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Society's Obsession with Penetrative Sex is Messing with our Orgasms

Society's Obsession with Penetrative Sex is Messing with our Orgasms

By Kesiena Boom Sex has a myriad of configurations–that’s part of what makes it so endlessly entertaining, right? The frustrating fact, though, is that one form of sex is privileged, centered, and deified as the ‘authentic’ form of sexual expression. Namely, good old penetration. But not just any penetration–fingering doesn’t quite cut it in the hierarchy of widely accepted narratives of what constitutes the act of sex. Many of us believe that sex is initiated when a penis enters a vagina (thanks patriarchy!). Obviously, this is wholly not the case. Sex is whatever you make of it, to be honest. Whenever you’re wondering if what you’re doing is sex you can refer to Autostraddle’s foolproof flowchart for clarification. Narratives surrounding...

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How I Taught Myself Sexual Confidence

How I Taught Myself Sexual Confidence

By Jessica Webb. (Photo credit: @isabelladiasx) I remember being taught not to touch my "private spots" as early as the age of four. I had no idea why these were the rules, but it obviously made me extremely curious. My first memory of masturbating was around the same time I went into kindergarten. I had no idea what I was doing or why I was doing it. I just knew it felt so good. I remember being aware that I was doing something taboo–it was something I had to hide, as instructed by my mother and her private spot talks. So naturally, I did not tell a soul. Fast-forward eight years. A boy in my 7th grade science class gets...

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Make a Woman Cum for Once: Musings on the Orgasm

Make a Woman Cum for Once: Musings on the Orgasm

By Jessica Webb (yep, that's me in the photo!) I recently attended SXSW in Austin, Texas, and could not imagine a better time to wear the shirt I had recently purchased. It is a plain white T-shirt with bold red letters that read, "Make A Woman Cum For Once." Brilliant. I knew a crowded festival in the middle of the city would be the perfect place to prove a point. My shirt would get attention for the simple fact that the words written across it are risqué and utterly true. Most of the men who caught a glimpse quietly turned away. The women loved it and didn't hesitate to tell me so.  A cute man with a burly build quickly asked, "Do you...

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The Revenant and Rape

The Revenant and Rape

I went to see The Revenant last week, and as a massive Leo fan (you can have Titanic, give me What’s Eating Gilbert Grape!), I was giddy with excitement to see him in the role that is supposed to finally win him best actor. I hated it. And I hate that I hated it because I wanted to love it. The cinematography is phenomenal. Iñárritu captures the raw vulgarity of America's terrain in a way that leaves you feeling vulnerable and microscopic. But the plot line is weak, and at times, offensive. I concede that it would be historically inaccurate to cast females in the hunting party, and so a complete absence of women in this film would be acceptable....

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