Kate McCombs

Kate McCombs

Kate McCombs, MPH is a NYC-based sex educator + blogger. She's the founder of Sex Geekdom, a global community for sex educators, researchers, and other folks who love having geeky conversations about sex.

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Want to see a colorful menstrual cup or knitted vulva in between all your mason jar crafts/dream bathroom designs on your Pinterest homepage? Then come check out the new MySexProfessor pin board. Now you can share the best “Genitals in the Wild” or a recent sex book review with those who follow your pins (or just ‘like’ our pins if you’d rather keep the penis fence to yourself). Hope to see you over there! Continue Reading →

Book Review: Perfect Combination by Jamillah and David Lamb

In their recent book Perfect Combination: Seven Key Ingredients to Happily Living & Loving Together, authors Jamillah and David Lamb describe “their recipe for romantic success” though anecdotes and insights they’ve gained from their decade-long marriage. Not only are the authors married to one another, they also work together as co-producers on their off-Broadway play Platanos Y Collard Greens. Throughout the book, they use cooking as a metaphor for building a successful relationship (hence the Key Ingredients in the title and the Dutch oven on the cover). While I found some of the examples a bit cheesy (e.g. 1 Cup of Forgiveness and 1 Tablespoon of Humor), overall I think authors did a fine job of making simple that which is often complicated. Continue Reading →

Upgrade Down Under: Australian Boys Will Get Free Gardasil Vaccinations

After years of only vaccinating young women and girls, the Australian National Immunisation Program will begin covering Gardasil for 12 and 13 year-old boys. The Gardasil vaccine protects against four strains of the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) – two that cause 70% of cervical cancers and two that cause 90% of genital warts. The types that cause cervical cancer can also cause penile and anal cancers in men, but because those cancers are rarer than the cervical types, girls have been prioritized for vaccine delivery. However, many public health advocates have argued for giving the vaccine to boys not only because sexually active men can get genital warts, but also to prevent them from spreading the cancer-causing strains to young women. Will other countries follow suit? Continue Reading →

Sexual Health Among Aboriginal Australians: An Interview with Kat Byron

The sexual health status in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities is a hot topic among public health professionals in Australia, but rarely makes international news. I knew relatively little about Indigenous health before I moved to Australia and was shocked when I learned about the degree of health inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, especially since Australia has a nationalized healthcare system. To shed some light on this issue, I interviewed Australian sex and drug harm reduction educator Kat Byron about her extensive background working with ATSI communities on sexual health promotion. Kate: How did you get started working in Indigenous sexual health? Note: The “countries” listed below represent specific Aboriginal nations within Australia. Continue Reading →

This Week on MSP: Sex and History

This week, the MSP blogging team will be discussing a number of sexuality issues related to the past for our “Sex and History” theme. From syphilis in the 20th century, to an analysis of biblical passages on abortion, we’ll be covering a wide array of topics we hope will pique your interest. Have an idea for a future theme week? Tweet us @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

The Sex-Positive Parent: An Interview with Founder Airial Clark

Airial Clark has an MA in Sexuality Studies and is the founder of The Sex-Positive Parent. She writes about the intersection of sex-positivity and parenting for multiple media outlets, teaches workshops for parents who have alternative sexualities, and offers one to one coaching for parents looking for sex-positive strategies and support. I first met Airial when we were both studying Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Who knew we’d both follow careers in sexuality education? When I learned about Airial’s amazing project, The Sex-Positive Parent, I couldn’t wait to share her inspiring message with the MSP community. Continue Reading →

All About Strap-ons: An Interview with Louise Bourchier

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic presentation by Louise Bourchier on strap-ons, which was hosted by Pleasure Forum Australia. I had no idea there was so much to know about the subject. Louise gave such an informative and entertaining presentation, I couldn’t wait to interview her about her expertise. Kate: Tell me, how did you come to know so much about strap-ons? Louise: Well, I guess I got interested in strap-ons a few years ago when I was expanding my sexual horizons. Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: Phallic “Face Roller”

I discovered this suggestive gem while perusing the toiletries aisle at Daiso last weekend. Not only does this facial massager totally look like a penis with balls, but it specifies in the top right hand corner that it’s the “hard type.” Needless to say, I was mighty amused and felt compelled to share this with MSP’s readers. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor, or follow the author of this post @katecom. Continue Reading →

Labia Modification in Mozambique and Australia

In the last month, I’ve heard a couple of anecdotes about changing labial length that I found intriguing. In the workshops I teach on sexual anatomy and physiology, I always like to mention that the length of labia minora varies and that longer labial length has no correlation with sexual experience (a myth I’ve been asked about previously). One of my favorite quotes about natural labia length comes from sex educator Becca Brewer, who said in one of her workshops that “labia minora are like sisters, not twins,” meaning that it’s completely normal for them to not be identical. After a recent workshop I taught, a colleague of mine shared with me that in Mozambique (her home country), women are taught before they get married to lengthen their labia minora. She described how women will gently stretch their labia minora in the hopes of making it longer and better able to “wrap around the penis” and increase both partners’ sensation. Continue Reading →

Where in the World is the Wondrous Vulva Puppet? Sydney Opera House Edition

This photo was taken while my vulva puppet and I were returning to Sydney Harbour on the (ironically-named, in this case) Manly Ferry. I think the side-by-side comparison is appropriate given that the Opera House and vulvas are both compared to opening clam shells. I enjoy art imitating life on a grand scale, especially when it’s vulvar. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or follow the author of this post, @katecom. Travel with your own vulva puppet? Continue Reading →