Plenty of people occasionally use internet porn – more than 70 million is a conservative estimate (Goldberg et al, 2008). It is now so easily available that, for many, a porn habit  begins young, with most users having seen pornography before reaching secondary school (Deem, 2015). For some, that’s the end of it, but many find it a helpful way to relax and de-stress, becoming regular porn users. Indeed, it is most commonly used on weekdays, often during the working day, with one in five mobile searches being for adult material (Covenant Eyes, 2015). Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve just realised how far we are as a nation from being really comfortable in talking about sex.  Fair enough, when you write a book with sex in the title, you can expect a little shyness about the content — but not from presumably hardened hacks. In a series of BBC radio interviews last week it became increasingly obvious that some of the presenters (all male, by the way) weren’t at all comfortable with the idea of talking about sex —  and especially not with a sex therapist. They introduced the item with comments like, ‘We can do this, can’t we?’, ‘We’re all grown ups on this show’ and ‘I’m sweating a bit here’ — as if they were about to be put through some hideous ordeal. So stressed had he become, in case I mentioned something ‘inappropriate’, that one guy even cut the interview early,  though we were discussing some dull statistics rather than anything remotely racy. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute of Sexology

Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London

If you wanted to demonstrate the impact of research, nothing could do so more effectively than the free Institute of Sexology exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. The way sex has been regarded, studied and portrayed at different times and in different cultures is set out in more than 200 exhibits which could keep you fascinated for hours. Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the ending of the 10 year marriage between Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Many are shocked that what appeared to be the perfect relationship isn’t the Happy Ever After Story that it seemed. Read the rest of this entry »

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