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When Michelangelo’s ambitious paintings premiered in the sixteenth century, they touched off a very modern-sounding social media scandal, says art historian Elizabeth Lev.

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Philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio argues that the quest to be the perfect lover is a distinctly modern delusion — and that it erodes the very relationships we seek to strengthen. Here’s why we should forget about performance and instead seek a less than perfect union.

The state of affairs: Cheating in the age of transparency | ideas.ted.com

Esther Perel explains why she wants to introduce a new conversation about affairs, to examine why they happen, what they mean, and what can be done once they are exposed.

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In this exclusive TED video, sex ed teacher Al Vernacchio and Make Love Not Porn founder Cindy Gallop discuss why having “the” talk with our kids is not enough.

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Biologist Carin Bondar shares videos and books about animals getting down and dirty.

Mary Roach's 10 Facts About Orgasm

What science knows — and doesn’t — about orgasm.

Esther Perel on the secret to sustaining desire.