORE Friends

    My latest study, titled “Are sexually permissive individuals more victimized and socially isolated?” was just published in the journal Personal Relationships. It was based on the honor’s thesis data of my former research assistant while at Cornell, Rachel Bukberg (now a law student at University of Chicago), and what we found was pretty simple: More promiscuous college students of both sexes are subjected to more interpersonal aggression from peers, but they also have more friends and feel less lonely. I wrote about these findings for my Psychology Today Strictly Casual blog, in a post titled Promiscuous College Students Have MORE Friends. The media got

    Read more
  • NYU Sex Therapy Panel Offers Intimate Conversation

    I love teaching Human Sexuality. So even though it’s not in my NYU adjunct professor job description (nor do I get paid any extra for it), I like to do more than just provide research-based facts in lecture. Instead, I like to enrich my students’ understanding of the diverse sexual lifestyles, professions, and desires that exists out there by organizing these optional, after-class Q&A panels on various topics: gender identity, sexual orientation, sex therapy, consensual nonmonogamy, kink/BDSM, porn… At the Sex Therapy panel, one of the NYU students who attended decided to write about it for the NYU student newspaper, NYU

    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.


This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No connected account.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account.


This message is only visible to admins.

Problem displaying Facebook posts.
Click to show error

Error: An access token is required to request this resource.
Type: OAuthException
Solution: See here for how to solve this error