Sophisticated Sex

Experiential sex ed

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  Like taking a tour through Glacier Ice Cream, sex education comes in many flavors. One flavor offers abstinence-based education, the message of which is to refrain from sex before marriage. Another flavor is a comprehensive sex education that includes an ...

Eight spheres of intimacy

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When I was a little infant sexologist, my first mentor was Professor Dr. Marilyn Volker, sexuality educator extraordinaire. I remember her emphasizing that sex was not solely about genital friction or the variety of erotic activities in which one could engage. ...

The sex behind population control

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As taboo as it is to talk about sexual pleasure in the bedroom, talking about population control can be even more contentious. We need to have sex to make babies — that’s obvious. But in a world that is running out of room and resources, we would do well to ...

The crusade against contraception

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The birth control pill turned 50 years old last month. This marked a milestone in the world of contraception — for women, sexuality and reproductive health and family planning. Of course, women have always had a ways of preventing pregnancy. In 1500 B.C., ...

What does your sex life say?

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Last week I gave a talk on relationship communication at Fascinations in Boulder. I was worried that the topic would be somewhat lackluster. At Fascinations, I’m usually asked to talk about captivating cunnilingus and fabulous fellatio. “Communication” seemed a ...

Sloppy seconds

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Meet John, a lanky, redhaired math major at CU. He scopes out the party with fraternity brother Ron, a more widely built and brown-haired guy. They take a few swigs from their bottles of Fat Tire before they finally notice Katie, a petite brunette with green eyes...

Not so pretty in pink

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Big Pharm is trying to barge into our bedroom again. They did it with the little blue pill, Viagra, and now they are doing it again with the little pink pill, Flibanserin. While Viagra addresses blood flow, helping a man achieve a stronger, longer erection, the ...

High-maintenance vaginas

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My vagina is very high-maintenance. I mean, really, whose isn’t? A vagina needs grooming and cleaning, love and affection, touch and pleasure, and, of course, good vibrations. Eve Ensler launched the Vagina Monologues in 1996. This was such an asset to our ...

The prostate pleasure principle

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On the backside of our body we have an erogenous zone that’s a little less known: the anus. While ladies may also like back-door bliss, for men, the anus is the entry to the prostate — often referred to as the male G-spot. This luscious region has numerous nerve ...

I’ll show you mine, you show me yours

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I think it’s safe to say that we are a compulsive society and all of us are obsessed with something. In Boulder, our obsessions tend to be mountain biking the Marshall Mesa Trail or training for the Bolder Boulder. For me, I’m addicted to those free samples at ...

Slippery when wet

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Your bottle of lube should be your best friend. Whether 16 years old or 61, single or attached, straight or gay, keeping lube by your bedside is essential. It’s like having a water bottle on a three-hour hike. Sure, you may make it to the top of Bear Mountain ...

Erection of the brain

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Movies are given an R rating if there is sexual content. This usually means two nearly naked actors attempt a genital connection with fervent stroking, groping and moaning. But we forget that sex is more than just genital contact and more than just a ...