Pan having sex with a goat, statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, 1752.
The vast discrepancy between abhorrence of bestiality and acceptance of slaughtering on animals suggests that thinking imaginatively about animal orgasm may help us to be more compassionate toward animals.
Marie Stopes in her laboratory.
It's been 100 years since a book written by Marie Stopes revolutionsed the way that people talked about sex.
Queer Eye has made some strides. In this new version, the producers have addressed broader issues of gender, race, religion and politics than before. However, the show as before, showcases consumerism as the way to a better life.
The new Queer Eye has viewers hooked on its emotional ride through men's lives, aiming to embrace diversity and counter toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals.
New research estimates that one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them.
Rather than telling young people not to sext, we should encourage them to think about sexting as part of a broader negotiation of intimate relationships.
The idea that people can be 'converted' from homosexuality is a dangerous lie – and yet such therapies still aren't banned in the UK.
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Desire haunts every sun-drenched frame of the Oscar-nominated film starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Some people have unusual attractions to specific age groups.
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Psychologists don't know much about why people have age-based sexual attractions – such as pedophilia – or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
Schoolgirls spoke about sex and relationships in relation to other hurdles and opportunities they faced.
Tanzania's laws about forcing girls to leave school if they're pregnant are out-dated and miss the point.
Teaching kids early can help.
Teaching your kids core principles about sexuality and consent early can help them navigate the gray areas of adulthood.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians.
Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
A collage of Beate Uhse shops from the late 1970s.
Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg
Just as Playboy was emerging as a cultural phenomenon in the United States, a German entrepreneur named Beate Uhse was building a sex business of her own – centered on the pleasure of women.
Hugh Hefner at a Playmate of the Year party in 2005.
Hefner's iconic Playmates, a scholar argues, need to be understood within their historical context, when men and especially women were expected to uphold strict standards of sexual propriety.
Protests in Charlottesville in the US turned violent recently, leading to the death of one person.
Our society is now intolerant of those who are intolerant of others; they can be legally penalised. But is that in itself a failure of tolerance?
The ethical mindfield of AI gaydar.
Two Stanford researchers used a deep neural network to detect sexuality from profile pictures on a US dating website.
We have far more to worry about from outdated science that embodies dubious prejudices than we do from deep learning networks.
The current push towards AI categorisation of people is in danger of embedding a binary view of society.
I’ve told you before, the Lawrence v Texas decision says it’s fine.
Are gay rights a matter of protecting privacy, or sexual freedom itself?
Marching for pride, London, 1974.
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Even the Wolfenden report cited the need to protect the public from that which disgusted them.
Blocking porn for under-18s will only make things worse for young people left without adequate sex education.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum.
By speaking their truths in societies that would rather not know, queer painters, female rappers and other outsider artists are pushing the bounds of gender and sexuality in the developing world.