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Which One of the 4 Categories of Relationships Are YOU In?

by Merethe Najjar for YourTango Find out where you fall. Personality quizzes abound all over the internet, and it seems that everyone is looking for a simple way to answer carefully selected questions and find out secrets about themselves. Even more persistent are articles and quizzes designed to mystically let you in on the potential for a […]

Advice
5 Dangerous Misconceptions Many Therapists Have About Sex

by clinical psychologist David J. Ley for YourTango Just because your therapist saw it on Dr. Phil, that doesn’t make it true … You may find this hard to believe, but most therapists, psychologists and doctors have received no training in sexuality. A minority of mental health, social work or medical training programs offer graduate-level training in sexuality issues, […]

Research
Your Thanksgiving Dinner Is One Big Aphrodisiac!

Note from Em & Lo: We’re not 100 percent sold on the scientific validity of everything in this article from our friends at YourTango, but we’re all for anything that helps justify stuffing your face on Thanksgiving!  That’s right: what happens at the Thanksgiving table has been proven to get the blood flowing, and we’re not […]

How To
How to Have More Sex Without It Feeling Like a Chore

According to new research, having more sex may actually make couples less happy — if they feel like they’re being told to have more sex. The Carnegie Mellon study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, studied 64 heterosexual married couples between 35 and 65 years old. Group one was told to have […]

Research
8 Reasons Science Gives For Sleeping Nude

by Aly Walansky for YourTango So lose the PJs and put on your birthday suit! Had a hot date and fell asleep naked? Dragged yourself out of the shower and don’t have the energy to put pajamas on? It’s happened to all of us — and turns out it’s fine. Whatever your reason, there’s a lot of reason […]

Research
Take This 10-Minute Penis Survey, Get a Free E-Book!

Our friend and colleague, Ian Kerner, the most famous man in sex therapy, founded Good In Bed to help people get better in bed. The site is currently sponsoring a survey (which has been designed by and given IRB approval through the University of Kentucky — i.e. it’s legit) focusing on penis perceptions. So if […]

Pop Culture
New Book: “Come As You Are”

Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., speaks our kind of language. We read the first few pages of her new book, “Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life,” and we were sold. It tackles the tricky task of explaining women’s complex sexuality (which, hello, is different from men’s) so people can […]

News
A Dating Site That Matches Your DNA

By Amanda Chatel via YourTango.com | photo via Flickr Let your DNA do all the work for change while you just sit back and enjoy the benefits. When it comes to chemistry, it’s all about DNA. As we’ve learned with microbes, what’s going on in the inside of our bodies has a direct effect on what’s going to […]

Research
The Kind of Date Night You SHOULD Be Having, According to Science

from YourTango.com | photo via Flickr My name is Amanda Chatel, and I’m excited about my date night! A few days ago I signed my husband and I up for one of those drink while you paint date nights. A bunch of my friends have done it, and since my husband and I could agree […]

News
The New Science of Love (from the Book “Love Sense”)

photo via Flickr The new book Love Sense by clinical psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson tries to take some of the mystery out of that big emotion. While that may not sound very romantic, Johnson is dedicated to the scientific exploration of love so that we may have better, more-fulfilling, more intimate long-term relationships — especially in a world […]

Books
A Brief History of Love, from the New Book “Love Sense”

The new book Love Sense by clinical psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson tries to take some of the mystery out of that big emotion. While that may not sound very romantic, Johnson is dedicated to the scientific exploration of love so that we may have better, more-fulfilling, more intimate long-term relationships — especially in a world where […]

Research
Top 5 Reasons Why Sex Makes You Smarter

photo via flickr Recent research straight from the lab demonstrates that sexual activity in adults may improve mental performance and help produce new neurons in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain where long-term memories are formed. So much for doing crossword puzzles and sudoku! A separate study found that sex can counteract […]

Pop Culture
Do Naked Images Always Lead to Objectification?

The stars and director of Blue Is the Warmest Color; photo via IMDB.com A lot of the commentary about the new film Blue Is the Warmest Color — in particular, its steamy lesbian sex scenes — has focused on the issue of objectification. The director of the movie is male, and many reviewers — both […]

Pop Culture
Are Women Even Less Naturally Monogamous Than Men?

Daniel Bergner is one of our favorite writers on the topic of sex. A few years back he wrote the awesome book The Other Side of Desire, which we raved about at the time, and then shortly after he wrote a cover story about female desire for the New York Times magazine, which we also […]

Pop Culture
Kinky Chemistry and Alchemy After Dark (A Science Podcast)

An engraving from Michael Maier’s Symbola Aureae Mensae (1617) depicting an alchemical androgyne. FUN FACT: Romantic and sexual imagery was a popular means for describing alchemical processes in both the Middle Ages and the early Modern Period.  It’s true! Long before there was Fifty Shades of Grey, there were many alchemy texts rife with blush-inducing romantic and sexual metaphors. […]

News
5 Reasons Why More Sex Helps Your Career

LELO created this fun infographic (included below), which could be more simply titled “5 Reasons Why More Sex Helps Your LIFE.” A few thoughts on each point: Honestly, in this recession, we think most people would take the raise over the sex (including us). Yes! Sex beats shopping every time. (Or at least it should.) Wait: Married […]