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Mating Matters

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Mating Matters
Mating Matters

Mating Matters

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Host Dr. Wendy Walsh uses science, personal interviews and pop culture to reveal that mating strategy is the secret evolutionary motivation for most every human behavior. We are wired to reproduce. Even when we are not thinking about sex, our ancient programming makes us respond to reproductive cues that impact just about every decision we make. Using evolutionary psychology, Mating Matters examines relationships, sexuality, and how society and culture shape us all. Dr. Wendy Walsh looks at the biological, psychological and sociological underpinnings of love, attachment and gender dynamics. Visit www.DrWendyWalsh.com for more.Please be aware this podcast talks scientifically about topics that include sex, violence and other aspects of the human condition that may be challenging. Adult language is used periodically.Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277

Latest Episodes

Why Women Have Sex

Why do women have sex? Weeeeell....it's complicated. Let's just say, guys, you're not wrong if you ever feel a little confused. Guess what, so are we sometimes. But truly, when we dive down in to it, it just goes to prove the theory that women are super duper complex. We are cerebral, but emotional; passionate, but defensive; curious, but cautious. And, of course, none of this matters if the garbage hasn't been taken out. You'll hear from two experts who literally wrote the book. Before them everyone just assumed...duh, women have sex to make babies and shower their boo with love. These two discovered there's A LOT more going on when women eventually have sex. To hear Dr. Cindy Meston's 2010 talk, click HERE. To hear Dr. David Buss' 2010 talk, click HERE. For their book, Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between), click HERE. To find the transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. The Mating Matters message line is: 323-207-8277. Yes, it works! Please leave a message. We love hearing from you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

32 MIN10 hours ago
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Why Women Have Sex

Rape - A Love Story (Part 2)

Sexual coercion is not just a woman's problem. It is not something that women just need to learn to deal with, navigate or survive. It is everyone's problem to solve. It is everyone's biological nemesis. With awareness of their own biology, men can recognize triggering situations and avoid them. With awareness of men's slippery wiring, women can recognize dangerous situations and avoid them, if possible. In Part 1 you heard "D," a self-proclaimed perpetrator, but also a sympathetic human. In Part 2, you'll hear from a brave survivor of rape. She will inspire you and educate you. Also in this episode, Dr. Randy Thornhill talks about prevention and the psychosocial influences on the men who go there. Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Mating Matters episodes about rape are the two most important episodes we could ever produce. However, it is obviously a very sensitive topic. If you are a minor please listen to this with the guidance of a parent. If you are a parent, listen with your te...

44 MIN1 weeks ago
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Rape - A Love Story (Part 2)

Rape - A Love Story (Part 1)

Sexual coercion has been part of human history since we were Neanderthals living in caves. As abhorrent as rape is, it is something that has traveled the millennia with us through our genes. It is literally part of us. How do we deal with this horrific fact? We explore it so we can understand it so we can fight against it. A scientist who actually "wrote the book" about sexual coercion helps us get our heads around the truth. And the truth is that this situation involves every single one of us, even those we trust and love dearly. Then there are the other elements of sexual coercion: intimidation and harassment. Most men never rape, but in the age of enlightenment known as #MeToo, "normal" guys are reflecting and remembering moments that make them cringe. Dr. Wendy talks to a listener who is still carrying the guilt of a moment that happened many years ago as a teenager and wanted to come clean. Please know now his story does not involve rape. Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Matin...

44 MIN2 weeks ago
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Rape - A Love Story (Part 1)

Poly-Wanna-Cracker? (Season 2 Premiere)

Are we REALLY supposed to be with one person and ONLY one person, like, FOREVER?! Monogamy can be...challenging. Ask just about anyone who's been married a few years. Mating Matters' Season 2 kicks off with an episode about a hot topic many listeners specifically asked for: Polyamory. Polyamory is the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved. In the real world, though, people use the word to mean many things. Dr. Wendy explores the pros and cons of non-traditional intimate relationships asking if polyamory is actually supported in our human evolution. Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277 You can find all transcripts of full episodes HERE! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

35 MIN3 weeks ago
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Poly-Wanna-Cracker? (Season 2 Premiere)

Mating Message: Hold up, Dr. Walsh

Season 2 begins next week and we thought this question posed by a listener recently was the perfect primer for the premier episode, Poly-Wanna-Cracker? Polyamory seems to be all the rage in recent years and the idea of getting to love - or at least be intimate with - multiple people is certainly intriguing to many. Polyamory's definition, though, is kind of slippery and there may be some confusion out there. Dr. Wendy explains what true polyamory is in this baby bonus episode. If you have a comment or question for Dr. Wendy, call our Mating Matters message line: 323-207-8277. To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

4 MIN3 weeks ago
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Mating Message: Hold up, Dr. Walsh

Mating Message: Sex Vs. Intimacy

In this little bite size bonus, Dr. Wendy addresses listener Alex from Michigan's question she left on our Mating Matters message line. Is it possible to share yourself completely without sex? How intimate can you be before a line is crossed? It's something we've AAALLL struggled with at one time or another as we navigate love and monogamy and sex. Yes, I did say AAALL. I know, a gross generalization. I should have said "many" or "most of us," but I'm just going for it, cuz deep down, isn't it true? And if i'm wrong, and shame on me, call the Mating Matters message line and tell me so! 323-207-8277 Also, we're looking for a few of you for Season 2 episodes. If you started puberty waaay earlier than your friends and/or if you are a woman who has experienced "The Change," call us. Tell us about it. ~Brooke To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

6 MINSEP 18
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Mating Message: Sex Vs. Intimacy

BEHIND THE MINDS: Dr. Justin Garcia

BEHIND THE MINDS is a new series in Mating Matters that opens up our expert interviews to anyone who is sciencey and nerdy and curious enough to want to hear it all! Want to know more? Here it is. Justin Garcia, MS, PhD, was the cool expert you heard in Dating App-athy. He's an evolutionary biologist and sex researcher at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Dr. Wendy's interview with him is definitely one of the tops of the season. He and Dr. Wendy go deep on topics like the paradox of choice, "the secretary's dilemma," and the importance of our attachment styles...and Googling your dates!! Enjoy! Mating Matters Message line is (323) 207-8277. Feel like connecting? Do it! To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

30 MINSEP 13
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BEHIND THE MINDS: Dr. Justin Garcia

#MeToo Round Two

There's been some rumblings that we have now entered the "Post #MeToo" era. Dr. Wendy says, whoa, whoa, whoa!. Not so fast. Well, actually things are moving super fast, but we aren't there quite yet. Instead, it's more like the world has just been taking a breather. In fact, the second wave has just begun. Of course Jeffrey Epstein was a huge sexual offender of young girls, but the last bomb to drop is opera's legendary singer and undisputed "God," Placido Domingo. At least nine women have accused him of aggressive workplace sexual harassment. Dr. Wendy reminds us what the #MeToo umbrella covers and continues the discussion of the evolution of sexual aggression. There's a reason for everything. Our Mating Matters Message Line is 323-207-8277 CALL OUT: If you have anything to say about breaking up, including break up styles and skills - are you really good or really bad at it?, stalking or being stalked, please share. Please try to find a quiet place with a good connection just in ca...

14 MINAUG 14
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#MeToo Round Two

The Evolution of Epstein

Uber wealthy millionaire Jeffrey Epstein has a thing for girls. Epstein has been arrested a second time on charges of sex trafficking in Florida and now also in New York. He was sentenced in 2008 to 18 months in a Palm Beach "jail," but ended up doing 13. (It was anything but hard time.) Dr. Wendy Walsh digs through the evolutionary reason a man with boundless resources goes to the dark side. And despite a bottomless stash of cash, he and other men like him can't do it alone. You know what, though? Times. They are a-changin'. Mating Matters is a podcast that includes and examines content meant for adults. It may not be appropriate for younger listeners. Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

13 MINJUL 10
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The Evolution of Epstein

Listeners Talk: Pornography Trigger

Listeners Talk is a series of full interviews with Mating Matters fans who have called our message line. Ashli has had some troubling times over the years in her relationships because of pornography. She contacted Dr. Wendy for some clarity and advice. We used some of her interview in Pornography Mindf**k, but, truly, the conversation she had with Dr. Wendy was so great and it's about something that is affecting so many people, we thought we'd just let you all be the fly on the wall and maybe glean a little something extra from the full interview. Enjoy! Thank you, Ashli, for being so open and candid. It's a topic so many people find difficult to talk about. **Note: This interview has been slightly edited for quality and relevance. Our Mating Matters Message Line is 323-207-8277 Listener Call Out: If you have anything to say about polyamory or different reasons, women, you have sex, please share. When you call, try to find a quiet place with a good connection just in case we want to...

29 MINJUN 20
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Listeners Talk: Pornography Trigger

Latest Episodes

Why Women Have Sex

Why do women have sex? Weeeeell....it's complicated. Let's just say, guys, you're not wrong if you ever feel a little confused. Guess what, so are we sometimes. But truly, when we dive down in to it, it just goes to prove the theory that women are super duper complex. We are cerebral, but emotional; passionate, but defensive; curious, but cautious. And, of course, none of this matters if the garbage hasn't been taken out. You'll hear from two experts who literally wrote the book. Before them everyone just assumed...duh, women have sex to make babies and shower their boo with love. These two discovered there's A LOT more going on when women eventually have sex. To hear Dr. Cindy Meston's 2010 talk, click HERE. To hear Dr. David Buss' 2010 talk, click HERE. For their book, Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between), click HERE. To find the transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. The Mating Matters message line is: 323-207-8277. Yes, it works! Please leave a message. We love hearing from you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

32 MIN10 hours ago
Comments
Why Women Have Sex

Rape - A Love Story (Part 2)

Sexual coercion is not just a woman's problem. It is not something that women just need to learn to deal with, navigate or survive. It is everyone's problem to solve. It is everyone's biological nemesis. With awareness of their own biology, men can recognize triggering situations and avoid them. With awareness of men's slippery wiring, women can recognize dangerous situations and avoid them, if possible. In Part 1 you heard "D," a self-proclaimed perpetrator, but also a sympathetic human. In Part 2, you'll hear from a brave survivor of rape. She will inspire you and educate you. Also in this episode, Dr. Randy Thornhill talks about prevention and the psychosocial influences on the men who go there. Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Mating Matters episodes about rape are the two most important episodes we could ever produce. However, it is obviously a very sensitive topic. If you are a minor please listen to this with the guidance of a parent. If you are a parent, listen with your te...

44 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Rape - A Love Story (Part 2)

Rape - A Love Story (Part 1)

Sexual coercion has been part of human history since we were Neanderthals living in caves. As abhorrent as rape is, it is something that has traveled the millennia with us through our genes. It is literally part of us. How do we deal with this horrific fact? We explore it so we can understand it so we can fight against it. A scientist who actually "wrote the book" about sexual coercion helps us get our heads around the truth. And the truth is that this situation involves every single one of us, even those we trust and love dearly. Then there are the other elements of sexual coercion: intimidation and harassment. Most men never rape, but in the age of enlightenment known as #MeToo, "normal" guys are reflecting and remembering moments that make them cringe. Dr. Wendy talks to a listener who is still carrying the guilt of a moment that happened many years ago as a teenager and wanted to come clean. Please know now his story does not involve rape. Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Matin...

44 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Rape - A Love Story (Part 1)

Poly-Wanna-Cracker? (Season 2 Premiere)

Are we REALLY supposed to be with one person and ONLY one person, like, FOREVER?! Monogamy can be...challenging. Ask just about anyone who's been married a few years. Mating Matters' Season 2 kicks off with an episode about a hot topic many listeners specifically asked for: Polyamory. Polyamory is the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved. In the real world, though, people use the word to mean many things. Dr. Wendy explores the pros and cons of non-traditional intimate relationships asking if polyamory is actually supported in our human evolution. Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277 You can find all transcripts of full episodes HERE! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

35 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Poly-Wanna-Cracker? (Season 2 Premiere)

Mating Message: Hold up, Dr. Walsh

Season 2 begins next week and we thought this question posed by a listener recently was the perfect primer for the premier episode, Poly-Wanna-Cracker? Polyamory seems to be all the rage in recent years and the idea of getting to love - or at least be intimate with - multiple people is certainly intriguing to many. Polyamory's definition, though, is kind of slippery and there may be some confusion out there. Dr. Wendy explains what true polyamory is in this baby bonus episode. If you have a comment or question for Dr. Wendy, call our Mating Matters message line: 323-207-8277. To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

4 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Mating Message: Hold up, Dr. Walsh

Mating Message: Sex Vs. Intimacy

In this little bite size bonus, Dr. Wendy addresses listener Alex from Michigan's question she left on our Mating Matters message line. Is it possible to share yourself completely without sex? How intimate can you be before a line is crossed? It's something we've AAALLL struggled with at one time or another as we navigate love and monogamy and sex. Yes, I did say AAALL. I know, a gross generalization. I should have said "many" or "most of us," but I'm just going for it, cuz deep down, isn't it true? And if i'm wrong, and shame on me, call the Mating Matters message line and tell me so! 323-207-8277 Also, we're looking for a few of you for Season 2 episodes. If you started puberty waaay earlier than your friends and/or if you are a woman who has experienced "The Change," call us. Tell us about it. ~Brooke To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

6 MINSEP 18
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Mating Message: Sex Vs. Intimacy

BEHIND THE MINDS: Dr. Justin Garcia

BEHIND THE MINDS is a new series in Mating Matters that opens up our expert interviews to anyone who is sciencey and nerdy and curious enough to want to hear it all! Want to know more? Here it is. Justin Garcia, MS, PhD, was the cool expert you heard in Dating App-athy. He's an evolutionary biologist and sex researcher at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Dr. Wendy's interview with him is definitely one of the tops of the season. He and Dr. Wendy go deep on topics like the paradox of choice, "the secretary's dilemma," and the importance of our attachment styles...and Googling your dates!! Enjoy! Mating Matters Message line is (323) 207-8277. Feel like connecting? Do it! To find transcripts of full episodes, click HERE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

30 MINSEP 13
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BEHIND THE MINDS: Dr. Justin Garcia

#MeToo Round Two

There's been some rumblings that we have now entered the "Post #MeToo" era. Dr. Wendy says, whoa, whoa, whoa!. Not so fast. Well, actually things are moving super fast, but we aren't there quite yet. Instead, it's more like the world has just been taking a breather. In fact, the second wave has just begun. Of course Jeffrey Epstein was a huge sexual offender of young girls, but the last bomb to drop is opera's legendary singer and undisputed "God," Placido Domingo. At least nine women have accused him of aggressive workplace sexual harassment. Dr. Wendy reminds us what the #MeToo umbrella covers and continues the discussion of the evolution of sexual aggression. There's a reason for everything. Our Mating Matters Message Line is 323-207-8277 CALL OUT: If you have anything to say about breaking up, including break up styles and skills - are you really good or really bad at it?, stalking or being stalked, please share. Please try to find a quiet place with a good connection just in ca...

14 MINAUG 14
Comments
#MeToo Round Two

The Evolution of Epstein

Uber wealthy millionaire Jeffrey Epstein has a thing for girls. Epstein has been arrested a second time on charges of sex trafficking in Florida and now also in New York. He was sentenced in 2008 to 18 months in a Palm Beach "jail," but ended up doing 13. (It was anything but hard time.) Dr. Wendy Walsh digs through the evolutionary reason a man with boundless resources goes to the dark side. And despite a bottomless stash of cash, he and other men like him can't do it alone. You know what, though? Times. They are a-changin'. Mating Matters is a podcast that includes and examines content meant for adults. It may not be appropriate for younger listeners. Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

13 MINJUL 10
Comments
The Evolution of Epstein

Listeners Talk: Pornography Trigger

Listeners Talk is a series of full interviews with Mating Matters fans who have called our message line. Ashli has had some troubling times over the years in her relationships because of pornography. She contacted Dr. Wendy for some clarity and advice. We used some of her interview in Pornography Mindf**k, but, truly, the conversation she had with Dr. Wendy was so great and it's about something that is affecting so many people, we thought we'd just let you all be the fly on the wall and maybe glean a little something extra from the full interview. Enjoy! Thank you, Ashli, for being so open and candid. It's a topic so many people find difficult to talk about. **Note: This interview has been slightly edited for quality and relevance. Our Mating Matters Message Line is 323-207-8277 Listener Call Out: If you have anything to say about polyamory or different reasons, women, you have sex, please share. When you call, try to find a quiet place with a good connection just in case we want to...

29 MINJUN 20
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Listeners Talk: Pornography Trigger