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VR Porn: What Are We Afraid of?

A beautiful, sexy woman crosses the room toward you. She’s nearly naked, and so close you can see the tiny beads of sweat between her breasts. She crawls up the bed toward you, leaving the rest of her clothes behind her. You can smell her skin as she approaches; hear her breath quickening much like your own. You can feel your pulse racing in anticipation of her touch. The only thing is, none of this is real. But it sure feels like it is. This is virtual reality pornography, orVR porn, where, with the right equipment and software, you can […]

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How Does Technology Complicate or Encourage Our Sex Lives?

Technology is what we think of when we think of the future. Dr. Holly Richmond explained how technology can make “secrecy and shame less intertwined,” because it can be used as a conversation starter in many ways. Sharing fantasies via apps or messaging can be less intimidating than sharing in person. However, as the rest of the panel chimed in, it’s also easy to hide behind technology or use it as a crutch. Plenty of articles warn that yoursmartphone can get in the way of intimacy, and that screen time often overpowers face-to-face time. Stephens-Davidowitz knows not everyone finds data analysis […]

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9 Orgasm Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Most men have figured out by now that women don’t pee out of their vaginas, right? Phew. Unfortunately, likely due in part to the sad state of sex education in America, there are myths about sex — and especially about orgasms experienced by female-bodied people — that just won’t die. I’m almost 30 and still encounter straight men who shame female-bodied people for needing a vibrator to get off during penetrative sex. (Don’t go home with such people if you can help it, because they are assholes.) Now, let’s debunk a few virulent orgasm myths, because, like a good vibrator, [...]Read more

The Chat with Dr. Holly Richmond

This past August, Dr. Holly Richmond guested on  The Chat talk show, debunking sex myths and discussing her unique stance on “sex addiction,” among other hot topics.  Watch the full video here!  

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7 Ways to Make Your Girlfriend Feel Less Self-Conscious In Bed

Let’s get one thing straight: Missionary sex is awesome. There’s something satisfying and comforting about relying on a position that you’ve done a thousand times before. But for many of us out there, there are a million things we want to do in bed that we just haven’t yet. Maybe you want to do it on the kitchen counter, or maybe you have a secret spanking fetish that you’re just itching to try out. But if your girlfriend’s sexual tastes tend to skew more vanilla than Chunky Monkey, it might be hard to approach this topic, lest you insult her […]

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Debra Lafave: Why We Can’t See Women as Sexual Predators, and Why It Matters

Last month, I wrote about how the media and prosecution in the Michelle Carter trial capitalized on age-old misogynistic narratives about “sneaky” and “manipulative” women to secure the teen’s homicide conviction based on her words alone. This month, I visit another high-profile criminal defendant known for her beauty, one who inspired a fictionalized version in Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa — deemed “the most controversial book of the summer” of 2013. Nutting was inspired by Debra Lafave, a teacher in Florida who made headlines for having sex with a 14-year-old male student in 2004. Nutting and Lafave attended high school together, which led [...]Read more

I Was Told That Breathwork Turns Your Hands Into Lobster Claws and Eviscerates Your Soul

Ten minutes into my first breathwork class I felt a light dizziness and a tingling in my hands and feet, but I pushed through it and continued sucking up air. Music blared—a mix of chanting and popular songs—as the instructor paced the room shouting inspiration while his assistants pounded a gong. Several people erupted in tears, others in laughter. One man growled. I’d heard that breathwork—a New Age practice that involves controlled, rhythmic breathing—was therapeutic and helps release pent-up emotions which, like many of us, I tend to keep pent. It hadn’t been difficult finding a class. Endorsed by the […]

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Whatever Harvey Weinstein Is, He Is No Sex Addict, Experts Say

It’s happened again: A powerful, famous man is accused of improper, even criminal, sexual behavior and says he’s seeking therapy to deal with it. “Guys, I’m not doing OK,” Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein said Wednesday in a video licensed to NBC News. “I’m trying. I’ve got to get help.” While there’s no official confirmation of where Weinstein is headed or what type of therapy he may be getting, experts contacted by NBC News said that whatever he may have done, he’s not a sex addict. And most say there’s no such thing as sex addiction. Psychiatrists debated whether to include […]

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‘Sex Addict’ Therapy Unlikely to Help Harvey Weinstein, According to Experts

Russell Brand,  Tiger Woods, Ozzy Osbourne and Michael Douglas have proclaimed they were sex addicts after their philandering was revealed ‘You can control your impulses. He just decided not to do so,’ said Holly Richmond, a certified sex therapist Psychologist: ‘There is no evidence that sex addiction treatment actually works’  Not one published study that shows sex addiction treatment has a positive effect Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly checked in to a US rehabilitation center that treats male sex addicts, but experts say such therapy is unlikely to help. English comic actor Russell Brand, golfer Tiger Woods, rocker […]

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What to Do When Everything in Your Relationship Is Great—Except the Sex

Maybe the sex was all rockets and fireworks when you first met, but it’s been a while since you’ve felt sparks. Or you’re in a newish romance which is promising in every way, except that you just don’t feel sexually in sync. Is it you—or him? And is your otherwise great relationship doomed just because you can’t build heat between the sheets? No, say the experts. “It takes some work, but it’s usually solvable,” says Holly Richmond, PhD, psychologist and certified sex therapist in Southern California. Here’s how to turn things around so you rock your relationship in and out of the bedroom. Rule out a health problem […]

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