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This week’s best sex and relationships news from all around the web.
This life-threatening pregnancy complication is the next frontier in the abortion debate
Ectopic pregnancies can be deadly.
The condition happens in about 2 percent of all pregnancies, when a fertilized egg implants somewhere outside the uterus — usually in the fallopian tube, a tiny structure connecting the uterus to the ovary. If the pregnancy continues to grow and develop, the tube can rupture, and the pregnant person can hemorrhage and die. Read more …
How BDSM and Leather Communities Helped These Gay Men Confront Their HIV Diagnoses
When most folks think of the BDSM community, they think leather, chains, whips, and a leashed slave being led on all fours by his master. Undoubtedly, these are major parts of the BDSM scene, which stands for bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. BDSM spaces and sex parties have historically been a way for sex-positive individuals to embrace societally deemed taboos. But what's often overlooked in these spaces are the numerous benefits they can have to one's psychological wellbeing, especially for recently HIV-positive queer men.
Like many people, after his HIV diagnosis, Matty Lalime felt sorry for himself. He was afraid of getting sick, and unsure of how friends and family would react. Luckily, he worked at a leather shop in San Francisco and was already active in the BDSM, leather, and sex-party communities. Read more …
By: The Body
LISTEN TO THIS: Six Minute Sex Ed
About: Six Minute Sex Ed helps people talk openly about sex and relationships, created by Kim Cavill, Sex Education Teacher. Level one episodes cover the basics, Level Two episodes are more complex. Six Minute Sex Ed is inclusive, informative, and sex positive.
America Has A Sex Education Problem
“Sex education in the United States compared to many other developed nations is quite poor, and in many places it doesn’t even really address sexuality all that much,” says Justin Garcia, research director at the Kinsey Institute. The coursework fails to answer vital questions like, “What do you know about your own body? What do you know about potential partners’ bodies? About male and female sexual anatomy and reproductive health? Study after study shows that we’re not doing a great job.” Read more …
I Like My Husband... But I Love My Vibrator
I am a lucky woman. My home is clean, my bills are paid, and my children are happy. I have both health and (moderate) wealth. And my husband? He is sweet and adoring. He is hardworking, funny, and sexy AF. But thanks to familial changes — and physical ones — I am not attracted to him, i.e. I prefer my vibrator to my husband.
You’re a Couple Looking for a Third. I’m a Potential Unicorn. Let’s Talk.
or the uninitiated, the term unicorn-hunting typically describes the practice of an established couple searching for a third partner to engage in either threesomes or triads (relationships between three people). Often, though not always, the couple is made up of a straight cisgender man and a queer (usually bisexual, pansexual, or omnisexual—bi+ for short) or bicurious cisgender woman, and they’re looking for a bi+ cisgender woman who is equally attracted to both of them and interested in whatever arrangement they had in mind. Read more…
Is Snooping In A Relationship Ever OK? Here’s What A Sex Therapist Says
Who hasn't been tempted to take a little peek at their partner's phone? While smartphones are machines that are technically separate from our bodies, they can also feel like an extension of our brains. And they’re an extension that lets us do a lot more than our brains can: watch porn, reach out to people on the other side of the world, have entire relationships on social media… You know the possibilities.
So when a partner restricts access to a device or an account, for some people, it can be really scary! It’s like not knowing what’s going on in a part of your partner’s brain — and life. But is snooping ever OK? Read more …
Wankonomicon III: Bedtime wank, exorcism and workplace wanks
Luke – aka @Beardynoise – joins Girl on the Net to deliver the third installment of the Wankonomicon. In volume 1 of the Wankonomicon he detailed danger wanks, business wanks and procrasturbation. Volume II covered luxury wanks and more. Today, Luke is taking an in-depth look at one of my personal faves – the bedtime wank – alongside workplace wanks and exorcism wanks. Enjoy! Read more …
By: Girl On The Net
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