December 2015 – DrZhana

[email protected]

send me an email

  • Negotiating Open Relationships with Fellow Sex Educator Atrina

    Last month I went to a 2-day event, where it was sex education workshops during the day (I taught a class about Hooking up Healthy) and a sex party at night. My friend and fellow sex and relationship educator Atrina taught a class on nonmonogamy and designing your open relationships. So we sat down and did a Q & A around opening up. You can also watch the YouTube and video at the end 🙂 Me:       Hi Atrina, tell us a bit about you: Who you are and what you do? Atrina:   Sure. I’m a sex and relationship educator, coach, and researcher. Right

    Read more
  • Cuddle Puddle Party in Brooklyn

    Earlier this month, I went to a Cuddle Party in Brooklyn and filmed it just for you (video at the end of this blog). No, it’s not a sex party, although someone called it a “hug orgy.” It’s organized by @BKWildLife, Chris Carr. The rules for this particular cuddle party are 1. no sex and 2. no drugs, only sober cuddlers! Chris’ inspiration for this is, “To remind people that humans need touch. It’s about interpersonal contact, exchanging energies and bringing people together. Hugs, holding hands, and spooning are welcomed.” Chris isn’t a psychologist but he’s a Medievalist (in graduate school

    Read more
  • Are “Hypersexual Disorder” & “Sex Addiction” Just Really High Sex Drive?

      “Sex addiction” and hypersexuality are a hot topic these days, with every few weeks a new, typically male, celebrity getting slapped with this nonexistent diagnosis. (I say nonexistent because the latest 2015 edition of the psychiatric disorders Bible, the DSM-5, rejected all proposals to add these diagnoses to the list due to lack of sufficient evidence that they are really a thing). Most people believe that complaining of being addicted to sex has to do with having a really high sex drive. But a new study just published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy suggests that problematic

    Read more
  • Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: Interview with Nio

    Sexuality and disability are topics we don’t often talk about. What is the sex life of someone in a wheelchair like? It depends on the injury and the person’s mindset. So, I’m really glad that Nio- a straight man living a sexual life with a spinal cord injury- agreed to this conversation. If you’d rather watch us chat, go to my Katch and YouTube channel (also at the end of this blog). Me:    Let’s start with telling us who you are, where you’re from, age, and where do you live? Nio:     Hi there. I live in Orlando Florida, I’m 37 years

    Read more
  • For Straight Women, Gay Men are a “Safe Bet”

    From the phenomenon of the “gay best friend” to the pejorative term “fag hag,” friendships between straight women and gay men have long been a mainstay in popular culture. Accordingly, numerous findings have indicated that straight women experience a greater sense of comfort and trust in their friendships with gay men than in their friendships with heterosexuals. But what exactly accounts for this enhanced closeness? Could it be that gay men represent a safe bet, in that they neither want to sleep with women nor compete with them for mates? Psychologist Eric Russell, of The University of Texas at Arlington,

    Read more
  • TONIGHT: Non-monogamy Workshop in NYC Dec 3!

    Non-monogamy is one of those terms that’s most easily understood by what it’s NOT, rather than by what it IS. As the map above shows, non-monogamy can mean a LOT of different things! How do you know what type of non-monogamy is right for you? Get some clarity in-person with the creator of the Casual Sex Project! Yes, sex researcher and NYU professor, Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, is giving a FREE workshop in NYC on December 3 all about non-monogamy. She’ll you through her unique 5-step process for designing your ideal non-monogamous relationship. Workshop details: Thursday, December 3 at 8 pm. The

    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