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Family Affairs

smART Studio: Licensed Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, and Family Social Worker, Jen Siegal talk Love, Sex, and Relationship Therapy with Show Host, Ben Robbins

This is a show where we discuss everything from online dating, to divorce, to common (and not-so-common) sexual issues with a Licensed Sex Therapist and a Family Social Worker. Each of us has two kids and a progressive, upbeat approach to modern p...Show More
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0:00 | Feb 15th, 2017

What's wrong with looking at porn? Is porn bad for you? Does God get mad when you look at porn? Do girls look at porn? What is porn? What am I doing right now? Am I looking at porn; is that why I'm struggling to write show notes? Confused about porn?...Show More

32:19 | Feb 13th, 2018

Do you hate Valentine's Day? Well, you will after this episode! Ok, maybe that's not true. Hopefully you'll have some resolve, if nothing else. Some of us, here at Family Affairs, aren't huge fans of Valentine's Day. Whether you can't wait to get flo...Show More
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57:22 | Jan 4th, 2018

More people are dying of opioid abuse and accidental overdose than ever before. It's an epidemic that doesn't discriminate. Opioid addiction has nothing to do with race or class, age or gender. Prescription drug abuse is widespread and - along with o...Show More

51:42 | Dec 21st, 2017

From politicians to actors to hollywood executives, people are getting called-out for sexual misconduct by the dozens. While it's not totally surprising to learn that people in power abuse that power - it's not even surprising to regularly hear stori...Show More

59:47 | Dec 12th, 2017

Sex is an important part of relationships - maybe the most important, depending on who you ask. It's also the most common point of contention in relationship therapy. While it's totally normal for libido to ebb and flow as we age and cope with a numb...Show More

52:31 | Dec 5th, 2017

Tis the season for gridlock, office parties, impossible expectations, overeating, depleted savings, and self-righteous relatives who have no business discussing politics. The good news is, you're going to listen to this show and it's going to make yo...Show More

34:56 | Nov 28th, 2017

No hookups! If you have any experience at all, online dating, you've come across this phrase. Maybe you're  someone who gets regularly propositioned for no-strings-attached (NSA) sex and you need to weed those people out. Maybe you're middle-aged,...Show More

36:33 | Nov 22nd, 2017

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It's a specific form of psychological therapy that aims to rewire your brain's processing of traumatic events. EMDR has become increasingly popular in recent years and has gained accep...Show More

36:51 | Nov 14th, 2017

Save Your Sex Life! Eeeek! My partner wants to do gross things in bed! What if it hurts. What if I don't like it? What if I DO LIKE IT?! What if they leave me for someone else if I don't try the thing? First of all, get ahold of yourself. You'r...Show More

47:20 | Nov 1st, 2017

Shame and Humiliation We've talked about shame and humiliation before - you know, the fun kind? This is a show about the other kind of sexual shame: the kind that leads to people doing the other fun, weird stuff we've discussed in the past. This i...Show More

52:06 | Oct 25th, 2017

Let's talk about [anal] sex! See what I did there? I made it seem like I was embarrassed to say "anal" because I actually am. It's one thing to talk about sex ALL THE DAMN TIME, but as soon as butts come into the equation, people get squeamish. So, ...Show More

51:44 | Oct 19th, 2017

How do you deal with cheating? A letter from a listener sparked this conversation (which turned into a whole show) about infidelity. Cheating is the oldest and most challenging story in the sex and relationship book. Anyone who has experienced it fi...Show More

47:47 | Oct 12th, 2017

Ageplay (sometimes "Age Play or "Age-play") is a broad category of consensual role play. It doesn't even have to be sexual. Everyone's probably heard the "Who's your daddy?" cliche, but have you ever really thought about it? Why is that sexy? Who's i...Show More

52:50 | Oct 5th, 2017

Join us for two free lessons with sex education, Isaac Cross. Isaac specializes in teaching people how to navigate the complexities of non-traditional relationships. Learn the difference in Polyamory, Swinging, Relationships Anarchy, and where they a...Show More

56:04 | Sep 27th, 2017

Let's Talk about AIDS... ...with an HIV positive man and the person he has sex with.  We talk about a lot of difficult subjects on this show. In fact, we even claim to be your resource for the conversations you're afraid to have. I have a confession...Show More

46:16 | Sep 20th, 2017

Talking to kids about sex is something many parents dread. Frankly, it says more about our own baggage than anything else. The truth is, talking to kids about sex is extremely important. Whether we're talking about sexual health, sexual abuse, or unw...Show More

44:34 | Sep 12th, 2017

This is your brain. This is your brain on sex. This is your brain on Family Affairs - the podcast guaranteed to save your sex life - with brain sex expert, Nicole Gravagna! Today, we're talking orgasms, seizures, intimacy and erotic sex with a brain ...Show More

1:00:55 | Sep 5th, 2017

From Chaz Bono, to Caitlyn Jenner, to the political fight over which bathroom you're allowed to use, Transgender issues have become increasingly topical - to say the least. Recently, it was suggested by the President of The United States that transge...Show More

0:00 | Aug 2nd, 2017

My Mom's a Sex Worker! Do you remember when you were just an average high school teenager, growing up with a single parent who was a sex worker? Can you even imagine what that would be like? Well, lucky for you, you don't have to imagine. We're goin...Show More

0:00 | Jul 26th, 2017

Infertility? Low Libido? Get Poked! Have you heard of acupuncture? Have you ever done acupuncture? There's no question it has become increasingly popular, in recent years, for treating physical and psychological ailments alike. It's has even gained ...Show More

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

  Overview This episode borrows its title from our special guest, Charlie Glickman. His article, "How to Get Freaky Without Being Creepy" was the inspiration for this show. Charlie does an excellent job of talking about flirting etiquette and how t...Show More

0:00 | Jun 7th, 2017

So you're realizing, as you get older, that your sexual interests have changed. Maybe you're more adventurous, or curious, or maybe you're just becoming exposed to more, sexually. Maybe you're not growing more ambitious at all, but your partner is. W...Show More

0:00 | May 1st, 2017

Is anyone really bisexual, or is that just a label for noncommittal gay people. We have so many ways to label our sexuality, now days - whether you're heteroflexible, pansexual, polysexual, or any other set of words you think best describes your sex...Show More

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2017

Ever wonder why some people enjoy sexual humiliation? Maybe you enjoy shame and role play, degradation - even pain and torture. Either way, there's a good chance you'll have a lot of questions answered in the next fifty minutes, and a whole pile of n...Show More

0:00 | Apr 12th, 2017

You've got a perfect body, right? There's nothing you would change given the change. In that case, this show's not for you. Just kidding! It's totally still for you and your perfect body and self esteem. It's also for the other 99% of the population ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2017

What if your wife likes to have sex with girls? Likely not a problem. And, what if your husband likes to have sex with men. Whoa, slow down. A guy who likes to have sex with men can't be married to a woman, right? Well, prepare to have your mind blow...Show More

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2017

From traditional clinical therapy to prostitution, the spectrum that encompasses sexual dysfunction and treatment is broad. While licensed therapists are strictly limited in how they interact with clients, a number of alternative somatic and holistic...Show More

0:00 | Feb 8th, 2017

How would you like to attend a yoni massage workshop? Don't know what that means? It means getting your pussy rubbed by your parter, with feedback from a professional sexological bodyworker. And, if you stick around for day two, you'll get to learn t...Show More

0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Fifty Episodes! Can you believe we've been recording dick jokes for over 50 (published) hours? That's not totally true. We've done a lot more than joke about sex. We like to discuss the things people are afraid to ask about, like love and relationshi...Show More

0:00 | Jan 24th, 2017

Ah, Yes - The Female Orgasm. It's a mythical creature, known better to some than others - and not at all, to many. We like to promote the idea that men and women are more similar than different, but it's hard to deny that when it comes More

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2017

We missed you guys. Did you miss us? Hahaha, just kidding - OF COURSE YOU DID! Family Affairs is officially back from hiatus. Join us for an abbreviated show where we'll give you an update on the state of affairs that led to our break and get back to...Show More

0:00 | Aug 31st, 2016

Join us for a change of pace as Ben works through some real life relationship issues with a former girlfriend. That's right. While attempting to resolve some differences that were part of a very recent break-up, Ben asked if they could record the con...Show More

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2016

Is your spouse on Tinder? How do feminists feel about the girlfriend experience? Did you know that Boulder is a hub for group orgasmic meditation? Listen and learn the answers, along with strategies for giving great oral and supporting your partner’s...Show More

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2016

Have you been checked for drug-resistant gonorrhea? Been neglecting that dental dam? Tune in to hear about all the scary things out there that you might have, as well as the innovations that have made having great sex more fun and care-free. When w...Show More

0:00 | Aug 9th, 2016

Family Affairs answers listener questions about coming out to your kids about dating after divorce, today’s dating landscape, getting Feeld, outsourcing your dating schedule, having game, why women should carry condoms and get intimate with their vib...Show More

0:00 | Jul 31st, 2016

Today on Family Affairs we discuss what happens to your parachute plan after having kids, the NBA’s decision to stand up for Trans-rights, why manspreading is not pervy, whatever happened to Tae-Bo, lesbians and anal, pediatrician's talking sex, prep...Show More

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2016

The Family Affairs team is back, discussing Multiple Shots on Goal #MSOG, porn-induced erectile dysfunction, coping masturbation, how to safely wean off of porn addiction, the power of erotic fiction, and the friend-zone, a sack-less let down? We al...Show More

0:00 | Jun 20th, 2016

Summer’s out and we’re talking modern love, burlesque flight attendants, women as predators, why people cheat on business trips, yoni massages and most importantly, ‘who’s your Daddy?’ Listen in today to learn why you should always keep yourself in...Show More

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2016

What embarrassing misconception did you have about sex as a kid? Why do men have nipples? Do you need variety in your arousal template? Do you really know the difference between a soft swap and a hard swap? Sex roulette: is this a thing? How effectiv...Show More

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2016

Meet sex adventurer and media creative, Stephanie Sellars who is drawing on her own sexcapades for inspiration on her web series and upcoming feature film: Lust Life. The world is ready for a major motion picture about polyamory and group sex, wouldn...Show More

0:00 | May 31st, 2016

Cunty? Bitchy? Resentful? Why won't my husband won't fuck me? Dr. Dawn Michael discusses her new book, 'My Husband Won't have Sex With Me' and the reason women are finding themselves in this hard (or not) predicament. Family Affairs talks Love vs S...Show More

0:00 | May 23rd, 2016

True or False: Marilyn Monroe was bad at sex? Women are less interested in sex than men? Can loss of libido in a relationship be cured? Is everyone capable of having an orgasm? Go for the lighter when a rat's stuck up your ass? For these answers and...Show More

0:00 | May 15th, 2016

What does a Disney princess have to do with a Divorcee coming out of the Closet? More than you think! Listen as the ladies of Family Affairs interview author, Jim Joseph, about his latest book, “Out And About Dad,” the story of his journey from marri...Show More

0:00 | May 9th, 2016

The Family Affairs crew talks with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lisa Hunsicker about leaky faucets, marijuana and man boobs, skin tags, breast cancer and Mastectomy, Breast reconstruction, nipples, labia, liposuction, Botox, fillers, age discrimination, sandp...Show More

0:00 | May 1st, 2016

What do Fisting, Divorce, and Morning Wood have in common? Maybe nothing. Listen to this candid conversation with licensed sex therapist, Lisa Thomas, licensed family social worker, Jen Siegal, and show host, Ben Robbins to hear more about these tabo...Show More

0:00 | Apr 15th, 2016

Sex in the news: Did you know there's a thing called "Oral Suction Circumcision" where the rabbi cleanses the bleeding penis with his mouth? If that's not disturbing enough, how would you feel if your newborn got a permanent case of genital herpes fr...Show More

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2016

Have you ever thought a sex swing looks like fun, but you wouldn't want to have to explain it to the baby sitter, or you mom? Have you ever read sex advice that suggested you get someone's hips up on a pillow for better access and deeper penetration,...Show More

0:00 | Mar 28th, 2016

Sorry, folks. Your sex therapist isn't going to have sex with least not typically. But what if there was someone in between a sex therapist and an escort, who was willing to sleep with you, but in the interest of modeling good relationship b...Show More

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2016

Peek-a-boo blowjobs! Is it really fair to be opinionated about penises when you've only had sex with one person? How much porn is too much porn? If boys are too immature, date an older man...unless you're undatable.

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2016

Orgies and Swinging might make you think of 70s key parties and men who look like Magnum P.I., but the truth is, non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle have gained a lot of traction recently, and are only boing to find more acceptance as sex-positiv...Show More

0:00 | Mar 6th, 2016

Is Whiskey Dick a real thing? Is Sexting cheating? What's a flat-top vibrator. Can a straight guy enjoy a finger in the butt? Join us for answers to these and other questions you never thought you'd ask.

0:00 | Feb 29th, 2016

Phone sex is still a thing and it's not just for people who have been in a coma since 1992. Not only is it still a thing, it's alive and well. While it might seem like everyone gets their solo-sex on the internet, these days, some people actually sti...Show More

0:00 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Are you kinky? Do you have a fetish? What's that even mean? Everyone's sexual interests are different. What turns you on might seem perfectly vanilla to someone else - or totally weird. Join us for a kinky conversation with friend of the show, and se...Show More

0:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

This week: strap-on dildos, anal penetration and spring break. Let's talk about sexual inhibitions, boundaries and exploring things that might terrify you in bed. This week, sex therapist and friend of the show Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb shares her advice on...Show More

0:00 | Feb 8th, 2016

Do bidets really shoot water up your butt? Are "happy couples" a myth? What about male birth control?! I AM SO AFRAID OF VASECTOMY!!!

0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be a high-paid prostitute in the City of Sin? Maybe you're more of a john. Join us for a candid conversation with Jami Rodman (Haley Heston), former Vegas Madam, and head of the #1 Las Vegas Escort agency. Jami shares of ...Show More

0:00 | Jan 25th, 2016

Ask the Sexpert: I'm in love with someone who has Herpes, can I avoid contracting it? Can my marriage survive if my (previously hetero) wife is a lesbian, now? Have you heard of this sex diet where people do it every single day? I'm a virgin who does...Show More

0:00 | Jan 18th, 2016

It's not just whips and handcuffs, folks. (It's ALSO whips and handcuffs :) BDSM Stands for Bondage & Discipline / Domination & Submission / Sadism & Masochism. Whether you're just Fifty Shades of Grey curious, or an experienced sex dungeon spanko, B...Show More

0:00 | Jan 11th, 2016

Once upon a time it was a lot more work to get a date, much less arrange a safe, "no strings attached" sexual encounter, as single person. Technology has touched every aspect of our lives, but little has changed more than our relationship to sex, po...Show More

0:00 | Jan 4th, 2016

Actually, there is sex in the champagne room. What else have you always wanted to ask a Las Vegas Stripper? Join us for a fun, candid, uncensored conversation with an adult dancer who shares all of her dirty secrets.

0:00 | Dec 28th, 2015

Are you a premature ejaculator? Do you know a premature ejaculator? Do you even know what that means?! Good news: It's normal - if not common - and there's a number of solutions to the problem. Join us for a candid, non-judgmental conversation about ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 21st, 2015

Imagine married women with insatiable sexual appetites cheating on their husbands - in front of their husbands! Cuckolding is a sexual practice where couples derive pleasure from the thrill and humiliation of witnessing infidelity. Join us for an ins...Show More

0:00 | Dec 14th, 2015

Ask the Sexpert: My partner makes my Vagina too wet when he goes down on me. How should I go about trying BDSM for the first time? Are condoms ruining my erections? My husband wants a threesome and I'm worried he's going to run off with the third! ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2015

Have you ever wanted to ask a prostitute about her job without paying for an hour of her time? Join us for an interview with Jami, a Las Vegas Escort, who answers all of our questions about escorting and prostitution. We think you'll enjoy this candi...Show More

0:00 | Nov 30th, 2015

People with disabilities are among the most misunderstood and marginalized members of society. It's all too common for able-bodied individuals to turn a blind eye to the disabled - if nothing else, because it's uncomfortable to witness their struggle...Show More

0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Are you not getting enough sex from your spouse and worried your marriage is doomed? Are you no longer interested in sex and worried your partner might stray? Maintaining a healthy marriage is no small feat - especially in an age where an affair is j...Show More

0:00 | Nov 16th, 2015

This is a follow up to Episode 12, Divorce Sucks. What if divorce is a good thing? While it's easy to get hung up on the painful details, it might be better for you (and your children) to end a dysfunctional relationship. You only live once. Join Fam...Show More

0:00 | Nov 9th, 2015

It's hard to imagine anyone who hasn't been affected by divorce. It's increasingly common and general attitudes about the permanence of marriage are constantly changing. Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Family Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben...Show More

0:00 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Join Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Family Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins for a conversation with Dr. Joe Kort that will challenge what you think you know about sexual orientation. Find out why Dr. Kort believes Male Sexual Fluidi...Show More

0:00 | Oct 26th, 2015

Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins have a candid discussion about period stuff. Menstruation is as normal as drinking water or breathing air (when it comes to life processes) but somehow it's fairly tabo...Show More

0:00 | Oct 19th, 2015

Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, interview Dakota, a Nude Yoga Instructor. Join us for a candid discussion of sex work and our tendency to view all naked activities as sexual in nature. Find out the b...Show More

0:00 | Oct 12th, 2015

Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, have a candid discussion of Sexual Desire Discrepancy. Join this conversation about Erectile Dysfunction, Low Libido, Addyi, Flibanserin, Desire Disparity, Loss of Des...Show More

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2015

Dr. David Ley, Author of “The Myth of Sexual Addiction” and “Insatiable Wives” joins Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, for a discussion of Sex Addiction and the controversy surrounding his views that S...Show More

0:00 | Sep 28th, 2015

Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, have a candid discussion about Swinging and polyamorous lifestyles with Sex Therapist, Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb. Between formal education, professional expertise, and perso...Show More

0:00 | Sep 21st, 2015

Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Social Worker Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, have a candid discussion of getting needs met in a relationship. This is like Couples Counseling 101. Can sex still be exciting when you've been with the same person fo...Show More

0:00 | Sep 14th, 2015

Sex Therapist and Expert in Adult Baby Diaper Lovers (ABDL), Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, leads a conversation about this bizarre and little-understood lifestyle. She explains the difference in sexual fetish and non-sexualized behavioral play. Learn more abou...Show More

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2015

Licensed Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Licensed Family Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, discuss the changing role sex plays in our lives as we age. Starting with puberty and children’s first exposure to sex education, and progress...Show More

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2015

Licensed Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Family Social Worker Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, have a candid discussion of Porn. Who watches porn? What are the benefits of porn and can it be educational Are there problems with pornography? Is it n...Show More

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2015

Licensed Sex Therapist, Lisa Thomas, Licensed Family Social Worker, Jen Siegal, and Show Host, Ben Robbins, discuss Indecency and Public Nudity. Guest, Alexa Kocinski, describes her involvement in the controversial “Free the Nipple” hashtag campaign...Show More