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The Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships, with Emily Nagoski

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Masters and Johnson Lecture: 
The Science of Sex in Long-term Relationships with Emily Nagoski, PhD

Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 5:30pm at GRAHAM CHAPEL at Washington University

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Emily Nagoski, sex educator and New York Times Bestselling author will reframe an issue many of us struggle with — how to keep sex with our partners relevant over time. In her new book Come Together, Nagoski dispels myths we’ve been taught about sex — for instance, the belief that sexual satisfaction and desire are highest at the beginning of a relationship and that they naturally decline the longer that relationship lasts. However, the most current science affirms that it isn’t about how much we want sex, or how often we’re having it; it’s about whether we like the sex we’re having.

In this talk, Nagoski will describe a transformative approach to “low desire relationships” and offer actionable ideas for helping ourselves and clients sustain (or rebuild!) sexual connection by shifting focus from desire to pleasure and strategies to co-create it.

This event is free and open to the public. The Masters & Johnson Lecture is organized and sponsored by WashU’s Provost Office, The Brown School, MSW Sexuality Specialization, and The Sexuality, Health, and Gender (SHAG) Center.


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About Emily Nagoski, PhD 

Emily Nagoski, PhD is the award-winning  author of the New York Times bestseller, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life and co-author, with her sister Amelia, of Burnout: The Secret To Unlocking The Stress Cycle. 

Her next book, Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections will be out in January 2024.

She began her work as a sex educator at the University of Delaware, where volunteered as a peer sex educator while studying psychology with minors in cognitive science and philosophy. She went on to earn a M.S. in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Health Behavior, both from Indiana University, with clinical and research training at the Kinsey Institute. Now she combines sex education and stress education to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.

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