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I’ll never forget the Other Girl. She had dark, tangled hair that was usually thrown in a bouncy ponytail on top of her head. She was slender, of course, with long limbs and an angular face. She would bite her nails just like I did. We were friends, and then we were enemies. Okay — the term “enemies” is sensationalized and dark and cliché, but it feels most fitting. She was, at one point, someone I liked. She was someone I had envied. She was someone...

In the summer of 2015, I was diagnosed with genital herpes. Since then, I’ve become hyper-aware of how STD/STI stigma creeps up on us. One quick note, STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) are often used interchangeably, but in the last few years, doctors and OBGYNs have started to use "STI" more frequently, as they believe it carries less of a stigma than STD. Before my diagnosis, like most people, STD/STI stigma wasn’t something I thought about. But being diagnosed at age 21 with...

Every chef has a dish they prepare when they want someone. Simple fresh pasta, a top grade steak, perfectly melted grilled cheese: each plate reveals the kind of comfort they seek.I was served a burger — a rare, juicy burger. So I should have seen the heartburn coming.I didn’t understand all the fuss about burgers until I met this Chef. Once a picky eater, I harbored a dark childhood secret of ordering plain “bun-cheese-buns” at fast food restaurants. My former taste buds would have never...
  AriesMar. 21 to Apr. 19Venus goes direct on April 15 (the opposite of retrograde), while Mercury is in retrograde, meaning you could find yourself seeking solace in the arms of an old lover. Soon enough, you’ll flash those Aries horns and let your suitor know just who’s in charge. After May 10, Venus will make it rain with maximum pleasure at work and at play with your partners. TaurusApr. 20 to May 20It’s all about quality over quantity these days, so don’t let that swiping finger...

Q: My cis-dude enjoys ass play, and I enjoy playing with his ass. However, I also enjoy having long fingernails. What’s the best way to make prostate play safe and painless for him without forgoing my manicure? And how can I make it work while still staying in the moment? –Fingernail Femme Sexologist Carol Queen: Ahh, I dream that in the future, all the cis-dudes will have made friends with their asses, and we will have world peace. Thank you for getting us started on this important...
  Q: I am a versatile lesbian; I need to experience topping and bottoming to feel satisfied in my sex life. My girlfriend is a diehard top. I love her so much, but bottoming all the time is making me feel stuck and frustrated. How can I overcome my girlfriend’s stubborn stance, or at least feel more empowered in the bedroom? –Bottom Blanche Carol Queen: You and your girlfriend aren’t 100 percent compatible sexually, as you surely already realize, although you haven’t said whether you and she...
Where to ride the wave of virtual-reality porn The merging of pornography with virtual reality headset technology is upon us, and mainstream porn giants are already churning out titillating titles. While the vast majority of these are squarely aimed at cis-dudes, featuring the same old in-and-out, there are a few companies making VR porn for women. To experience any of the following immersive experiences, you’ll need a smartphone and a VR headset, which range in price from the 15 Google Cardboard to the 599 Oculus VR...
Rachel Bloom is many things: the creator, writer and star of the hit CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; a Golden Globe award winner; absurdly talented and hilarious. Now, she can add sex education advocate to that list with a recent Twitter storm that took on the orgasm gap, the lack of conversation about female pleasure, and lack of education about the clitoris. On Twitter late last week, she shared a link to a CNN article titled "Who orgasms most and least, and why." As you might guess,...

When I was 15, I fell in love for the first time. And not the typical adolescent puppy love, but an intense can’t-live-without-you love. I was blind and codependent. I felt so void of love in my home life that any semblance of personalized attention or affection pacified me. It was a love of desperation, a love of attachment.When I was 18, I couldn’t afford college or take out student loans, so I chose to hop in my ’93 Toyota Camry and drive 26 hours...
Today in inventions nobody needed, a male chiropractor has invented a “lipstick” that glues your labia shut while you’re on your period. The product is called “Mensez” and is basically a glue stick for your labia. Ow. A viral Facebook post shows an ad for Mensez by its creator, Kansas chiropractor Dr. Dan Dopps.   The ad reads: “Have you ever woken up with your lips stuck together? It didn’t hurt and it was kind of fun. All you had to do was wet your lips from the inside with...