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Sex Talk: The importance of oral communication

Sex Talk: The importance of oral communication

I recently had a conversation with a close friend regarding the sexual partnership that she shares with her current significant other. She expressed distaste and unhappiness concerning the oral sex that she had been receiving.  I inquired if she had openly expressed her thoughts to her partner in order to bring about some kind of […]

Illuminating the prejudices of blackface

Illuminating the prejudices of blackface

Every Halloween, people in blackface costumes appear on social media, and while some may find it an enjoyable way to celebrate, many African-Americans are offended by the use of blackface and its racist history. This year, however, Charles Fentroy, a black man on Facebook dressed in whiteface with the words “privilege” across a white T-shirt […]

Sex Talk: BDSM part two – Dominants

Sex Talk: BDSM part two – Dominants

In last week’s article, basic dominant/submissive guidelines were introduced. This was followed by a brief summary of submissive behaviors and dynamics.  The dominant figure in the partnership or group should also base their actions and personal conduct o of guidelines known either as safe, sane and consensual, or risk-aware consensual kink. These concepts are especially significant for a […]

Medical aid in dying is a matter of compassion

Medical aid in dying is a matter of compassion

Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon from her home in California following her terminal brain cancer diagnosis so that she wouldn’t have to suffer at her death. She was 29 years old when she died. Never in a million years did I think that I would have to contemplate my own death in my 30’s, but I was diagnosed […]

Sex Talk: BDSM part one – Submissives

Sex Talk: BDSM part one – Submissives

Over the past several years, interest in BDSM has exponentially increased. According to a cultural observation article published in “Vogue” about a year ago, this can be attributed to its portrayal in mainstream media. The author, Karley Sciortino, points to the overall accessibility of kink resources and communities on the internet. Sadly, much of the information […]