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Being pressured to have sex just isn't cool anymore, according to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The study, which came out Tuesday, states that while the vast majority of young people are still doing the big bang, many are decidedly not — and those that aren't are than twice the number of Gen Xers (when they were their age) and even older Gen Yers. “As people have gotten much more accepting of all sorts of forms of consensual sex, they’ve also gotten...

The Secret Companion by R J Brodie, 1845. (Image via Wellcome Library, CC By 4.0) During the Victorian era, masturbation—also known as self-pollution, self-abuse, or onanism—was believed to be both a moral and a physical evil. Medical manuals of the era address it in the most severe terms, blaming male masturbation, and the resulting depletion of the body’s vital humors, for every imaginable illness, from blindness, impotence, and epilepsy to chronic fatigue, mental derangement, and even premature death. Many of these beliefs can be traced back...
I, like many women, use the intrauterine device as my primary form of birth control. I got Mirena inserted about 10 weeks ago, and there were a few things I wish I knew before the process. Don’t get me wrong; I'm not unhappy with this form of birth control. In fact, I quite like it. It’s much more convenient than the pill, especially if you’re like me and don’t trust yourself to remember to take it daily, and I had tried another form of birth...
Have you ever had the desire to contour your vag? Douse it in shimmering bronzer? No? TBH, me neither. Something tells me that putting makeup anywhere near my treasure trove is far from healthy. But, if you have had that desire, hear ye, hear ye, it's your lucky day! Popular lingerie and sex toy brand, Ann Summers, announced on social media that they'll be live-streaming a “vontouring” tutorial video on Facebook.  The initial tweet was not well-received. Though some responses were comedic, the majority of Ann...

“If I’m still single, does that mean there’s something wrong with me?” asked a friend, a 25-year-old woman living in Brooklyn, New York. I faked a smile and assured her she would find someone eventually, but inside, I was fuming. How could someone think something so ridiculous? Then I remembered this was not a totally foreign emotion; it was actually a sentiment I have felt many times before. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was a larger issue with the...
  As a wee riot grrrl, I ran across a late night cable documentary that changed my perspective on porn. One segment featured a poetic leather dyke, and then appeared a bountiful fire-maned babe full of laughter — with her legs spread for the audience to examine her anatomy and the tongue-in-cheek title, Public Cervix Announcement, I knew I had just discovered the Mary Poppins of what I would later learn was sex-positive feminism. As a porn performer and prostitute in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Annie Sprinkle...
Funny woman Amy Schumer revealed in an interview with Marie Claire that her first sexual experience “was not a good one.” She revealed to the magazine that when she lost her virginity at age 17, it wasn’t consensual. She added that, at the time, she didn’t realize what had happened. “I didn't think about it until I started reading my journal again,” Schumer said. “When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, And then I looked down and realized he...
Image via Christopher Stoudt's short film, "I'm Graysexual" How do I talk to my partner about being “graysexual”? There are times when I enjoy sex and even have a sex drive, but more frequently, I have no sex drive at all. I’ve been dating my partner for a little over a year, and I’m struggling to communicate my needs to him. When we first started dating, our sex drives were in sync, but for the last six months or so, I’ve had little interest. I don’t...
I am a woman with a terrible case of wanderlust. Even when I try to stay put, adventure finds me and whisks me away. Great aunts and nosy neighbors tell me that I’ll never find a man until I “settle down,” and although I’ve had interludes of rootedness, love never seems to find me when I’m stationary. My wanderlust has recently been reined in by graduate school. I haven’t spent three years in the same place since high school, but I saw it as a new...
This week on Not Safe with Nikki Glasser, Nikki explores the unknown of the female orgasm. She asks five women what they think is actually happening when a woman has an orgasm, and she gets varied responses: "Your organs are just shaking." "Things get bigger and bigger. … There's words for all those things, but I forget what they are." "Like in seventh grade when you did that science experiment with the two bottles. … Volvano vagina." She met with Dr. Nicole Prause — who Nikki calls "the Neil...
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