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A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019. Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock.com

23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.
Pornography can give women new sexual ideas and make them feel like their body and their sexual preferences are normal. But there are downsides too. Claudia van Zyl

Many young women find pleasure in sexually explicit material but it still reinforces gender inequality

Most young women we interviewed said they gained pleasure watching sexually explicit material, but their focus was often on their male partner's needs, desires and expectations, rather than their own.
It turns out that sexuality research has little interest in … sex … or the pleasure associated with sex. Shutterstock

Is #MeToo casting a shadow on sexual pleasure?

How do you express, feel, communicate, and embody your sexual desires and pleasures in the prevailing social climate?
We’re having less sex than we used to. Toa Heftiba

Health Check: how often do people have sex?

Australians report having sex once or twice a week, on average, but there are many variables. And that's assuming people's estimates are accurate.
Sex with robots will increase, as technological developments produce new love interests. Shutterstock

For the love of technology! Sex robots and virtual reality

Developments in technologies like robotics and virtual reality are opening new possibilities for sexual experiences.
A pot of flowers adorned with a cross hangs from the picket fence where University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead in October 1998. Gary Caskey/Reuters

Out of Matthew Shepard’s tragic murder, a commitment to punishing hate crimes emerged

Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
Countries such as England and Canada have adopted more progressive approaches to inclusive sex education than Australia has. www.shutterstock.com

Why education about gender and sexuality does belong in the classroom

Sex, sexuality, respectful relationships, and gender all need to be discussed in schools as a measure to combat discrimination against LGBTQ people, rising rates of STIs and violence against women.

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