The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti

The never-ending battle of sex education shows a history of constant back and forth between comprehensive and abstinence-only educations. Like watching a fierce tennis match, our heads whip back and forth as each side lobs a ball of anger and frustration at the other. In The Purity Myth, the ball is in Jessica Valenti’s court, and she plays the game well. Continue reading “The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti”

Sliquid Organics Natural vs. Sliquid Naturals H2O

Sometimes you just want to go back to basics. You don’t always need stimulating creams to have a good time. So you keep it simple by grabbing a bottle of water-based, no-frills lubricant. Continue reading “Sliquid Organics Natural vs. Sliquid Naturals H2O”

No-Shave November

No-shave November is known all over the country as the time when beards begin to grow, and female legs become fuzzy. As for the origins of this tradition, whose to say. Perhaps it comes from culture and society, from class struggles, or from raising cancer awareness. Continue reading “No-Shave November”

Ask: Building Consent Culture edited by Kitty Stryker

Consent is a hot topic these days (see pussy-grabber). Yet in spite of the massive amount of information, I have still had a difficult time understanding what active consent and communication even look like. Then came the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Godemiche-Gate, and this amazing book. Continue reading “Ask: Building Consent Culture edited by Kitty Stryker”

Coming Out Like a Porn Star edited by Jiz Lee

This review was originally written for The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health

This collection of essays focuses on those in the pornography industry whose families and friends are aware of their pornographic association, either through discussing it themselves or being outed by others. These essays make sex workers relatable; they have families, friends, and lives outside of their jobs. They have good and bad work days, coworkers they love and coworkers they hate. Continue reading “Coming Out Like a Porn Star edited by Jiz Lee”

Sliquid Organics Natural Gel vs. Sliquid Naturals Sassy

Sliquid is a company beloved by many for its vegan, cruelty-free products. These products have a small ingredients list that refuses to include potentially harmful (i.e. sexually transmitted infection-causing) ingredients like glycerin or parabens. Continue reading “Sliquid Organics Natural Gel vs. Sliquid Naturals Sassy”