From shores to stars, from ivory towers to the field of sport, from inked pages to a mother effin’ wrecking ball, this is your weekly dose of sex news and opinion!

Say No to Sand

Summer is in full swing in my part of the world and with that, I recall some sexy warm weather experiences I’ve had. Sex in a forest, a tent, parks, parking lots. OK, I admit, I like doing it outside. Yet, I tell ya, I completely concur with this piece that outlines why sex on a beach is just not a good idea. I will add to the chorus about sand in unpleasant places, chafing (it HURT), and being seen. Having to pop up and run is just not a great post-coital experience. Add to that factors I never considered, including our sex having taken place on a beach of a lake that routinely is closed to swimmers because of elevated levels of e.coli ... and there we were all naked and bacterially-attractive. As it turns out, nothing came of this experience other than laughs and some sand rash, and I’m glad I can say I did it. But it ain’t gonna happen again. Ever.

Interplanetary Porn?

Now we travel from the nitty gritty of sex on sand to the astonishingly complex potential of sex in space! Anyone who has watched sci-fi films has absolutely wondered what zero gravity sex would be like. How would it work when you're floating? Where would a cumshot go? Well, it seems sex in space might be a lot harder than we imagine! Porn supersite Pornhub recently announced a desire to film the first interstellar sex acts. They even launched an Indiegogo to raise the funds needed to make it happen. However, scientists have come out noting the potential difficulties the company and performers might face if they accept this mission. It does look promising for a great piece of porn. Damn, I sure hope they make it happen!

Harley and Ivy Sittin' in a Tree!

The intersection of nerds and sex is a wonderful thing. We may not think it, but it happens much more than we want to believe. Nerds just aren’t the hard-done-by lot often portrayed in the movies. Instead, nerds are taking sex and sexuality to new levels. The glee over a new power couple in comicdom has got the geekosphere talking. It seems that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are a little more than just evil-doing besties. In fact, Harley Quinn series writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner dubbed them “girlfriends without the jealousy of monogamy.” Wow! Not only has this comic series taken a more open look at sexuality, but they are also busting through notions of monogamy! I look forward to seeing where this storyline goes.

(Going) Down With Censorship!

It feels awful, but I really have to question the motives behind this next story. Why should a university object to and wish to censor an academic article on sex and disability? Is it because the piece was somewhat graphic (although not really)? Was it because the school did not want conversations of sex and disability? I fear it is the latter. Sex and disability is a topic society still seems to shy away from by refusing to acknowledge that those with disabilities are every bit as horny as everyone else. This story, a professor recalling his worries and fears about losing his sexual abilities at 18, is a clean, honest, and important discussion. There are physical and psychological aspects to consider. In other words, it is perfect fodder for the considered debate that should be happening at universities. I’m glad the administration gave up. In fact, they shouldn’t have fought the publication in the first place.

Commemoration Condoms

The Pan Am and Parapan American Games are coming to Toronto and good on the city for understanding that athletes and spectators are going to be coming, too. The hope is they’ll be coming a lot. If the participants and tourists are going to be coming here and coming a lot then the city’s Public Health Department wants everyone involved to make safer sex choices by offering a series of special sports-inspired condoms to commemorate the games. Back in the day coaches used to prohibit athletes from having sex leading up to major events. Nowadays, we all know that is a foolish and competitors will not stop if they want to go for the sexual gold as well. Good on the city for this initiative.

Going the Extra Miley

I’ll readily admit it, I dig Miley Cyrus. My kids watched her when they were young, but that seems like a totally different person. Now, a couple years past the wild Miley times of tongue-waging, Robin Thicke grabbing, and generally trying to shock, I’m really appreciating the work she’s doing with her Happy Hippie Foundation (and other social initiatives) and now being vocal and public about her orientation and gender. Let’s not forget, she’s only 22 and, as a society, we’ve come to expect that people will be immature and unfocused at that age. As Rachel Kramer Bussel notes, it is her age and her willingness to share stories of her own coming out that could make her a good role model for youth who are struggling. Plus, I’m totally a sucker for Wrecking Ball.