“Sex and the Millennial Man: Why Are So Many Males Sexually Avoidant in Relationships?”

  • PPSC 80 Fifth Avenue Room 1408 New York, New York 10011

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Sharna Striar, PhD., PMHCNS-BC. 

Why are so many millennial men currently avoiding sex with their partners? Sex therapists are seeing more and more couples in which the woman describes a lack of desire from her partner; the man expresses a lack of sexual interest in the woman and is perplexed by it.For example, many men admit a powerful attachment to Internet porn, as well as strip clubs or chat rooms.Their partners, upon learning about the dominance of these behaviors, feel hurt and rejected.The irony is that these couples will commonly describe their relationship as being solid, with love and mutual caring.

So what goes wrong in the bedroom? This presentation will look at the myriad of factors that influence a man’s sexual avoidance with a partner he cares about. Has masturbation to Internet porn replaced partner sex? Has the hook-up mentality corrupted coupling? Has women’s freedom to pursue their sexual pleasures played a role in this phenomenon? How have current times shaped millennial men’s views of themselves and sexuality?

This talk will explore this emerging and somewhat alarming trend.  Both the sociocultural as well as the interpersonal and intra-psychic elements will be examined, along with treatment suggestions for dealing with this conundrum. Case presentations and group discussion will follow.

Sharna Striar, PhD., PMHCNS-BC is a Psychotherapist, an ANCC Certified Clinical Psychiatric Nurse Specialist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with a psychotherapy practice in New York City.  

After graduating from Boston University with a BSN in Nursing, Dr. Striar completed her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing at Hunter College, followed by a Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She then became a Fellow of Psychology in the Human Sexuality Program at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, directed by Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, a pioneer in the field of sex therapy.  Following the completion of this program, Dr. Striar was invited to serve as a Clinical Associate in Dr. Kaplan’s private practice, and for several years as her Project Manager in a long-term research study in Human Sexuality. 

Dr. Striar has been on the faculty of leading universities, first as a professor at the University of Michigan, and later at Seton Hall and the City University of New York’s Hunter College, where she taught courses on group dynamics, communication, and sexology. She has contributed to journals in the field of sexology and popular culture, and has spoken at professional forums and on national television and radio.

Leora Manischewitz, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapist. She completed her sex therapy training with Sandra Leiblum at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, while at the same time pursuing advanced study in family and couples therapy. In addition, she has worked extensively with issues around obesity, compulsive eating, and body image, often integrating these with sexual issues. Dr. Manischewitz is currently a clinical supervisor in the department of psychiatry at the NYU Langone sex therapy training program.She maintains a private practice in New York, has lectured in both the corporate and academic sectors, and participates in varied media interviews.

 

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