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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...
We're bringing you this Q&A from the Sex Files in our July/August 2019 print issue, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. My long-term partner wants to get his cock pierced, and I don’t want him to. I know it’s his body and he can do whatever he wants with it, but I also feel like I should get a say, since we’ve been monogamous for over a decade. I don’t want to make a big deal about it or make him feel bad, but I...
  We're bringing you this Q&A from the Sex Files in our July/August 2019 print issue, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Q: As someone who’s too cheap to use a vibrator, I use my hand to masturbate. I lubricate using saliva, but what’s the best lube for solo use? –Horny in Brooklyn Dr. Carol Queen: Let no one denigrate the sexual allure and competence of the human hand! It’s a great design for self- or partner stimulation; like many excellent vibrators, it has a variety of...
  Ear-gasm DID YOU KNOW there are podcasts that aren’t just about murder? It’s true! In fact, the sheer breadth of shows out there about sex and relationships means there’s something for every taste, from mild to wild. But these, dear reader, are the best. So, strap on your headphones, lie back, get comfortable, and put these ‘casts in your earholes.  Awkward Sex and the City with Natalie Wall Comedian Natalie Wall knows firsthand that sex is almost never the flawlessly executed, mutually satisfying, and sweat-free event that TV...

Need some guidance heading into for July and August? Our astrologer Lisa Stardust has your back for Cancer and Leo season!  Cancer (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22)The solar eclipse in your sign on July 2 will push you to express your truest sentiments, leaving you feeling vulnerable outside of your protective crab shell. Being exposed proves challenging, especially when secrets are revealed in all your relationships thanks to the lunar eclipse July 16. Luckily, Virgo season begins August 23, and it will help you navigate your...
It’s 2019, and yet for some reason transportation companies in major cities, like the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, prohibits ads talking, or even just hinting, about sex toys. Dame Products, a female-centered sex toy company, is suing the MTA, accusing them of sexism. According to a statement on Dame’s website, they had been approved by the MTA in September for ads featuring their vibrator products, and after investing $150,000 in their campaign, they were rejected by the MTA just three months later. This...
With a lilac backdrop and adorable icons next to words like “cervical mucus,” the FEMM app is millennial kryptonite. Easy to scroll through and undoubtedly aesthetic, the fertility app is meant to help users “get pregnant or avoid pregnancy” by inputting information about their periods, emotional states, sex lives, medication, and more. It’s too cute to feel clinical. The daily check-in feels like a diary entry, a guided exercise in self-reflection—self-care instead of a doctor’s appointment. Who knew far-right, anti-abortion Catholic activists had their fingers so...