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  • Upcoming Events Update!

    I’ve got a couple of exciting live events happening in the next few weeks! Check out all the info below: ​​​​​​​​​​​​ THURSDAY, 12/6, 7PM: Doctor’s Orders: Real Doctors Debate Your Toughest Questions What happens when a biologist, physician, neuroscientist and sex researcher join together to answer questions you may have never felt comfortable asking your own doctor? Join us at The Assemblage (in NoMad) to find out in the new game-show like panel as we incite audience participation, ask hard, silly or downright strange questions and hear top experts in their respective fields discuss topics that feel taboo even in the privacy

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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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  • Are Bearded Men More Sexist Than Their Clean-Shaven Peers?

    Two contrasting studies have people wondering: are bearded men generally more sexist than those who are clean shaven? In some cultures, having facial hair is a signaler of masculinity and general attractiveness, but in many of these cultures, masculinity is also associated with sexism, so researchers theorized that men with beards could be more misogynistic than those without. In order to test this hypothesis, they had over 500 men from the U.S. and India complete an online survey where they reported on their views toward women and the type of facial hair they had. Two types of sexist attitudes were

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  • Understanding Male Sexual Aggression: TSOS Podcast, Ep. 12!

    Our news cycle has been filled with countless examples of male sexual misconduct, from sexual assault, to harassment, to just general creepiness across virtually every profession and social sphere. With the exception of our groper-in-chief, this has professionally hurt pretty much all of these men, and while we seem to be doing better at holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable, we are still having trouble identifying why these acts of sexual misconduct are so widespread. To help us explore this question, we interviewed someone who’s been studying male sexual aggression for almost four decades: Dr. Neil Malamuth at UCLA. Dr Malamuth is an

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  • The Top 5 Reasons Marriages And Cohabitations End

    Most of the studies focusing on divorce and the ending of relationships and cohabitations are based on qualitative research, not quantitative but a new study out of the UK overcomes the disadvantages of past research and provides a clearer insight into why live-in partnerships come to an end. The data come from NATSAL-3, a nationally representative survey of over 15,000 UK residents ages 16-74 interviewed between 2010 and 2012. Overall, 11% of the men and 14% of the women in the sample reported they experienced the end of a live-in partnership (marital or cohabiting) in the 5 years prior to interview (2% of men’s and

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  • 7 Signs You Might Be Hard-Wired for Monogamy

    I recently shared my expertise on consensual nonmonogamy with Cosmopolitan, and they put together these 7 signs to tune into about whether you might prefer monogamy. For example: 4. You have stable attachment patterns. This one is a trick; stable relationship patterns are helpful for both polyamorous and monogamous relationships. “People who are happy with monogamy or open relationships tend to be equally secure,” Dr. Zhana says. A secure attachment pattern means that you expect your partner to be there for you. What can mess up any relationship are anxious attachment patterns when you tend to be clingy and constantly assume

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  • Study Finds Disturbing Conclusion About ‘Revenge Porn’ But Experts Are Dubious

    Gizmodo recently reached out to me to comment on a new study that claims that 99% of people approve of revenge porn. For anyone who doesn’t know, revenge porn is posting intimate photos of other people online without their consent, as retaliation against them for hurting you. This can obviously be very damaging for many people; the publishing of sexy or nude pictures has ruined many people’s careers. Yet, according to this study, virtually all of its 100 respondents (most of whom women), “expressed at least some approval (e.g. did not feel remorse) of revenge porn”.  As you can read in the Gizmodo article, several scholars, myself

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  • Pornography’s Global Impact

    I’m excited to share that I’ve been featured in a short film on a topic that a lot of people have strong feelings about: porn.  Here’s how the Media Education Foundation describes the project: In her riveting new short film Pornography’s Global Impact, Dr. Chyng Sun, the director of The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships and a professor at NYU, explores how Internet pornography has shaped attitudes and behavior in Taiwan, one of the world’s most lucrative porn markets. The film features Taiwanese men and women who speak with striking frankness about the ways pornography has shaped their relationships, their sexual imaginations, their

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  • Is Consensual Non-Monogamy Right for You?

    Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM) has gained in popularity quite a bit recently. Recent studies found that 30% of men and 20% of women in the U.S. currently in a relationship have some level of openness and 50% of men and 30% of women described their ideal relationship as “somewhat open.” This recent video produced by ATTN about polyamory has received almost 3 million views in just a few months. It is clear that Non-Monogamy is being talked about and explored more now than ever: While CNM relationships can have some wonderful pros, at least for some people, they also carry with

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  • Sex Science Social: Kink! Facebook Live Videos!

    Only rare freaks are kinky. Kinky people are mentally disturbed.  Kinky desires are a result of sexual assault.  Women are submissive, men are dominant.  Every day we are bombarded with inaccurate, moralistic, and pseudo-scientific information and advice about sex and relationships. How do you figure out what’s true and what’s not? You go to the scientific research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. And if you don’t have access to or can’t be bothered to read all the boring science? You come to one of Dr. Zhana’s Sex Science Socials! If you were unable to attend in person and missed the

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