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Stop Commenting On My Baby Girl's Body

Dawn Yanek | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Dawn Yanek

When a stranger comments on the sexiness of my 10-month-old daughter, it's gross, yes. But it's also damaging on a much more fundamental level -- to all of us.

Penthouse Wants You To Reclaim Your Vagina

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2016 | Fifty
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

It was not until she was age 35 that Holland first entered the 'adult' world, but the minute she did, she felt for the first time ever that she had come home. She loved the freedom, the passion, and the uninhibited expression. She found it inspiring, and she saw opportunities for positive empowerment in every project. The work brought her to the front lines of feminism.

I Preach Acceptance, So Why Am I Ashamed To Like Men?

The Establishment | Posted 08.19.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

“Why don’t you just call yourself straight?” my roommate Elisa asked. “I mean, you haven’t dated a woman in years.” I sighed, having heard...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche: 'A Feminist Is Who And What I Am'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly has a way with words. On Sunday, the Nigerian feminist writer sat down with London’s Southbank Centre Seni...

Sneaking Past the Lioness

Abigail Meisel | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Abigail Meisel

One of the upsides of getting older is passing more easily through the Lioness Gate, the barrier many women build between other females and their priz...

Don't Tell Me What Sex Acts I'm Allowed To Enjoy!

Vanessa de Largie | Posted 05.13.2016 | Style
Vanessa de Largie

It's 2016 and the world is becoming more politically correct. You can't take a breath without being accused of being sexist, racist, misogynist, agei...

Let's Stop Staring and Stop Studying Boobs

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Elisabeth Dale

Here's what I do know: talk is cheap. We repeat the mantra that "breast is best," but we give women few resources to breastfeed beyond a few weeks. We say we care about those with breast cancer by buying up pink products, but those efforts don't do much for those diagnosed with the deadliest form of the disease.

My "Hips Don't Lie," but They Do Demand Consent

Erin Moyer | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Erin Moyer

While some people argue that grinding is simply "all in good fun," even the definition of the word grind, "to oppress," leaves me wondering if other women are having a hard time having fun in this culture of no consent.

Feminine Muscularity: Reshaping The Cultural Understanding of Beauty

Alanah Joseph | Posted 03.21.2016 | Black Voices
Alanah Joseph

In a time when women continue fighting to be equal to men, why do we subscribe to beauty standards that make women appear demure? Why is it increasingly sexy to be thin and dainty?

Ladies, We Need To Talk About Gynecologic Cancers - Now!

Erin Havel | Posted 02.25.2016 | Women
Erin Havel

Say them with me: Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vaginal, Vulvar. These are not shameful terms, and they are not cancers we can ignore due to discomfort....

The Birds and The Bees and Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Dr. Laurie Marker

Maybe yet another reason we zoologists study the birds and the bees in the animal kingdom is to learn something that informs our human experience. Observing the mating game of the female cheetah, my dating policy about buying my own drinks has been validated.

This Valentine's Day, Try Outlander

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

It's that awkward time of year again--Valentine's Day--when the forces of consumerism conspire to propel men into mate-retention mode: to avoid being ...

The Hum-Balls-Harlot

Vanessa de Largie | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women
Vanessa de Largie

As my age increased, so did my sexual experience and confidence in the bedroom. I no longer felt scared and vulnerable when men asked me to try new things -- actually I felt excited.

How To Stop Your Vagina From 'Turning To Stone' As You Age

Pamela Madsen | Posted 01.12.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Your vagina will physically and spiritually evolve/change as you do over time. If you are trained to believe, not educated or simply have fear and shame around your vagina, you may feel like your vagina is like some great big void inside of you.

The 25 Best and Worst Sex Moments From 2015

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.

This Is How To Give The Gift Of Orgasm This Holiday Season

Pamela Madsen | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

What gift do you really want? Is it really that new sweater or tie? If you're honest with yourself, would the answer be to feel sexual arousal again, or to have some kind of ramped up and new sexual experience? What if all you want for Christmas is an orgasm? You wouldn't be alone.

An Interview with James Suriano on His Debut Science Fiction Novel, Inbiotic

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

Right now you are reading this article on one of a myriad of technology devices that have become almost indispensable to our everyday living. While we...

What Women Really Want from Porn

Kit Murray Maloney | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women
Kit Murray Maloney

Ever wonder why men seem to be less particular about their porn than women? It has nothing to do with a desire for getting aroused and everything to do with context and content. Traditional porn is created by men and for men, meaning it's filmed with a man and his fantasies in mind.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

The Purity Standard Is Outdated And Unfair. And it's Time For It To Go

Ali Owens | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Ali Owens

If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame. Despite the personal nature of this story, I feel compelled to share it, because I fully believe that no young woman should have to experience such intense shame -- yet the sad truth is, most do.

What It's Like to Be a Mormon Woman

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Of course, I cannot speak for every Mormon woman. Each of us has a different experience, but here are a few of the experiences which I think unite us. I hope that this make us as a whole a little less mysterious to outsiders, and perhaps even to the Mormon men who think they know us so well.

Female Sexual Satisfaction: Are the Times Really a Changing?

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 09.01.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

Since August 18, headlines have proclaimed the news about the approval of the so-called "female Viagra," Addyi™ . The approval sparked enthusiastic responses from advocates and opponents, which will no doubt continue.

How I Found My Sexual Voice With The Help Of A Professional

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.19.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Women pay for sexual experiences with a professional to try something they don't want to do with their partners often out of fear that their partner will judge them. Women pay for sex because things just aren't working erotically at home.

Fast or Slow Sex: Which Is Better?

Petra Zebroff | Posted 08.13.2016 | Women
Petra Zebroff

Following the belief that women are more likely to enjoy slow sex, it was fully expected that men would crave "fast sex" more often. But women surprised us by reporting that they preferred a faster pace more often than men.

Why Don't We Trust Young Women With Their Own Vaginas?

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.14.2016 | Women
Pamela Madsen

The goal should not be to shut down or control our daughters relationships with their own sexuality. We need to allow them to learn how to listen, trust and feel their own sexual instincts.