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Sex Stories We Love: Gay Genes, Lesbian Jeans and a Conversation of Sex in Literature

Published: FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | Updated: FEBRUARY 26, 2014 10:48:34
I’ve eaten all of my Valentine’s Day candy and the confetti hearts are finally out of the stores, which means February is almost over. Sad about how fast this month went by? Don’t worry, I’ve got some great links today to cheer you up, or at least help you avoid doing that boring work project that’s due March 1.

Erotic Literature

As with most things regarding sex, erotica has been snubbed over the years as a lesser entity compared to more prestigious art forms. But with "50 Shades of Grey" and other erotica going mainstream lately, we’re seeing more credibility being given to the genre. Last week, erotica writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel interviewed erotica writer Elissa Wald for the online literary journal The Rumpus, and the two talked about sex writing and how far erotica has come in the mainstream literature world.

Awards Shine Light on Trans* Sex

The sixth annual "Tranny Awards" happened on February 16, bringing attention to what some people call a "niche" of porn, but to what I call my typical Friday night viewing party. For the first time in its history, the award ceremony had a category for FTM (female to male) trans* people, awarding the honor to James Darling, one of my favorite porn stars.

Duration of Sex by States

Do you live in New Mexico? Great, I’m coming to stay with you! A recent study compares length of sex in states and New Mexico tops the charts. Looking for a quickie? Head to Alaska.

Corduroy, Lesbians and Crochet for Men

I’m not even sure how to describe this photo spread of vintage smut magazines that feature clothing advertisements, so I’m just going to tell you to trust me and go look at the photos. They’re mostly safe for work and completely hilarious.

Do These Genes Make Me Look Gay?

A new study of 400 gay men claims that they’ve found a link to genetics and homosexuality, but the researchers emphasize that genetics is only a part of sexual orientation. In other words, there is no "gay gene." One researcher said it's more like a "one-of-many-factors-contributing-to-orientation gene." Yet more proof that sexuality is a beautifully complicated thing.

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Lauren Marie Fleming is Queerie Bradshaw, writer, speaker and sexpert with a law degree. She is known for her personal, educational and often hilarious look at sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity. Lauren writes the critically-acclaimed QueerieBradshaw.com blog, has written for major news sources including VICE and Curve, and is currently shopping two longer projects to publishers: her memoir, "Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger" and "Simple Street," her diversity-filled teen romance novel. A law school graduate, she started CreativitySquared.com to help bloggers, writers and other creative types turn their ideas into practical, sustainable products or services. From Ivy League universities to major conferences, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, educational style. She encourages readers to say hello or ask questions via Twitter.