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New Season of “House of Cards” Starts Off with a Bang

Not a literal bang. A fantasy bang. An erotic narration by one prison cellmate to another as the latter masturbates (this is literally the very first scene, before the opening credits, of Netflix’s season four of its original show, House of Cards). The narrator here is the rather scruffy and depressed-looking Lucas Goodwin, once a respected journalist, […]

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VIDEO: An Abridged History of Modern Merkins

At the 2016 Oscars, when presenting the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, hair-god Jared Leto sung the stylists’ praises to all 34 million viewers: [T]hey deserve an award just for putting up with us actors, not to mention the prosthetics, the wigs, the occasional merkin. If you happen to be laughing, please explain it to the […]

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An Abridged History of Modern Merkin Styles

At the 2016 Oscars, when presenting the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, hair-god Jared Leto sung the stylists’ praises to all 34 million viewers: [T]hey deserve an award just for putting up with us actors, not to mention the prosthetics, the wigs, the occasional merkin. If you happen to be laughing, please explain it to the […]

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The 8 Guys You’ll Find on Tinder (And the One You Won’t)

Whether you’re brand new to Tinder or you’ve downloaded the app, used it, deleted it, and re-downloaded 100 more times, chances are you’ve come across these common straight male characters on the popular dating (read: hook-up) app: 1. The “Nice Guy” A typical Tinder description is “I’m a nice guy” or “I’ve been told I’m a […]

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A Peek at China’s Growing Sex Toy Industry

While perusing Getty Images for weird and wacky sex-related photos, we came across this beautifully shot series by photographer Greg Baker that fit the bill: the sex toy industry in China. Baker writes: China’s puritanical Communist Party decried decadence during its first decades in power, and while conservative attitudes are still widespread, economic reforms have […]

Sex Poetry
Ginsberg’s Ode to Serious Kink

Allen Ginsberg’s openness about his homosexuality didn’t just make him controversial, it made him politically significant during the second half of the 20th century. And his infamous “Please Master” is Exhibit A of just how open he could be. This ode to BDSM certainly opened my eyes when I accidentally discovered it in middle school while doing research at my small-town […]

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The Best Last Minute Valentine’s Day Present This Year!

Here are the top 10 reasons why our book 150 Shades of Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink — now also available in a discreet Kindle edition! — makes the best Valentine’s Day present this year: It gives you the great excuse to try something new in the bedroom — perfect for longterm couples on Valentine’s Day. […]

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The Art of the Condom

No, not how to use condoms (that refresher course is right here). This is actually condom art. The best Getty images of condoms to be precise — from production to marketing to use to artistic creations (it’s part of our superlative series of Getty sex images). Hopefully it will inspire you to be safe when you don’t […]

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The Chicks’ll Scream: Lyric Changes in “Grease: Live”

Fox’s “Grease: Live” aired on Sunday, January 31st at 8pm starring Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie, Keke Palmer as Marty, Eve “The Original Jane Brady” Plumb as shop teacher Mrs. Murdock, and cameos by the original Frenchie and Doody. The only thing more […]

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Enter Our Haiku Contest for a Chance to Win a LELO!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED: SEE WHO WON HERE! We’re giving you the chance to win a great, romantic, sensual gift set worth almost $200 from LELO.com for Valentine’s Day! LELO just launched Tux, a sophisticated, elegant, and luxurious…wait for it…willy warmer! (Only LELO could combine humor and refinement so effectively.) In honor of the occasion, we’d like you to […]

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Adrienne Rich’s Poetic Underwater Exploration of Androgynous Bisexuality

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) was one of the best known, most beloved American poets of the second half of the 20th century. And “Diving into the Wreck” is one of her best known, most beloved poems. In 1973, Erica “Zipless Fuck” Jong analyzed it beautifully for Ms. Magazine: In “Diving into the Wreck,” the title poem, it is the […]

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The 15 Most Romantic Movies Streaming on Netflix This Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to get in the mood for love. These 15 films currently streaming on Netflix can help. Ten are gimmes when it comes to cinematic romances, five are a bit more unexpected (and might appeal to those who break out in hives when they hear the term “rom-com”).  […]

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Hot Animal Beach Sex for Your Cold Winter Blues

When you do a search for “sex” on Getty Images, you get a lot of interesting results — so many, in fact, that we were compelled to create a superlative series of Getty “sex” search images, where we find the best photos by themes so you don’t have to sift through the sludge. This week, the cold got us thinking […]

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The Subtle (and Not So Subtle) Racism of The Bachelor

The main theme of the third week of Ben Higgin’s season of the The Bachelor — aired on the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday — seemed to be not love, but racism. The racism of the female participants, of the show’s producers and of us, the viewers. The Bachelor/ette franchise has long been accused […]

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Poet John Donne’s Hard Sell of Sex

Update the language, and John Donne’s “To His Mistress Going to Bed” could be an R&B sex song on the radio today. All about trying to get his lady buck nekkid, this late 16th/early 17th-century British elegy employs hilarious metaphors and euphemisms for body parts and bodily functions (e.g. his soldier is tired of standing, […]

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Allen Ginsberg’s Date with Walt Whitman at the Grocery Store

Allen Ginsberg wrote “A Supermarket in California” in his 1956 masterpiece, Howl and Other Poems,  in honor of the centennial anniversary of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Its focus is on modern American consumerism, but there’s an undercurrent of “counter-culture” sexuality throughout: Ginsberg (the narrator of the poem), Whitman (the focus), and 1930s poet García Lorca (the side character) were […]