Sex

At the NY premiere of Beth B's latest documentary, EXPOSED–which pulls back the curtain on the NYC Burlesque scene–there was a touching moment during the Q+A that followed the screening: A young audience member revealed that she had grown up in a very closed-minded family, and wept as she thanked the performers for their bravery. This was just one of the many  moments that made me realize that this special movie--which discusses sexuality, letting go of our own insecurities, and what is considered "normal"--needs to be...

  In a recent study involving over 2,000 men and women, entertainment company Mecca found that clean sheets are among women’s top three turn-ons. The well-kept linen closet beat out other strong contenders like a hot bath or a night out with the girlfriends. And the same holds true for men: clean sheets skyrocketed to the top three on the male list of turn-ons.    What else made it onto the lists? Men and women both expressed longings for sexy time after “winning a sum of money” or...

If you haven't heard of Tinder, a "dating" app for the iPhone, you are probably lying and swiping through your matches right now. It seems like everyone and their grandma (literally...Hi Rhonda, 64) is a part of this bizarre craze. And until recently, I had vowed to be a part of the 1% (mostly just consisting of the Amish) who abstained from checking out dudes on my iPhone.   It wasn't the prospect of "virtual" dating that spooked me. Rather, I firmly believe online dating is...
At one point or another, we've all been on the receiving end of a "How about a pic?" text that left us rolling our eyes Liz Lemon style. Fortunately, a handy dandy new app will help you respond to said messages with all the finesse of a 13-year-old meme-loving boy. Childline, the British charity behind this glorious creation, ensures “Zipit [will help] you get flirty chat back on the right track. It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your...

  In Sweden, it soon might be. It was a nice summer day on a Stockholm beach when an unfortunate gentleman, aged 65, got caught getting busy in the sand. Södertörn’s district court acquitted the man of sexual assault because he wasn’t masturbating to anyone in particular. Prosecutor Olof Vrethammar found the ruling fair and does not plan to appeal.    No longer a form of assault in Sweden, public masturbation may still fall under the “disorderly conduct” umbrella, but only time will tell. TIME explains, “the ruling...

Last week, a couple of us BUST bloggers attended the premiere of Kat George’s new web series, The Big Gulp, at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema. The first episode was about seven minutes long, but those seven minutes were really something to be experienced.  The series centers on a group of young friends living in the city, and the first ep (entitled “Winter is Coming”) focused on the issue of "to swallow or not to swallow." The webisode handled this subject with surprising honesty and...

    David Gandy for Dolce & Gabbana   The fight against unrealistic body expectations spawned from airbrushed models on billboards has been going strong for years. The “Dove Real Beauty” campaign showcases women of all shapes, colors, and sizes in their underwear, proving that real beauty comes in all forms. Yet as far as it goes, men haven’t been given the same real life role models. Instead, they’ve been blasted with campaigns like David Beckham for H&M, advertising the pro-athlete’s impossibly muscular body more than the underwear he’s...
Science, that all-knowing amorphous body of research and truth, is revealing more and more about the neurophysiological causes of spontaneous orgasm, specifically in women. In a recent analysis of this phenomenon, The New York Times science reporter William J. Broad investigates a Rutgers University project where female brains were scanned while thinking about erotic fantasies.  Broad recognizes that this isn’t a new idea: sexologist Havelock Ellis talks about spontaneous orgasm in his turn-of-the-century studies, and Kinsey Institute namesake Alfred C. Kinsey wrote about it in the 1940s and ‘50s. (William...
  To some, birth control pills and condoms are no longer the gateways to women’s liberation that they were in they days of Margaret Sanger and her colleagues. New York Magazine’s Ann Friedman recently wrote a piece entitled “No Pill? No Prob. Meet the Pullout Generation” in which she discusses the possible benefits of "pulling out," especially for women.    My response to this idea was something along the lines of “What?!” From the stories I’ve heard, it seems that pulling out is far from liberating: we are...
Ferrett Steinmetz and Daughter   At a recent panel following a screening of the new Amanda Seyfried film Lovelace, Gloria Steinem spoke out against excessive parental control over young women’s intimate lives: “I have always, always said that children must be allowed to disobey.” For weeks, I turned this comment over in my head. How does what we learn from our parents during our young adult years effect our ideas on gender and sexuality? Our romantic behavior? Our sense of worth?   This week, a debate on this very...