Topless women gather near Iceland’s parliament in 2015 for the Free the Nipple campaign.
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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.
Sexual consent is not a one-off “yes” or “no”.
Young people need to learn how to discuss, negotiate and articulate their own sexual desires and boundaries, and to respect those of others.
Sexuality is proving a destructive issue for the church.
There was a time when virginity was a disease, and sex (preferably marital) was the only lasting solution.
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
The alleged sexual incompatibility of the heterosexual couple is not actually new.
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'.
Mike Ullett and Gino Meriano enter one of the UK’s first civil partnerships, 2005.
Should opposite-sex couples be allowed to enter civil partnerships? Many same-sex couples already in one think so.
The defloration rite, 1484.
The Anglo-Saxons can teach us plenty about sex and the labels we assign to ourselves today.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships.
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.
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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.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend Ciara arrive at a White House State Dinner in April.
Men might not wear purity rings, but some are pledging abstinence, too.
Magda Szubanski in one of her most famous roles - Sharon Strzelecki - in Kath and Kim, with actors Gina Riley, Peter Rowsthorn, Glenn Robbins and Jane Turner.
Magda Szubanski’s engaging debut memoir, Reckoning, is an exercise in precisely that: reconciling the past. It is also a celebration of the life and career of one of our greatest comedians.
Our sex lives may change as we get older but those in sexual relationships still want the same things as the young.
A call to ban sex robots is the same knee-jerk reaction faced by other technological advances, and as wrong-headed.
Children being raised by same-sex parents should be central to debates on whether Australia should hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
When it comes to whether Australia should have a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, children’s rights have been notably absent from the discussions.
Just another pair of traditional romantics.
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This adaptation not only departs from the original text, but also reinforces precisely the traditional values that Lawrence was trying to unpick.
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Sex ed curricula that tie premarital sex to shame are especially unhelpful, and even harmful, for youth who have been sexually abused.
Belgium’s Goedele Liekens is on a sex education crusade.
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A documentary followed what happened when adolescents were given classes about pornography.
Fly me to the moon.
Scientists have tended to think of nonhuman sexual behaviour as being all about reproduction. In fact, there is far more ha ha hee hee than we give animals credit for.
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Over the past few years we've seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older.