sex

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 »

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 »

If You Mold It, They Will Come: How Gosnell Duncan’s Devices Changed the Feminist Sex-Toy Game Forever

It’s hard to imagine that sex toys were once controversial within the feminist movement.  Read more »

Plastic Pleasure: Hallie Lieberman On the Liberating Future of Sex Toys

Acceptance of sex toys is not necessarily an acceptance of women’s masturbation. Read more »

You Equals You: Who Benefits from Being Undetectable?

Undetectability isn’t a form of protection in a world where men still hold immeasurable power. Read more »

Pleasureless Principle: Who Gets to Decide What Your Anatomy Is Capable Of?

The clinical side of the gender-confirmation surgery process is centered around resolving visual dysphoria. Read more »

No Shame Monster: “Big Mouth” Sweetens the Bitter Pill of Puberty

In the past, stories of adolescent sexuality and desire on television were often only focused on boys—with girls as a mystery or a conquest. Big Mouth evens up the score. Read more »

Popaganda: Queering Virginity

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality, I’d get virgin.” Virginity is a weird, nebulous... Read more »

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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 »

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 »