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Exercise Improves Sexual Function for Women on Antidepressants

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Researchers show that in women experiencing sexual side effects of antidepressants, exercise improved sexual function.
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Who Wants To Participate In A Sex Study?

Who Wants To Participate In A Sex Study? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, January 20, 3:11 PM

Listed below are links to ongoing studies of human sexuality by researchers around the world. You are eligible to participate in as many as you would like, depending upon whether you meet the selection criteria.

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The Science of Sex

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The journalist on researching lust, the myth of female monogamy, and why “voyeurism is essential to good writing.”


...Among the lessons Bergner says he gleaned from his research is that “women’s desire—its inherent range and innate power—is an underestimated and constrained force.” More controversially, he makes the case that “one of our most comforting assumptions, soothing perhaps above all to men but clung to by both sexes, that female eros is much better made for monogamy than the male libido, is scarcely more than a fairy tale.”


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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 4, 2013 10:09 PM

“one of our most comforting assumptions, soothing perhaps above all to men but clung to by both sexes, that female eros is much better made for monogamy than the male libido, is scarcely more than a fairy tale.”

Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:35 AM

Fabulous!

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Margaret Cho’s Laughing Orgasms

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This is kind of fun: in the most recent installment of Hysterical Literature, Margaret Cho keeps breaking out in squirming giggles and laughter as she orgasms — and eventually drops her Kindle — while reading aloud at the table...

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From Hysterical Literature http://hystericalliterature.com/about/ :


Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It's also just really fun to watch.)

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Defining the Historian: Women Who Write About Sex

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So to try and answer this question for myself I turned first to my books, and then to the brilliant community of historians I know on twitter. And we made a list. A list of women who have written about sex, throughout history, so that I can prove women have been doing this for just as long as men. Sexual knowledge is not the authority of just one gender, although history often likes to tell us differently.

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Care home provider appoints sex 'champions'

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Staff to be taught to see sex as a natural part of life for older and disabled people. Sue Learner reports

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Tess Giles Marshall's curator insight, March 13, 2013 2:23 PM

Although this article focuses on age and physical disability in respect of sexuality, it has lessons too for people with learning disabilities.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:30 PM

I advocate for this all the time.

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Sexual Health Education in Chicago Public Schools Propose Changes to Include Sexual Orientation and Comprehensive Education Through all Grades

Sexual Health Education in Chicago Public Schools Propose Changes to Include Sexual Orientation and Comprehensive Education Through all Grades | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress Proposed CPS sex ed program would add sexual orientation, gender identity Chicago Phoenix Chicago Public Schools is considering a new sexual health education program that would for the first time address sexual orientation and gender...

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Condoms As Evidence

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In San Francisco and other cities across the US, possession of condoms, condom wrappers and conversations about safe sex are used as evidence against sex workers to justify arrest for prostitution and prostitution related charges.

 

The routine use of condoms as a tool to violate our basic human right to protect ourselves from HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as prevent unwanted pregnancies, is unjust and counter to sound public health.  The Human Rights Watch released a report chronicling this absurd practice in four cities:  New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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While primarily about the issue of sex work, the assumptions about condoms as moral negatives instead of health imperatives is dangerous to us all.

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What's Behind Winter Romance?

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Did you know that there's an official "wedding engagement season"? Yup, in spite of the fact that it pisses Jezebel off (They get pissed off over the weirdest stuff.), roughly 40% of proposals occu...

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, January 22, 3:32 PM

Studies about the romance (and sex) of the winter season.

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Ooooh!

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Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society

Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society

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Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society focuses on gender, using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities. The readings-including several written specifically for this volume-will grab students' attention. Topics range from the motivations of X-rated movie stars to vibrator use to gendered sexual fantasies. Same-sex orientation, people of color, and global populations are considered throughout. Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society opens with classical and contemporary theories about sexualities, including selections by Freud, Kinsey, and Fausto-Sterling. Subsequent chapters explore the ways in which we learn about sexual activities and develop sexual identities, both heterosexual and same-sex. The discussion expands to include sexual adaptations, sexual media, intersections with violence, and sexual education. The text ends with a key question: How will the next generation be taught about sex?


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Feminist Porn Depicts Sexuality's Unruly Side Too

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As this type of porn gains visibility, it reflects a greater demand for explicit sexual representations among women, where sex isn't always a "ribbon-tied box of happiness and joy," say editors in this excerpt from "The Feminist Porn Book."


...With the emergence of new technologies that allow more people than ever to both create and consume pornography, the moral panic-driven fears of porn are ratcheted up once again. Society's dread of women who own their desire, and use it in ways that confound expectations of proper female sexuality, persists. As Gayle Rubin shows, "Modern Western societies appraise sex acts according to a hierarchical system of sexual value." Rubin maps this system as one where "the charmed circle" is perpetually threatened by the "outer limits," or those who fall out of the bounds of the acceptable.


On the bottom of this hierarchy are sexual acts and identities outside heterosexuality, marriage, monogamy and reproduction. She argues that this hierarchy exists so as to justify the privileging of normative and constricted sexualities and the denigration and punishment of the "sexual rabble."


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Op-Ed: The truth about women and pornography — They love it! - Digital Journal - DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: The truth about women and pornography — They love it! - Digital Journal - DigitalJournal.com | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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Op-Ed: The truth about women and pornography — They love it!

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A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat

A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Cupcakes only care about their own orgasms. When you see a woman eating a cupcake, you're basically watching her perform cunnilingus on herself. Small and moist and warm and sweet, a cupcake's sole reason for existence is solitary pleasure. Historically, many symbols of female power or divinity involved fertility and/or reproduction: circles and eggs, Mother Earth and Mother Goose. But modern times call for modern branding, and if you're looking for the shorthand way to label something as being of, for or about the essence of a woman, and you have no pictogram of a vagina handy, by all means, slap a cupcake on it.

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Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut

Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

I believe in the empowerment of aesthetic response. I believe it’s just as important — perhaps even more so –to do with porn and erotic materials than it is with Art.

 

Understanding your reactions, positive and negative, makes you a more self-aware human being. A wiser human being. To me, this is the intellectual version of an opposable thumb because it separates us from the simple wankers. And when it comes to our relationships, it is just as important to be able to articulate our reactions so that we can share them with our partners. Having struggled to do this for ourselves, we become aware just how difficult the process is and therefore we have greater understanding when our partners share their struggled-to-arrive-at reactions. Simply put, talking about turn-ons, turn-offs, and why we have them means not only increased intimacy, becoming better lovers, but we can then select erotica materials for mutual enjoyment.

 

In the case of this photo, and those like them, my negative feelings are deeper than the words “tacky” and “silly”. Deeper and more painful.


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Not Shipshape: STI Rates Higher for Women in the Military - RH Reality Check

Not Shipshape: STI Rates Higher for Women in the Military - RH Reality Check | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Not only are unintended pregnancy rates higher for some servicewomen—now we’re learning that across the military, the STI rate among women is seven times than that of the general population.
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Grindlay and Grossman conclude: “Confusion or concern about these laws might put women at increased risk of unintended pregnancy since some are led to believe that they will not need contraception for deployment and because they may be fearful of asking for contraception.”

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