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U.S. Agency Makes a Big Move for LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

A new ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may not be binding, but it helps pave the way for major change.

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Less than a month ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. While many people in the gay community celebrated, others worried about all the work remaining—and how long it would take to get there. So it came as a surprise to many that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) came out with a groundbreaking new ruling, arguing that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal under federal law.

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Sweden Just Made Up a New Word for Female Masturbation

Masturbation slang has typically belonged to men. Now women are taking it back … with portmanteaus.

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Spanking the monkey. Choking the chicken. Rubbing one out. Flogging the dolphin? Our culture is full of lovable/painful slang used to describe the ancient art of masturbation. But for many women, “jerking off” never seemed to translate across gender. Crazy! That’s why a group of people in—of course—Sweden came together and heroically invented their own term for female masturbation: klittra.

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Erotic Party Planners Help Disabled Community Reclaim Its Sexuality

Organizers of an upcoming, wheelchair-accessible, bacchanal hope to topple the “Berlin wall of sex for people with disabilities.”

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Human sexuality is something that transcends culture, language, geography, and gender. No matter who, or where we are, nearly everyone experiences the undeniable biological need for some form—and there are many—of sexual expression. For those who live with physical disabilities, however, sex can become a misunderstood, and oftentimes uncomfortable subject to broach. That’s why a team of Canadian organizers have decided to throw what is being called the “Accessibility Orgy,” a night of sex and sexuality for the disabled community to both celebrate, and expand, what it means to be a sexual being who happens to have a physical impairment.

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Good News for Wombs: U.S. Paves Way for Free Birth Control Everywhere

The health department has made birth control covered under the new health care law, putting us ahead of progressive nations like France and Canada.


Last week, we contemplated how much money a woman would save in her lifetime if women's basic health needs covered under the Affordable Care Act. Today, it's official: They will be! The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that health care like birth control and "well woman" physicals will be copay-free starting August 1, 2012.

This is a huge deal for women and their families, and a huge relief for those who predicted some meddling from Congress. But it's a travesty that it's taken our health care system so long to subsidize birth control. Women's rights activists have long advocated for a more accessible way to prevent unintended pregnancies. Many studies (and common sense) indicate that free access to birth control does indeed reduce abortion rates and save the government money in the long run. Given that 99 percent of American women will use birth control at some point in their lives, there's no reason why this legislation should have been delayed, let alone debated.

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Sex, Rape, and Single-Sex Dorms: How Promoting "Virtue" Can Make It Hard to Prevent Violence

Catholic University of America is instituting sex-segregated dorms in an effort to curb "risky" sexual behavior. It will only make sex riskier.

Across the country, colleges and universities are beginning to open their on-campus quarters to co-ed roommates. Meanwhile, the Catholic University of America is taking steps to further segregate the genders. "I know it's countercultural," university president John Garvey wrote in the Wall Street Journal last month on his decision to make each of the school's residence halls single-sex. Garvey called it a "slightly old-fashioned remedy that will improve the practice of virtue."

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Northwestern University Psychology Professor Holds Masturbation Demonstration. Hands-On Learning Gone Too Far?

A demonstration of female orgasm has sparked a controversy at Northwestern. Where's the line between educational experience and sensationalism?

Does the average student enrolled in a human sexuality class need to see a woman being stimulated, live and in-person, by a sex toy in order to understand what a female orgasm is? According to Northwestern University psychology professor John Michael Bailey, yes. An optional after-class presentation late last month featured a woman being penetrated with a "fucksaw" so that students could truly learn about female ejaculation. Predictably, Bailey is in the hot seat now, and students and academics across the country are wondering, how much hands-on learning is too much?

Bailey's class is popular—almost 600 students are enrolled—but only about 120 stayed for the demonstration, which was titled, “Networking for Kinky People." Students watched as a woman took off her clothes, lay down on a towel with her legs spread and, according to freshman Sean Lavery, "grabbed the mic" and "explained that she had a fetish for being watched by large crowds while having an orgasm." Then her boyfriend turned on the sex toy and, as the students watched, used it on her till she did indeed have an orgasm.

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