I’ve been sitting on some very exciting news for the last few months: I’m featured in the first episode of a new series from Netflix and Vox titled Sex, Explained! The episode I’m in focuses on sexual fantasies, and the findings from my book Tell Me What You Want are the centerpiece. Tell Me What You Want is based on the largest and most comprehensive survey of sexual fantasies ever conducted in the United States. I surveyed 4,175 Americans from all 50 states and asked them hundreds of questions about the people, places, and things they fantasize about.
The Sex, Explained episode dives into the most popular sexual fantasies in America and explores where they come from and why they’re such popular turn-ons. In addition to commentary from yours truly and stats from the book, there is also commentary from Dr. Lisa Diamond (whose research I frequently cover on the blog). You’ll also hear from comedian Margaret Cho and some everyday folks who talk about their fantasies, among other things.
They cover a LOT of ground in this 20-minute program, but they do a good job of sticking to the science and bringing it to life through people’s lived experiences. Be sure to check it out!
You can watch the episode on Netflix here and you can catch the trailer for the full series below.
I’m honored and thrilled to have had the opportunity to be on this program and, overall, it’s entertaining and informative. However, I would like to add one quick note to the end of it, which is that our fantasies do seem to say something about us. In fact, what I see in my research is a predictable pattern of associations between people’s fantasies and their personalities. If our fantasies didn’t say anything about us, those associations wouldn’t be there. To learn more about how our personalities and sexual fantasies are connected, check out this article and Tell Me What You Want.
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