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Sex Therapy: Stop Trying to Be ‘normal’

Yesterday The Observer published its special issue on sex. Based on their survey of British sexual attitudes and practices, the issue contains several interesting articles about current understandings and expectations around sex.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)


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Is it selfish to want children?

Is it selfish to want children? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Parenthood may not be the selfless achievement that we modern parents like to think it is."


"Only half of pregnancies in the UK are planned, according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, and a further 29 per cent were described as “ambivalent."

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The findings of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which was part funded by the ESRC, are featured in this article.

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Institute of Sexology: Wellcome Collection hails the masters of sex

The Wellcome Collection, which has regularly had to put up notices warning sensitive souls about the graphic nature of its exhibitions, will re-open in November with its most eye-popping show to date – devoted to human sexuality and the scientists who have studied it.

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The Wellcome Collection exhibition will look at work from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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10 ways to unplug and digitally detox your life

10 ways to unplug and digitally detox your life | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With social media the top activity performed online, technology is officially ingrained in our lives. Have a read of these tips to unplug and balance your digital life a bit better.

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Article cites findings form the ESRC funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Why is Generation Y having less sex?

Why is Generation Y having less sex? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The results of University College London's recent National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL) suggested that the frequency with which 16- to 44-year-olds are "mingling limbs" has been steadily decreasing over the past two decades.

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NATSAL is part-funded by the ESRC.

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BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof

BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In a new Radio 4 drama, Andrew Scott plays an earnest statistician who falls in love with an impulsive photographer.


Here, the writer of the story, Charlotte Bogard Macleod, reveals how the inspiration for Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight began.

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The blog refers to data from the NATSAL survey as a 'a proper scientific source [...] of what people get up to and their attitudes' with regards to sex.

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Erotic art, sex toys and Victorian drag queens! Get ready for the Institute of Sexology...

Erotic art, sex toys and Victorian drag queens! Get ready for the Institute of Sexology... | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Wellcome Trust is opening its most provocative exhibition yet with a history of sex research that is NOT for the faint of hearted.

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Article introduces a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, which features findings of ESRC-funded Natsal research.

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Lisa Burnham's curator insight, July 22, 2:08 AM

The exhibition "moves between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality as sex is observed, analysed and questioned" and "It traces the experiments and studies that lifted taboos in the pursuit of truths about sex and tells the remarkable personal stories of those whose questions made it a legitimate field for discussion and study," the Wellcome Trust says.

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Why women should NEVER tell how many lovers they've had

Why women should NEVER tell how many lovers they've had | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Relationship expert Tracey Cox explains how women lie about their sexual past and says no matter how few partners you have had, someone will always judge you on it.

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Article cites findings form the ESRC funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Brits make love 2,500 times a MINUTE (and that includes sleeping time)

Brits make love 2,500 times a MINUTE (and that includes sleeping time) | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The figure was released by University of Cambridge mathematician David Spiegelhalter, who adjusted the number to include sleeping time.
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The article mentions the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).

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