You know what I’ve been noticing? Stories about sex—the good, the bad, the humourous—are showing up more and more. Mainstream sites, indie sites, news sites—all have been crawling with stories relating to sex! This is fantastic! Here are some of my recent favourites.

Being Bisexual
I have to hand it to R.J. Aguiar for not just coming up with a video that should shut down any foolish "how do you know you’re bisexual" rubbish, but for doing it in a fun and sexy way. All too often bi folks are confronted with all of the questions, insinuations and garbage that R.J. notes here and we become very good at giving the standard answers to explain our existence. Fortunately, Aguiar goes one step further and gets a little silly—while at the same time giving up lots of tasty scenarios to play around with. And he’s right! Just because he’s with a dude doesn’t mean he isn’t thinking about or enjoying porn featuring ladies! Or dudes and ladies! Or anyone else who falls within that person’s scope of attraction. Seriously, no more doubting bisexuality, please.

The Worst Parts of Sex
We usually only think of these things after sex has happened. Or just before. Or, well, sometimes during. Okay, the worst parts of sex can creep into our thoughts at pretty much anytime—including orgasm. But shouldn’t that be expected? Sex is a complicated, confusing, bewildering act, laden with obvious and subtle pitfalls. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it is definitely amazing too, but a Reddit stream discussed some of those things people just hate about sex. Some speak to inconvenience (condom smell, cleaning up afterwards) and others are more serious (pregnancy scare). Insecurities and performance are also strong dislikes. Over here, I’d have to go with not being able to match rhythms and getting thrown off. Not literally!

Does What Happens In...Stay In…?
Recent studies are exploring the age-old idea of tripping off to foreign lands and enjoying the new scenario. Well, the new scenery and the new bodies. This particular research is focusing on the relationship women have with their vacation vavavoom. There is no doubt, as with most aspects of society, women face uncertain and conflicting messages about vacation sex. Even this study, a departure from previous studies that focussed on sexually transmitted diseases, seems to place an undue emphasis on consequence. No wonder some women are hoping to "feel like a man" when they head out of town.


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Belly Up!

Well, it seems we humans might have something else in common with our ape relatives. Have you ever noticed that the silverback gorilla patriarchs almost always have big bellies? I always wondered if that was just gorilla anatomy. But this research shows overweight men with obvious bellies actually last longer in bed which makes me wonder if all those crunches will be a thing of the past. And it isn’t just lasting longer. Oh no, we’re talking a five minute difference (2 minutes to 7.3) in length of sexual intercourse. Maybe the gorillas are on to something. And maybe this explains Ron Jeremy. And the appeal of bears.

Sexy People Living with Disabilities
Sometimes we need to take a step back and reconsider things. There are many arguments, debates, theses and talks on our portrayals of sexuality. For the good, for the bad, for the damaging, for the glorious. But what do most of the common depictions of sexuality, particularly visual, usually represent? Throughout porn, fashion, films and photos, sexuality is almost always mirrored as the exclusive realm of people who fall within the accepted version of sexual. Rarely, so very rarely, are people living with disabilities included in the sexual landscape. For once though, photographer Olivier Fermariello has offered to us a glimpse—a stunning, beautiful peek—into the sex lives of these people. They are charismatic, they are hot, they are striking and ... they are sexual.

Sex Ain’t a Pain in the Back!
Here’s another opportunity to love us some sexy science! Researchers at the University of Waterloo have determined which sex positions are most useful at reducing the chances of suffering pain for those with back problems. By attaching gizmos and gadgets up to some volunteers, the researchers were able to track each person’s back movements to monitor the flex of each’s spine in five different sex positions. Pain can be a significant factor in desire and sexual response. If it hurts to move certain ways, you just won’t want to get sexy. The findings? Get your hips and knees in on that action!