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.

Recent posts

This Week at MSP: Sex Around the Globe

This week, the MSP blogging team will be exploring an array of international sexuality issues for our “Sex Around the Globe” theme. From nudity in Estonian saunas to labia modification in Mozambique, we’ll be covering diverse topics that we hope will pique your interest. We’ll also see a new installment in the “Where in the World is the Wondrous Vulva Puppet?” series and welcoming a guest blogger. I hope you’re all looking forward to this week’s theme as much as I am! Continue Reading →

Five Silver Linings of Fifty Shades of Grey

There has been plenty written about Fifty Shades of Grey’s meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller list. Articles have documented how the book has enlivened marriages, criticised it for its depiction of the BDSM scene, and debated whether or not the book’s popularity reflects a glut of closeted submissives. My personal favorite was the TMZ post about how the book is influencing dramatic increases in SmartBalls sales. Admittedly, there are plenty of problematic things about this book, from the Twilight-esque I-stalk-you-because-I-love-you theme to the bordering-on-mediocre prose, but there are several facets of the phenomenon that my sex educator brain considers to be positive. 1. Continue Reading →

Zombie Dildos and Vampire Vulvae

Fleshlight, one of the more well-known makers of male masturbation sleeves, has developed a line of fantasy-themed sex toys. Whether you’re into zombies (see image below), Frankenstein monsters, or vampires, Fleshlight’s ‘Freaks’ line has something for you. Each fantasy theme has a coordinating dildo and vulva-styled masturbation sleeve. Some of the highlights include bat wing-shaped labia for the vampire-themed sleeve, bright blue Avatar-esque alien genitals, and baseball-like stitching for the Frankenstein edition. Being the Trekkie that I am, I was particularly amused by the ‘Cyborg’ duo, as it reminded me of the scene in Star Trek: First Contact where the Borg Queen tries to seduce fellow-artificial-life-form Data. Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: Avocado Vulva

Sometimes I wonder if nature is trying to make me giggle. This lovely genital gem came in a bag with several other avocados from the market, but none of the others shared its labial allure. There’s even a little circular depression where a clitoris would be, were this avocado an actual vulva. I almost can’t bring myself to make guacamole out of it! Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or follow Kate, the author of this post @katecom. Continue Reading →

Three Things I’ve Learned Living With An Introvert

Being in a personality-discordant partnership can have its fair share of challenges. I’m a die-hard extrovert who lives with and loves a staunch introvert, and this personality discordance often feels like a greater divide than our differing genders. He is baffled that I can spend all day with lots of people and come home feeling energized, rather than exhausted. Even after I’ve been around individuals I find tiring, I tend to look for connection with other (non-tiring) people to feel more buoyant. This difference is not due to a respective lack of competence. Continue Reading →

Kangaroos and their Three Vaginas

The incredible diversity of Australian wildlife is one of the most fascinating things I find about living Down Under. Instead of pigeons making noise in the trees outside my urban apartment, there are tri-colored parrots and cockatoos. On a walk yesterday evening, I saw three of these possums in a tree downtown. Oh yeah, and you can see bats flying around above the parks at night. So. Continue Reading →

Historical Statues Get Vulva-fied

Someone has made my week. An anonymous street artist in Halifax, Nova Scotia is attaching felt vulvas to the groins of statues throughout the city. I adore not only felt vulvas, but also appearances of fabric vulvas (in this case, velvet and satin) in unlikely places. Is this ‘vulva-nator’ (as Jamie Frevele at theMarySue.com calls him or her) taking the yarnbombing trend in a new direction? Making a sexual/political statement? Continue Reading →

Travel Chemistry

I’ve often said to friends that I think traveling with someone is in many ways a microcosm of marriage. Rich experiences are plentiful and countless decisions are made in a relatively short amount of time. Budgeting, finding lodging, how you’ll spend your time, etc. are all negotiated constantly. To do so gracefully requires communication, compatibility, and commitment – all obvious key elements to successful long-term relationships. Continue Reading →

Where In The World Is The Wondrous Vulva Puppet? Iguazu Falls Edition

Here is the vulva puppet in front of Iguazu Falls, Argentina, which makes South America the fourth continent represented in the Where in the World is the Wondrous Vulva Puppet? series. Not surprisingly since it’s one of the largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu Falls was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen and I was very pleased to bring along my favorite travel accessory to help me document the experience. Incidentally, I also learned in Iguazu that the Wondrous Vulva Puppet makes an excellent airplane pillow when you fold the labia majora together (long fight delay + sleep deprivation = innovation). Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or follow the author of this post, @katecom. Continue Reading →

16 Signs Of A Sex Geek

“Sex geek” or “sex nerd” is an identification used by many people in the sex-positive community to describe their unusual, academic, and/or voracious interest in sexual knowledge. This interest extends well beyond that which would simply improve one’s own sex life. While clearly this kind of scholarship would likely lead to better sex for the individual, sex geeks like to learn about sex for the sake of learning about sex. Sex educator Reid Mihalko has one particularly holistic definition on his website, complete with equally nerdy three-way Venn diagram. Like people who are really into math, sports, movies, or French literature, sex geeks are just wired a little differently. Continue Reading →