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An issue regarding decriminalizing sex work has divided members of the National Organization for Women. Toni Van Pelt, the president of NOW, reignited the long-debated issue after testifying in front of the D.C. council last October, where she vehemently stated on the behalf of the organization that it would not support a bill to legalize sex work in the capitol. The 72-year-old argued that, if legal, the area would become a hotspot for sex tourism and endanger women and girls. She added that the industry is...

We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexlogist Dr. Carol Queen. Whenever my significant other and I have sex in a position where we’re face to face, he keeps his eyes closed the entire time, and it makes me feel bad that he won’t look at me or into my eyes. Is there a good way to broach the topic without making him feel self-conscious? –Private Eyes   Dr: Carol Queen: You might just want to try saying something like, “Please look at...
YOU MAY WELL have heard about the new drugs for women who are upset or “distressed” about their sexual desire—mostly, that they don’t have enough of it. One is a pill–not to be taken with any alcohol (as if!), and the other, well, it’s an injection the woman must give herself just under the skin on her abdomen (or thigh, if that seems more appealing). Aside from the debate as to whether these drugs are really any better than a placebo, and the various side...

   From BUST's Winter 2020 issue, Lisa Stardust gives astrological guidance to getting laid. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)Elevate your relationship during the Aquarius new moon January 24, when you’ll feel chatty enough to assert your desires. Be advised, you’ll be expecting your sexual partner to intuitively know what you like during February’s Mercurial moonwalk—never a good idea. Once Mercury turns direct, you’ll come to understand that you need to sex-press your passions in order for them to properly get you off.   Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan....
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently released their surveillance report on STDs, and the statistics are alarming: reported cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in the U.S. have all risen for the fifth consecutive year in a row. The number of patients contracting and living with STDs reached an all-time high last year in 2018, and it is only expected to rise for this current year. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist with the CDC, said in a statement to CNN, “Combined [the cases] total...
We're bringing you this Q&A from the Sex Files in our September/October 2019 print issue, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Q: Whenever I travel, my crotch sets off the TSA scanner and I have to get patted down. I have a NuvaRing, but there’s nothing else in my vagina/vulva that could be confused for contraband. No piercings, nothing. I am also a large lady. Perhaps that’s a factor? Do you have any idea WTF could be going on?! It’s super embarrassing and a huge...

We're bringing you this Q&A from the Sex Files in our September/October 2019 print issue, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. I’ve been reading online about “muffing”—a sex act in which the body cavities where the testes descend from are penetrated—but I’m not sure I understand how it works. Can you give me a primer? –Getting Handsy Muffing is a hand-sex variant in which you stimulate the inguinal canals. You can look up “inguinal canals,” but be warned that you’ll initially find a lot of anatomy...
  What’s the Deal With DILFs? AS A SEXOLOGIST, my academic interest in DILFs was piqued in the mid-2000s when my husband and I rotated pick-up duties for after-school childcare. We both noticed that many of the employees there—all women in their early 20s—were crushing on the dads picking up their kids. Although they were of varying ages, sizes, and degrees of wit and hotness, these guys all received considerable admiration from the female staff. Such was my first introduction to the DILF: the Dad I’d Like...

Feeling good, but still a bit unsure heading into September and October? Our astrologer Lisa Stardust has got you covered! Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)The lesser-known sensual side to your normally hyper-prudent personality will want to come out to play starting on September 21, when Jupiter and Neptune square off. Pluto’s return to forward motion on October 3 brings out your hedonistic desires—even pushing you to attend a sex party, a consensual BDSM soirée, or a make-out event aimed to expand the mind while embracing your...
As is the tech sector, the sex industry is notoriously dominated by men. The mashup of both industries, dubbed “sex tech,” represents a 30 billion dollar business including everything from sex toys to apps that track your period. Traditionally, the sex industry has catered to male identities, with women’s sexuality being an accessory intended for a man’s pleasure. But concepts of sex and erotica are perpetually evolving. And women are here to break the stigma and claim their right to sexual pleasure, as well as a...