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We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. I’m interested in getting more involved in the BDSM community, and I want to go to my first “munch”—a casual social gathering for people interested in the lifestyle—but I’m so nervous and have no idea what to expect. Help! – A Snack A munch is an event tailor-made for newbies, usually held in a public place, where kinky and kink-curious folks gather together to meet, be convivial, and introduce newcomers...
Sexual education in schools and at home has been a longstanding problem in America. Many people do not receive accurate or sufficient information on sexual health, either from their parents or from their schools. Andrea Barrcia, founder and CEO of O.school, is working to change that. Her website that aims to give everyone the sexual education that they need and deserve, regardless of their background. When researching into the state of American public school’s sex ed regulations, the results are concerning. The Guttmacher Institute reports that...
Looking for something new to get your motor running? Try Math, a feminist, pornographic print magazine that according to its publisher, Brooklyn-based artist Mackenzie Peck, “creates environments for sexual discovery and fantasy without shame or fear.” Beautifully photographed in a way that celebrates the complexities of human sexuality, Math showcases a variety of body shapes, ages, colors, and sizes, and also includes several erotic essays for those who prefer words to pictures. Brimming with kink, cool interviews, penises, and pussies, it has something hot for...
  Things were tough in WWII, but some enterprising young women in the U.S. came up with a devious money-making scheme, at the expense of some poor hapless soldiers. See, in the U.S. if you were married to a soldier you were entitled to a $20 a week "allotment" if they were shipped overseas to fight during the War, and if they were killed in action, you were entitled to $10,000! Obviously this allotment was a godsend to wives who had families to feed whilst their husbands were at...
We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. This is a real question. If you’re very allergic to a food like peanuts, and your partner eats that food, is it safe to rim them? Should I have an EpiPen on hand? – Nuts for Anal If you are really allergic, such that microscopic amounts can trigger dangerous symptoms, then yes, I’d keep that EpiPen right next to the lube. Harm reduction principles suggest that if your partner cleans out...

I’m framing this conversation very specifically around cis, straight men and women as that is my area of experience and in an effort to keep this piece representative of one concise idea; however, please take liberties to apply this dynamic to various genders or sexual identities as may apply. And if you have specific feedback or examples either within or outside of the confines of the heteronormative dynamic, please share them in the comments or send me a message. I’d love to hear your experiences! So,...

From BUST's June/July 2018 issue, astrologist Sonia Ortiz shares her astrological advice for ladies looking to get laid.  Gemini May 21 to June 20Summer lovin’ happened so fast! After diving headfirst into a new relationship, you’re reassessing if you want to be committed. After all, your free-spirited nature forces you to fall in love every day. Decide if your partner makes the cut. Use your Mercurial gifts to evaluate them. If you decide to move on, you will bounce back fast—just in time to meet another...
This might be the weirdest sex toy we’ve seen—and that’s saying something. Adult game maker Nutaku (as in online hentai games, not sexy dice or anything) has released a sex toy called the “Flick’N’Jerk,” modeled on your favorite toy from elementary school, the Bop-It Extreme. Like the Bop-It Extreme, the Flick'N'Jerk has four handles with a different toy on each end. Unlike the Bop-It Extreme, these toys are meant to come into contact with your genitalia and anus. There’s a 12-inch dildo, a vibrator, a "stroker"...

2017 was an exceptionally busy year for me, both in and out of bed, and somehow I managed to miss my yearly gynecologist checkup. So when myLAB’s Uber Box home STD testing kit arrived at BUST HQ, I snatched it up like Gollum and ran off to make sure everything was kosher in my undercarriage. The Uber, which retails for $269, tests for herpes simplex type II, HIV I and II, hepatitis C, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. As advertised, it was shipped in a discreet...
    We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Are blood tests for herpes useful? I’ve never had a breakout, but I don’t want to unknowingly pass it on to partners. –Dating Mindfully I don’t recommend a blood test, though there are such tests and you could take one. The biggest reason to do it doesn’t have to do with your current or future partners; it’s related to whether you might become pregnant and possibly pass it on during a...