VICE: Your Brain on BDSM- Why Getting Spanked and Tied Up Makes You Feel High

There's no denying that understanding how the human body works can lead to some intense sex. After all, as clichéd as it is, the brain is the biggest erogenous zone—and BDSM is no different. It may…


THE ESTABLISHMENT: Yes, You Need to Talk to Kids about Porn

Thirteen years ago, Erika Lust, a political science graduate who specialized in gender studies, decided to start making porn films. Frustrated by the tacky, chauvinistic content of mainstream porn,…


iNews: BDSM Practitioners Less Likely to Have Victim-blaming Attitudes in Sexual Violence Cases

People who take part in BDSM sex activities (bondage, discipline/dominance, submission/sadism, masochism) are less likely to hold attitudes consistent with rape culture, research has found.…


SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: BDSM as a Tonic for Serious Illness

My mother enjoyed kinky sex. To be specific, in her late 50s, after two decades of singlehood and celibacy, she discovered that she enjoyed sexually dominating willingly submissive men. I’m so glad…


OPEN DEMOCRACY: The two-fronted fight of sex workers against trafficking

Sex worker organisations have struggled with the concept of ‘sex trafficking’ ever since it was mainstreamed into international law with the adoption of the UN Palermo Protocol nearly 20 years ago.…


ROLLING STONE: How the Tragic Death of Layleen Polanco Exposes Horrors of Criminalizing Sex Work

Last Friday, a 27-year-old transgender woman named Layleen Polanco was found unresponsive in a cell in Riker’s Island in New York City. Although attempts were made to revive her, she was pronounced…


BITCH MEDIA: How BDSM Is Teaching Women to Become More Assertive

Feeling the need to apologize for speaking up at work or in relationships is often a learned behavior that, research shows, is much more common among women than men. But is it possible to stop saying…


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: New York State May Decriminalize Sex Work

Yesterday, lawmakers in New York State introduced a bill decriminalizing sex work. Decriminalization would be a big step towards protecting the health, safety, and dignity of sex workers. Other US…


THE NEW REPUBLIC: A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights

Back in February, advocates for sex worker rights in New York announced their intention to fully decriminalize prostitution in the state. But no one really suspected then that within two weeks,…


MEDICAL NEWS TODAY: When and why is pain pleasurable?

Many people think of pain and sex as deeply incompatible. After all, sex is all about pleasure, and pain has nothing to do with that, right? Well, for some individuals, pain and pleasure can…