Dr. Carol Cassell is a
researcher, educator, and
nationally recognized
leader. She is the author
of the acclaimed

Swept Away: Why Women
Confuse Love and Sex


Straight From the Heart:
Talking to Teenagers
About Love and Sex

Carol Cassell

Welcome! Here you will find resources and information about sexuality, passion, love, and relationships - especially women's experiences. You will also find resources for issues related to adolescent sexuality, effective teen pregnancy prevention efforts, and community coalition capacity building.

My recent book is: Put Passion First: Why Sexual Chemistry is the Key to Finding and Keeping a Lasting Love (McGraw-Hill). I believe a passionate love is so important because it is an erotic, sensual, vulnerable, volatile, euphoric emotion that hijacks the soul, the mind, and the body. What sets off that chain reaction of falling passionately in love is an inexplicable magnetism-an invisible force, like electricity. You can't see it, you can't touch it, you can't smell it; you recognize it by how it affects you. It is love on a double shot of espresso.

“When I need advice
or an educated
opinion on matters
relating to sex,
family or marriage,
I call Carol Cassell.”

- Nancy Friday

In my book, I will show you why finding and keeping a passionate love is a journey worth taking and I provide the roadmap showing where scenery is worth a longer look, where it may be worth stopping and checking out the possibilities, and where the potholes and detours are clearly marked.

Please go to the page that I've answered some of the questions I've gotten from interviewers on my book tour about passion, love, and sex. And you can add to important research about passion, love, and sex by filling out an electronic love interview. It is short and confidential!

On Sexuality

For over thirty years, through my research, my books and writings, my workshops and seminars, I've dedicated my life to achieving a deeper understanding of the dynamics between love and sex and how each of us can make healthier and wiser decisions about the expression of our own sexuality.

As a social scientist, I've been particularly interested in how women experience our sensual "wild at heart" nature: How do we celebrate it? How do we deny or simply just not acknowledge it? What are the milestones on the path to being an authentic sensual, sexual woman? What makes sex meaningful, playful, and satisfying? And what detracts from us having the erotic and loving intimacy in our relationships that we really do crave? On

Working with Young People

From speaking with thousands of young people and their parents, and to people who work with youth, I believe the best message we can give them is this:

"The teen years should be a great experience filled with wondrous new ideas, challenges, discoveries, and be the launching pad for a successful and happy life. The teen years are for growing up and getting an education, not for becoming a parent."

The four most important words a teen can hear from you are, "I believe in you!"

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