The Sex Research Show

The Sex Research Show

In ”The Sex Research Show” we discuss in plain language the studies that inform how sex therapists, sex researchers, sex educators, and medical professionals make decisions about sexual health and wellness. We take deep dives into a different pieces of peer-reviewed literature, break them down and explore the social, scientific, and personal implications. This is for anyone interested in understanding the psychological, medical, and other scientific research behind sexual issues that impact all of us.


May 3, 2020 50 min
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Rob and Angel discuss research on the efficacy of Trigger Warnings in academic and other non-therapy spaces. Later in the episode they’re joined by Dr. Alex Bove from Talk Like A Man to discuss the topic.  

Links and Resources from the episode:  

  • The Article: Boysen, G. A., Isaacs, R. A., Tretter, L., & Markowski, S. (2019). Trigger warning efficacy: The impact of warnings on affect, attitudes, and learning. Scholarship of Teac...
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    Episode 8: K is for Kinky Hormones 

    Rob and Angel discuss neuroscientific research on the physiological impact of BDSM play  Dominants and submissives. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Club Kink in Jacksonville, Florida. To see the unedited version and get that live-in-the-club experience (and other awesome perks) head over to and join our community at the $5/month level or higher.  


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    Episode 7: L is for Labels

    Rob and Angel discuss gender and sexual identity labels used by US high school students. 

    Links and Resources from the episode: 

  • White, A. E., Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., & Brackett, M. A. (2018). Gender identity and sexual identity labels used by U.S. high school students: A co-occurrence network analysis. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(2), 243–252.
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    Episode 6: S is for Sexting!


    Rob and Angel review research about teen sexting and talk about parental control. They unbox some sex toys. They chat about swinging and online dating. Sponsored by and Tracy’s Dog Sex Toys.


    Winners of the Kink Crate Naughty Librarian Giveaway: 

    Our winner was Daniella from Tuscon and our runner up was Myk from Jacksonville who will get a small goody bag because we love our folks so m...

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    Episode 5: M is for Measure a Penis Day!


    Happy Measure a Penis Day! Angel and Rob talk penis size. Things are measured. Fun is had. We are also joined by Milla Impola from ONE® Condoms to talk about Measure a Penis Day, condom fit, how you can #FixYourFit, and more!


    Links from the show:

    The Article: 

    King, B. M., Duncan, L. M., Clinkenbeard, K. M., Rutland, M. B., & Ryan, K. M. (2019). Social Desirability and Young Men’s Se...

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    Episode 4: F is for Faking It


    Why do some straight women fake their orgasms? Rob and Angel discuss. 


    Links and Resources from the episode: (Please note: some links are affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission on items you decide to purchase). 

  • Harris, E. A., Hornsey, M. J., Larsen, H. F., & Barlow, F. K. (2019). Beliefs About Gender Predict Faking Orgasm in Heterosexual Women. Archives of sexual behavior,...
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    Episode 3: T is for Threesome

    Rob and Angel discuss group sex and a study that explored undergraduate attitudes about threesomes and undergraduate threesome behavior. 

    Links and Resources from the episode: 

  • Morris, H., Chang, I. J., & Knox, D. (2016). Three’sa Crowd or Bonus?: College Students’ Threesome Experiences. Journal of Positive Sexuality, 2(November), 62-76.
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    Episode 2: B is for Butt Stuff Why do straight women engage in anal intercourse?


    CORRECTION: At the end of the video, Rob and Angel (1:31:00) answer a listener question about anal fluids and risk. Rob says that anal sex is 400x riskier than vaginal sex for HIV transmission, but said he thought he was misremembering that statistic. So, we looked it up. He was misremembering. According to a Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Excha...

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    Episode 1.5: M is for Misgendering

    Rob and Angel briefly discuss gender identity and respecting other people’s pronouns. 

    Supplemental Reading: 

  • Teen Vogue: What is Non-binary Gender (
  • Teen Vogue: 5 Misconceptions about Sex and Gender - Video (
  • American Psychological Association definitions of s...
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    Episode 1: P is for Pleasure

    Rob and Angel discuss an article from the Journal for Sex Education (Ingham, 2005) about the importance of pleasure-based sex education.

    Links from the show:

    The article: Roger Ingham (2005) ‘We didn't cover that at school’: education against pleasure or education for pleasure?, Sex Education, 5:4, 375-388, DOI: 10.1080/14681810500278451 (

    Journal of Sex...

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    In this pre-episode, hosts Angel and Rob share a little about themselves, how they met, and their areas of expertise.

    They discuss what the format for the upcoming show will be and talk a little about the scientific process for sex research.

    Links from the show:

    More about Angel and Rob: Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative: Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellne...

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