Opinion

Why Sexual Desire Is Strong at the Beginning of Your Relationship

The beginnings of relationships are often thought of as the best. There’s lots of sex, talking, bonding, sharing, and staring into each other’s eyes. It’s a highly intoxicating period of time that is nothing short of magical when we’re in the thick of it – and its addictive nature seems to explain why sexual desire is strong at the beginning of relationships. As our...

COVID-19, conflict and sexual violence: reversing the burden of proof

By Sophie Sutrich Sexual violence in armed conflict, while prohibited by international humanitarian law, remains a brutal reality. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sophie Sutrich, ICRC’s Head of Addressing Sexual Violence, highlights the effects of conflict-related sexual violence on its survivors and discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://blogs.icrc.org/law-and-policy/wp-content/uploads/sites/102/2020/06/Sexual-violence-day.m4a Sexual violence is a well-known side effect of emergencies,...

Stress and sex and sleepy hedgehogs

Kim Thompson/Little Village by Natalie Benway The anxiety that comes from living in the midst of a global pandemic is not exactly an aphrodisiac. For many of us, sex is the last thing on our minds. Others might find it an effective stress management tool, but struggle to feel safe with their partner(s) at a time when even Tinder has warned users about the risks of...

Here is why adults binge-watch teenage TV shows

What do these hit TV series have in common: Normal People, Cheer, Riverdale and Stranger Things? Teenage protagonists. Shona Hendley asks Professor James Arvanitakis to explain why we're all so obsessed with watching our teen years on screen. As I sat watching two high school characters having sex on-screen in the Sally Rooney novel turned TV show, Normal People (while also secretly lusting after the...

Want Better Sex? Change How You Think About It

BY LESLIE BECKER-PHELPS, PHD PsychologistPeople often think of sex as being pretty straightforward: Arousal leads to intercourse, which typically leads to orgasm. Your sexual experiences may, indeed, unfold just like this. But, this model of sexuality is not totally accurate and can create many problems. Dr. Suzanne Iasenza, psychologist and sex therapist, recently gave a workshop in which she clearly outlined some more accurate and helpful...

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Nearly 1 in 3 young men in the US report having no sex, study finds: News at IU: Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Researchers from Indiana University say that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. men, ages 18 to 24, reported no sexual activity in...

What is the “normal” frequency of sex?

It’s human nature to wonder whether you are having more or less sex than others. But it’s a difficult question to answer. Many factors can...