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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.

Yes We Can: Gushing Over the Ability to Ejaculate

Instead of teaching women about their bodies and embracing female ejaculation, we’ve prescribed corrective surgeries, pharmaceuticals, and Kegel exercises to fix what’s become misunderstood. Read more »

New Rules: Megan Thee Stallion’s Hot Girl Confidence is Super Infectious on “Fever”

“Fever” is a state of the union address for Megan’s “Hottie” nation. Read more »

Singing about Female Masturbation Has Become Cool—but Is It Helping?

Singing about masturbation is, for women artists, still radical. Read more »

Bad Medicine: Big Pharma’s Female Trouble

Pharmaceutical companies want women to worry about their own sexual problems and what pill might treat them. Read more »

A Girl Has Sex: Three Cheers for Arya Stark’s Sex Scene

Given Arya’s recent past, this might be the most wholesome thing she’s done in a while. Read more »

Fleshed Out: What Four Sex-Themed Resorts Taught Me About Consent

The objectification of women permeates almost every aspect of our culture. Can these resorts block out such a pervasive force?  Read more »

Less Fear, More Queer: What’s Missing from a New Book on Sex, Shame, and Christianity

Shameless gives queer people little space to talk about their own visions of healthy, spiritual sexuality. Read more »

When Faking It Is a Form of Self-Protection

For every op-ed lamenting the “death of the chase,” there’s a literary work that considers the nuanced realities of female sexual experience. Read more »

Her Neck, Her Back: The Past and Future of Women’s Orgasms Onscreen

Images of female pleasure are threatening because of the link between sex and power and the gender binary that defines men as sexual conquerors and women as their prizes. Read more »

Fumbling toward Ecstasy with a Self-Love Soundtrack

I realized I had been wrong about self-pleasure. Read more »

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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 »

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 »