We need more clarity around this difficult question: when are sexual acts so extreme that consent is irrelevant?
How Australian courts might interpret consent in situations like this is far from clear, and needs to be sorted out.
This podcast explores the latest sexology research – including the topics that are still too taboo to get funding. We talk to sex robot experts and find out how sex work has moved online.
A couple in bed. Research shows that sex is important to happiness and good health.
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Love may make the world go round, but sex keeps it going. There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the horrors of bad sex. But it's important to remember that good sex is good for us.
According to initial studies with lab rats, research suggests that your first sexual partner may have something to tell you about your choice of spouse or current lover.
How do different species have sex? Medieval illuminated manuscripts contain some surprisingly varied depictions.
YouTube celebrity Chrissy Chambers has won damages in a landmark revenge porn case. But not all victims of such abuse will have her means.
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Desire haunts every sun-drenched frame of the Oscar-nominated film starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
President Clinton poses with Monica Lewinsky in a Nov. 17, 1995 photo.
While sexual harassment is still all too common, at least we’re having more open conversations about it, and victims are speaking up on their own terms.
Research shows that the Y chromosome may be able to protect itself from extinction in the short term. But what about in a future where we all reproduce artificially?
Some 81m people visit the world's most popular porn site every day. Here's everything they need to know about the law.
Men and women rate warmth and trustworthiness as very important in their potential partner.
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What movies tell us is important in a parter – a nice smile or money – are exaggerations of fundamental evolutionary needs that actually do matter.
In the recent wave of sexual assault allegations, men tend to only appear as active perpetrators. But the landscape of sex in American culture is more nuanced.
Even though they weren't particularly interested in having sex, fear of ridicule and insecurities tugged at many of the young men the author spoke with.
Is a too-strict definition of monogamy undermining your relationship? Research shows that while most people expect exclusivity in a relationship, infidelity is still the leading cause of divorce.
Seeking monogamy without jealousy? Try ditching the fear of your partner's intimate connections with others and write your own relationship rules, suggests a relationship researcher.
French engraving of a cuckolded husband.
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'Cuck', short for cuckold, is the favoured insult of men's rights activists today. But the term has a long history: from the 16th to 18th centuries it reflected a deep anxiety about women's sexual appetites.
War was not always about fighting, and in times of relaxation soldiers were able to indulge many other activities.
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Our histories tell us armies make men, but in World War II, conflicted provided a rare and surprisingly open space for men to experiment with their femininity and sexuality.
Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women.
Australian women were once largely seen as reproducers, rather than lovers: sexual pleasure was suspect. Attitudes have changed, yet our culture is still troubled by female desire.
A living curriculum is needed to properly teach children about sex and relationships.
Women protest against child marriage in Albany, New York.
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It is possible for minors in all 50 states to get married. A scholar explains the long history of child marriage, mostly of young girls, in the US.
People in Melbourne protest funding cuts to the Safe Schools program in 2016.
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From William Chidley to Germaine Greer Australia has spawned more than its fair share of radical thinkers about sex, and Australians have often embraced their ideas, despite persecution by officialdom.
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A novelist who compared a man's genitals to a billiard rack has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. But not all entries were that silly.