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This Week in Sex: New Research on Sperm and Egg Attraction, Viagra and Skin Cancer, and Facebook and Body Image

Scientists discover how sperm and egg latch on to each other.

This week, we look at several pieces of new research: scientists discovered how sperm and egg latch on to each other, a study suggests that Viagra may cause melanoma, and researchers question whether Facebook makes women feel fat.

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Get Real! Why Am I Scared to Touch My Own Vagina?

Feeling anxiety or shame about one's own genitals happens. Here are some things to consider when it is, and some approaches to learning to accept and embrace a body part where we can get all too many messages to the contrary.

Feeling anxiety or shame about one’s own genitals happens. Here are some things to consider and some approaches to learning to accept and embrace these body parts.

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Keep It Real Campaign Asks Fashion Magazines to Ditch Photoshop (At Least Once a Month)

When it comes to body image issues the odds are stacked against girls. Three out of four teenage girls feel depressed, guilty, and shameful after spending just three minutes leafing through a fashion magazine.  The Keep It Real Campaign wants to change this by making one simple ask of fashion magazines: print at least one picture of a model that is not retouched in photoshop in each issue.

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How Modesty Doctrines Made Me Hate My Body

Modesty taught me that my first priority needed to be making sure I wasn’t a “stumbling block” to men. Not being sexually attractive was the most important thing I had to consider when buying clothes, putting them on, maintaining my weight (can’t have things getting tight!), and moving around (can’t wiggle those hips, or let a little knee show). Modesty taught me that what I looked like was what mattered most of all. Not what I thought. Not how I felt. Not what I was capable of doing. Worrying about modesty, and being vigilantnotto be sexy, made me even more obsessed with my looks than the women in short shorts and spray tans I was taught to hate

 

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Turning 40, Going Global

Photo by Kathleen Dooher

Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women’s rights.

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Get Real! I’m a Guy Interested in Receptive Anal Sex: Does That Mean I’m Gay?

Who is curious about, wants or enjoys receptive anal sex? People who are curious about, want or enjoy receptive anal sex. What does that alone tell us about someone’s sexual orientation? Nothing.

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Botox and Better Butts? What Messages Are We Sending to Young Girls?

A mom gives Botox injections to her eight-year-old daughter and a sneaker company markets butt-shaping shoes for young girls. What messages are we sending young girls?

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Do These Pants Make Me (Look) Trans?

Gender and gender identity are complex and diverse: there’s not just one way of being a girl, being trans gender, and those also aren’t your only choices. So how do you figure out where you’re at when the little boxes don’t seem to fit?

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Get Real! Three on Going With the Flow

A range of alternative options for managing menstrual flow and a little unpacking for someone worried about not having a first period yet.

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Get Real: How do I make these erections stop!?!

Hopefully what I can do is help you to worry about it less and accept the way your body is right now more.

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