Dating Someone With Herpes: An Interview With My Boyfriend

April is STD Awareness Month, and with that I’d like to talk about what it’s like dating with herpes. According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of the world’s population has HSV-1 or “oral herpes.” HSV-2, typically associated with genital herpes, is also pretty common with an estimated 1 out of 6 Americans having it. […]

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Mexico City: Pornoterrorista Explores The Female Prostate

In the wake of last week’s heinous attacks on Paris, I found myself thinking about the power of words. There were many to choose from. As we’ve come to expect after attacks in the Occidental world attributed to the Middle East, talking heads were inescapable and they all had well-worn tropes to flog. Us versus […]

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Sex Advice For College Freshman — Or, The University Sex Talk We Wish We Had

Summer is winding down and colleges and universities are swelling with the nubile young flesh of their student populations. If you’re among the privileged who have been accepted into an institution of higher learning, congratulations. If this is your freshman year (or “first year” as my tiny liberal arts college put it) I can pretty […]

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An Open Letter To Those Against The Amnesty International Draft Proposal To Decriminalize Sex Work

Last week, a draft proposal by Amnesty International, which called for the global decriminalization of sex work, leaked. It was met with immediate opposition by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, in a letter signed by many celebrities and public figures, including Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and, perhaps most disturbing, Gloria Steinem. CATW […]

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Selling Sex Positivity and Fair Trade Condoms: Sustain’s Meika Hollender

As the world’s only fair trade, vegan, chemical-free condom company that donates 10% of their profits to women in need, Sustain sells sex with a radical twist. The founders of the company are equally unique: father-daughter team Jeffrey and Meika Hollender started Sustain with more than money in mind. As their website declares: “We believe […]

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