Openly Gay Woman Wins Miss Missouri Pageant (In the News)

June 23, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Erin O’Flaherty is the first openly gay woman to win the Miss Missouri pageant and will compete in Miss America in September.

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Fashion Friday: Lingerie for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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We turned to the Instagramming Women who, in their roles as their own stylists and experts of their own bodies, are putting together their own fabulous lingerie edits and sharing it with the world. As Valentine’s Day gets closer, here are our favorite Instagram posts from the past few days.

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Dr. Ford: Should She Let Her Husband Know She No Longer Wants to Have Sex With Him?

February 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You can let your husband know that there were too many years when you felt overwhelmed and under-supported and that the cumulative effect of that experience combined with your age has left you without desire. How he responds to your honest statement might open up the opportunity to work on some of the issues between you, which I would recommend, if you want to have a close and harmonious future.

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Sex Every Day at 60

February 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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I gave my husband a very unusual Valentine’s Day gift last year. I gave him . . . sex every day for a month.

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Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ — Transexual Reality Then and Now

January 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘The Danish Girl’ is a beautiful film that reflects fine work from everyone involved. But, just as Caitlyn Jenner was criticized, justly, for joking that the hardest part of being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” ‘The Danish Girl’ oversimplifies Lili’s transition. If all she really craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Young Women, Dating Apps, and Sexual Hyperactivity

December 3, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While casual sex became acceptable to many young people, it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that people didn’t have to actually meet each other to have sex. A recent article in ‘Vanity Fair’ describes the “hook-up culture,” which is facilitated by apps like Tinder and Hinge, as the “dating apocalypse.”

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Book Review: ‘The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality,’ by Rachel Hills

September 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

People consistently overestimate how frequently their peers are having sex by a wide margin. Would our tepid sex lives bother us as much if we knew they were, well, normal? Or, if we understood that the idea that one size fits all is, where sex is concerned, a myth?

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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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