Sex education is a must in high school. Many sexually active students have no idea the dangers, both sexually and legally. As much as the parents of today’s kids try to abstain them from sex, high school students are simply going to do it. There’s no stopping them, even if they convince you they are not active. I was one of these students.
Madonna has been a champion for the LGBTQ community from the get-go, and the LGBTQ community has long been a champion for her. Before she was ever even famous, one of the first positive influences on Madonna was her ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn. Flynn, a gay man, was reportedly the first person to tell Madonna that she was beautiful and that she had a special gift to offer to others.
Right this second, 729 people are watching porn. Right as you read this. And that’s only counting PornHub, due to their generous supply of statistics, leaving out the hundreds of other popular pornography websites out there on the world wide web. In the modern day, where taboos are constantly being poked and prodded, that’s not much of a surprise—or necessarily a bad thing. But it is something about which we need to be responsible.
There's this huge stigma around losing your virginity and how you need to save it for that right person. Who ever said that you need to be with the person you're going to have sex with for the rest of your life? Why is a thing that women are to wait for the right person but for a man it doesn't matter? People always told me to wait for the right guy, that my virginity was something to be won, that the guy I chose to take it had to be important to me. Being a teenager, of course, I did the exact opposite of what they said.
Why are women “slut-shamed” for talking openly about sex?
When I looked up male sexuality on Google, what did I get? Absolutely nothing but article after article about sexual abuse, harassment, toxic masculinity, and generally just negative press about how men just can't seem to keep their hands or penises to themselves.
I'm an abuse survivor and I've seen abusive doms. So please believe me when I say that I know the difference between abuse and BDSM. Anything that happens in consensual BDSM relationships is desired by both parties. In a BDSM relationship everything is negotiated. Anything that happens outside of that is abuse. The reason so many people confuse BDSM with abuse is because we are conditioned to believe that abuse look like the girl getting beat up or her being controlled. So when we see someone with bruises or being controlled we think that they are being abused. Yes abuse is possible but they can also be in a BDSM relationship.
Funny title right? Wrong!
The first time I heard the word asexual it was an insult; someone who wouldn’t let a guy hit on them, someone who was a shut in. That was a few years before my best friend, while driving me from campus to their house, told me I might be asexual. I didn’t know what they meant, nor how to respond, so all I said was the word, "What?"
From experience, I tell you that there is mounting pressure for queer and gender diverse men to abandon condoms. I didn't have the words to express my discomfort with this phenomenon until recently, and I need to name and shame the dissuasion I've experienced adhering to condom use while participating in hookup culture.
Science has had women believe for centuries that a bra is a necessary component of our everyday wardrobes and that free breasts are offensive—yeah right! Some of the biggest stars like Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez have been spotted braless, encouraging a new trend to ditch the bra. Not that it is solely about trendsetting, but studies also reveal that the once useful and ladylike accessory may be a thing of the past! Taking the plunge (see what I did there...) to braless prosperity may be difficult, but there are always alternatives.
I have recently read Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman. I was struck by her chapter on body hair, specifically pubic hair and our present cultural obsession with female pubic hair (or the lack of it). She suggests that having a nice hairy muff might even be a political action. It got me thinking about pubes and the ridiculous amount of thought women put into them. Women are no longer meant to have a "dark tangle of pubic hair" between their legs. We are meant to be bald between our legs, smooth as eggs, not a stray hair out of place that might find it's errant way between someone's teeth as they go down on you.