Sex

What Explains Women's Fascination With BDSM Fiction?

What Explains Women's Fascination With BDSM Fiction?

Every generation or so (i.e., roughly every 25 years) a woman (it’s always a woman) writes a book about kinky sex—and a very specific type of kinky sex.

Robert King
Robert King
10 min read
Sex
Diamonds Aren't Forever
(And Neither is Your Love)

Diamonds Aren't Forever (And Neither is Your Love)

Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world. ~Pliny The Elder Loving someone, and having them love you back, is the most precious thing in the world. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook At age 11, I first glimpsed the bewildering anthropologic spectacle

Rob Brooks
Rob Brooks
13 min read
Sex
The Ironies of Sex

The Ironies of Sex

In “The Problem with Being Cool About Sex,” the Atlantic’s Helen Lewis meditates on the many contradictions inherent in the sexual experience. Among others, Lewis contrasts the victories of women’s sexual liberation to the costs of being objectified and oversexualized, the ongoing friction between our societal condemnation of

Gregory Gorelik
Gregory Gorelik
7 min read
Sex
Can We Have Sex Back?

Can We Have Sex Back?

Somewhere between Women’s Studies turning into Gender Studies and the university lawyers turning into risk managers, we seem to have lost the clitoris. As an historian, I consider this a rare case of history surprising us. Asked in 1970 to predict the likely trajectory of academic feminism from that

Alice Dreger
Alice Dreger
5 min read
Sex
The Language of Sex

The Language of Sex

I had my first “sexual” experiences as a child, somewhere around the fifth or sixth grade. These experiences involved my closest childhood friend. We would play “kidnap” at her house. I’m not entirely sure what the actual plot of the game involved; what I recollect was that one of

Marilyn Simon
Marilyn Simon
10 min read
Sex
The World Economic Forum and the Misleading Politics of Gender Equality

The World Economic Forum and the Misleading Politics of Gender Equality

The annual release of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) often provokes consternation and lamentations among journalists, politicians, and activists about the supposedly sorry position of women in the world today. According to the most recent GGGI report, and due in part to the effects of

David C. Geary and Gijsbert Stoet
David C. Geary and Gijsbert Stoet
11 min read
Health
The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

Diamonds still cut glass regardless of your word for “diamond,” and “cut,” and “glass.” ~Ken Wilber Truth matters. Words matter. What is objectively the case matters. And insofar as our words and concepts can be about the objective world at all, then the shared set of words and meanings that

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
20 min read
Identity
A Treasure Trove of Priceless Pornography

A Treasure Trove of Priceless Pornography

The art world’s initial encounter with the Hungarian-Italian porn star and politician Ilona Staller, better known as Cicciolina, was in her capacity as the muse of Jeff Koons. Koons’s “Made in Heaven” series of sculptures and photographs, which depicted the couple enjoying sexual congress in a variety of

Julia Friedman
Julia Friedman
9 min read
Art