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.
The Fall of the Titans, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, circa 1590.
The dream of a "gay utopia" is a constant in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years. But the Greek attitude to same-sex attraction was not nearly as permissive as many have assumed.
Bitcoin has been viewed as a liberating path out of the corporate monetary system. But the process of 'mining' the cryptocurrency is a massive energy drain - and potential environmental disaster.
This is not the clear-cut election result Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor hoped for.
Voters in Queensland and the rest of Australia may need to accustom themselves to a new norm of tight, drawn-out contests, where party leaders’ election night speeches might be obsolete.
A farmer harvests cotton in Maharashtra, India.
Adding 20 cents to the price of a T-shirt in Australia would be enough to lift all Indian workers in the garment supply chain out of poverty.
The initial aim of political correctness, to establish non-hateful language was, and still is, admirable.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
‘I want to be effluent’: malapropisms and mispronounced words were a regular gag in the TV comedy Kath and Kim and continue to peeve many people today.
Do you wince at a mispronounced 'Moet'? Do you cringe at unintentional portmanteau words, like 'misunderestimated' or 'insinuendo'? You are not alone.
Hukuman publik di Aceh dan sanksi sosial dijatuhkan pada orang-orang yang ditemukan berada dalam hubungan sesama jenis.
Pekerja LGBTI yang ditempatkan pada penugasan internasional besar kemungkinan mengalami tantangan lebih dibanding ekspatriat umumnya .
Why do cuts, bites and injuries become swollen and red?
Inflammation is a sign your immune system is doing its job.
The genome is becoming the unit of currency for all kinds of genetic testing.
Do you own your own genetic data? The future of genomic databases is almost here, and now is the time to figure out how we are going to allow this information to be used.
Much of the world is moving away from battery cages for chickens.
AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio
Proposed national standards for chicken farming argue that battery cages are not a significant detriment to hens' health.
Some reefs are strong sources of coral larvae.
A new study identifies dozens of individual reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are especially important for coral larvae dispersal and which could help the entire ecosystem bounce back.
Knowing about hailstones in advance would be preferable.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
New "dual-pol" weather radars promise to spot large hailstones forming inside thunderstorms, giving people a heads-up when it's about to hail.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer.
Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?
Ex-Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic appears in court in The Hague.
Former commander of the Bosnian Serb army Ratko Mladic has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Survivors of the atrocities have today welcomed the long-awaited news.
In Indonesia, severe public penalties are inflicted upon people found to be in same-sex relationships.
LGBTI employees relocating for a foreign assignment are likely to experience additional hardships compared to the typical expatriate.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) is seen posing for a photo with workers as she inspect’s the Clare Solar Farm project near the North Queensland town of Ayr during the Queensland Election campaign.
In the upcoming Queensland election all major parties are talking up public investment in energy generation. But are these policies paying heed to climate science?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Chief statistician David Kalisch announcing the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey.
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Not everyone who could vote did vote in the voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage. So what can we draw from the result if only four out of five eligible Australians took part?
It’s important to speak to your kids about the same-sex marriage debate, but how much and what will depend on their age and level of interest.
Australia voted Yes to legalising same-sex marriage today, and it's more important than ever to talk to your children about same-sex marriage and relationships.
Copper and other minerals will be increasingly important to the growing renewable energy sector.
In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.