20 episodes

I’m Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton. By day, I’m a sex researcher and psychology professor who teaches about sex. 
In this podcast I explore the things we think we know about sex by delving into the research surrounding common beliefs about sex and relationships. I want to know how we know what we know.
If you are a sex geek like me or if you just want to know things, subscribe to listen to me question everything you thought you knew about sex!
Sex and Relationships! What do we know? Do we know things? Let’s find out!
Music and production by Jeremy Dahl at palebluedot

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Do We Know Things? Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton

    • Sexuality
    • 5.0, 27 Ratings

I’m Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton. By day, I’m a sex researcher and psychology professor who teaches about sex. 
In this podcast I explore the things we think we know about sex by delving into the research surrounding common beliefs about sex and relationships. I want to know how we know what we know.
If you are a sex geek like me or if you just want to know things, subscribe to listen to me question everything you thought you knew about sex!
Sex and Relationships! What do we know? Do we know things? Let’s find out!
Music and production by Jeremy Dahl at palebluedot

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    19 - Awkward Questions from Confused Guys

    19 - Awkward Questions from Confused Guys

    So much of sex advice and information is targeted to straight, cisgender women, except, of course, for penis enlargement and b***r pills. That is just spammed in a constant stream at anyone who might have a penis. online, most of the sex educators with big youtube channels and Instagram followings are mostly women with mostly women following them. Today I am joined by resident man, Matt Tunnacliffe who is going ask a bunch of questions that many confused straight guys might want to know about.
    We will talk about penis size, oral sex, cumming etiquette and more.
    Confused guys and sex! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!
    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script and hosting assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Thanks to Julia Kaufmann for transcribing the interview.

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    • 36 min
    18 - Let's Talk About Shame

    18 - Let's Talk About Shame

    Shame is one of my favourite things to talk about. Seriously! It is the worst thing to experience, but because of its power over so much of our lives, I find it endlessly fascinating. Shame is my explanation for basically everything. And the more I learn about it, the more I think I am right! Well maybe not shame, specifically, but the things we do to cover up shame. We drown it in alcohol, smother it with sex, cloak it with rage and defensiveness.
    On this episode, I am joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Nanci Argueta to talk about shame and the terrible mix of shame and sex. It’s enough to make you squirm in your seat in discomfort. We also talk a lot about the work of Brene Brown, the shame research who I believe is going to save us all. 
    Shame and sex, what do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!
    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Thanks to Julia Kaufmann for transcribing the interview.

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    • 35 min
    17 - HPV: Fear and Misunderstanding

    17 - HPV: Fear and Misunderstanding

    Do you remember when there was a media frenzy about oral sex and cancer after actor Michael Douglas said his oral cancer was caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) that he contracted from cunnilingus? Is it true that oral sex causes cancer? I am joined today by Julia Kaufmann, a Mount Allison University Bell Scholar Intern who is working with me this summer. She dug up all the dirt on the Michael Douglas drama. After we get to the gossip, I will also get into the research to cover the info that you actually need to know about HPV, a virus that’s gotten a lot of attention over the past decade and a half, but is still widely misunderstood
    HPV! What do we know? Do we know things? Let’s find out!
    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Link to Pubmed (doesn't exactly work like google): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl www.palebluedot.ca
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Thank you to Sheilanova Cornelio for sharing her story.

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    • 32 min
    16 - Rethinking Justice for Sexual Assault

    16 - Rethinking Justice for Sexual Assault

    Often when someone is victimized in some way, we hear cries for justice. In some cases, and for some people, the legal system will work for them. For many, many people, the criminal justice system does not feel just at all. While the problems with the system are pervasive and affect many people in negative ways, for this episode, I am focused on survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This is the third episode in the three-part series on sexual assault.
    The way the legal system is designed absolutely does not work for survivors. Dealing with the police and lawyers can be a traumatizing nightmare. Even if the person committed the assault is punished in some way through the legal system, to me it doesn’t feel like justice if everyone involved is re-harmed during the process. On today’s episode, I want to talk about the problems with dealing with sexual assault in the current legal system, discuss alternatives through restorative justice, and think about what justice actually is. I am joined by restorative justice educator David Castro-Harris from Amplify RJ and a Mia Hunte, a circle keeper with Hidden Water NYC.
    Read the Unfounded series by Robyn Doolittle
    Links for David Castro-Harris and Amplify RJ:
    Website: https://www.amplifyrj.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amplify.rj/
    Eventbrite link: https://amplifyrj.eventbrite.com
    YouTube link
    Links for Mia Hunte and Hidden Water:
    Mia's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lyriarae/
    Hidden Water website: https://hiddenwatercircle.org/
    Hidden Water Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiddenwaternyc/
    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl www.palebluedot.ca
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe.
    Thank to Julia Kaufmann for transcribing the interviews.

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    • 57 min
    15 - Consent and Rejection

    15 - Consent and Rejection

    These days, talk of consent and consent education is increasingly common. I would argue that it is the most important part of school-based sex education, even though it is still not explicitly included as part of some provinces’ curricula. Of course, it’s one thing to tell people that they need to get consent about sexual activity, but having conversations about sex is hard! Kids and adults often don’t know how to have conversations about sex, or they are afraid that asking for consent just sets them up for rejection.
    In this second episode in the 3-part series on sexual assault, I interview Karen BK Chan, an emotional intelligence, diversity, and sexuality educator from Toronto. BK talks about learning to feel our feelings, developing strategies to deal with rejection, and guilt resiliency. Everyone needs to hear what BK has to say! Find BK at http://www.fluidexchange.org/

    Check out BK's video, Jam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgd3m-x46JU

    Want more of this? Take BK's online course on Emotional Intelligence http://www.fluidexchange.org/eicourse.html

    Consent and rejection! What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!

    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl www.palebluedot.ca
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe.
    Thank to Julia Kaufmann for transcribing the interview with BK Chan.

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    • 38 min
    14 - Sexual Assault: Stats and Stories

    14 - Sexual Assault: Stats and Stories

    Sexual assault is a highly charged topic of discussion. With the popularization of the #MeToo movement, these discussions and arguments are happening more publicly with increased polarization. One of the things people argue about are the statistics around how many women are sexually assaulted, with common estimates being 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted. When I started this episode, I thought I could dig into the numbers and come up with irrefutable evidence that sexual assault is a big problem that we need to take more seriously. But I soon realized numbers are not the answer.
    Join me as I dive into the stats but also talk more about the culture that breeds sexual assault and some of my personal stories of dealing with sexual assault. This is the first in a 3-part series on sexual assault.
    Sexual assault. What do we know? Do we know things? Let's find out!
    Find the script for this episode with notes and references at https://www.doweknowthings.com/episodes
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl www.palebluedot.ca
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Research Assistance by Elizabeth Stregger
    Links mentioned in the show:
    Trigger Warning: Breakfast comic https://medium.com/the-nib/trigger-warning-breakfast-c6cdeec070e6

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    • 41 min

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Casual and backed up by science, this is a sex podcast after my own heart.

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