Views on Sexual Morality in the United States in 2022

July 4, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

According to Gallup’s 2022 Moral Issues Survey, American adults’ views on sexual morality have become more liberal since the turn of the century. In fact, for some of the issues on this survey, Gallup recorded the most liberal views on record–an interesting paradox in a time when politicians and judges are increasingly legislating morality and restricting sexual...

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Views on Sexual Morality in the United States in 2022
How Marijuana Affects Our Sex Lives
How Marijuana Affects Our Sex Lives

May 30, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Research finds that nearly half of American adults (46%) have used marijuana in some way at least once before. People use it for all kinds of purposes, from pain relief...

Sex Ed
What’s the Most Effective Way to Reduce Abortion? Better Sex Ed and No-Cost Contraception
What’s the Most Effective Way to Reduce Abortion? Better Sex Ed and No-Cost Contraception

May 16, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

The leak of a draft decision from the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade has reinvigorated public discourse on abortion in a way I haven’t previously seen in my...

Sex Ed
Masturbation May and the Science of Self-Pleasure
Masturbation May and the Science of Self-Pleasure

May 2, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

It’s May, and that means it’s Masturbation Month yet again! So let’s talk about self-pleasure. The origins of Masturbation Month date back to 1995, when US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders...

Sex Ed, Videos
Marijuana Use is Linked to More Sex and Better Orgasms
Marijuana Use is Linked to More Sex and Better Orgasms

April 18, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

April 20th is popularly known as 4/20 Day. It’s an unofficial (for now!) holiday that celebrates all things marijuana. This is going to be a hot topic of conversation this...

Sex Ed
The State of Sex Education in America in 2022
The State of Sex Education in America in 2022

January 31, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Teens across the United States have wildly inconsistent experiences with sex education. As of January 2022, there are 21 states that do not require sex ed, and even in those...

Safe Sex, Sex Ed
Genital Fit: The Conversation We Should Be Having About Genital Size
Genital Fit: The Conversation We Should Be Having About Genital Size

January 17, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

There’s an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which an argument takes place over whether a woman has a “big vagina” or her ex-partner has a “small penis.” While this...

Sex Ed, Sex Tips
8 Things Science Taught Us About Sex In 2021
8 Things Science Taught Us About Sex In 2021

December 30, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

2021 has been memorable for a lot of reasons—including what science taught us about sex. Here’s a quick recap of some of the most interesting things we learned about sex...

Sex Ed
Lessons From A 107-Year-Old Sex Therapist
Lessons From A 107-Year-Old Sex Therapist

December 13, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex therapist Dr. Shirley Zussman passed away on December 4, 2021 at the age of 107. She had a remarkably long career in the field, having earned her doctorate in...

Sex Ed, Videos
Exposure to Sunlight May Boost Testosterone and Passion
Exposure to Sunlight May Boost Testosterone and Passion

October 27, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you’ve probably seen articles I’ve posted about seasonal variations in sexual behavior. According to the research, one of the biggest peaks occurs...

Sex Ed
1 in 10 Americans Say They’ve Had an Orgasm While Exercising
1 in 10 Americans Say They’ve Had an Orgasm While Exercising

October 4, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

When people think about orgasms, they usually think about sex and masturbation. Orgasms arise from sexual stimulation, right? That’s certainly the most common route to orgasm for most people, but...

Sex Ed, Uncategorized
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
I’m Teaching About Sex and Culture in Amsterdam for the Next Two Weeks!
I’m Teaching About Sex and Culture in Amsterdam for the Next Two Weeks!

August 30, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Greetings from Amsterdam! Today is the first day of a class I’m teaching on sex and culture in the Netherlands through the Sexual Health Alliance. Amsterdam is an awesome city—and...

Potpourri, Sex Ed
Sex with a Sleeping Person: The Psychology of Somnophilia
Sex with a Sleeping Person: The Psychology of Somnophilia

August 4, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Somnophilia refers to a sexual interest in which someone is turned on by the idea of having sex with a person who is sleeping—or being asleep and receiving sexual attention...

Fantasies, Kink & BDSM, Sex Ed
When Sex Toy Misuse Sends People to the Emergency Room
When Sex Toy Misuse Sends People to the Emergency Room

July 28, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

You all know that I’m an advocate for sex toys. The data are clear that most people who use them report benefits and overwhelmingly positive effects. For example, sex toys are an...

Sex Ed

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