62 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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 41 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

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Circumcision Redux

    Circumcision Redux

    On episode 53, I made the questionable choice to delve into the debates around circumcision. I asked for listener feedback, and boy did I get some!
    On this episode, I am joined again by resident man, Matt Tunnacliffe and we will dig into some of the responses we got after the last episode. As expected, the responses were divided! We talk bias, science, and how many things we still don’t know.
    Circumcision! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Do you have any burning questions for us to cover in a future episode? Or do you want to give some anonymous feedback? Please fill out the Do We Know Things? survey
    Find the script for this episode here
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance and cohosting by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 28 min
    Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Fiction

    Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Fiction

    Stories are fundamental part of the human existence and have existed since we have had language. We form our cultures and belief systems around stories. Writers of fiction have the gift of being able to create entire worlds through the stories they tell. I partnered with the Frye Festival to interview authors who do just that.
    This episode is different than most Do We Know Things? episode where I dive into the research on a specific sexuality topic. Instead of science, this episode focuses on art. I am joined by authors and translators Aimee Wall, Clémentine Beauvais, and Sonya Malaborza. We discuss sex, sexual assault, and abortion in fiction, as well as the nuances and tensions of translating works into different languages.
    Find the script for this episode here
    Links from the Episode:
    Frye Festival
    Hallie Lieberman's essay on the history of the vibrator
    Links to my guest's latest books:
    Décomposée by Clémentine Beauvais
    We, Jane by Aimee Wall
    L’accoucheuse de Scots Bay translated by Sonya Malaborza
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

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    • 40 min
    The First Cut is the Deepest: Penile Circumcision

    The First Cut is the Deepest: Penile Circumcision

    Penile circumcision. It’s a big deal! People have very strong feelings about it. For some it is a religious right of passage, for others it is a health imperative, and for others it is genital mutilation and should be banned.
    On this episode, I will explore the controversies around penile circumcision: does it affect penile sensitivity? Does it offer any health benefits? Is it ethical? And why do we see penile genital surgery as different than other kinds of genital surgery.
    Circumcision! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Worldwide Circumcision Stats from @india.in.pixels
    Find the script for this episode here
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance and cohosting by Matt Tunnacliffe
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 40 min
    The Nightmare of Endometriosis

    The Nightmare of Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a debilitating chronic pain disease that affects millions of people in North America, but many people have never even heard of it. People suffering from endometriosis are misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and ignored by many in the medical community. This episode follows the story of three women who have endometriosis: from initial symptoms, the epic journey to diagnosis, and the limited treatments available. Andrée-Anne, Léonore, and Maggie share their pain, the medical gaslighting, and the frustration of having a disease with no cure.
    Endometriosis! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!
    Links mentioned in this episode
    Information on #ActOnEndo - the campaign to send letters to your MPs.
    Nancy's Nook Endo
    I Care Better
    Katie Kelly on Instagram
    Find the script for this episode here.
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 38 min
    Lube, Glorious Lube!

    Lube, Glorious Lube!

    Until Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Katie Kelly asked me if I was going to do an episode about lubrication, I had no idea how much I didn't know! I thought lube was pretty basic. Turns out, there's a lot to know, especially about water-based lubes. I also think not enough people are aware of the importance of lube. It helps things feel better whether you are talking solo sex, hand sex, vaginal sex, or anal sex. There is a lube for every occasion. It helps for reducing pain and increasing pain. pleasure.
    Lube! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let's find out!
    Links mentioned in the episode
    Katie Kelly on Instagram and TikTok
    Reconnect Health Centre
    MotherhoodLink (Online courses for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum)
    WHO recommendations 2012, 2020
    Dangerous Lilly Lube Guide
    Bad Vibes Lube Info
    Find the script for this episode here.
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

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    • 22 min
    The Pill, Your Partner(s), and You

    The Pill, Your Partner(s), and You

    Have you seen the many media articles or talk shows that say being on hormonal contraceptives can make you choose the “wrong” partner? Have you ever wondered if this was true? I realized it was high time that I investigate this research to see how the pill affects who we choose. On this episode, I delve into the research on genetic compatibility, hormonal changes on the pill, whether or not any of this matters when choosing a partner, and how smelly t-shirts factor in.
    Genetics and the pill! What do we know? Do We Know Things? Let’s find out!
    Find the script for this episode here.
    Hosted by Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, psychology professor and sex educator.
    Music and editing Jeremy Dahl https://www.palebluedot.ca/
    Script assistance by Matt Tunnacliffe

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Unchagazi ,

Curiosity satisfied

Great voice. I love how I am getting questions I didn’t even know I had about sex answered with someone else exploring the research for me. Dr. Hamilton is super fun and fascinating to listen to. I love it when she explores urban myths we always believed and blows them out of the water.

Crisiscott ,

I love how you include specific studies!

Keep debunking taboos! I will be following every podcast!

Indigogadgetgo ,

straight up

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

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