Want to Make Consent Sexy? Try Using Sex Toys

As a college administrator, I can tell you a myriad of things that don’t work when it comes to engaging college students around issues of healthy sexuality and relationships. Having a presentation labeled “Consent” is near the top of that not-to-do list. But, want to know what does work? Having an event titled “Sex Toys.” […]

My First Serious Boyfriend

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

Consent: It’s as Easy as… Tea!

As part of a new anti-rape campaign, a British police department is promoting a video that explains the definition of consent using possibly the most British analogy imaginable: tea. And it’s surprisingly effective. The video, originally created by Emmeline May, the blogger behind Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess, and Blue Seat Studios, uses the example of offering […]

I Thought My Husband’s Abuse Was My Fault

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. It was my fault. He swore he’d changed. Swore he wanted to get help. I was living in California, with family, where I’d fled with my two daughters […]

When You Don’t Know You’re in an Abusive Relationship

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. I hardly knew Naomi but she sensed something in me. She knew I was divorced and that I went to court frequently. She suggested I go to […]

Just Two Black Eyes

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month.  The following is excerpted from Lion Tamer, a memoir in progress. I stand by my little studio stove and dial the phone. “Jill. I have a question.” I […]

Amber Rose Shares Her First Memory of Slut-Shaming, and it’s Brutal

Model, author, businesswoman, feminist. However you know her, Amber Rose seems to be everywhere right now. From her forthcoming book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, to her FunnyOrDie video taking down double standards about casual sex, to her SlutWalk on Saturday in Los Angeles, Rose is unabashed in her feminist activism. On Friday, she hosted an […]

I Do! Now What?

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to subscribe and  get the full issue in your mailbox or inbox! “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his recent opinion for a 5-4 Supreme Court majority in Obergefell […]

“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA

Yesterday, the FDA approved the first drug to treat low or absent sexual desire in pre-menopausal women. Popularly known as “female Viagra,” the drug, Addyi, has created a clear divide in feminist circles. On one side of the debate are advocates for the drug. Many of them are part of Even the Score, a coalition that […]

Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic

In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught history of a newly re-discovered sex-ed comic from the ’70s called Ten Heavy Facts About Sex. According to Meier’s research, back in the groovy year 1971, Sol Gordon, a professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, used the comic to deliver honest, far-out […]