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Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people. Shutterstock

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
Many babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to ambiguous sexual development. .gsr./Flickr

Boy, girl or …? Dilemmas when sex development goes awry

Many babies are born with a genetic variant that can result in the child being neither a typical boy or girl. There has been considerable debate about whether the child should be treated.
About 80% of homophobic and transphobic incidents that young people experience take place in schools. from www.shutterstock.com

Bullying linked to gender and sexuality often goes unchecked in schools

About 80% of students experience some kind of gender-based bullying in their primary and high school years. But research shows that teachers often fail to intervene or are not equipped to deal with it.
The Tribhangi Dance Company performs Circles and Squares at the South African Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg. EPA/John Hogg

African dance festival that’s been one step ahead through the decades

South Africa's foremost contemporary dance festival is celebrating its 28th birthday in 2016. It has remained relevant, vital and – despite the format's esoteric nature – hugely popular.
The Safe Schools Coalition aims to help students deal with a broad range of sexual identities. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition?

Safe Schools Coalition has been the focus of hot debate, but there is little evidence to support the anxieties around its mission.
Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch. Jason Devaun

We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools

Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are out of touch with social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people understand their own sexual and gender identities.
Topless women gather near Iceland’s parliament in 2015 for the Free the Nipple campaign. AAP Image/NEWZULU/Halldor Sigurdsson

No, you’re not ‘hardwired’ to stare at women’s breasts

What is often overlooked in discussions about the sexual appeal of breasts is that they have not always been regarded as irresistibly attractive in all points in history and across all cultures.
The alleged sexual incompatibility of the heterosexual couple is not actually new. Teymur Madjderey

Some notes on the female orgasm in 2015

Some 32 surveys of sexual practice conducted between 1921 and 1995 found that women tend not to have orgasms during penile-vaginal sex. And yet men's and women's magazines continue to offer 'lessons'.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships. Creatista/Shutterstock

It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

The stash of hidden magazines you might remember from your youth is vastly different from the sexually explicit content children are exposed to today.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer. Black Hill Design/www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is genderqueer?

Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.

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