Episode 53: Everything You Think You Know About Sex Is Probably Wrong

September 22, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 53: Everything You Think You Know About Sex Is Probably Wrong


Have you ever heard that there are 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris, or that the clitoris has twice as many nerve endings as the penis? These statements appear as facts in countless social media posts, news articles, and books. There’s just one problem with them, though—they’re wrong. It turns out that so many of the things we think we know about sex and that we hear repeated over and over just aren’t true.

That’s why this episode of the podcast is all about what we don’t know about sex. To help us set the record straight, I spoke with Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton. She is an associate professor of Psychology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, where she teaches about sex, gender, and neuroscience. Lisa Dawn also has a fantastic podcast called Do We Know Things? that corrects common misconceptions about sex.

Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:

  • What is the G-spot, really?
  • Do we actually know what the average penis size is?
  • Can men have multiple orgasms, too?
  • Does peeing after sex really reduce your risk of getting urinary tract infections?
  • What is the real purpose of pubic hair, and how is public hair removal related to STD risk?
  • How do hormones like testosterone and oxytocin really affect us?
  • How do the brains of monogamous and non-monogamous men differ?
  • What’s the connection between sexual arousal and disgust? Why does disgust sometimes become a sexual turn-on?

To learn more about Lisa Dawn and her work, visit doweknowthings.com

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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