One Million Pages Of Sex

I founded The Psychology of Human Sexuality one and a half years ago in order to share the science of sex, love, and relationships in a way that is both accessible and engaging, but that doesn’t replicate most of the other sexuality blogs out there. So many of those blogs make claims based only upon one individual’s personal experiences and beliefs. Don’t get me wrong—there’s certainly a place for those websites, and I have been known to enjoy them from time to time myself. I just don’t think they should be your only source of information about sex because certain questions can only be answered through scientific research.
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One Year Of Great Sex: First Blogiversary Of The Psychology of Human Sexuality

The Psychology of Human Sexuality blog made its debut exactly one year ago today and has grown and changed in ways I could not even begin to imagine when it started. My initial plan was to update the blog just once per week with some commentary on recent sex studies. However, there was far more demand for responsible, science-based information about sex than I thought. Plus, it turns out that writing about sex is pretty fun (who knew, right?). I have gone from posting once per week to 3-4 weekly entries that vary in focus, ranging from question and answer, to media fact checks, to videos, to book reviews, to highlights of cutting-edge research.

I can’t thank you all enough for reading the blog, sharing the stories, submitting your questions, and weighing in with your perspectives. The Psychology of Human Sexuality has quickly become the most rewarding aspect of my job and it’s all because of you. I hope you’re looking forward to another year of great sex as much as I am! In the meantime, here are some fun facts and statistics about the site I’ve complied for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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Have Some Human Sexuality Courses Crossed The Line?

There has been a lot of controversy over college-level Human Sexuality courses lately. For instance, a student at Western Nevada College just filed a lawsuit against her school and instructor because she attended a Human Sexuality course in which students were allegedly required to masturbate, keep a sex journal, and discuss their own sexual history as part of a paper assignment. And last year, a well-known sex researcher made headlines after it was discovered that he held an event for his Human Sexuality students outside of class in which a nude woman was sexually stimulated by a motorized sex toy on stage. These are just a few examples of cases where the media has questioned whether some of these classes have simply gone too far (see here for details on a few other cases that have attracted media attention over the years). In this article, I offer my thoughts on this subject based upon my own teaching experiences.  
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Featured Book Series: Sex at Dawn

A brand new addition to the blog is the Featured Book Series, in which I will review and analyze books relevant to human sexuality that I hope will be of interest to readers. Think of this as an opportunity to get some ideas for summer reading material, as well as an opportunity to participate in a virtual book club (discussion is encouraged!). I’m kicking things off with Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships (2010; Harper Collins). I realize this isn’t a new book and some of you may already be familiar with it, but I’m starting here because it is fresh in my mind from having assigned it in my Human Sexuality course this past semester. This is actually the very first time I have assigned a mass-market paperback as reading material in a college course, which should tell you that this is a book I think is definitely worth checking out.
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Sex Question Friday: How Do I Become A Sex Therapist?

Sex Question Friday: How Do I Become A Sex Therapist?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer sex questions submitted to me by actual college students. This week’s question comes from a reader of the blog who wanted to know what advice I have to offer the aspiring Dr. Ruths of the world.

I am currently a psychology student and I am looking into studying sex and relationship therapy for a career, which lead me to find your website on the Psychology of Human Sexuality. I was wondering if you have any advice for me in regards to graduate school or internship opportunities in the field.

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Sex Question Friday: Shower Sex, Natural Male Enhancement, and Bisexuality

Sex Question Friday: Shower Sex, Natural Male Enhancement, and Bisexuality
Every time I teach a Human Sexuality course, I give my students the opportunity to anonymously submit any questions they have about sex. Over the years, I've seen a lot of similar questions pop up, so I thought it might be worthwhile to distribute some of the answers more broadly. Thus, I'm pleased to announce the introduction of Sex Question Fridays to the blog. Each Friday, I will answer a few burning sex questions posed by actual college students.  To kick off the inaugural edition, we’re going to talk about shower sex, “natural male enhancement,” and bisexuality. Not a bad way to start the weekend!
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