Clever book designs featuring vulva…

“I’m always strangely delighted by clever book designs that involve the vulva,” says the gay male book designer. There’s something, er, ripe about the vulva that makes clever interpretations so damned engaging. The same simply cannot be said for graphic interpretations of the penis. Aside from Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground album cover (see the bottom […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying (and Love the Porn)

In honor of today’s discussion about smut (join us today at The Ethical Society from 11:00 to 1:00!), I’m going to reprint an essay I wrote back in December of 2010. by Johnny Murdoc When I moved in with my partner, I did something unthinkable: I stopped masturbating. Though we’d been sexually active before we […]

The Sound of Sexual Subcultures – an Interview with digitalcityscape

Welcome to this  ‘This Sexy American Life’  and in this act Mary Gould and Daniel Makagon make up the sound curation duo digitalcityscape.  Together, they create short audio documentaries on alternative sexuality in urban life.  Their first two pieces in this vein were set in Chicago — Daniel’s home base.   Leathermen follows the excitement of […]

Savage U

There are certain segments of the sex positive movement and its sister movements (feminists, gay rights activists, trans rights activists, etc…) that hate Dan Savage. Savage has been giving sex advice for decades now, and because of his quick mouth, acerbic wit, and admittedly stinging sense of humor, it’s easy to go back twenty years, […]

Show Me: Anthology Deadline Extended!

We’ve received some wonderful submissions for our upcoming St. Louis erotica anthology, Show Me, and we’re happy to announce that the deadline has been extended! You now have until July 1st, 2012 to submit your stories and photography! DO YOU HAVE SAINT LOUIS FANTASIES? SHOW ME. Send us your fiction or non-fiction submission of sex […]

President of Planned Parenthood on The Daily Show

Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, appeared on The Daily Show this week. I haven’t had the chance to watch the full extended version of the interview yet, but if it’s all as good as the short part that ran on the air, it’s worth your time. Here are the two parts: The Daily […]

Typography Porn

Penguin Classics recently released a new translation of Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra. I must say that, despite have little interest in reading the book in the past, the new design makes me wish I owned a copy: The porno-typography is the work of illustrator Malika Favre, and the new edition “offers a compelling modern translation of […]

Komen Foundation reinstates funding for Planned Parenthood

Via The Atlantic: “Facing a revolt among donors and supporters, Susan G. Komen For the Cure has just announced it has reversed its decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood. “One day, public relations scholars — if such a species exists — will make this week’s events at the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation a […]

SEX+STL Stands With Planned Parenthood

News recently broke that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was pulling $700,000 worth of funding from Planned Parenthood, money that was used to give women access to affordable or free breast cancer screenings. This is just another reminder that the fight for reproductive rights is an ongoing struggle, and that the people who need family […]

How To Tell a True Porn Story

One of the lessons I’m going to give you in my writing talk tomorrow is a simple and important one: sit your ass in the chair and write. Ironically, I missed my own personal deadline for writing and posting this blog, so perhaps this is an important lesson in why I’m not perfect. Tomorrow’s event […]