When I moved back to my hometown in South Dakota after leaving my job in Chicago, I knew I was taking a risk—a risk that I would lose access to a queer community. What I didn’t expect was that my own state government would start to push to decide that I am not a person worth protecting, that I am not deserving of dignity.
In fact, we’ve been having the same fight over sexual promiscuity like clockwork about every 40 years, going back at least a couple centuries.
The Family Research Council recently presented a paper positing that the problem with abortion is that women are just having too much sex. It’s part of a trend: Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality.
A 13-year-old student recently took a picture of a poster hanging at her school that listed ways in which couples can express affection, including grinding and oral sex. Some parents are outraged, and the sex ed curriculum is now under review. But should it be?
What if heterophobia was a real thing? This enlightening short film portrays a world in which being gay is accepted and expected, and being straight leads to bullying and prejudice, and subsequent depression and hopelessness for those of heterosexual orientation. Love is All You Need is a film by Wingspan Pictures, created and directed by K.Rocco Shields.
Two new documentaries directed by young women operate under a shared thesis: Women need to talk about sex.
Earlier this year, New Jersey became the second state to ban reparative therapy—the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation—for minors. Now a couple is suing, saying that their son wants this therapy and should be allowed to get it.
A new study of women in Costa Rica finds that one dose of the HPV vaccine may be enough to create the antibodies needed to prevent infection. If confirmed, this could be good news for people in the United States and abroad.
Four women break down Halloween’s female stereotypes and suggest a “monstrous” way for women to make the holiday their own, for expressing their own selves. Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. [via Upworthy]
Though kissing may be considered first base by some, new research says that this sexual activity has many functions in a relationship—but sexual arousal isn’t one of the more important ones.