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Discussing Casual Sex: An Interview with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova

Zhana Vrangalova is a human sexuality researcher with a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Currently she teaches in the Psychology Department at NYU. Her research focuses on sexual orientation, consensual non-monogamy, and the effects of casual sex on emotional wellbeing. She is the originator of The Casual Sex Project, a forum for real stories from real people detailing their experiences with hookups, one-night stands, friends with benefits, and the like. Her recently published study, Who Benefits from Casual Sex: The Moderating Role of Sociosexuality, is generating a great deal of discussion among not just sexologists, but the general public, primarily because the research finds that casual sex, for people who are emotionally and socially “into it,” may actually benefit emotional and psychological wellbeing. (Previous studies looking into the effects of casual sex on wellbeing have been largely inconclusive.) I recently had the opportunity to speak with Zhana about her groundbreaking work, and I wanted to share the transcript of our conversation here.

2 thoughts on “Discussing Casual Sex: An Interview with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova

  • August 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    After being married for 10 years, I wanted to explore sex in variety. My wife at the the when I tried oral sex told me she only liked missionary sex.
    Through introduction by my best friend a Ph.D psychologist I met up with 2 ladies who were both advanced in exploratory sex. Our meetings were mutually exciting and lasted many years and only ended when I emigrated. I am a much better person than I would have been without our sessions. I miss them terribly.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    The use of the terms “sociosexually unrestricted” and “sociosexually restricted” implies a value judgment that undermines the researcher’s work.


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