Featured Book Series: Galileo’s Middle Finger

Featured Book Series: Galileo’s Middle Finger

I recently had the pleasure of reading Dr. Alice Dreger’s latest book, Galileo’s Middle Finger. This book had actually been on my reading list for over a year, but it took me a while to get around to it because I essentially work two full-time jobs between my academic position and all of the blogging/writing I do.

Oh, and I try to have a personal life on top of that—try being the operative word there.

Given that I have precious little time for pleasure reading these days, I select the books I want to read very carefully. Dreger’s book was a natural choice for me, though, because it had come highly recommended from several colleagues and also because I developed a bit of a Twitter crush on her after she live-tweeted her high school son’s sex education class last year.

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Sex Question Friday: If A Guy Likes Bisexual And Transsexual Porn, Is He Gay?

Sex Question Friday: If A Guy Likes Bisexual And Transsexual Porn, Is He Gay?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a heterosexually-identified male reader who wanted to know the following:

“How common is it for a man to enjoy watching bisexual and transsexual porn but to have no physical attraction to men in the real world?”

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Sex Question Friday: How Does Female-To-Male Sex Reassignment Surgery Work?

Sex Question Friday: How Does Female-To-Male Sex Reassignment Surgery Work?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:

For female-to-male transsexual individuals, is it possible to construct a fully sexually-functional penis? Is it possible for them to get erections? That seems like a really difficult medical procedure.

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What The DSM-5 Means For The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Sexual Issues

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the “bible” that psychiatrists and psychologists in the United States use for diagnosing mental health problems. Just a few days ago, the American Psychiatric Association released the latest version, known as the DSM-5, which represents the first major overhaul of the manual in 13 years. The new version has been met with a good deal of controversy, which has already been covered extensively in the popular media. One thing that has not been particularly well-covered, though, is the DSM-5’s implications for the diagnosis and treatment of sexual issues.
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Sex Question Friday: Why Are So Many Straight Men Into Transsexual Porn?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader of the blog who was curious about why so many heterosexual men are pleasuring themselves to pornography featuring transgender and transsexual performers.

I run a porn blog and I keep getting messages from men wanting to see tranny / shemale porn.  I'm assuming these men are all straight-identifying, but maybe that's just my gay-identifying bias.  I'm wondering what, if any studies or knowledge is out there about men who are attracted to and watch this kind of material or even look for them in real life?  It does absolutely nothing for me, but this particular fetish is unavoidable if you frequent any kind of porn social network and it seems a lot of people are into this.  What are your thoughts?  Why might this be a turn-on for some, and what does it imply, if anything, about their sexuality? 

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Can Gender Be “Assigned” At Birth?

Several decades ago, psychologist Dr. John Money advanced what has become known as “the theory of gender neutrality.” The basic idea was that, in terms of gender, everyone comes into the world a blank slate. In Money’s own words: “It seems that every child is born with some predisposition to go both ways. Which way it will finally go is determined by its environment." Money had the opportunity to put this theory to the test when he was contacted by a concerned mother who did not know what to do after her infant son's penis was accidentally destroyed by a cauterizing iron during a routine circumcision.
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