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For millennia, theologians taught that the sole purpose of sex was reproductive. Now, almost everyone agrees that sex has many purposes – and benefits. Dean Drobot/Shutterstock.com

What is sex really for?

The purpose of sex may seem obvious, but it has perplexed and intrigued a variety of great minds for millennia.
Men have nipples because of a quirk in how embryos develop. But that’s only part of the story of this seemingly redundant body part. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do men have nipples?

How embryos develop, evolution and sexual pleasure all help explain why men have nipples. But ‘man boobs’ are a different story.
For centuries, people thought nothing of crowding family members or friends into the same bed. miniwide/Shutterstock.com

The bizarre social history of beds

Today's beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
As AI and robotics advance and produce more lifelike sex robots, there is the potential for an increase in gender-based violence. Shutterstock

Sex robots increase the potential for gender-based violence

An increasing demand for sex robots is concerning, as there are ethical concerns about a possible related increase in gender-based violence.
Fans take photos of adult film actress Ange Venus at the Adult Video News Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Reuters/Steve Marcus

How male ‘porn superfans’ really view women

There's a strand of radical feminist thought that claims porn causes misogyny. So four researchers decided to test this idea – and descended on a porn expo to study the beliefs of the male attendees.
Under the proposed changes, TGD people in Victoria can change the gender on their birth certificate without having to undergo medical intervention. Shutterstock

Victorian changes to gender on birth certificate will not increase sexual violence. Here’s why

Proposed reforms in Victoria will not only remove barriers for many TGD people to navigate their daily lives more safely, but help to make gender categories in general less strictly defined.
Whether sex therapy should be a funded disability support has been controversial since the NDIS was rolled out. From shutterstock.com

Finally, the NDIS will fund sex therapy. But it should cover sex workers too

A woman with a disability has won the right to have a sex therapist funded under the NDIS. This sets a positive precedent, but the NDIS should go further and fund sex worker services, too.
The famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey once said the only unnatural sex act is one that can’t be performed. Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash

There are infinite ways to have sex & there’s nothing unnatural about any of them

As North Americans celebrate Pride this summer, we should take it as a reminder of our colourful sexual diversity, and also the infinite ways to have sex, with nothing unnatural with any of them.

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