Posts by The Science of Sex Podcast

#59 – Under the Influence of Horniness

Horniness (AKA being sexually aroused) is a special state of body and mind during which we are much more likely to make risky decisions of all kinds. What else can make us forgo condoms, or lead us to believe our partners are not as risky as they may be? Join Dr. Zhana and Joe as they talk with Dr. Shayna Sparling from Ryerson University in Toronto about her fascinating research on the factors that make people make risky sexual health decisions.

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#58 – Sex Work in America

Sex work is one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood aspects of human sexuality. There are many different types of sex work, including phone sex, camming, stripping, “happy ending” massages, professional domination, and porn, to name a few. But the greatest stigma is probably reserved for the “full service” type of sex work (i.e., penetration…

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#56 – Squirting School

Every time Dr. Zhana teaches about almost any topic, someone asks a question about squirting, often referred to as female ejaculation. It seems like squirting is having a moment right now, with everyone and their mother wanting to know if all vagina-owners can squirt, what the ejaculate is made of, and how to make it…

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#55 – Getting the T(estosterone)

Testosterone and oxytocin. Two hormones that have received a lot of media attention (and sales profits): testosterone as a supposed remedy to all that ails men; oxytocin as a supposed intimacy- and trust-inducing machine. But could testosterone have a dark side when it comes to our sex-related decision making? And can all the oxytocin hype stand up to scientific scrutiny? Dr. Zhana and Joe find out by talking to one of the preeminent researchers of the psychological effects of these two chemicals, Dr. Gideon Nave.

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