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Questions for the Queen DR. CAROL QUEEN TAKES ON THE GAG REFLEX How do I get good at deep throating when I have a history of bulimia? It’s been years since I was active, but I trained my gag reflex really well. –Down to Deep ThroatDeep throating is one of many fellatio options, and generally not even the most pleasurable kind for the person with the penis. Many people find it uncomfortable to do. You can probably get better at it, but you also don’t have to...

For many single ladies and gentlemen of the 19th century, placing a matrimonial advertisement in a local newspaper was considered a viable alternative to traditional courtship. It was especially popular with those who were new to an area or those who had no family or social groups through which they might otherwise obtain an introduction to a suitable partner. Naturally, there were those traditionalists who frowned upon this method of acquiring a spouse. It was viewed as undignified, indelicate, and dangerous. Even so, matrimonial advertisements...
What’s the Buzz?THE NEW RECHARGEABLE MAGIC WAND IS A MODERN IMPROVEMENT ON AN OLD STANDBY In the world of vibrators, the Magic Wand is legendary—a veritable Excalibur wielded by many a thrill-seeking Lady of the Lake for top-notch clit stimulation. Hitachi, the original manufacturer, removed its name from the gadget in 2013, but even 48 years after it was first introduced to the retail market as a device to “soothe sore muscles,” the Wand still delivers the same bone-rattling good time. Plus, the durable design means...
Illustration by Tianhua MaoYOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRSTDeep in the heart of an urban BDSM parlor, a young dominatrix has a life-changing experience thanks to a dungeon, a turtle, and a magic wand Walking Through Manhattan's Herald Square, the average civilian would never suspect that above a dollar-a-slice pizzeria is a suite of dimly lit rooms outfitted with bondage wheels, wooden crosses, whips, chains, and medical paraphernalia. It was in this modest BDSM dungeon last summer that I experienced many firsts. It was the site of my first experience with sex...
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...
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