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Talking About What You Want in Bed Makes Sex More, Not Less, Pleasurable

Unlike what a recent Elle.com article suggests, I can’t think of anything with a sexier payoff than spending time discussing the logistics of mutual pleasure.

Unlike what a recent Elle.com article suggests, I can’t think of anything with a sexier payoff than spending time discussing the logistics of mutual pleasure.

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We Can Teach Kids About Consent Without Bringing Sex Into the Conversation

My husband and I have been establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

By respecting our daughter’s wishes when she asks us to stop tickling her, my husband and I are modeling other correct behavior as well: We’re establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

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The Middle Ground in the Fight Over ‘Viagra for Women’

Last week a pharmaceutical company submitted a third claim for approval of a drug to increase female sexual desire amid accusations that the FDA's failure to approve the drug thus far reeks of sexism.  On the flip side, a group of advocates are arguing that no such drug is needed.  Who's right? Who's wrong? And is there any middle ground?

Some advocates are calling the Food and Drug Administration’s historical hesitation to approve a drug that would treat low sex drive in women sexist; others are saying the development of the medication itself is sexist. Who’s in the right?

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Vice Investigates Harmful Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Practices

Despite numerous bans on gay “conversion therapy” across the country, some organizations continue to provide discredited practices they say can “cure” same-sex attractions in their clients. In part one of Vice’s investigation into organizations that purport to “convert” gay people, Vice visits Journey Into Manhood, a weekend long retreat “designed specifically for men who are self-motivated and serious about resolving unwanted homosexual attractions.” [via Vice]

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#ThisIsLuv Campaign Shows Love for Black LGBTQ Community

Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to Melissa Harris-Perry about the #ThisIsLuv campaign, a multimedia campaign that challenges the notion that the Black community is less likely than other communities to accept LGBTQ family and community members. [via MSNBC]

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This Week in Sex, Valentine’s Day Edition: Candy, Flowers, and ‘Teledildonics’

Valentine's Day is a $19 billion holiday. How are folks spending that money?

Valentine’s Day is a $19 billion holiday. How are folks spending that money?

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Comedian Sabrina Jalees at TEDxToronto: Be Proud of What Makes You Different

In her TED Talk, which was filmed in Toronto last fall, Sabrina Jalees shares how embracing her individuality and being proud of what made her different helped her become happier and more successful than she was prior to coming out to her audiences and Muslim family.

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Sexuality Doesn’t Vanish When You Turn 65

At institutions and in organizations that ostensibly cater to older adults’ needs, the matter of their sexuality is often ignored altogether.

At institutions and in organizations that ostensibly cater to older adults’ needs, the matter of their sexuality is often ignored altogether.

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This Year in Sex: We’re Living in the Future

Between the high-tech sex toys, transplanted uteri, lab-grown penises, and perils of hookup apps, 2014 sometimes sounded like a science fiction novel. But we can't forget the news about IUDs and STIs that came out this year, either.

Between the high-tech sex toys, transplanted uteri, lab-grown penises, and perils of hookup apps, 2014 sometimes sounded like a science fiction novel. But we can’t forget the news about IUDs and STIs that came out this year, either.

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Eight-Year-Old Raps About Positive Experience Coming Out to His Mom

Meet Alex, a young boy who proudly raps about his experience coming out as trans to his mom. As the Advocate explains, “studies have shown that trans kids with affirming parents are less likely to experience suicidal thoughts” or other consequences of depression. The video was recorded at Camp Aranu’tiq, a summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth. [via Advocate.com]

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