Rant: does Tinder empower women?

February 5, 2016
I constantly hear stories from my single friends about different dates they’ve had or new guys that they’re speaking to. This influx of romantic experiences is a direct result of the, um, mass penetration of […]

An honest bang

December 14, 2015
Enough of the nausea inducing articles entitled; “Surviving New Years Single!” They’re enough to make anyone a nervous wreck. If you are single, enjoy and relish it! Think of all the people you know in […]

Disabling stereotypes

November 6, 2015
One in five people have a disability in Australia. Different prejudices exist around people who have a physical disability, are chronically ill, have an intellectual disability or mental illness. Cat O’Dowd busts some false stereotypes […]

Sexual sins

September 12, 2015
Cat O Dowd goes through the most common mistakes people make when making love and how to avoid them. Follow this guide to be on your way to coital paradise. Same old routine Get in […]

Love in the Tinder era

August 4, 2015
“We turn wimps and geeks into supercharged macho studs.” Pick up artist products lure men through promising multitudes of sexual partners and the ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of casual sexual hook ups without the supposed ‘hassles’ of […]

Bottling up emotions

July 17, 2015
Leaving your emotions to ferment can take years of your relationship and your life, writes Cat O Dowd. If your partner has done something to really upset you and you bottle it up, research shows […]

Playmates

June 19, 2015
Imagine you’re being interviewed for a job as a personal assistant in a big office. Now pretend your lover is the boss. They close the door. They walk very close to you as they walk […]

Stop Sexual Bullying

May 24, 2015
Sexual bullying makes me sick. That is, any sort of bullying or shaming about someone’s gender or sexuality. Research shows that girls are disproportionately the victims of sexual bullying and that the bullying is usually […]

Fifty facades of…

February 28, 2015
As a kink friendly sex therapist I’m frustrated with the book Fifty Shades of Grey. I understand the book has assisted many women in reawakening their sexual side but after reading it, here are my […]

Some like it Rough

November 20, 2014
How does the kinky brain work? Ciao’s resident sex therapist, Cat O’Dowd, caught up with professional dominatrix Kalyss Mercury, who is studying the neuroscience of kink at the University of Oslo. Mistress Kalyss Mercury is […]
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