What’s been going on

Wow. 2009 is flying by already! What’s been going on:

Let’s see… I began 2009 in Key Largo, Florida, caught up with friends on South Beach (including a very Cheeky friend) and even swam with dolphins on my birthday (see a photo here). It would have been nearly all smiles and joy except that I also saw Marley and Me. Which was a great movie, but it’s kinda sad too. Fortunately, the many Publix cupcakes (again, see photos I took) I ate over break helped quash any potential sadness.

In the world of sex, all is going well with my other sex columns over at Kinsey Confidential (check out my blog posts and subscribe to our free Sex Q&A blog posts by visiting the KC web site), Cheeky Chicago, Time Out Chicago , Velocity, and Men’s Health. I’m proud of every single one of them and happy to work with such interesting, talented people at each publication.

Right now I’m in DC… getting ready for the inauguration (no, I don’t have a ticket for the inauguration itself or any of the balls, but it’s fun to be in town regardless). Check out my friend Rama’s recent illustration assignment of Obama (if you recall, Rama illustrated MSP and Christine designed the site). The image is also featured on the web site of National Public Radio (NPR) where you can listen to or download the song that it illustrates.

MSP readers continue to be their fabulous selves, too. In the past week or so, MSP readers have emailed me articles about:
- The link betwen men’s intelligence and their sperm quality
- The days in a woman’s cycle during which she smells the best
- a man in Michigan who handcuffed his wife to their bed, then lost the key
- an 18 year old girl who supposedly (accidentally) texted her dad after losing her virginity
- an Ohio woman who was allegedly shot by accident during sex
…. and more, but this is a good start!

Someone also sent me a link to a funny Argentine commercial that gets at the many ways men are socialized to act straight – I’ve already watched in several times. Plus, it looks as though Gizmodo had their own kind of fun checking out the world of Teledildonics, and sex toys in general, at AVN and CES. (Speaking of toys at AVN, this toy is claimed to count the number of thrusts, via c-ring. Oh, my. Do we really need to make sex any less personal?) Another article gave some thought to the idea of having a “golden pass” for continuing opposite-sex platonic (and I mean, totally platonic – not even crush-level) friendships even after you are in a relationship.

Whew. Not to mention my day job (sex research) has been full and wonderful of late, with exciting papers and presentations to come. I hope all is well with you and yours, too.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • ThatToyChick

    Thanks for the shoutout :) Weren’t as many weird toys as I was hoping at AVN, but as you can see I managed to rustle up a few!

    If you ever have any sex toy questions you need a consult for, feel free to hit me up! Enjoy the inauguration :)

    -TTC

  • ThatToyChick

    Thanks for the shoutout :) Weren’t as many weird toys as I was hoping at AVN, but as you can see I managed to rustle up a few!

    If you ever have any sex toy questions you need a consult for, feel free to hit me up! Enjoy the inauguration :)

    -TTC