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Sleep affects sex, and sex affects sleep. It’s important to pay attention to both. VGstockstudio/

Want better sex? Try getting better sleep

Research demonstrates a two-way relationship between sleep problems and sexual problems, as well as between satisfying sex and sound sleep. If you want better sex, you need better sleep.
Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined. (Shutterstock)

One in seven teens are ‘sexting,’ says new research

Teen sexting is on the rise. Boys and girls are equally likely to share sexually explicit imagery but girls report feeling more pressure to sext and more judgement about how they do it.
A couple in bed. Research shows that sex is important to happiness and good health. 4 pm production/

Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says

Love may make the world go round, but sex keeps it going. There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the horrors of bad sex. But it's important to remember that good sex is good for us.
Men and women rate warmth and trustworthiness as very important in their potential partner. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

We all want the same things in a partner, but why?

What movies tell us is important in a parter – a nice smile or money – are exaggerations of fundamental evolutionary needs that actually do matter.
In the recent wave of sexual assault allegations, men tend to only appear as active perpetrators. But the landscape of sex in American culture is more nuanced. Arden_Panikk/

What about young men who are having unwanted sex?

Even though they weren't particularly interested in having sex, fear of ridicule and insecurities tugged at many of the young men the author spoke with.
Is a too-strict definition of monogamy undermining your relationship? Research shows that while most people expect exclusivity in a relationship, infidelity is still the leading cause of divorce. (Shutterstock)

Why you might want to rethink monogamy in 2018

Seeking monogamy without jealousy? Try ditching the fear of your partner's intimate connections with others and write your own relationship rules, suggests a relationship researcher.
Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women. Wikimedia Commons

From reproducers to ‘flutters’ to ‘sluts’: tracing attitudes to women’s pleasure in Australia

Australian women were once largely seen as reproducers, rather than lovers: sexual pleasure was suspect. Attitudes have changed, yet our culture is still troubled by female desire.

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