When laws are passed, or influential organizations like the American Psychological Association recognize a need for more culturally sensitive services, that doesn't mean society as a whole jumps on board. While the APA is down with "they" as a singular pronoun, I'd guess most of society doesn't understand it. I've had dear friends within the LGBT community ask me to explain my non-binary gender identity to them. … [Read more...] about What Does “Queering Psychology” Mean?
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Although it can be difficult to seek therapy after you have tried to get help for anxiety or depression and it didn't work, remember that “no size fits all” when it comes to dealing with psychological problems. There are numerous reasons why medication, therapy, or both don’t help a particular person at a particular time. If you did not respond well to mental health treatments in the past, it does not mean that you can’t be helped; it just means that you need to muster courage and try again. … [Read more...] about Study: Therapy Helps Even Those Who Did Not Benefit Before
“It’s always consensual,” says Jay Wiseman, author of SM 101. “Abuse is not.” You don’t need restraints, gags, or whips to abuse someone. In loving hands, the equipment heightens sensual excitement, allowing both players to enjoy their interaction, or “scene,” as good, clean, erotic fun.” When BDSM inflicts real pain, it’s always carefully controlled with the submissive (“sub” or “bottom”) specifying limits clearly beforehand. … [Read more...] about The Truth About BDSM Relationships
Bill, Betty, and Dotsie did indeed live in a ménage à trois in the literal sense of the term: "household of three." It was a household of three adults raising a family together. Could it have been a ménage à trois in the more commonly used meaning of the phrase, to refer to three-way sex acts? It could have. Maybe it was and maybe it was not, but my point is that absolutely no one knows. The upcoming motion picture Professor Marston and the Wonder Women not only indicates that it was, but also that the two women enjoyed a sexual relation together apart from Bill, as well. … [Read more...] about The “True Story” of Wonder Woman’s Marston Ménage à Trois
By the same token, other research suggests that kink/BDSM can potentially be thought of as a sexual orientation. However, this depends on how you define the term sexual orientation, and different scientists think about this in different ways. Some define it in very narrow terms, looking at it specifically as something that orients us to partners based on sex or gender; however, others take a more expansive view. … [Read more...] about Is BDSM/Kink a Hobby or a Sexual Orientation?