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The H-Word: What the H?

Welcome to the H-Word, a series dedicated to evaluating, challenging, and re-presenting sex worker portrayals in the media from a feminist, pro-sex worker (though not necessarily pro-sex work) stance. If that seems contradictory or impossible, keep tuning in. Besides my perspective, this column... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Is My Son Gay?

I doubt that many people will feel the need to shell out good money to find out if their son is gay using such suspect methods. But I imagine some desperate young men will buy it themselves and be taught they can change their sexuality by suppressing their gender identity. Some young gay men will... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Bisexuality Comics!

The first panel of the third row is by far my favorite, contrasting the dominant culture’s reaction to two forms of sexual attraction. From private conversations I’ve had with gay men in the past I know that some of them believe that this is evidence that same sex attraction is easier... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: SNL and K-Y

Last week K-Y released an ad featuring two ladies talking about their sex lives, and lubricant, and “special moments” represented by tasteful coital fireworks. They are both sitting on their bed in drab, comfortable clothes. And they have the following exchange: (... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Body Shame and Sexy Fat

I started rounding up my weight, started posting pictures of myself displaying my less photogenic qualities—if I was going to get rejected, it was going to be right at the start. Every time I’d meet a man in real life that I found attractive I would reject him immediately. “Nice try, sexy... Read more »

Bitch Popaganda: Our Humps Edition

It’s time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Ann, Kjerstin, and Kelsey discuss Erica Jong’s Times op-ed “Is Sex Passé?,” Ann Powers... Read more »

16 and Pregnant: For Girls Only

It’s no secret that 16 and Pregnant is marketed to women. Each episode is narrated by the teen mom, who also provides the testimonials and has the... Read more »

On Our Radar

Friday is linkday! Bitch Leadership Council member and Feminist Coming Out Day organizer... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: The Exposure Myth

Sexual Inadequacy refers to the poor representation of queer sexuality in the larger culture and in the media. Sexual Inadequacy is about the story straight writers and producers tell queer people about their own lives. Sexual Inadequacy is a comment on the amount of information queer students are... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Monster High

Sometimes, products are all the more disappointing when they sounded pretty cool at first. Case in point: Mattel’s blockbuster franchise, Monster High. This series of dolls is centered around the children (mostly daughters) of werewolves, mummies and other classic beasties of horror tales.... 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 »

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 »

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 »