Online Dating: Changing Intimacy One Swipe At A Time?

I’m excited to announce that the chapter Dr. Pepper Schwartz and I authored in conjunction with our lecture at the 25th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues is finally out! If you want a great text for sociology courses on the family, mating, or technology (or just for personal and/or professional use) check it out.

The Rise Of The “Gay Virgin” And What It Tells Us About Gay Millennials

The following is an excerpt from an article I was invited to write for the Andrew Christian blog.

Almost four decades removed from the gay rights movement, a subculture of gay Millennials is starting to look at virginity and sex a bit differently. They’re reaching young adulthood in a culture replete of casual sex, hook-up apps, and friends with benefits, but they’re not exactly engaging in it.

Continue reading the full article on the Andrew Christian blog.

5 Things Straight Couples Could Learn From Gay Sex

The following is an excerpt from an article I was invited to write for the Andrew Christian blog.

If we’re to believe what the porn industry tells us, straight people have an endless supply of sexual inventiveness. But the porn industry isn’t exactly known for being realistic. Moving past online fantasies and into reality, a survey on real-life U.S. couples found that 30 percent of men and 19 percent of women desire more diversity in the bedroom.

I spend my days researching sex and relationships (and, yes, it’s as fun as it sounds), but I often find myself chatting with heterosexual couples who look bewildered after I suggest they try a sexual behavior that gay men commonly enlist in their bedrooms. The couples then inform me that they’ve never heard of such an act, not to mention attempted it. And the truth is that so many behaviors we consider “gay” can easily be adapted for straight couples.

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Psychology Today: A Sexual Revolution Is Happening…Again

There’s yet another movement towards sexual fulfillment.

The sexual revolutions of the twentieth century did a lot: the legalization of birth control and contraceptives, giving women the right to vote, criminalizing marital rape, introducing the one night stand and casual sex for both men and women, among other things. But these progressive trends toward sexual liberalism didn’t reach the older generations of their respective times.

Now that Baby Boomers are reaching old age, however, this is likely to change.

Sociologist Barbara Risman, Ph.D. and I dive into this new leg of the Sexual Revolution in our new Psych Today article. Read up!

10 Best Aphrodisiacs, According to Science

We’ve all heard of so many alleged aphrodisiacs that if all of them were the real deal, we’d be getting it on 24/7. Work, family, children…what are those again?

With the list of possible aphrodisiacs growing day-after-day, it’s time we take a look at what science has to say about these desire enhancers.

In my article up now on Jen Reviews, I trace the historical lineage of aphrodisiacs, dispell myths around some of the most common aphrodisiacs, and (most importantly) give a no-nonsense guide to 10 of the best libido boosters out there, according to science.

Dig in and get down to it!

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