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From BUST's print magazine's Deember/January issue, sexologist Carol Queen answers your sex questions. Q: What’s the best lube for shower sex? 
– Wet and Wild Ah, getting wet while getting wet! For some, this is the height of sexiness—at least until someone tries to put fingers or other nice appendages into you. Shower water, as well as that found in bathtubs, hot tubs, rivers, lakes, etc., pretty much washes off your own natural lubricant, even if you get quite wet on dry land. (Of course, not everyone...
  On Monday, December 11th, PEN America held its last event in 2017 for its PEN Out Loud series. The panel, titled "Reclaiming Our Time," consisted of four women of color writers, with Samhita Mukhopadhyay moderating the conversation between Morgan Jerkins, Min Jin Lee, and Carmen Maria Machado. The event focused on a broad discussion about how the 2016 election affected the writers personally and professionally, how it has impacted their feminism, the nuances of consent, what it means to be a woman of color in...
  My period of Period Envy began when I was six years old. Bubbe wouldn’t let Mom or my sister, who was ten years older than me, water the plants at certain times of the month. They always blamed bitchiness on “periods,” and right in front of my watchful eyes, they casually rolled up their bloody Modess sanitary napkins into neat bundles swaddled in toilet paper. Then they’d pin a fresh one into the crotches of their waist high undies either because they didn’t know about...
    I lie on my back staring at the baskets of ferns hanging above me. This is typical of how I spend time before class starts. Vines connect the individual fern baskets, giving the appearance that the plants are holding hands. The connecting vines transform the singular plants into one sizable organism. Perhaps this is supposed to be symbolic of yoga: individuals coming together to form one cohesive entity. Staring up at the drooping ferns, I wonder who is responsible for watering and trimming them, and...
  Don’t just say thank you to black women; do better, be better, Alabama.The righteous have spoken in Alabama as the world watched in election speculation. Black Southern rural women in the poorest counties in the state voted in high ranks, as usual, for Doug Jones for the United States Senate. This was done not to save white America, but to generate political power and to give space to the voice of Southern women in the narrative of change. According to exit polls, approximately 97% of...
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