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Sex ed for adults

At this point in life, you're well aware of where babies come from. These talks on the complexities of healthy sexuality will teach you a few other tricks.

  1. 11:20
    Diane Kelly What we didn't know about penis anatomy

    We're not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we're still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?

  2. 8:21
    Al Vernacchio Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...

    For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that's more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let's talk about … pizza.

  3. 19:14
    Elizabeth Pisani Sex, drugs and HIV — let's get rational

    Armed with bracing logic, wit and her "public-health nerd" glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations — from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia — demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease.

  4. 19:10
    Esther Perel The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

    In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.

  5. 11:58
    Marlene Zuk What we learn from insects' sex lives

    In this enlightening, funny talk, Marlene Zuk shares just some of the ways that insects are truly astonishing — and not least for the creative ways they have sex.

  6. 10:58
    Aspen Baker A better way to talk about abortion

    Abortion is extremely common. In America, for example, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, yet the strong emotions sparked by the topic — and the highly politicized rhetoric around it — leave little room for thoughtful, open debate. In this personal, thoughtful talk, Aspen Baker makes the case for being neither “pro-life” nor “pro-choice” but rather "pro-voice" — and for the roles that listening and storytelling can play when it comes to discussing difficult topics.

  7. 13:50
    Mechai Viravaidya How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place for life and love

    Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, retells the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny — and very effective — talk about condoms.