Mar
06

2012
Porn Education In Schools?

One of the most common questions I get asked as a Sexologist is, when should I be talking to my kids about sex? My answer – now and it’s still probably too late.  Say this to a parent of a child under a certain age and they challenge it or look at you like you’ve just spoken another language. The truth is, we should be talking about sex from the very beginning. Before you raise your arms in disgust at me, hear me out.   When children are very young, we fear that they will not understand anything about sex due to their age, so we don’t talk to them about it. When they are in their early teens, many people are too embarrassed to talk to kids about sex. When they are young adults, many parents assume they already know everything. So when do we actually talk to them…

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Mar
05

2012
Waiting For Mr Right Can Be Wrong?

I don’t quite consider myself a bra burning feminist, but I do have my moments. One of these moments came on the weekend whilst reading The Daily Telegraph and coming across an article titled, “ Waiting For Mr Right Can Be Wrong”. What? I am one of those women who is waiting for Mr Right and has experienced many Mr Right Nows and Mr Wrongs, so seeing this over my morning coffee startled me.   The first sentence read, “Aussie women are being urged not to be too proud in their search for Mr Right, as new research reveals many are shocked to find it hard to conceive after 35. “    A woman’s body clock is her wost enemy. We are biologically wired to procreate, but also these days have been educated to want more than just babies and breast feeding. We are now in the era of the…

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Mar
02

2012
Happy Mardi Gras – But Is It Still Illegal Somewhere To Be Gay?

Tomorrow is the Mardi Gras Parade! One of my favourite times of the year. However, this celebration is one loaded with conflicts and opinions. Everyone has their say, politics comes into action, and sometimes I feel we forget just how lucky we are to be living in a country where we are even able to have such a celebration. There are arguments that the parade is too commercial or it is not what it used to be, but let’s go back to the basics and look at the bigger picture rather than feathers, flyers and floats.   Consensual homosexual acts between adults are illegal in about 70 out of 195 counties, and some are still punishable by death. And I’m sure in those countries they do not have a Mardi Gras! In a time when we are in the fight of our lives for same sex marriage, maybe we need…

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Mar
01

2012
Cut

Last week I posted a blog called “how to modify your penis.”  It included a section on growing back your foreskin. After this article was posted on twitter, I was sent the link to a film on circumcision done by a jewish documentary film maker. As a jewish female, I really sit on the fence with circumcision and are fascinated by how someone from the same religious upbringing feels about the subject.   I have read the literature against and for it, but also are influenced by a cultural side where all jewish baby boys are circumcised. I also recently attended my first bris, which was an eye opening experience. The thing that got to me the most was not what was going on to the baby, but the nerves and anxiety of his mother.   I also feel that especially in Australia, circumcision is nearly seen as the norm,…

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