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Our Favorite Scientist Presents: The Sexual Spectrum

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Our Favorite Scientist Presents: The Sexual Spectrum

In the recent Santa Cruz heat, it's almost felt too hot to move. I've spent many days off work holed up in my house, trying not to melt all over the room and cause a mess. For those days when you are too sweaty and icky to move, Netflix is a godsend! In my Netflix travels, I discovered that Bill Nye's latest TV project has come to life! Enter Bill Nye Saves the World. Aimed at a more varied and adult audience than his earlier project, Bill Nye Saves The World retains every bit of his old-school campiness and charm. So what's this got to do...

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Traveling While Queer: Some Resources

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Traveling While Queer: Some Resources

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel outside the country with my lovely partner. Our primary itinerary was to Milan, Italy, and we had a layover both ways in Istanbul, Turkey. Both our families freaked out, worried for our safety. We didn't have the same concerns they did, but we did wonder: As a couple comprised of a constantly female-clocked NB and a fabulously-femme lady partner, how would we be received by the people at each destination? What resources and what sort of queer scene would we find abroad?As it happens, there is a large and esteemed LGBTQI* rights organization headquartered in each country where...

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In the month of April, tune up your consent skills!

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Can you believe it's April already? I sure can't. But spring is here and that means everything in nature is beautifully blossoming under blue skies. One other beautiful thing about April is that it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! You might be thinking, "That's not beautiful. That's scary! And maybe mean!" Listen, you're not alone. But I'm here to give you one really easy, universal tool to help avoid sexual assault and raise your awareness: Consent! Even if you are not someone who has experienced sexual assault first-hand, April is a great opportunity to brush up on your know-how and practice asking for...

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3 Important Keys to Stronger Relationships

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I'm back from week one of my Somatica Sex Coaching training, and I am left feeling pleasantly intrigued by the complexity of relationships. When I think of relationships, the words love, support, generosity, trust, passion, and intimacy come to mind. After this training, however, I am seeing deeper underlying dynamics that are important in facilitating strong foundations:  Relationships are about repair. Repair means constant growth and expansion. Together with your partner/s, or individually on the self; supportive relationships embrace change while letting go of the need for perfection. Many people refer to relationships as work. And yes, repair can feel like work. But...

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An Interview with Sex Therapist Michael Guichet, LMFT

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An Interview with Sex Therapist Michael Guichet, LMFT

It's hard to find a good therapist. Add to that the intimate topic of sex and the search for the right fit may prove to be a daunting one. Lucky for you, Santa Cruz' newest sex-positive, kink/poly/queer-friendly sex therapist, Michael Guichet, LMFT, is here with tips on how to make that search a little bit easier. Enjoy! Tell us about yourself. What is it that you do in the field of Human Sexuality? I am a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in sex therapy. I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist or LMFT. Specializing in sex therapy means I work with; individuals,...

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