Episode 273: How To Have Good Casual Sex

March 8, 2024 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 273: How To Have Good Casual Sex

People today are having less sex compared to generations past, but a greater proportion of the sex we’re having is casual. However, casual sex is something people have a lot of mixed experiences with, which points to a need for better education around it. So that’s what today’s show is all about. We’re going to explore how to set boundaries in casual relationships, the kinds of boundaries that are worth considering, the questions you should be asking yourself before you have casual sex, how to avoid awkwardness, and more.

I am joined once again by Gabrielle Kassel. She is a sex and wellness journalist committed to helping people feel the best they can in their bodies. Her work has appeared in publications such as Men’s Health, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Well+Good, Self, Women’s Health, and more!

Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:

  • What does it really mean to have “casual” sex anyway?
  • What are the potential positive and negatives of casual sex?
  • How do you know if casual sex is right for you?
  • How do you establish boundaries with a partner you don’t know very well?
  • What might a good model for communicating and maintaining sexual health look like if you’re in a casual relationship?
  • How do you prevent drama in casual relationships?

Make sure to check out Gabrielle’s website to learn more.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

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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