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Paranormal Boyfriends, Purity Myths, and Practical Virgins: The Literature of Losing It

Being abstinent in these books is not empowering for female characters; instead, it’s a consequence of decisions enforced by their male counterparts. 

“Boys & Sex” is Groundbreaking, But Leaves Gaps for Queer Boys

Boys & Sex is a timely and relevant read in our current political and cultural context. Read more »

My Vagina Forced Me to Give up Nonmonogamy

I loved having multiple loves, but I hated being at the mercy of a stubborn vagina. Read more »

The Role of Disgust in Contemporary Queer Female Films

Lesbian films focusing on “grossness” is a misguided attempt to combat hypersexualization. Read more »

Dirty Minds: The Evolution—and Queering—of Sex-Advice Columns

Examining the cultural relevance of sex columns challenges us to question the speed at which we consume others’ sex lives, in all their intimacy and vulnerability, online. Read more »

STI Stigma in Progress: How Jameela Jamil Failed Feminists with HPV

The “feminist-in-progress we all need” is no stranger to criticism. Read more »

Very Online: Social Media Censorship is Suffocating the Sex Tech Revolution

Despite censorship, sex tech isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Read more »

Father Knows Nothing: Purity Culture Stunts the Sexual Growth of Black Girls

The concept of virginity derives from white-evangelical, patriarchal notions that have been used to control and regulate the bodies of women. Read more »

Popaganda: Let’s Talk about (Talking About) Sex

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, it’s clear that we’ve all still got a lot of work left to do to change the conversations we’re having around desire and sexuality. Read more »

Spasms of Truth: “Sex Education” Disrupts Pop Culture’s Silence around Painful Sex

Sex Education opens the door for women living with vaginismus and other conditions to have honest conversations about their symptoms. Read more »

Coexisting Desires: Nola Darling Finally Gets Real with Herself in “She’s Gotta Have It”

Nola Darling understands that trauma porn is a tactic often used to beef up the work and lives of Black women for clicks and scholarships, but it is also demeaning. Read more »

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »