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Healthy Sexuality in a Dangerous World: Sexual Healing

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ColumnLately, it seems like there are too many stories of women being battered, harassed, trolled, stalked and threatened, both online and off. It’s enough to make us feel like there is no such thing as safe space, especially when it comes to expressing and enjoying healthy sexuality.

No matter what your actual exposure to such threats are, these stories have a way of invading our psychic space and making us all feel vulnerable (even as they may make us also feel angry). This can happen even if your life is a veritable advertisement for

CDC on Sexual Violence: 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Raped

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Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are a public health threat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A national survey using the most recent data on the subject found that 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men had been raped in their lifetimes. In all, 1.6 percent of women said they had been raped in the past year.

“Consistent with previous studies, the overall pattern of results suggest that women, in particular, are heavily impacted over their lifetime. However, the results also indicate that many men experience …

9 Natural Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life: Sexual Healing

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ColumnHere are 9 sex tips for giving you and your partner an organic sex-lift.

Sex is natural, sex is good, but not everybody is doing nearly enough of what they should. We’re busy, we’re stressed out, and we’re tired, but that’s precisely why we should be having more sex. Being intimate cuts heart attack risk, burns calories, reduces endorphins and boosts immunity. But in a technology-addled world where we’re often more intimate with our iPhones than our active or would-be lovers, sometimes you need a few tips. It’s time to slow down and put some eco into your sex. Here’s a guide to getting it on au naturel.

Sexual Assault Survivors Use Art for Justice

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We all know that stories about rape in college are common. Also common: Stories about colleges doing absolutely nothing to help support sexual assault survivors!

The women who go through these horrific assaults typically have to work diligently to receive justice — and solace. Well, while the following story is similar to the ones we’ve heard lately, this one has a slight, totally awesome and unique twist, and involves a woman taking a stand to get action.

A Columbia university student raped Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University senior. …

12 Worst Pieces of Break Up Advice When Your Friend’s Been Cheated On

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When it comes time to give break up advice to your BFF, avoid saying these 12 things.

Your BFF’s sig-o has cheated on her, and it’s now up to you to help her piece her dignity back together. After she pours her heart out, it’s your turn to offer the ultimate in break up advice – only, your mind goes blank. I mean really, what can you possibly say that’s going to help her feel better?

As tempting as it is to put on your “Super BFF” cape and fix her life for …

Boinking to Boost Your Immune System the Pleasurable Way: Sexual Healing

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ColumnCold and flu season is almost upon us, but I’m not going to tell you to load up on echinacea or get a flu shot. I’d like to suggest a novel way to boost your immune system – have lots and LOTS of sex.

It’s early fall. You’ve heard that something is going around, and you feel a tickle in your throat. Your first instinct might be to tell your partner to slowly back away, lest you spread those nasty germs. But your instincts, at least in this case, are probably wrong: …

This Nail Polish Can’t Stop Date Rape

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Date rape drug detecting nail polish sounds like it could be a good idea. Any tool that could potentially help protect a person from sexual predators is a positive thing. But it looks like this new product is all hype and has no substance.

Four students at North Carolina State University developed Undercover Colors, the “anti date rape” nail polish. The polish was intended to detect common date rape drugs (aka change color when dipped in a drink), but the polish turns out to be a dud. The nail polish can’t …

Better Orgasms For A Better Life – the #30DayOrgasmChallenge: Sexual Healing

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ColumnPut away your ice buckets, darlings, because it’s time to take on a much more pleasurable challenge, one that may help you achieve better orgasms – and perhaps create a better world.

How are your orgasms, anyway? Are you having enough of them? Are you having any at all? Are they as good as they used to be? Whether single or partnered or poly, we women tend not to prioritize pleasure. Orgasm is more like the sweet icing on the cake that you hope to taste now and again, but how often do …