International
Research
The Coolest Presentation of Sex Survey Results Ever

Lists of survey percentages can feel so blah on the page — even when they’re about sex. Not so anymore! Introducing The Sexualizer 1000 — an interactive visualization of the 20-question sex survey results of 1000 Brits. (And the fact that it’s about UK citizens only makes it slightly less interesting). The Sexualizer, an offshoot […]

News
Whatever You Do, Don’t Say Bin Laden Was Hot

photo via Flickr It’s difficult (not to mention crass) to try to tie lust and Osama bin Laden together, but in honor of last night’s historic news we’re gonna do it. A few years ago NPR’s “This American Life” started off an episode about speaking one’s mind in a tough room with a painful yet […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: Relativism Schmelativism

photo via Flickr In the comments section of last week’s discussion of female genital cutting in Africa: Anthropology 101: Cant judge this tradition from our western eyes, cultural relativism people! Johnny: Relativism, schmelativism. Cutting off girls’ clits is wrong and the men who do it should likewise have the tips of their dicks cut off […]

Toys
A Commemorative Royal Wedding “Ring”

You’ve probably heard of the royal wedding commemorative refrigerator, the one with the huge honkin’ picture of William and Kate in an embrace emblazoned on the doors. Not exactly discreet. Well, now there’s something a little more subtle, with more humor, if not more class: The Commemorative Royal Wedding Ring (as in love ring, i.e. […]

Pop Culture
Wave of (Female Genital) Mutilation

ActivistResource.org apprised us of a 2009 documentary being screened in our neck of the woods (Hudson Valley) tonight called Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter, so we checked out the trailer. It’s the story of one woman’s quest to save her young daughter from the horrors of the African tradition of female genital cutting. In her native Mali, […]

News
Worldwide Penis and Bra sizes, in Map Form

  Above is a map of average penis sizes by country. Below is the map for cup sizes. We’re not going to dignify this post with more writing.  

Pop Culture
Weird European Music Videos, Tres Sexee?

Our L.A. writer friend Charlie Amter recently launched a labor-of-love blog called EUROPOPPED, what he describes as “a little epic sideblog” to “turn on more people to the crazy Euro music vids” he finds every day. And they ARE crazy. Or just foreign. Or maybe something is just getting lost in translation. Whatever the reason, […]

News
Valerie Jarrett on Gender Parity

photo by burningkarma Rahim Kanani, a Research Associate for the Justice and Human Rights domain of practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, recently conducted an in-depth interview in the West Wing with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. […]

Research
The World's Gender Inequality

photo by littledebbie11 The World Economic Forum recently came out with their 5th annual Global Gender Gap Report for 2010, which, according to Time magazine (Oct 25th issues), ranks 134 countries on “a percentage-based metric that calculates how much they have closed their gender gaps in education, politics, health and economic opportunity.” The good news, […]

Vids
How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place

photo from Getty Images We’ve got our TiVo hooked up to get the latest Ted Talks on our TV, so we were delighted to find Mechai Viravaidya’s presentation “How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place” in our “Now Playing” list recently. Viravaidya is an eloquent and funny speaker, which alone makes it worth watching […]

News
Sex and Gender in the Australia Federal Election

photo by Rob Inh00d We heard from a reader in Australia this week who wanted to alert us to all the sex- and gender-related craziness that is going on in the federal election Down Under. Because we, ahem, don’t have a reporting staff based over there, we thought we’d just share Courtney’s letter with you. […]

Research
Ancient Dildo Dug Up

photo by Peter Zetterlund, Swedish National Heritage Board We’ve come a long way, baby. Check out this penis-shaped….shall we call it a “tool”? It was just unearthed in Sweden during an archeological excavation by the country’s National Heritage Board. Carved out of antler-bone and probably dating back to sometime between 4000 t0 6000 B.C., the […]

News
10 Sexy Reasons to Love Iceland

image via Thuany Gabriela Okay, okay, we know that Iceland really screwed up air travel with that volcano incident. And the collapse of their financial system was a major international bummer. But they deserve to be forgiven — check it out: Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir just married her long-term partner, making her the world’s […]

News
Our Favorite Dandy, Sebastian Horsley, Died

After both of us were on vacation for a week, pretty much avoiding all news and headlines, we were shocked and saddened to receive an invitation to a funeral this morning for an acquaintance we didn’t even realize had died: UK artist, writer, self-proclaimed dandy and all-around nut, Sebastian Horsley. For a second we thought […]

Sexual Health
One Woman's Tale of Dying to Give Birth

photo by Lynsey Addario/VII Network for Time It’s reasonable to assume that, in this day and age of technological advances and common knowledge about good health, maternal mortality rates should be next to nil. But even in the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, it’s up at 13.3 deaths per 100,000 […]

News
Boobquake Roundup

If you haven’t heard of it by now, here’s the ten-second scoop: Iranian cleric blames the world’s earthquakes on women’s immodesty so Jen McCreight (above), a self-proclaimed “liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted, atheist feminist trapped in Indiana” at Purdue, organizes Boobquake, a day (yesterday, April 26th, 2010) for women to wear their most immodest outfit […]