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.
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.
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.
We have far more to worry about from outdated science that embodies dubious prejudices than we do from deep learning networks.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.
Are gay rights a matter of protecting privacy, or sexual freedom itself?
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.
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.
The sexuality of persons living with dementia is demonized by media and ignored by clinical guidelines. But sexuality is fundamental to being human and vital to a humane culture of residential care.
The Japanese sex-toy market for men includes a curious category of objects: pillows. These "bodies" create a paradoxal link between desire and sleep.
The 'privilege of unknowing' allows onlookers to learn not to see, or otherwise sense, queer difference.
There has been a decrease in the proportion of Australians who are married, and an increase in co-habitation of both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
Is the bromance, as depicted in films such as 21 Jump Street and Pineapple Express, also making its mark on daily life?
The new program for Catholic schools draws on the same research as Safe Schools (so perhaps it wasn't part of a 'Marxist agenda' after all).
Tumblr might the weird cousin of the other social media platforms, but it also makes a safe space for queer kids to hang out and understand their sexuality.
Unlike earlier lesbian and gay movements whose politics depended on visible identities, queer theory grew out of a critique of this – and perhaps that's where Djuna Barnes sits.
Pop culture has always found something sexy about female fighters, who feature in everything from Sumerian hymns and Greek mythology to the new Wonder Woman film.
Many people use religion and culture as explanations for their homophobic attitudes.