Sexual Assault, Intimidation, and the Fear of Being Rude

August 27, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It is well documented that women don’t often report sexual abuse, for a whole spectrum of reasons that impair their ability to deal with it and punish the perpetrators. One of those reasons is the fact that victims often don’t feel entitled to see the abuse as a crime.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

August 24, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney

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By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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Oy Vey! It’s Kosher Porn!

February 3, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The cover of “Kosher Porn” shows a sexy mensch who gazes at the reader with bedroom eyes . . . as he lights a menorah.

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Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?

August 28, 2014 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”

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Today’s Talk Topic: Popular Culture and Sexual Entitlement

May 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Since last week’s slayings in California and the perpetrator’s poisonous rantings about the women who rejected his advances, much media attention has focused on the pervasiveness of misogyny in this world—even here, in America; even now, in 2014. In The Daily Beast, 11-time Jeopardy! winner Arthur Chu charges that our culture encourages a sense of […]

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Why Is Marriage So Deadly to Lust? Dr. Ford Reviews ‘Mating in Captivity’

March 20, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can intimacy be bad for your marriage? It’s not, according to author Esther Perel, but it’s murder on your sex life.

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Masters of Sex, Heroes of Science

October 17, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Showtime’s dazzlingly entertaining new series, “Masters of Sex,” chronicles the pioneering work of William Masters, M.D., and his assistant, Virginia Johnson. Their research into the nature of human sexuality provides a wonderful backdrop for a show that proves, once again, that these days, the good stuff is on cable TV.

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An Introvert on the ‘Today’ Show

October 12, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

“You’d never use the words ‘life of the party’ to describe me. Plus, the prospect of being on national television was, to put it mildly, terrifying. At work, I’m always ready to entertain a crowd of toddlers at the library with ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ But entertaining millions of people on live TV?”

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Pornography: Getting It Up and Putting Her Down

September 17, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

The debate over porn—allegations of its contempt for women (evidenced by women’s subordination and abuse), countered by assertions of its innocuousness—hasn’t been so heated in years.

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Why Did I Stay? The First Date I Should Have Walked Away From

June 4, 2013 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

We have stayed too long on dates we didn’t want to be on just so we wouldn’t be seen as too picky, difficult, and whatever other hostile descriptions single women are sometimes labeled.

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Does Your Sex Life Need an Upgrade? Senior Sex Expert Joan Price Can Help

May 21, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Joan Price is a cheerleader for everything fun and erotic for those of us who are getting a little long in the tooth. She’s amassed a wealth of nuts-and-bolts information about what does and doesn’t work when it comes to senior shenanigans, and she’s eager to share it.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Painful Intercourse After Menopause, Part 1

May 13, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC

A menopausal woman loses approximately 70 percent of her estrogen levels, and when she has not had intercourse for three years, this combination causes the pelvic-floor muscles to tighten, making intercourse painful. The old motto “Use it or lose it” is very applicable here!

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Dr. Hilda on Sex: “I Just Can’t Give What He Wants Me to Give”

April 9, 2013 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.

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By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.

“Your story,” Dr. Hilda writes to Marcia, “is one that I hear almost every day. It is not easy to take care of a home and two very busy adolescents. At the end of the day, sex can begin to feel like one more chore that you need to do for someone else.”

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Esquire Editor Flap: What’s Worse Than Pandering to the Male Gaze?

March 28, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

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The objectification of women in men’s magazines infuriates us—but how about looking critically at magazines supposedly meant for the female gaze?

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