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Wish List for Our Children: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Love Who You Are

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.

Identifying As Sex Positive

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I am a sex-positive feminist. That is how I choose to identify myself. This label highlights how I see the world and how I choose to interact with it. I've come to this association after years of struggling with my own sexual identity and history -- a long and torrid journey.

What It's Really Like to Be a Phone Sex Operator

Ella Jameson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Ella Jameson

Marie is part of the "college girls" category, but this is as far as the truth stretches; the picture beside her sex chat persona is a voluptuous, sultry brunette. The reality is a petite and softly-spoken blonde who seems as far removed from an insatiable, risque vixen as you can get.

Virginity Pledges Are a Dangerous Substitute for Sex Edcuation

Beth Leyba | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Beth Leyba

Please, for the love of God, know that sex is normal and natural. Please do not feel shame if you end up giving in to normal biological urges, but before you do please seek out comprehensive information on sex, contraception, and protection.

The Language Of Dude Feminism

J.A. McCarroll | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
J.A. McCarroll

Rather than attacking the institution of masculinity itself, several recent campaigns have attempted a sort of masculinity triage, trying to eliminate violence against women, while still flattering men with the label of protector.

I Don't Want Your Pity: Sex Work And Labor Politics

Belle Knox | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Belle Knox

We assign a cultural significance to sex; it is for procreation and the preservation of the family unit. We are told it is to be cherished and not commodified, but meanwhile sex screams at us from every billboard and TV channel. It seems sex can be used to sell everything except for sex itself.

He Said, She Said: 10 Things We Wish Sex Ed Taught Us

Melissa White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melissa White

"Left to rely on what I heard, I expected to feel something akin to a sonic boom followed by that sparkly thing twilight "vampires" do."

What These Stunning Photos Can Teach Us About 'Sexy'

Posted 06.24.2013 | Women

Constance and Eric, a married couple based in Brooklyn, estimate that they have photographed over 140 people having sex -- as part of their full-time ...

Why Do People Make Such A Big Deal Out Of Sex?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Not everyone who showed up at the sex activists' conference was pierced, tattooed, and draped in leather. It was an edgy assembly for sure, but many of the men and women making their way to workshops at the recent CatalystCon East sported a classic, casual style.

Ruthless Methods to Subdue Sexuality

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

My mother snapped, "Why would anyone buy the cow when they can have the milk for free?" To be compared to livestock made me feel like a useless possession. I had intelligence, right? I had wit and a depth of emotion and experiences to share. Surely my modesty wasn't the only bargaining chip?

Masturbation Is Not A Dirty Word

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Having been brought up in the very religious Deep South, I long thought that even dry humping could get you pregnant. And certainly no one taught me about masturbation. But is this really the way we want to handle human sexuality? Why is sex so taboo?

The Sex Talk I Had With My Mom When I Was 20

Nadia Cho | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Nadia Cho

This holiday season, I came out to my mom about being sexually active, being bisexual, writing about sex for my college newspaper and then getting a ton of media attention for my column on having sex in the library. But did I also mention that I got straight A's this semester?

Good Vibrations Summit 2012

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 11.02.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Sex positive summits are now becoming more and more popular. You can find them all over the United States. Summits like the Good Vibrations Sex Positive Summit lets us know how many people are available to answer any type of question.

An Ethical Slut

Robert Levithan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

I love sex, but I've found that talking openly about my active sex life bothers many readers. Acknowledging an active sex life is tantamount to saying "I am a slut" in our puritanical culture. Frankly, I am over this repressed point of view.

Our Definition of 'Sex-Positive'

Deborah Coady | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Deborah Coady

Every woman can feel sexual or sex-positive as long as she broadens her definition of the term "sex."

Slutwalk SF Says No to Victim Blaming

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 11.14.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Slutwalk was born out of outrage, because victims have been told over and over again that if you are raped or sexually assaulted, somehow you may have brought it upon yourself. It is time to take back our rights and make sure we stay protected.

BREAKING: More Straight Americans Than Gay Americans Having 'Gay Sex'

Noah Michelson | Posted 10.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

Right-wing and evangelical pundits are ignoring one little thing: If we consider that, at the very least, straight Americans outnumber queer Americans 10 to 1, then there are many, many more straight people in this country having "gay sex" than there are gay people having it.

It's Funny Because It's True...

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 04.01.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

One of my favorite things to do is watch stand-up comedy -- especially when it's funny because it's true. And in S.F., there's a woman named Dixie De La Tour who feels the same way about real life stories as they relate to sex and gender.

To Touch or Not to Touch

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 03.25.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Have you ever heard the term sex-positivity? Prior to moving to San Francisco, I had never heard it before. In fact, most people don't actually talk about sex a whole lot.

Sex And The Cult Of Oprah

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 12.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Thanks to Mother O, I have been reexamining my burning ambition and tireless drive to push, push, push in the direction of success. Is it wrong to want to change the world and make people more open to sex?

Friends With Benefits: Keepin' Things Classy

Bianca James | Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago
Bianca James

I feel like our society still has a lot of baggage about casual sex, and there's a real lack of etiquette around how to do it around in a classy way. We are going to learn how to be classy sluts today. I am here to help you.