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  To some, birth control pills and condoms are no longer the gateways to women’s liberation that they were in they days of Margaret Sanger and her colleagues. New York Magazine’s Ann Friedman recently wrote a piece entitled “No Pill? No Prob. Meet the Pullout Generation” in which she discusses the possible benefits of "pulling out," especially for women. Read More
Ferrett Steinmetz and Daughter   At a recent panel following a screening of the new Amanda Seyfried film Lovelace, Gloria Steinem spoke out against excessive parental control over young women’s intimate lives: “I have always, always said that children must be allowed to disobey.” For weeks, I turned this comment over in my head. How does what we learn from our parents during our young adult years effect our ideas on gender and sexuality? Our romantic behavior? Our sense of worth?   This week, a debate on this very topic took the internet by storm. Read More
The clitoris is possibly the most powerful pencil eraser-sized nubbin' on the entire planet, but also the most controversial.  Since 1970, when Anne Koedt published the groundbreaking Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm, the clitoris has slowly but surely been moving to the fore of women's sexual pleasure. In the article, Koedt fiercely critiqued the prevailing idea that women primarily achieved orgasm through vaginal intercourse, painting the vaginal orgasm as a "myth" perpetuated to keep women bound to men for sexual pleasure. Read More
Thinking of taking a class in art? Spanish? Astrophysics? Not when there's a space available at the School for Undressing! Unfortunately, the school closed quite some time ago. It opened in 1937, charging 30 hard-earned dollars (worth a whopping $497 today!) for six lessons to learn how to "undress" for your husband. Read More
* NOT SAFE FOR WORK * Remember Truth or Dare?  Covertly huddled together in the corners of dingy school hallways, sitting at the back ends of buses, crouched in the basements of our childhood homes – we played the eponymous game in our awkward, fumbling youth. I recall one particular question during Truth that was frequently asked in rather hushed, thrilled tones: Have you ever masturbated? The boys would smile knowingly, admitting to their pleasure bombastically, sometimes even high-fiving. The girls would cast their eyes away, shaking their heads violently. No. Read More