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Sexology podcast untangles the science of sex and pleasure. Each week, Dr. Nazanin Moali interviews experts, psychologists and researchers to explore the most intriguing findings in psychology of sex and intimacy. Sexology podcast will give you insight into all that you have ever wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask. Join us in this weekly journey to examine sexuality and pleasure from a scientific perspective.
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Jul 24, 2017

Welcome to episode 29 of the Sexology Podcast, my guest today is Deborah Tolman who speaks to me about her research on adolescent sexuality, the double standards that exist between boys and girls around sexuality and recommendations for parents to help their teenage girls through these challenges.

 

Deborah L. Tolman is a developmental psychologist and the co-founder of SPARK: Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge. She is the author of Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality, which was awarded the 2003 Distinguished Book Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. Deborah received her Ed.D from Harvard University in 1992. She is also the former director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, and professor of human sexuality studies at San Francisco State University. Before relocating to San Francisco, she was a senior research scientist and the director of the Gender and Sexuality Project at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College.

 

Deborah is currently a professor of social welfare and psychology at the Hunter College School of Social Work and the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her research on adolescent sexuality, gender development, gender equity and research methods has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Ford Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.

 

In October 2010, Deborah co-founded SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge), an intergenerational "girl-fueled" movement building organization (with Lyn Mikel Brown) dedicated to challenging the sexualization of girls by engaging girls to be activists and working with partner organizations around the country. SPARK links academia to activism and demonstrates an alternative to the divisive "wave metaphor" regarding feminism.

 

In this episode, you will hear:

 

  • Details on her research on adolescent sexuality
  • The importance of differentiating teens and young adults in the research
  • How the results and language terminology differ between teens and young adults
  • The pressures teen girls and young women face around slut shaming
  • The double standards that exist between boys and girls around sexuality
  • How young women and teens are pressuring themselves to achieve “the perfect image”  
  • The negative connotations that exist when trying to open up feelings around sexuality
  • The implications eating disorders can have on self-image and sexuality
  • Recommendations for parents to help their teenage girls through these challenges

 

Resources

http://sexgenlab.org

https://www.facebook.com/sexgenlab

http://www.sparkmovement.org

Jul 18, 2017

Welcome to episode 28 of the Sexology Podcast, my guest today is Dana Nelson who is an American psychologist and counselor living and practicing in Lyon, France (Rhône-Alpes region). In this episode Dana talks about how she became involved in working with inter-cultural relationships, how a person’s cultural background can play into their expectation around sex and the underlying reasons we’re attracted to people from different cultures.

 

Dana Nelson is an American psychologist and psychotherapist, originally from Northern Virginia, who now lives and practices in Lyon, France. She completed her masters degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University, and worked for a number of years in community mental health as well as university counselling center settings prior to moving to France in 2014. While in graduate school in rural central Pennsylvania (one of the least likely place to meet a Frenchman, you would think!), Dana met her current partner, a French international student working on his PhD in engineering at that time. After 3 years together in the US, they both graduated, and he moved back to France for a job. Then, after 2 years of being in a super long-distance relationship from Pennsylvania to France, Dana decided to embark on her first-ever experience of living abroad and moved to France to join him. They now live together in Lyon, and Dana opened her private practice there last year, where she works with English-speaking expats, intercultural couples, international students, and others living abroad. Dana's most recent adventure has been starting a podcast of her own, called Mindful Expat, which focuses on issues of emotional wellbeing and resilience for expats, intercultural couples, and others living abroad. 

 

 

In this episode, you will hear:

 

  • How Dana became involved in working with inter-cultural relationships
  • The underlying reasons we’re attracted to people from different cultures
  • How modern technology has allowed us to have relationships with people all over the world
  • Sexual experiences; how inter-cultural couples rate their experiences compared to couples of the same culture
  • The need for honest and open communication when in an inter-cultural relationship
  • How a person’s cultural background can play into their expectation around sex
  • Learning to be respectful and understanding of a person’s cultural background when in an inter-cultural relationship
  • The importance of seeing things from your partners perspective
  • Seeing and understanding your partner as their true authentic selves

 

Resources

http://www.dananelsoncounseling.com/mindful-expat-podcast/

Jul 11, 2017

Welcome to episode 27 of the Sexology Podcast, in the run up to the release of season 7 of Game of Thrones, my guest today is Tamara Powell, LMHC who speaks to me about why as sex therapist she thinks Game of Thrones stands out from other TV shows, the attraction we have to the powerful roles women have in the show and why we are fascinated with sexual war.

 

Tamara is the owner of Arya Therapy Services, the now global phenomenon in holistic health and healing. She is also the founder Tales from a Trapezoid dedicated to the more raw and edgier side of life, working with those who may often feel like a trapezoid in a world full of circles.

 

Most recently, she launched her own podcast Undressing The Spirit, where through stories and interviews, she takes listeners behind the veil of counseling into erotic, relational, and spiritual diversity, uncovering how to accomplish mankind’s greatest challenge – finding purpose and passion no matter the worldview or proclivity.

 In this episode, you will hear:

  • Why Tamara thinks Game of Thrones stands out from other TV shows
  • How it reminds her of Nancy Friday’s seminal work in the 70’s & 80’s
  • The attraction we have to the powerful roles women have in Game of Thrones
  • Why we are fascinated with sexual war
  • How the show can give you ideas for your own fantasies with your partner
  • Misconceptions about why Game of Thrones is sexually appealing
  • Why the forbidden is attracting and exciting
  • How people are too quick to relate the show to pornography
  • The way women’s sexual desires are represented through characters such as Daenerys Targaryen
  • The sexual power dynamics that exist in the show

For more great content please check out https://oasis2care.com

 

Resources

https://aryatherapy.com

https://aryatherapy.com/about-the-podcast (Undressing The Spirit Podcast)

https://talesfromatrapezoid.com

https://www.facebook.com/talesfromatrapezoid

http://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Nancy-Friday/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3ANancy%20Friday

Jul 4, 2017

Welcome to episode 26 of the Sexology Podcast, today my guest is , who speaks to me about the psychological effects that BDSM behaviours can have, the similarities between BDSM and Tantra and the roles that submissive and dominant play in BDSM. 

Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT is a marriage & family therapy provider who practices in West Hartford, CT. She is also the author of "Playtime: Not Just for Children" and she is known as "The Sex Doctor." In addition to her expertise in the field of sexuality, her specialties include couples counseling, eating disorders, alternative relationship styles, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. By mutually establishing goals with clients, Amanda uses coaching and therapy to overcoming current struggles and barriers.

Amanda believes that everyone out there has the potential to have an amazing life: personally, socially, relationally, and sexually. She will help make you healthier and happier by assessing your emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual life experiences and equip you with the tools to accomplish your goals!

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The definition of BDSM – bondage & discipline, dominance & submission and sadism & masochism
  • The psychological effects that BDSM behaviours can have
  • How there is a lot of trust within BDSM
  • The deep level of communication that exists within BDSM
  • Common behaviours that Amanda see’s
  • The similarities between BDSM and Tantra
  • The misconceptions created by Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Ways in which our culture can create feelings of shame in this area
  • Recommendations for the first ways you can start to get involved in BDSM
  • The roles that submissive and dominant play in BDSM
  • The need for negotiation, compromise and understanding when engaging with BDSM
  • How to bring up your interest in BDSM with your partner
  • Why Amanda wrote her book “Playtime: A Guide To Sexual Conquests For Women”

Resources

https://sexandmagic.com

https://www.amazon.com/Playtime-Children-Guide-Sexual-Conquests-ebook/dp/B06X9WM66S/

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