5 Ways Sex Ed Promotes Shame

By Birdie McNeill Wouldn’t it be great if sex education helped students feel comfortable and informed when they (eventually) pursued healthy, sexual relationships? Unfortunately, sex education in the US often does the opposite, ignoring the most essential safety information and promoting a sense of shame around body, gender, and … [Read more...]

You Deserve Respectful Sexual Healthcare

By Bianca Palmisano of Intimate Health Consulting, originally published on Slut, Ph.D. and cross-posted with permission “The gynecologist assumed that because I’d had male and female partners within the last year, I was irresponsible somehow. And to top it off, she didn’t even know what a dental dam was, when I told her I’d been … [Read more...]

Men of Few Words: Untold Stories of Sexual Violence

By Birdie McNeill CW: This article includes personal stories of sexual violence and contains explicit language. Rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, consent violation, sexual harassment. When we hear these terms, many automatically picture a small young woman fending off some sexually aggressive man. This paradigm leaves … [Read more...]

The Problem With Consent

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [Read more...]

Privilege and Allyship: What They Look Like, and What You Can Do

By the Adios Barbie team Privilege. A hard thing to accept, let alone leverage in productive ways. But with intersectional feminism as a core tenet of Adios Barbie, it's something we're always thinking about — and always working to improve. Because "checking your privilege" isn't a one-time thing. It's a constant process of … [Read more...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image

By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]

Defining a “Metrosexual Male”

By Sam Killermann, cross-posted from It's Pronounced Metrosexual What does metrosexual mean?  What’s the difference between a metro guy and a non-metro guy?  Isn’t metrosexual just another word for gay?  Is your ringtone from Kimpossible?  These are questions I find myself answering on a semi-daily basis, and I’ll be answering … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]

Mama Needs a New Vag? Plastic Surgery Trend Preys on Post-Pregnancy Vulnerability

By Ashley-Michelle Papon If you’re not familiar with Brandi Glanville, consider yourself lucky. The one-time model and current star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” rose to a mediocre level of celebrity as the woman scorned by established B-lister Eddie Cibrian. In 2008, Cibrian, after nine years of marriage, jilted … [Read more...]

Subjectified: The Film

By Emma Shakarshy It’s raining outside. The lighting is low and soft. There is a trail of rose petals leading to a plush white bed. A muscular man and thin, busty woman, glistening with sweat are having mind-blowing sex, tangling themselves in the sheets. They climax together, the woman’s moans jumping an octave just before the … [Read more...]