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Genitals in the Wild: Labia and Art

My boyfriend and I went to a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the local art museum, and as we were climbing the stairs to get to the display—I noticed this painting on the staircase. The artist, Ryotaro Tokita, left the piece untitled, so you cannot take away any clues or insight from the name. But if it were up to my interpretation, I would guess that Tokita was inspired by a rather symmetrical pair of labia majora. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or follow Madeline Haller, the author of this post @madeline_haller. Continue Reading →

My Name is Strong: Raising Awareness About Gender-Based Violence Through Art

I was made aware of a creative new anti-violence initiative and awareness campaign called My Name Is Strong through a volunteer job. The description instantly caught my attention: “our commitment is to turn a single room into an overpowering exhibit of human strength.” My Name Is Strong aims to empower all individuals who have been impacted by gender-based violence through creative expression. The campaign isn’t just for survivors, but anyone who has been impacted by rape, harassment, sexual assault, etc. My Name Is Strong is based out of St Louis, Missouri and you can view submissions on their Facebook page. Continue Reading →

Does Storytelling Require Rape?

A friend linked me to this blog post (trigger warning) by author Seanan McGuire about whether she will ever write rape into any of her female characters’ stories. Her answer is no, she will not. And since she’s writing fantasy, her readers should be just as capable of suspending their belief that sexual violence is needed to move along a story as they are of accepting that magic exists in the worlds she writes. I hope that more writers and media-makers realize this: rape is not the only interesting or dramatic thing that can happen to a woman. Continue Reading →

Faces of Ecstasy: Orgasm as Art

As a sex educator and therapist, as well as a performing artist, I am always interested in artistic depictions of sex and sexuality. In my explorations, I’ve found two art projects that explore a similar theme: the depiction of orgasm as a meditation on art and culture. I know this sounds like all artsy pornography that’s ever been produced. However, these two artists have come up with a way of exploring the art of orgasm in a new way: without nudity or visible penetration. First, there’s Beautiful Agony (NSFW). Continue Reading →

My Trip to the World Erotic Art Museum

As I ventured down to Miami a few weeks ago for yet another spring break in the sun, I realized that I never blogged about my trip to the city’s famous erotic art museum! The museum isn’t a huge tourist attraction, probably because it’s so small. It sits on the top floor of a retail building, so it’s pretty easy to miss- but a shame if you do miss it! Here are some of my favorite photos from their collection. Naturally, I had to pose in front of the giant gilded penis. Continue Reading →

Sex Scenes From Paranormal Romance

Whether or not you’re a fan of reading paranormal romance like the Sookie Stackhouse books, this excerpt round-up contains hilarious quotes from sex scenes written in that genre (no pics, so it’s SFW). I think my favorite is “His man lance prepared for duty.” Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post,@foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

The Human Body In Motion

Artist Shinichi Maruyama has found a way to make the human body even more interesting and beautiful: combining thousands of still photos of a nude subject dancing to create a single composite (and safe for work, because all details are blurred out) image. Check it out if you want to see something unexpectedly beautiful. Continue Reading →

Choose Your Own Erotica

A while ago I posted a recommendation for an erotica site called Adventurotica. Now those same authors are doing something neat: they’re crowd-sourcing their newest novel, The Golden Mask, through Indiegogo (along the same lines as a Kickstarter). The really cool thing is that funders can request their own erotic scenes in the novel. Customized sex scenes – why not? I think it’s awesome that consumers can not only fund independently written erotica, but also have a say in how they want it to go. Continue Reading →

The Perfect Fairy Tale Kiss

As my colleague, fellow folklorist Linda J. Lee, discusses in her post on “True Love’s Kiss,” the kiss as awakening and  transformation motif in fairy tales has a long and less-known history. From early versions of “Sleeping Beauty” to “The Frog Prince,” fairy tale kisses are tied up with violence and sexuality in a way that would make a Disney heroine blush. This is yet another reminder that fairy tales were not originally intended for children, so their shift in audience has seen accompanying changes in content. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →