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The State of Sex Research Today, According to 4 Sex Scientists

April 22, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

What’s going on in the world of sex research today? What are some of the biggest controversies and challenges? I recently sat down with a few of my colleagues to discuss these and other interesting questions.

In the video below, I chat with Drs. Zhana Vrangalova (New York University), Diana Fleischman (University of Portsmouth), and Geoffrey Miller (University of New Mexico). Among the many topics we address are:

  • Why therapists and doctors often do not get great training in human sexuality—and how we can fix that.
  • Common myths and misconceptions about sex that some sex therapists believe.
  • How sex research often gets misrepresented and sensationalized by journalists and by the mainstream media.
  • The challenges of public outreach about sex research.
  • Liberal vs. conservative reactions to sex research.
  • Sex research controversies. For example, does ‘gaydar’ really exist? Who’s more sexually fluid: men or women? Does ovulation really change women’s sexual behavior?
  • The challenges of offering sex education to college students with very different political leanings.
  • Why it’s so hard to get funding to conduct sex research.

Check out the video below to learn more and hear the full conversation.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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