Let’s talk about sex — in space

It’s naturally part of every human space exploration but remains taboo. Here’s what we do and don’t know about cosmic sex. Author Marie Sina German astronaut Matthias Maurer breezes through interviews, rarely missing a beat when he answers journalists’ questions around his upcoming six-month trip to the International Space Station (ISS). But one topic throws even Maurer off momentarily: sex drive in space.  “We haven’t talked about this, because it’s a professional environment,” he replied to DW’s question on whether astronauts exchange insights on how to handle their desires.  Thanks to commercial space flights, more people are entering the cosmos than ever … Continue reading Let’s talk about sex — in space

Sex on the curriculum

Sex education is a battlefield over morals and young bodies, and has exposed fractures in American life for over a century Kristy Slominski is the assistant professor of religion, science and health in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Teaching Moral Sex: A History of Religion and Sex Education in the United States (2021). Edited by Sam Dresser The state of sex education in the United States is dismal. Shaped by divergent state policies and local school board decisions, programmes are uneven in their content and coverage. There is confusion about … Continue reading Sex on the curriculum

The Transcendence of Tantric Sex

A psychologist argues science can take a lesson from ritual about how to heal. BY DAVID DESTENO Humans have always strived to develop technologies that give us some control, or at least the feelings of control, over the challenges that life throws at us. Psychologists like me devote our professional lives to figuring out why people think and feel what they do, and, in cases where those thoughts or actions are undesirable, to helping people change. We conduct experiments to see whether a certain type of drug or therapy alleviates anxiety or pain. We test “nudges,” such as policies that … Continue reading The Transcendence of Tantric Sex

Debate Erupts (Again) Over Women’s Libido Drugs

A meta-analysis prompted calls for researchers to disentangle horniness from hype. But understanding desire isn’t easy. BY TERESA CARR IN THE FALL of 2016, sex therapist and researcher Leonore Tiefer shuttered the New View Campaign, an organization she had founded to combat what she refers to as “the medicalization of sex” — essentially, the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to define variations in sexuality and sexual problems as medical issues requiring a drug fix. For 16 years, the group had fought against industry’s involvement in sex research, including its push for a drug to boost women’s sex drives. New View hosted conferences and its members … Continue reading Debate Erupts (Again) Over Women’s Libido Drugs

Don’t leave me this way! Discover your ‘attachment style’ and solve relationship problems

by Amy Dawson What is attachment theory? It’s one of those psychological terms you’ve probable heard bandied around, but never really understood.  But identifying and understanding your attachment style can drastically change the way you form all kinds of relationships, and as a result, your entire life.  Attachment theory works on the premise that we all display one of three major attachment styles – secure, anxious and avoidant. The type we have as an adult is (broadly speaking) dictated by the kind of care we received in our childhoods.  We often talk about attachment theory with regards to romantic relationships, … Continue reading Don’t leave me this way! Discover your ‘attachment style’ and solve relationship problems

Literary prostitutes

I self-published erotica to make ends meet. Could I follow in Anaïs Nin’s footsteps or was I doomed to churn out filth? Sam Mills is a novelist/nonfiction author. Her books include Blackout (2010), The Quiddity of Will Self (2012), The Fragments of My Father (2020) and Chauvo-Feminism (2021). She is also managing director of the publishing house Dodo Ink. She lives in London. Edited by Marina Benjamin The pack: that’s what they called it. A secret guide, discreetly passed to literary authors in need of money to sustain their ‘real’ art. Compiled by such an author, happy to share their experience of publishing erotica on Amazon, it offered … Continue reading Literary prostitutes

“Cheating’s OK for me, but not for thee” — inside the messy psychology of sexual double standards

A Kiss (Getty Images) The mating game often involves convoluted rationalizations By DAVID M. BUSS This article was originally published on The Conversation. Sexual double standards – in which women and men are judged differently for the same sexual behavior – will probably sound familiar to most people. The classic one centers on multiple sexual partners: Men who are promiscuous are lauded as “studs,” “lotharios” or “ladies’ men,” while women who have a lot of sex get called “sluts” or “whores.” Men who cheat on their wives aren’t exactly praised, but they’ll often get a pass. Women who do the same, on the other hand, risk sullying their … Continue reading “Cheating’s OK for me, but not for thee” — inside the messy psychology of sexual double standards

How Erections Work

Erections happen in response to sexual arousal. Learn more about how and why. By Kelly Burch  Medically reviewed by Matthew Wosnitzer, MD For many people, erections are a part of day-to-day life. Erections happen when the penis gets hard and usually stands outward or upward. This happens most often in response to sexual arousal, but sometimes it can happen for no reason at all, particularly during puberty and during the teen years. Erections can go away after ejaculation or on their own.  Although many people experience erections, there’s a lot most people don’t understand. The ability to get and maintain an erection can … Continue reading How Erections Work

The History of Locker-Room Talk

Why men put down other men by attacking their masculinity. BY JORDAN SHAPIRO When I first posted on social media about my new book, Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad, some of my friends were confused. One commented, “I don’t understand; do you hate men?” Another said, “I feel bad for your sons.” It turns out that many people—even some in my progressive, liberal bubble—resist the idea of men becoming feminist dads because they think feminism is inherently “emasculating.” They mistakenly imagine that the move toward gender equality requires a devaluation of manhood. According to the Pew Research Center, … Continue reading The History of Locker-Room Talk

If Intelligence Turns You On, You Could Be a Sapiosexual

It does not make you arrogant, unrealistic, or weird. by Imi Lo Reviewed by Gary Drevitch KEY POINTS For the sapiosexual, intelligence itself is the genuine “switch.” Their ideal life partner would be an intellectual equal. This is a preference or orientation; it is not up to an individual who they are attracted to. Sapiosexuals deserve love and happiness as much as anyone else, though it may be somewhat harder to find. The word ‘sapio’ is derived from the Latin word ‘sapere,’ which means to be wise. The idea of being attracted to someone’s mind rather than their body is not … Continue reading If Intelligence Turns You On, You Could Be a Sapiosexual