In light of May being National Mental Health Awareness month, we are taking a closer look at the effects of sex on our brain.
As it turns out, our brain is one big bulbous druggie.
Not the kind you find in dark alleyways when the sun goes down, nor the drugs that line the neon alleys of CVS.
Alas, our crafty brain has it’s very own pharmacy of pleasure from which it releases its unique brands of intoxicating hormones according to each appropriate (or inappropriate) occasion.
Though the numbers are actively decreasing, HIV is still something to be informed and aware of. According to HIV.gov, “more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today. One in seven of them don’t know it.” Once known as a death sentence, it is now possible to live a fully sexual life without fear of passing HIV to your partner.
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There are many people who have taken it upon themselves to lead society into the sexual revolutions of the past and the present. Working at Sex With Emily and with Emily Morse, one of these current leaders, made me want to do a little research on others much like herself. These ladies in our past and present have gone largely unnoticed, or at least haven’t been given the proper recognition, in paving the way for our sexual freedom.
The history of sex has been a hard one to swallow. Wars against pleasure have fueled the fears that too much of a good thing will inevitably take over and destroy us. In our faith, in our politics, we are divided. Good and evil, right and wrong, we are both scarce and infinite. Somewhere in our history we grew to believe that without rigorous control over ourselves and others, pleasure would inevitably devour us all into the fiery tongues of hell.
Society has swung from extremes – from orgied parties celebrating the decadence of Gods, to corsets wrapped around crumpled ribs, frothing with cloth and shielding us from the dangers of the natural female form.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, stress can be either a trick or a treat in your body’s environment. It can be useful and detrimental to our survival.
I want to pose this article under a controversial premise. Stress is a healthy body response tailored to our survival.
Prolonged stress in the body is toxic, and a choice the majority of us entertain for far too long.
This week in our Sex and the Brain series, we explored the differences of arousal between men and women.
While it may be obvious to some that men and women don’t get aroused the same, many still have not acquired this piece of knowledge. Men are like frying pans, and women are like slow cookers – so let’s get down to the science behind the kitchen appliance metaphors.
If you thought Valentine’s Day was hard when there was only two of you, where do you turn for tasteful tips when you’re in a thrupple? Or have a spouse and a girlfriend?
The Adult Novelty Manufacturer’s Expo.
Though the name doesn’t necessarily sing sexuality, the experience certainly did. Last week, we had the pleasure of accompanying the marvelous Emily Morse to this S-expo that happens twice a year (in January and July), showcasing some of the top products on the market.
Yet another lesson in the wonders of the sexiest organ of all, the brain.
In the previous article, I introduced some of our main pleasure chemicals. In this one we’ll be focusing on the more familiar estrogen and testosterone, with a more in-depth look at the previously mentioned dopamine, and the well-known serotonin.
Hello and welcome to our new exciting series all about the biggest sex organ you have.
What is it, you ask?
Our big beautiful brain. Technology has allowed us an ever expanding look into our internal universe, and respectively, how it shapes our experience of reality, the meaning we give it, and of course how this applies to our very favorite subject: Sex.