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Stories are fundamental part of the human existence and have existed since we have had language. We form our cultures and belief systems around stories. Writers of fiction have the gift of being able to create entire worlds through the stories they tell. I partnered with the Frye Festival to interview authors who do just that. This episode is different than most Do We Know Things? episode where I dive into the research on a specific sexuality topic. Instead of science, this episode focuses on art. I am joined by authors and translators Aimee Wall, Clémentine Beauvais, and Sonya Malaborza. We discuss sex, sexual assault, and abortion in fiction, as well as the nuances and tensions of translating works into different languages. Find the script for this episode hereLinks from the Episode:Frye FestivalHallie Lieberman's essay on the history of the vibratorLinks to my guest's latest books:Décomposée by Clémentine BeauvaisWe, Jane by Aimee WallL’accoucheuse de Scots Bay translated by Sonya MalaborzaHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Penile circumcision. It’s a big deal! People have very strong feelings about it. For some it is a religious right of passage, for others it is a health imperative, and for others it is genital mutilation and should be banned.On this episode, I will explore the controversies around penile circumcision: does it affect penile sensitivity? Does it offer any health benefits? Is it ethical? And why do we see penile genital surgery as different than other kinds of genital surgery.Circumcision! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Links mentioned in this episode:Worldwide Circumcision Stats from @india.in.pixelsFind the script for this episode hereHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance and cohosting by Matt TunnacliffeHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Endometriosis is a debilitating chronic pain disease that affects millions of people in North America, but many people have never even heard of it. People suffering from endometriosis are misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and ignored by many in the medical community. This episode follows the story of three women who have endometriosis: from initial symptoms, the epic journey to diagnosis, and the limited treatments available. Andrée-Anne, Léonore, and Maggie share their pain, the medical gaslighting, and the frustration of having a disease with no cure.Endometriosis! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Links mentioned in this episodeInformation on #ActOnEndo - the campaign to send letters to your MPs.Nancy's Nook EndoI Care BetterKatie Kelly on InstagramFind the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Lube, Glorious Lube!

Lube, Glorious Lube!

2022-03-0922:11

Until Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Katie Kelly asked me if I was going to do an episode about lubrication, I had no idea how much I didn't know! I thought lube was pretty basic. Turns out, there's a lot to know, especially about water-based lubes. I also think not enough people are aware of the importance of lube. It helps things feel better whether you are talking solo sex, hand sex, vaginal sex, or anal sex. There is a lube for every occasion. It helps for reducing pain and increasing pain. pleasure.Lube! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Links mentioned in the episodeKatie Kelly on Instagram and TikTokReconnect Health CentreMotherhoodLink (Online courses for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum)WHO recommendations 2012, 2020Dangerous Lilly Lube GuideBad Vibes Lube InfoFind the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Have you seen the many media articles or talk shows that say being on hormonal contraceptives can make you choose the “wrong” partner? Have you ever wondered if this was true? I realized it was high time that I investigate this research to see how the pill affects who we choose. On this episode, I delve into the research on genetic compatibility, hormonal changes on the pill, whether or not any of this matters when choosing a partner, and how smelly t-shirts factor in.Genetics and the pill! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!Find the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationships are increasing in number, and there is more curiosity and awareness about these kinds of relationships than ever before. Rachel Krantz, author of Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-monogamy is my guest on this episode. We talk about her story of beginning her non-monogamous journey in a relationship that involved manipulation and emotional abuse. We also explore misconceptions about non-monogamy and the challenges and benefits of non-monogamous relationships.Non-monogamy! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!Links mentioned in this episode:Rachel Krantz Twitter and InstagramKathy LabriolaTara BrachFind the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Listen. We all know there's a problem with the way the legal system handles sexual assault cases. Anyone who has been through it or has heard about or read about a survivor's experience knows how horrible and retraumatizing the process can be. But what if there was a different way. A more human way. That's where restorative justice comes in.My guest on this episode is Marlee Liss, a sensuality coach and an advocate for restorative justice. Marlee is a survivor of sexual assault and was the first person in Canada and the U.S. to have a restorative justice resolution to her sexual assault case within the legal system. It is a fascinating story of her advocating for her needs after assault and getting to look her assailant in the eye and say and hear the things she needed to say and hear to heal. We also address some beliefs and misunderstandings around restorative justice.Restorative Justice! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!Previous episode on Restorative Justice: Rethinking Justice for Sexual AssaultLinks mentioned in this episode:Marlee Liss InstagramMarlee Liss Website Amplify RJ Trauma Not Transformed is Trauma Transferred by Tabitha Mpamira-KaguriUntil We Reckon by Danielle SeredFind the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What do we actually know about serotonin and infatuation? On the last episode, I explored the neuroscience of infatuation and explored possible myths, which turned out to be mostly true. But I was left with additional questions about serotonin. It turns out, we don’t know as much as I thought about serotonin and love. The links between serotonin and love seem to be a story we have told so many times, we forgot it’s mostly just a story.Serotonin! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!Listen to the original episode: Is Love a Drug?Find the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is Love a Drug?

Is Love a Drug?

2021-12-1420:48

Infatuation. Limerence. New relationship energy. All are words for the intense, sometimes overwhelming feelings people experience in new relationships. This feeling can feel like a drug. There is euphoria when you are with the person and withrawal symptoms when you are not. Others have said the infatuation shares symptoms with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Is love a drug? Is it like OCD? In this episode, we examine the research to see what we know about love.Love! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!Listen to me talk more about this with some real life examples on Turn Me On Podcast - Episode 166Find the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Do you have a favourite sexual fantasy? Dr. Justin Lehmiller asked over 4000 people to answer this question and many other fantasy related questions in the largest study on fantasies ever done. In this episode, Justin talks about his research on people's favourite sexual fantasy, which he explores in his book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How it Can Improve Your Sex Life.Listen in as I ask him what we need to know and what we misunderstand about sexual fantasies. And you can find out if your top fantasy is in the top 3 he found in his research.Fantasies! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Find Dr. Justin Lehmiller on InstagramSex and Psychology BlogFind the script for this episode here.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Did you know a man, actually several, had to "discover" the clitoris? On today’s episode, I welcome Sarah Chadwick, author of The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris. We will learn about the ups and downs in the life of the clitoris: it’s involvement in witchcraft, its repeated “discovery” and repression, and why we need more nicknames for it. The Clitoris! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesFind Sarah Chadwick on Instagram.Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Does Abstinence Work?

Does Abstinence Work?

2021-11-0114:19

Abstinence is preached as being 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and STIs, which is true if it works. But how often does abstinence fail? In this episode, I try to figure out the typical use abstinence failure rate. A textbook I once had said 20%. Is that true? Tune in to find out!Abstinence! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Links mentioned in this episodeDonate to Scarleteen!Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When you think of sex education, what springs to mind? I bet a mildly awkward class with a mildly uncomfortable teacher talking about periods, where babies come from, and possibly putting a condom on a wooden penis. Does that sound about right?We often think sex education is for kids, but the sex ed we get as kids from parents and schools is lacking, so we get a lot of our info from friends and media. It is rare that we get realistic sex education and even rarer to get queer sex education as kids or teens. On this episode, I talk to Eva Bloom, sex educator extraordinaire, about sex ed for adults: why we need it, why it’s important, and why queering things up is beneficial for everyone.Sex Ed! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Check out Eva's upcoming course that starts October 26!: Fuck the Patriarchy, Fuck Yourself Find Eva on YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok as What's My Body Doing?Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This is the 3rd episode in a 3-part series on monogamy and nonmonogamy. In this episode I will explain consensual nonmonogamy (CNM), which can be broadly defined as any type of relationship where people are having sexual, romantic, or intimate relationships with more than one person. As a researcher, educator, and practitioner of CNM, I am used to thinking about and talking about it all the time, so to get some perspective, I brought in my monogamous podcast collaborator, Matt Tunnacliffe to ask questions from a somewhat confused monogamist.Consensual Non-monogamy! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Links from this episodeAmerican Psychological Association, Division 44 Committee on Consensual Nonmonogamy The Ethical SlutScript for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance and co-hosting by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Canada and the U.S. (and many other societies) are completely obsessed with monogamy. And by obsessed, I mean, they structure their entire social and legal systems around the assumption of monogamous relationships. In this episode, part 2 in the series about monogamy and nonmonogamy, we delve in the the "why" behind the monogamy preference. Is it biology? Is it culture? Listen now to find out!Monogamy! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out! Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 - What is Monogamy?

40 - What is Monogamy?

2021-09-1428:40

One of my areas of research is monogamy and nonmonogamy. One of the questions I have been interested in since early on is how do we define monogamy? I started with monogamous and nonmonogamous voles. But it turns out, the monogamous voles aren't even sexually monogamous. Are any animals monogamous? What about humans? What about you? How do you define monogamy? Do people in your life define it the same way? Have you ever had a detailed conversation about what monogamy means to you? This and many more questions in this episode of Do We Know Things? Monogamy, what do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Whew. It's summer. It's hot. I'm tired!Do We Know Things? is taking a break, but will be back on Aug 30 with the first episode in a 3-part series on monogamy and nonmonogamy. In this mini-episode, I have some g-spot updates and a question for listeners! Also, if you are looking for a new research-y podcast, I highly recommend my new fave Maintenance Phase podcast: Wellness & weight loss, debunked & decoded.Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/ Script assistance by Matt TunnacliffeHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When I say the word femininity, what comes to mind? What words would you use to describe femininity? Do you think things associated with femininity are less important or valid than things associated with masculinity? Have you ever thought about it before? On this episode of Do We Know Things, I interview Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin, a femme researcher known for her work on Femme Theory and her work on femmephobia, which identifies the ways society devalues and regulates femininity. I will tell my story of understanding my own internalized femmephobia and how I learned to rethink femininity. Dr. Hoskin will share knowledge and research on these topics to explain how femmephobia infiltrates our daily lives and why it is important to understand and challenge our biases about femininity.Femininity! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin's WebsiteFemme_Research on Instagram Links mentioned in this episodeHousework from Free to Be You and MeNellie McClung Heritage minute https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/heritage-minutes/nellie-mcclungScript for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
You likely have heard of the Grafenberg spot, or G-spot, as it is more commonly known. The G-spot has had some pretty good PR since it was named in the 1980s, and it has really become a household name. But what if I told you, there is actually no such thing! A combination of misunderstanding the bodies of people with vulvas and the continued influence of Freudian ideas about orgasms has led to a bit of an obsession about the G-spot. On this episode of Do We Know Things?, I will explore the history of the G-spot, explain why it’s not a thing, and tell you about my own G-spot phobia. Anatomy! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Links mentioned in this episodeCosmo https://www.cosmopolitan.com/interactive/a32037401/g-spot-not-real/ Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
One bit of sex advice I have seen floating around the internet, particularly on Instagram, is that it takes cisgender women 20 minutes to get fully aroused. This is presented as a contrast to cisgender men, who are, I guess, faster than that? I never see any man-stats presented, but it is implied that men need to slow down to ensure their female partner gets to her fully aroused state. In this episode, I dive into the research to see how long it takes to get aroused. I realize the questions doesn't really make sense, and I give some steamy sex tips of my own. Arousal! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!Script for this episode: https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodesHosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Mariam Karimaee

Great work, thanks for this interview.

Jan 22nd
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