Jennifer Coolidge and Eddie Thomas in American Pie (1999).
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The milf’s appeal lies in their sexual confidence, agency and knowledge – qualities particularly attractive to young men stuck between childhood independence and adult autonomy.
The public image of Gwen Harwood as a suburban housewife is belied by the raw sensuality of her erotic poetry. And in her personal life, she claimed her right to move – and love – where she would.
It may have had a plot full of holes and some excruciating dialogue, but Basic Instinct persists thanks to the sheer charisma and star power of Sharon Stone.
Female moles evolved to have high testosterone levels, making them fiercer diggers and mothers. Female hyenas share this trait, but it means they must give birth through a male-like phallus.
Madonna with child and angels by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 1674. The cult of the Virgin is emblematic of the way the church silences women and marginalises their experience.
Belief in the eternal virginity of Mary has inflicted damage to women, who can never attain her sexless motherhood or unsullied ‘purity’. Yet in the Gospels, Mary is strong-minded and courageous.
Many women find it easier to identify with different genders in sexual scenarios – for this, and many other reasons, gay porn can be a turn on.
Deize Tigrona at the 2016 Back2Black music festival.
By singing frankly about sex and life on the streets, the pioneering women of Rio de Janeiro’s funk scene are redefining what feminism sounds like.
French painter Paul-Prosper Tillier’s ‘Baigneuses’ (1890).
Most studies on straight girls kissing focus on dorm rooms and dance floors. But one sociologist looks at the development of ‘sexual friendships’ among women previously ignored like single moms.
Günes Sensoy and Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang (2015).
Female sexuality is a powerful, enchanting force in narratives ranging from fairytales to a modern Turkish film. Mustang reminds us that sometimes education can be an alternative to death or marriage.
Students walk in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in Los Angeles, September 18, 2009.
College students often believe that double standards exist in society, but not in their own minds.
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it.
Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it’s something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
Wearable tech is heading between women’s legs.
Developers are using wearable tech to help women and girls better understand their bodies.
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.
They both look keen.
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Even with something as biological as sex, when studying human nature it isn’t easy to separate out the effect of society on how we think.
Adjusting to sexual changes after cancer can be challenging, but the right support can make a difference.
After treatment ends, many cancer survivors are left with sexual changes that, when left unaddressed, can become long-term problems.
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. This message is sold to us by magazines, newspapers, the cosmetics industry, fashion labels and dating agencies. Think of the recent movie…
‘Steam douche’ advocate. More like hot air.
Gwyneth Paltrow stirred up an interesting discussion with her latest recommendation for the spa fan: the Mugworth V-Steam. As she put it: “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination…
Baby Boomer women are challenging ideas around what it means to grow old.
Older people, and particularly older women, are often thought of as being asexual or sexually undesirable. Although the particular age this is believed to happen varies somewhat in the popular imagination…
Our culture tells women there’s something wrong with them if they don’t orgasm.
The recently published Italian study suggesting women can only have clitoral, rather than vaginal, orgasms raises important questions about the medicalisation of female sexuality and sexual dysfunction…
Most women are just happy to have an orgasm, any old way.
Controversy over vaginal versus clitoral orgasm is nothing new; it’s a debate that has consumed sexologists and psychoanalysts for the last 100 years. Now, new research has added fresh fuel to the controversy…