Mendelsund / Munday Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession. by KATE JULIAN These should be boom times for sex. The share of Americans who say sex between unmarried adults is “not wrong at all” is at an all-time high. New cases of HIV are at an all-time low. Most women can—at last—get birth control for free, and the morning-after pill without a prescription. If hookups are your thing, Grindr and Tinder offer the prospect of casual sex within the hour. The phrase If something exists, there … Continue reading Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?
Photo courtesy the author A world segregated into male and female categories feels suffocating. Nonbinary identity is a radical escape hatch by Robin Dembroff is an assistant professor in philosophy at Yale University in Connecticut. Edited by Sally Davies Recently, I found myself at London Stansted Airport, travelling back to the United States. I’m a frequent flyer, so I’m familiar with the airport ritual: shoes, laptop, body scanner. But for myself and many others, the final instalment of this liturgy tends to become a social test. As usual, I braced myself and stepped into the scanner. ‘Arms like this… Anything in your … Continue reading Why be nonbinary?
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Fun fact: The open-mouth O-face is distinctly Western by Ian Lecklitner The face that someone makes when they climax depends on where in the world they come from (pun completely unavoidable): That’s one of the results of a particularly fascinating study published early this month. More specifically, researchers found that people from Western and East Asian cultures have different understandings of which facial expressions actually indicate the moment you blow your load. Westerners expect widened eyes and gaping mouths, while Easterners predict closed eyes and tight-lipped smiles. On the opposite side of the emotional spectrum, the researchers … Continue reading WHY ORGASM FACES DIFFER ACROSS CULTURES
How did human homosexuality evolve? by RICHARD PRUM Richard O. Prum is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in avian biology. He is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and the Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. His latest book is The Evolution of Beauty. Richard Prum: Diversity in sexual attraction found in people is a fundamental aspect of human biology, yet it’s actually been poorly described or poorly theorized in previous evolutionary biology. I don’t know if people know so much about sociobiology specifically, but one way to get at that … Continue reading The evolution of homosexuality: A new theory
by Antonia Crane There were numerous relatable entries in this recent Reddit thread where sex workers or their clients wrote about their most depressing experiences, but one in particular pulsed with the “terminal loneliness” that I’ve come to know well from working in strip clubs, massage parlors and filthy motels and Four Seasons alike. “My ex left me about 3 years ago,” a redditor relayed. “The break up was… unpleasant to say the least. It was horrible, but I had my cat to comfort me. I had to put her down last year, though. I had her for 22 years, I … Continue reading ‘Terminal Loneliness’: The Most Heartbreaking Things I’ve Witnessed as a Stripper
By Matt Patterson And so we have arrived, in the Brett Kavanaugh affair, the inevitable and ultimate apotheosis of #MeToo – the vilification of men qua men. Now, one accusation alone – no matter how unsubstantiated and uncorroborated – is enough to ruin a man’s reputation, nullify his accomplishments and erase his opportunities…for life. This is apparently the standard set, and accepted, by roughly half of the country as represented by the Democrat party. We have thus entered something new and dangerous. And in light of this new reality, new rules for men vis a vis the opposite sex are required. Here are some baseline suggestions: Don’t hire women. … Continue reading New Rules for Men
Igor Madjinca / Stocksy There’s apparently a “Goldilocks range”—a duration of sex that most people would describe as being just right. By Grant Stoddard For almost a decade before I had sex, I knew that “bad” sex had something to do with a man’s lack of control causing the whole thing to be over too quickly. Through bawdy movies and the sorts of double entendres that flew around on late night chat shows, I gathered that, for a man, ejaculating too soon was a major faux-pas. This was years before I’d even experienced what ejaculating was for myself. Though I bitterly … Continue reading Most People Don’t Actually Want Sex to Last Very Long