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  • New Research Shows a Vast Majority of Cis People Won’t Date Trans People

    A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows that very few cisgender people show interest in dating transgender people. 958 participants (all but seven cisgender, ranging in age from 18 to 81, with an average age of 26) were asked to indicate which genders they would consider dating. The options included cisgender man, cisgender woman, trans man, trans woman, or genderqueer, and participants could select as many genders as they wanted. Only 12% of all participants selected “trans woman” and/or “trans man.” This is just another way trans people are discriminated against in everyday life, but

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  • Keeping the Spark Alive – The Science Of Sex Podcast Ep. 34!

    How can couples keep desire alive in long-term relationships? Goes Deeper Earlier this year, the Journal of Sex Research published a paper that reviewed research from 64 empirical articles all of which tried to answer the question of how to maintain sexual desire in long term relationships. To discuss the results of this research, we spoke with one of the lead authors of the paper, Dr. Kristen Mark. Dr. Kristen Mark is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. She is also the Director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab and the Faculty Fellow for the

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  • Porn Ed – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 32!

    What are the benefits of educating kids about porn? Goes Deeper A new study recently published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education reported on joint efforts by folks at Boston University and the Boston Public Health Commission to educate young people about pornography, in hopes that they would develop a more realistic understanding of what porn is, how it’s made, and how it relates to real-life sex and bodies. These programs have been proven to work and be extremely beneficial young people. On this week’s episode we spoke to the lead author on this study, Dr. Emily Rothman. Emily

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  • SESTA / FOSTA: How We Harm Women In The Name of Protecting Them

    SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) and FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) are two bills that were recently passed by Congress and signed into legislation by President Trump. What they essentially do is make it easier for victims and prosecutors to sue websites that knowingly “assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking” by holding them legally accountable for any of the paid-for sexual exchanges that take place offline. As a result of these laws, many popular websites for finding paid or/and unpaid sexual services have shut down or been shut down by the authorities, including the Craigslist Personals section and Backpage. While

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  • Do Women have a Sexual Orientation? – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 25!

    What is sexual orientation and do women have one? Goes Deeper Sexual orientation, although widely agreed upon to exist, is still disputed by some in the scientific community. Specifically, the sexual orientation of women has been studied and questioned due to the common assumption that women are more likely to be able to “change” their sexual orientation. Speaking with us about his work on sexual orientation on this episode is J. Micahel Bailey. J. Michael Bailey has been involved in research in a wide variety of fields and has one of the most diverse research programs of anyone in Canada.

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  • Wrap Your Thing Right – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 22!

    What are some of the most popular condom errors and how common are they? Goes Deeper We’ve been actively talking and educating about condoms for decades now, and if people would only listen to scientists and public health professionals, everyone would be wrapping it up all the time! But that doesn’t seem to be the case, and too often, condoms don’t get used, and sometimes they get used but fail, and people end up with unwanted pregnancies and STIs. So Joe and I sat down with Dr. Cynthia Graham and discussed her research on these errors. Cynthia Graham is a

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  • To Shave or Not To Shave – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 21!

    Is there a relationship between pubic hair and STD’s? Goes Deeper Pubic hair isn’t as popular as it once was. The majority of both men and women have engaged in some sort of grooming ‘down there,’ whether it’s some basic ‘manscaping’ or waxing everything off. But have you ever wondered if having (or not having) pubic hair made a difference in your susceptibility to STI’s? Turns out, not having any pubic hair may actually increase the chances of contracting an STI. To talk about the study that focuses on pubic hair, we interviewed Dr. Benjamin Breyer. Dr Benjamin Breyer is

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  • BDSM vs Rape Culture – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 19!

    Do consent-oriented communities (like BDSM) experience lower levels of rape culture? Goes Deeper A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Sex Research, aimed to explore whether communities that emphasize consent see less rape culture than our mainstream society. It compared various communities (college campuses, BDSM, and workplaces) to find out how the levels of sexism, victim blaming, sexual aggression and more stood. Turns out that the BDSM community saw the lowest level of these rape-culture associated ideas. To talk about this study, Joe and I interview the lead author on this study, Dr. Kathryn Klement. Dr. Kathryn Klement

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  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cuckolding: TSOS Podcast Ep. 17

    Could cuckolding be a positive thing for some couples? Goes Deeper A new study just published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior investigated fantasies about and experiences with cuckolding in a large and diverse sample of gay-identified men. The study was picked up by the media, with CNN reporting “Cuckolding could be positive for some couples”, and FoxNews and other conservative media mocking CNN for doing it. Another fun tidbit about this study is that one of its authors is someone who most listeners are probably familiar with but is not a scientist and has never published an academic

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  • Orgasms for Dummies – TSOS Podcast, Ep. 16!

    It might not be a surprise that, on average, straight women orgasm less frequently than straight men when it comes to their sexual encounters, but why is this? Goes Deeper A 2014 nationally representative study of Americans ages 18-59 found that 91% of men but only 64% of women reported orgasm during their most recent partnered sex. However, lesbians orgasm much more frequently and reliably than heterosexual and bisexual women, but for the men, there are fewer, if any, sexual orientation differences when it comes to orgasm frequency. A new study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior earlier this year

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