The calendar year of 2016 provided much fodder for thought and discussion of sexuality. Let’s keep it up. Every bit counts and every bit makes a difference. If we can evolve a bone out of a body, we can surely change many other things.

New Way to Pay for Porn?

Imagine firing up a brand-new device - it could be a laptop or a tablet or even a new smartphone - and then discovering that you could not access any content that would fall under the huge umbrella of “porn.” If you’re a fan of that content, you’d probably be rather annoyed and wonder how to hack around the block. Yet the only way to do so (legally) is to pay the government for permission. That’s right, ask and pay for permission to view porn. Yeah...I don’t think this would work, either. However, it hasn’t stopped a state representative in South Carolina from proposing such a scenario. He would have all devices shipped into the state preset with porn-blocking ransomware (for the sake of the children!) that could be unlocked for $20.

Bad for the Baculum?

A political boner is easy to spot, but what about the word itself? It has always seemed odd, the term ‘"boner," when referring to an erect penis. There ain’t no bone in there! Or, as sexy science has potentially figured out, there ain’t no bone in there anymore. Yes, it seems boner used to make sense, as humans were equipped with a baculum, or penis bone. Yet, as with many things evolutionary, we changed our habits and the penis bone was lost in favor of our blood and engorgement apparatus. And what factor could be so strong as to phase out a bone from our anatomy? Monogamy! Gettin’ with one person allowed humans to evolve the baculum right out of our bodies. The baculum was associated with more competitive mating needs, but once that necessity was no longer present, evolution gradually took over.

New and ... Improved?

Speaking of penises changing, some folks are trying to advance their evolution at their own pace. Biohackers, also known as grinders, are trying to get a jump on advancing human sensation by turning themselves into cyborgs by adding electronic implements to their own bodies. Not with straps or rings or rope, but by actually implanting devices under their skin. One biohacker is really hoping to improve his grind game by turning his penis into a vibrator. By implanting a rechargeable device, the Lovetron9000, in roughly the same spot as a vibrating cock ring, he hopes this and other biohacking creations will provide a new set of senses for humans. Unfortunately, I worry he hasn’t thought this through. If the penis vibrates, it will feel good. Potentially, too good. We lost the penis bone because sex didn’t need to last longer that three minutes. What will we lose if sex doesn’t last longer than 30 seconds?

Reach Out and Virtually Touch Someone

Perhaps a better line of thinking, when it comes to sex toys, is the current evolution of products that allow for sexual connection over distance. There are countless country songs about being on the road, away from home, away from your baby. Now, as long as the backwater towns you’re stuck in have an Internet connection, you can cure those lonesome blues by connecting with your partner wherever they are with interactive sex toys! If you and your lover can’t get physically together too often, Bustle put together a list of devices that just might allow you to enjoy their carnal company.

Complex Sexual Identities

Of course, if you go looking around that backwater town, you just might discover a lot of sexy action taking place - even among seemingly unsuspecting participants. Ever since the release of Brokeback Mountain (and some before), there has been an increased interest in learning more about men who have sex with men but who also identify as straight. This happens in many different social constructs: prisons, the military, early-age exploration at boarding school, but those instances are wrapped in a situation. Whereas some guys are just getting into it for pleasure, there are many dynamics at play here involving identity that make this research fascinating and may lead to more study of other people and their sexual identity markers.

Beyond the Scale

Finally, is the Kinsey Scale outdated? Doesn’t cover enough? If you need a new measure of sexual orientation, check out the Purple-Red scale.