Sex

      Over 100 women are suing Endo Pharmaceuticals and blaming the company for the negligent packaging that resulted in their unwanted pregnancies. For those unfamiliar with how the pill works, here’s a quick review: you take one pill a day for three weeks, and during the week of your period, you take one placebo pill per day as well. Et voila, no pregnancy. Oops! Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Endo, incorrectly packaged their pill packs so that women took their placebo pill when they should have been...

  According to the CDC, over 20% of American women ages 14-49 have genital herpes. Ella Dawson tells teenage girls how to fight the stigma. I remember the first time I was ever called a whore. I had just turned fifteen and this boy, this arrogant little fucker, was angry because I had “broken up” with him after one movie date in order to ask out someone cuter. Our group of friends was walking to the gas station after school to buy gigantic fountain sodas, and he just said it. Whore. I...
An Australian online pharmacy called Chemist Warehouse is getting a lot of blowback for selling a “Virgin Pussy” sex toy, complete with a “realistic hymen just waiting to be popped!” The Daily Mail reported that a group called Collective Shout, which works against the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, encouraged its supporters to speak out against the Chemist Warehouse product.  Lots of tweets called out the pharmacy for perpetuating rape culture and pedophilia and it was removed from the site, but what everyone is...

Hey, New Yorkers and Seattleites—you’ll never guess what your neighbors have been up to—dreaming up sex toys to make your intimate life more fun! Check out some of these stimulating inventions by local entrepreneurs.   Dame Products, Brooklyn, makers of the Eva Vibrator. Dame Products was founded by smart women with the mission of making the world a happier place one vagina at a time!    New York Toy Collective, New York, makers of Shilo Dildo. NYTC believes that everyone should be able to have the kind of sex that they enjoy no matter the...

Q: I’m an older woman (just north of 50) and, after years of being celibate, I have found myself interested in BDSM. I tried for a very long time to convince myself that I didn’t want a single shred of kink in my life, and very nearly succeeded. Circumstances in my life also made it difficult to focus on anything like a relationship, never mind one that would involve kink. I don’t want a Story of O relationship, and I don’t want to rush into...
The tampons have eyes in this Swedish music video– they are dancing tampons teaching kids about menstruation. From the Swedish television station Barnkanalen, catchy musical clips like these are combatting the stigma of periods by emphasizing that they're a healthy sign the body is functioning correctly. Alex Hermansson, one of the show's hosts, sings along, declaring we should "Hip Hip Hooray for Period!" while tampons dance.  Cute right? At the end, it kind of looks like Hermansson is thinking about taking a bite out of the tampon,...

Everything You Need To Know About The IUD Plenty of pregnancy-preventing people have been washing down daily birth control since the ’60s. But a 21st-century makeover of an older, easier method has recently been giving The Pill a run for its money. The IUD—also known as an Intrauterine Device—is an inch-long T-shaped gadget that is inserted into the uterus by a doctor, sans surgery, and can prevent pregnancy for years. That’s probably why the number of people using the device has quadrupled since 2002. In the States,...
  The latest survey on the sex lives of college students, which apparently the entire world (myself included) will never get tired of fixating on, comes from New York Magazine. In the article “Heirs to the Sexual Revolution,” after having polled more than 700 college students from a wide range of schools they concluded that “the sexual revolution has been won” because students are having lots of sex within the bounds of all kinds of relationship frameworks and they are identifying across a wide and complicated...

EDIT: After this piece was originally published, Flirtmoji admitted to unintentionally plagiarizing artist Erin Tobey's illustrations for some of their designs. Read Flirtmoji's statement here, read Erin's statement here, and see more of Erin's art here. We here, we’re horny, and we’re texting about it. Yet, we’re left sending emojis of eggplants and whales. “Why?” you might ask a millennial. Because the tech world seems to be denying that, like it or not, our sexualities are going to intersect with the soft glow of our smart phones...

Q: I’m the mom of two boys, ages four and eight, and I want to be open and honest with them about sex—when the time comes. I feel like my eight year old is close to ready, but I’m nervous about starting a conversation he may not be ready for. Should I wait for him to ask me? I’d also love any recommendations about this conversation in general. I want to make sure that we can always talk openly and respectfully. I definitely want to...