Church Wedding in the Eastern Cape, 1920.
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Before colonialism black South Africans viewed sex and morality very differently than today.
Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent in Away from Her (2006), based on Alice Munro’s short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain.
Love and intimacy are valuable for wellbeing at every age. But for older people, especially those in aged care, intimacy can be complicated. Carol Lefevre explores, through real life and fiction.
In ‘Minx,’ a young feminist teams up with a pornographer to launch an erotic magazine with male nude centerfolds.
Often described as a sign of progressivism and gender equality, they’re neither.
It’s important to understand sex and eroticism in space.
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As space exploration takes off, it will become increasingly important to study and understand sex, intimacy, desire and pleasure off-Earth.
Not being able to hold and hug loved ones has been one of the more difficult parts of the pandemic.
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Lack of human touch can lead to greater stress, anxiety and loneliness – and that is what made the social distancing during the pandemic so hard for many.
Spurred by the impetus of the #MeToo movement, South Africa’s is the latest film and TV industry to introduce intimacy protocols to guide how intimate scenes are conceived and executed.
Social isolation, physical distancing and stay-at-home orders have changed people’s abilities to date during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public health measures have affected dating during the pandemic. This could be an opportunity for people to learn more about their intimate desires to develop deeper connections with others.
Sexual negotiation can be a difficult process. It’s about reading body language as well as verbal cues, and respecting the wants and needs of your partner. Schools need to teach it early and often.
Romantic relationships are complex, but a foundation of friendship can help couples overcome their issues.
Vaginismus is one of the leading causes of painful sex. Many people haven’t even heard of it, but vaginismus is extremely common and it can have a huge impact on women, their partners and relationships.
Preliminary research has found that people are increasingly incorporating new behaviours — including technology-based ones — into their sex lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic affected many aspects of everyday life — including our sex lives. But erotic technologies are gaining wider acceptance as we look for ways to fulfill our desires for intimacy.
Forty years since Fame showed the vulnerability of performing arts students, we can still do more to protect them. As we resume physical contact, we can use performance to renegotiate safe intimacy.
Some sexual and gender minority men who use drug for sexual pleasure may find a better, less harmful alternative in cannabis.
Using cannabis may help reduce harms associated with chemsex, and provide a safer alternative for sexual and gender minority men to find intimacy and pleasure.
While online sex may not be a substitute for intimacy and touch, research shows there are many benefits. Technology can make sex more creative, for instance, and help people explore fantasies.
Partners who feel connected to one another may experience health benefits.
A study found the emotional dynamic between young heterosexual partners can have a measurable physiological effect on men, but not on women.
Many people believe in the idea of a soulmate - one person who will make us whole and happy.
Many of us go through life in the hope of finding the ideal soulmate – our missing half. The reason may be deeply embedded in religious beliefs.
A young couple posing for an Instagram photo.
On social media, people increasingly feel the need to document every event and incident in their lives in public. What does that mean for romantic love?