Grey area: The fragile frontier of dementia, intimacy and sexual consent

The Globe & Mail (Canada), July 14, 2018

Amid ever-widening cultural conversations about sexual consent, dementia remains uncharted territory. As Canadians live longer, more are moving into long-term care with advancing dementia disorders. It’s a growing population with complex needs, not least of all in their intimate lives.

In the close-quarters environment of nursing homes, these people’s sexuality poses difficult ethical dilemmas for staff and for families

 

Casual Sex: Everyone Is Doing It

New Yorker,

Zhana Vrangalova has spent the past decade researching human sexuality, and, in particular, the kinds of sexual encounters that occur outside the norms of committed relationships. The Web site she started in 2014 began as a small endeavor fuelled by personal referrals, but has since grown to approximately five thousand visitors a day, most of whom arrive at the site through organic Internet searches or referrals through articles and social media. Vrangalova was offered an appointment at N.Y.U., where she remains, to further explore some of the issues surrounding the effects of nontraditional sexual behaviors on the individuals who engage in them.

  • Read more here
  • Access the Casual Sex Project here

 

STIs may have driven ancient humans to monogamy, study says

The Guardian, 13 April 2016

Based on insights from computer models, scientists argue that the shift away from polygynous societies – where men had many long-term partners, but women had only one – could be down to the impact of sexually transmitted infections on large communities that arose with the dawn of the agricultural age.

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  • Access abstract of journal article here

 

Study reveals complexity of gay men’s relationships

The Kirby Institute, 11 November 2015.

Results of a national survey of gay men’s relationships suggest that their partnerships are highly varied and far more complex than just whether they are monogamous or not.

Released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW, the study examined how gay and bisexual men think about and conduct both romantic and sexual relationships.

  • Read more of the press release here
  • Download report (PDF) here

Third survey of sex in Britain – results summary

ABC’s The Science Show, Saturday 31 October 2015 12:53PM

When HIV and AIDS took hold in the late 1980s, British researchers knew very little about the sexual behaviour of the population. It made predicting how HIV might spread almost impossible. This prompted a national survey of sexual practice which has been carried out every ten years since. Soazig Clifton and Clare Tanton discuss some recent findings and changes over time.

  • Read transcript or listen to audio of The Science Show here
  • Access survey results summary from University College London here

Finger length ‘not a pointer’ for future sexual behaviour

NHS Analysis, Friday February 6 2015

“How to work out if your partner is cheating on you? Check their fingers,” the Daily Mirror advises. The news comes from research founded on the theory that humans are believed to display two types of mating pattern – one more promiscuous, and the other more monogamous. But have the media misinterpreted the study?

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