Gen Z is Missing Out on the Benefits of Sex

September 21, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Generally speaking, sexual activity is good for our mental health. Sex (however you like to do it) has the potential to enhance our psychological well-being, as well as the connection we have with a spouse or partner. However, research suggests that sexual activity is slowly receding from our lives. While the overall trend points to...

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Gen Z is Missing Out on the Benefits of Sex
Study Abroad With Me in Amsterdam and Berlin for a Course on Sex and Culture
Study Abroad With Me in Amsterdam and Berlin for a Course on Sex and Culture

September 5, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

I’m excited to announce a unique study abroad program in conjunction with the Sexual Health Alliance. We are offering study abroad courses in both Amsterdam and Berlin focused on sex...

Media & Culture, Potpourri
The Psychology of Hentai Porn
The Psychology of Hentai Porn

December 20, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

What was the most popular porn search term of 2021? According to Pornhub’s latest report, it was hentai. This term has been near the top of the list for a...

Fantasies, Media & Culture
The Price of Sex in Amsterdam
The Price of Sex in Amsterdam

September 13, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

One of the topics that we explore extensively in my sex and culture course in Amsterdam is sex work. As part of this course, I give my students the opportunity...

Interviews, Media & Culture
Why Dutch Teens Have Better Sexual Health Than American Teens
Why Dutch Teens Have Better Sexual Health Than American Teens

September 6, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

In my study abroad course on sex and culture in the Netherlands, one of the things we have been discussing is cross-cultural differences in sexual health and sex education. Teens’ sexual...

Media & Culture, Sex Ed
Sex Work and Mental Health In Cultures Where Prostitution Is Legal
Sex Work and Mental Health In Cultures Where Prostitution Is Legal

September 1, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Today in my study abroad course on sex and culture in the Netherlands, we’re focusing on sex work, particularly the link between sex work and mental health. Many studies have...

Media & Culture, Sex Ed
Celebrating 68 Years of Women’s Sex Research
Celebrating 68 Years of Women’s Sex Research

August 18, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Sixty-eight years ago this week (August 20, 1953), the media first reported on some of the major findings from Alfred Kinsey’s classic book Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. This...

Books & Films, Media & Culture
Privilege, Injustice, and Inequality: The Conversation We Need To Be Having Right Now
Privilege, Injustice, and Inequality: The Conversation We Need To Be Having Right Now

June 2, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Most of you only know me as a sex educator and researcher, but I actually started my career teaching college courses on the psychology of prejudice—and I ended up teaching...

Media & Culture
Podcasts on the Science of Sex to Get You Through the Lockdown
Podcasts on the Science of Sex to Get You Through the Lockdown

April 29, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

During this time of lockdowns and quarantines, I know that many of you are looking for ways to pass the time, so allow me to suggest some entertaining and educational...

Media & Culture
Why The Pandemic is Making Some People Horny–But Turning Others Off
Why The Pandemic is Making Some People Horny–But Turning Others Off

April 3, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

There are a lot of conflicting media reports out right now about how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is affecting people’s sex drives. Some are saying that all of the stress...

Media & Culture, Sex Ed
Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says
Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says

March 18, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen a ton of headlines predicting a massive baby boom stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic—and some people are making very bold claims. Case...

Media & Culture, Myth vs Fact, Safe Sex
How Coronavirus is Affecting the World of Porn
How Coronavirus is Affecting the World of Porn

March 13, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

There is no escape from coronavirus news. It’s all anyone can talk about on my social media feeds and everywhere I go. It’s permeating every aspect of our lives, including...

Media & Culture
Female Hyenas Have an 8-Inch Clitoris–And It Makes For Tricky Mating
Female Hyenas Have an 8-Inch Clitoris–And It Makes For Tricky Mating

June 27, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

I've been reading and hearing a lot about spotted hyenas in the media lately. They caught my attention because, well, hyenas don't usually show up in my newsfeed very often...

Media & Culture
When It Comes To Sex, “Average” and “Normal” Don’t Mean the Same Thing
When It Comes To Sex, “Average” and “Normal” Don’t Mean the Same Thing

April 25, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

People email me with questions about their sex lives all the time. More often than not, these questions boil down to the same theme: "Am I normal?"A lot of folks...

Media & Culture
Why More Men In Hollywood Aren’t Speaking Out About Sexual Harassment of Women—And How We Can Change That
Why More Men In Hollywood Aren’t Speaking Out About Sexual Harassment of Women—And How We Can Change That

October 13, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller

Dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced in the last two weeks (see here for a complete list). These allegations have prompted...

Media & Culture
Who Has a Higher Sex Drive: Women or Men?
Who Has a Higher Sex Drive: Women or Men?

August 30, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller

My social media feed has been blowing up lately with links to article headlines like this one from HuffPost, “Women Want More Sex Than Their Partner Does, According To New...

Gender, Media & Culture, Myth vs Fact

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