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Mixed orientation marriages and relationships

I’ve heard the story so many times through the years …. a husband comes out of the closet, only to send his wife into it. Mixed orientation marriages and relationships are far more common than we realize, but our culture still considers them taboo. One spouse is gay or bisexual, one is heterosexual, and the…

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Jessica Topor on marriage and family therapy

“Marriage shouldn’t be this hard.” “Now that we are family, we should be getting along but we aren’t.” “We are in this for the long haul, but I don’t know if the long haul is worth the struggles we are encountering.” Approximately 67 percent of what couples argue about never goes away. And the baggage…

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Jeanette von Grabe on child-centered mediation

Conflict is natural in a divorce, but what happens to the kids in the midst of a brutal divorce battle? Parents are so fixated on “winning” the fight while their children stand on the sidelines confused, frightened and worried. Child-centered mediation can be a win for everyone. A child-centered mediator helps couples develop a collaborative…

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Jon Shanahan on Men’s Cosmetics

Approximately 56 percent of men “admit” they use makeup. “Admit” is the key word. There seems to be a taboo associated with men’s cosmetics. Like sex, it’s something we don’t talk about it. But it IS time to talk. During a Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast, host Joe Kort, PhD, spoke candidly with Jon Shanahan,…

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Ashley Grubbs on Adult NeuroDiverse Relationships

Are you afraid to date someone with autism? Do you feel it will be like having sex with a “robot?” Do you think the sex will be bad and passionless, and your needs will not be met? Think again. Neurodiverse relationships can, and do, work. Ashley Grubbs, a licensed professional counselor who practices in Colorado,…

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Mahmoud Baydoun on Anal Sex

Anal sex can be erotic, painfree and fun!   Anal sex is disgusting, it’s sinful, it’s wrong, it’s only for gay couples, it’s too painful, it won’t be pleasurable. Many individuals do not think of the anus as an erotic zone, but it can be.   In a Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast, Mahmoud Baydoun,…

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The silent suffering of gay men

It may sound crazy, but gay men are lonely. Most of us think they are happy and lead a life filled with love, but this isn’t even close to the truth. Loneliness in gay men is reaching epidemic proportions. In a Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast entitled “Gay men and loneliness,” host Joe Kort, PhD,…

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Rekindling Desire

Bad sex can destroy a loving relationship, but good sex cannot save a bad relationship. During a Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast, Joe Kort, PhD, psychotherapist and certified sex therapist, spoke with his guest Barry McCarthy, PhD, a clinical psychologist, certified sex therapist and author of 14 books and 100 professional articles on sexuality. The…

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Smart Sex Smart Love – Richard Sprott on Kinky sex and self-exploration: exploring gender and sexual identities

In his Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast, host and certified sex therapist Joe Kort, PhD, talked with Richard Sprott, PhD, about kinky sex and self-exploration. Dr. Sprott is directing a research project that looks at social saturation, the postmodern self, and identity development. He has conducted extensive research on alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships with…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 58 Erasing the stigma surrounding transgender identities

When originally confronted with the news that her daughter was going to transition, Roz admits she was clueless about what this meant for her child. The word transgender wasn’t even part of her vocabulary. What she did know was this was not a phase. Now, as her son, Hunter was going through something really big…

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