TALKING ABOUT SEX
Sex researcher and educator Debra Herbenick PhD from the Kinsey Institute of Sex, Gender, and Reproduction has started a new campaign entitled Making Sex Normal. By “normal,” she means making sex, bodies, and gender ordinary parts of everyday conversation.
The idea is that if people are more comfortable talking about sex, they will be more in touch with their own sexuality, better able to communicate their sexual preferences and boundaries, and more apt to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
If more people are comfortable talking about sex, the broader community will be exposed to a range of different sexual identities and preferences and more diverse sexual experiences.
Indeed, the research is clear on this point: people who communicate about their sexual likes and dislikes with their romantic partners report higher levels of sexual satisfaction.
About The Author: Debra Herbenick PhD, is an Associate Professor at Indiana University (Applied Health Science) and Director, the Center for Sexual Health Promotion; Research Fellow & Sexual Health Educator (Kinsey Institute). For more than 15 years, Debby’s research has focused on better understanding how contemporary women and men experience their bodies and their sexual lives.
Dr. Herbenick has also written five books and several thousand newspaper and magazine columns about sex. She hosts the Kinsey Confidential column and podcast series, and has appeared on various TV, radio and web-based video series talking about sex and sex research.