There have been so many interesting stories and debates around sex in the news lately. From children's sexual education to revenge porn, from greater recognition for transgender people to Google's crackdown on sites with sexual content, this past week's news was bursting with opportunities for discussion. If you need to catch up, here are a few top stories you may have missed. Enjoy!

Craig Brittain Gets Taste of His Own Medicine

The term "entitled" is thrown around with regularity these days. Most of the time it is justified. Yet, I am not sure that I've ever heard of a more infuriating case of entitled bastardy than that of Craig Brittain. This dude made money and a name by publishing illegally solicited and non-consensual nude images of women on his website. He's now been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission because of his revenge porn (yes!). But here's the maddening bit: he wants references to himself and his bad deeds removed from the Internet! He was quite happy to subject countless women to unwitting online scrutiny, but he shouldn't have to experience it. Unbelievable. You better believe I'll keep his name here and on any portal I've got for Google to find any time.

Life Before "Transparent"

Sometimes it takes a popular culture a long time to catch up to the realities of the world. While "Transparent," an excellent show although somewhat sensationalized, has captured viewers with the story of a man's transition and how her family deals with this change, many families have already lived that experience.

On xoJane, Sarah Bibel shares what her world was like when her father transitioned. It was a world in which she felt she had no peers and no one to talk to about what she experienced. She also relates that, in some ways, her relationship with her father was somewhat typical of that between an angsty teen/maturing adult. Certainly there were some conflicting feelings; and Bibel explores these in an honest and brave way. An excellent read of a perspective that, before Transparent, was missing.

Infidelity Information

So that's why they call it hump day! Apparently, there are some commonalities among those who choose to step outside of monogamous relationships. Apparently, women whose mothers cheat are more likely cheat themselves. Men who stray, on the other hand, could find themselves with a wonky ticker and a busted cock. All of this action is most likely to happen on a Wednesday.

Illegal Sex Ed?

In my home province of Ontario, Canada, the government has unveiled a revised, fairly progressive sex education curriculum to be introduced to schools this fall. Since the ruling party has a majority, the curriculum change will go into effect uncontested, despite the ballyhoo and cries from those who think sex ed should be taught at home.

The same cannot be said of Kansas. There, state legislators are considering a bill that would make it illegal to teach sex-related material. Teachers could be arrested! All of these political wranglings, protests, delays and legalities serve no one, least of all the children we're supposed to be informing.

The Domme and the Person

When you embark on a job that is outside the traditional roles that society associates with "respectable" work, you need to be prepared to make some shifts in not only your behaviors, but also your personal perspective. After getting past the slightly misleading title, this exploration of challenges pro dommes face in managing their identities and ambitions is revelatory. Raising children, creating art, being involved in the community ... all of these are work in their own right, never mind trying to do it with the specter of being outed as a sex worker looming overhead. Fortunately, it seems these strong women have willing clients they can take their frustrations out on.

Google Softens Stance on Explicit Content

Sex bloggers rejoice! Well ... sort of. Last week, Google shocked the sex blogging community by instituting a ban on sexually explicit images and video on accounts across their Blogger platform. This would have been disastrous for many sex bloggers who use the free software and hosting for a multitude of sex-related sites (including education and personal expression).

However, after receiving a boatload of feedback (er, complaints?), Google has softened its stance on explicit content. You’re still allowed to post it, but the company requests you tag the pages with adult-related content. At the same time, Google plans to step up its 2013 policy of ensuring bloggers of sex sites cannot monetize those sites. That edict still sucks, but at least we can continue sharing good content and sexy images.