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I was the epitome of uncool in middle school. Almost all of my “friends” were people who would make fun of me constantly and in exchange for putting up with this, they might invite me out every six months. The sadness of being left out and bullied was worsened by how desperately I wanted a boy to like me. How could I meet anyone, especially someone of the opposite gender, if I never had the opportunity to? To search for potential pals, I decided to join...

From candid discussions about consent and STIs to self-worth and gender identities, as well as helpful how-tos about giving head, fingering, or preparing your bedroom for sexy company, Amy Rose Spiegel’s Action: A Book About Sex is a progressive holistic look at a modern sexuality. It’s complete with autobiographical moments from the Spiegel, a Brooklyn-based writer and former editor of Rookie. BUST: Your book speaks a lot about resisting traditional scripts of sexuality — ways we’ve been taught sex and dating are “supposed to” go. For...
  What’s the deal with yoni eggs and crystal dildos? Are they actually safe to use internally? I also worry about yoni eggs getting stuck, even if they have a string attached.  –Chakra ChicaIf  Sexologist Carol Queen: If you do a Google search for the phrase “yoni egg,” you’ll find tons of claims about what they’ll do for your pelvic floor and your spirituality. There are plenty of pelvic floor products, many made of or covered with silicone, and these are superior items as far as cleaning and body...

A 3D clitoris is heading to the market and it's not a sex toy. The world's first, anatomically correct 3D clitoris will be used for sex education in French schools, starting during primary school. While the states struggle to get basic sexual education for high school students, French schoolchildren will learn a detailed anatomy of the clitoris and its potential for sexual pleasure. Sociomedical researcher Odile Fillod created a sculpture that will teach children (and adults too) that the clitoris and penis are anatomically the same....

I had my first orgasm five years after I started having sex. Every time a partner touched my clitoris, it felt so unbearable and uncomfortable that I'd fake it, just to make him stop. I'm not proud of my pre-orgasm, faking days but I was completely clueless on how to get off. I never considered even telling my partners my frustrations. How angry they would be if they found out I was faking it! I loved having sex but deep down I wondered if I...

Out of all the STDs out there, herpes is one of the most common, least dangerous, and most stigmatized. The herpes stigma is ridiculous given that it’s a disease that rarely has any symptoms or causes any health problems for those who have it. Yet, so many people live in fear of getting herpes or of anyone finding out they already have herpes. A lot of this stigmatization is rooted in slut shaming.Other incurable STDs are usually more serious (such as HIV) and therefore they...
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...