Sexuality

Adventures in Woman-Centered Sexuality: A Critique of Masters & Johnson’s Human Sexual Response Cycle

Written by on January 5, 2017 in Cultural Studies, Sexuality with 0 Comments
Adventures in Woman-Centered Sexuality: A Critique of Masters & Johnson’s Human Sexual Response Cycle

In 1966, William Masters and Virginia Johnson published Human Sexual Response in which they described a four-stage sequence of physiological changes that occur as people (in particular, heterosexual couples having penile-vaginal intercourse) engage in sexually stimulating activities. This “sexual response cycle” model was revolutionary at the time because there really wasn’t a systematic view of what went on biologically […]

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What’s Power Got to Do With It When It Comes to Women’s Sexuality?

Written by on November 30, 2016 in Sexuality with 0 Comments
What’s Power Got to Do With It When It Comes to Women’s Sexuality?

Inevitably, when a woman comes in complaining about having a low libido, I get curious about the power dynamics in the her relationship.  What dance is she and her partner (or partners) engaged in?  What is her relationship to power?  Does she have a sense of personal authority, both in her relationship and in the rest […]

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Bring Back Date Night! Strategies for Couples Who Struggle with Scheduling Overwhelm

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Love, Relationships, Sexuality with 2 Comments
Bring Back Date Night! Strategies for Couples Who Struggle with Scheduling Overwhelm

So many of the couples and intimate partners I see complain of schedule overwhelm. Whether they’re worried about a lack of sex and intimate connection or incongruencies around childcare and housekeeping, time is, for many, a key barrier to feeling intimately connected.   While it is true that the pace of life is faster and faster […]

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3 Common Reasons Couples Explore Open Relationships

The other day I was having a conversation with a woman who, though she identifies as staunchly monogamous, was curious about the group program I’m offering for couples who are interested in exploring open relationships.  She kept telling me how difficult it was for her to grasp why anyone would choose an open relationship.  We […]

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Sustaining Eroticism in Long Term Relationships

Written by on December 17, 2013 in Love, Relationships, Sexuality, Skills for Embodied Living with 4 Comments

I recently posted this TED talk with Ester Perel, author of Mating in Captivity, on Facebook.  She’s talking about how to sustain desire in long term relationships.  I really enjoyed the talk because she did such a good job naming the impediments to maintaining a satisfying level of sexual intimacy over time. Often when I’m […]

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