So hands up... who is actually having sex these days?

According to recent studies fewer than half of Brits are having sex at least once a week, and the amount of sex we’re all having is declining. Read Sophie Gallagher’s article in the Huff and discuss…. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/were-all-having-less-sex-is-modern-life-to-blame_uk_5cd29003e4b0e524a47d05bb?utm_hp_ref=uk-lifestyle&ncid=newsletter-ukuklifestyle080519&utm_campaign=newsletter-uklifestyle080519

100 Vaginas...... Watch and watch again

A huge round of applause (again) to Laura Dodsworth who challenges the social norms about how we feel about our bodies. In Channel 4’s programme, documentary artist Laura Dodsworth photographs women and hears their intimate, shocking, moving, powerful or funny stories about how their vaginas have shaped their lives. For many it may be uncomfortable viewing but sit through it. Bear the agony of menstrual blood because it is normal and part of almost every woman’s life. Look at the photos of others vagina’s - they are all beautiful and different and should be celebrated.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/100-vaginas

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Lets talk about anti-depressants....

For anyone who is either on anti depressants or thinking about taking them, or even more critically wondering whether their child needs SSRIs I would really recommend reading Johann Hari’s book Lost Connections https://thelostconnections.com a brilliant look at how we are a society need a much broader menu of deep responses to the pain that people feel, to look at the deep underlying issues why someone might be depressed and address them rather than just block them.

...Among other things Cindy Gallop's ted talk on pornography....

Whist researching "Effects of Pornography - positive or negative" I came across this article in the Telegraph.  Not a newspaper I would normally alight on for discussion about pornography but nevertheless a really great article.  Even better it has the link to the full length ted talk given by Cindy Gallop in 2009 where she talks about pornography and how far removed it is from real sex, with its lack of hair, lack of fumbling, getting it wrong at times, without the mess of good sex.  Do watch it if you have a spare 20 minutes. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/scary-effects-pornography-21st-centurys-accute-addiction-rewiring/

Low testosterone... an interesting read by Dr Mark Porter in the Times

New guidance from the BSSM (British Society for Sexual Medicine) gives clear advice as to how to test for low testosterone,  what the results mean and how that might be impacting your life.  Dr Mark Porter's article gives a really clear breakdown of what to be aware of. 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dr-mark-porter-low-testosterone-one-in-ten-men-over-40-has-it-heres-what-they-need-to-do-g8h9vgs63

Fairwell to Nancy Friday

Nancy Friday, the preeminent literary authority on female sexuality, died on November 5th.  In her wake she will leave a generation of women who have been able to explore their sexual fantasises without shame.  Nancy Friday’s 1973 cult sexuality tome, My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies, is still on the reading list of the MSc I teach, due to its unashamed honesty of what women were and really fantasising about.