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Women On Fantasy Novel Covers

Fantasy author Jim Hines makes this amusing point about how women are depicted on fantasy novel covers (including one of his own, as he’s an author) in stereotypical and downright uncomfortable poses, by striking those poses himself! The post includes a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, griping about muscle cramps, and ruminating on gendered depictions of women who are narratively strong but posed as though sexiness is their main concern (which is irrationally common). Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Sex Ed From Disney

Disney’s animated short film The Story of Menstruation is one of those fascinating cultural relics that makes you alternate between curious and confused. It’s really gender normative, but good on them for not telling girls to limit their activities while menstruating, I guess? Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Being Ironically Sexist Is Still Sexist

A lot of advertising is, no surprise, rather sexist and regressive when it comes to gender roles. But if the advertising demonstrates an awareness of sexist tropes, is it still sexist? This analysis on Youtube says yes, defining “retro sexism” as “Modern attitudes and behaviors that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way.” The TV ad examples may appear innocuous at first glance, but watching them add up is rather striking. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

Have You Ever Done This?




I found this little exhibitionist gem on this week’s PostSecret mail bag. Read more at Here at Indiana University, we’re doing our own version called “IUSecrets” which was, of course, inspired by the one and only PostSecret. Learn more about our IU project at Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor Continue Reading →

Do You Heart Your Penis?

A friend showed me this bottle of sanitizer he’d picked up on his travels. Amusingly, the back of the package contains a warning not to actually apply sanitizer directly to one’s penis. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Revealing it All

A few weeks ago, while traveling in South Africa, I came across this statue in a shop in Cape Town. It was described as “the Protective Pose” and is said to be from the Benue region of Nigeria. Unlike any other figure I saw in the store (and there were very many), this is the only one I spotted that had (a) hair placed on it as pubic hair and (b) somewhat obviously shaped genitalia (though in all fairness, the friends I was with walked right by it without noticing – I guess I’m pretty vulva-primed to notice such this). The clitoris, as you can see, is painted red. The labia are also clearly drawn. Continue Reading →

Still Life With Body

Photographer Bill Durgin has created a series of posed shots where bodies stand in for fruits and vegetables in the traditional still life painting genre. The resulting photos are sensual and strangely compelling, provoking thoughts about the connections between bodies, food, and art. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Is this Shirt Selling More or Less than a Month Ago?

Do you think this shirt from Urban Outfitters is selling more or less compared to a month ago? I would guess less, but what do I know. Does the shirt make people nostalgic for the earlier days when Arnold Schwarzenegger was just a body builder or an actor? And not yet a man who hid his love child with his housekeeper from his wife and the children from his marriage? Continue Reading →