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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): 50 shades of consent

Sarah Iuliano
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  The most painful whipping anyone in the BDSM community has ever handled is the defamation the lifestyle has suffered at the hands of EL James. The 50 Shades of Grey author has crafted a public relations nightmare for a community that does not necessarily have communications professionals to put forward its interests, particularly in…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured Sexuality

doing “it”: definitions of sex in the twenty-first century

Rachael Nielsen
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Sex often inspires differing opinions about what actually constitutes “It.”  If a lady pal says she had sex with a younger guy from Batemans Bay, it’s often standard for it to be assumed that penetration was involved. I was in a way directly asked about definitions of sex by a friend who assumed I was…
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Tuesday 27 January 2015
Arts Books Sexuality

lip lit: fables: queer and familiar

Catalina Bonati
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    Fables: Queer and Familiar follows two lesbian grandmothers, their family and friends, and how the interact with the sociopolitical climate of Australia. The stories, written by Margaret Merrilees and based on her radio series Adelaide Days, deals with Australian politics, environmental issues, and LGBT literature. Set in modern day Australia, Julia and Anne are two…
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Wednesday 21 January 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): new year’s sexolutions

Sarah Iuliano
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Readers, Lipsters, friends: the year of 2015 is well and truly upon us. As your New Year’s resolutions give way to the reality of work and play, I thought I’d impart on you some potential resolutions regarding your sex life. In a bit of a tongue-in-cheek start to another year of Back to Ba(sex), here’s…
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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): body shaming and sex

Sarah Iuliano
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It seems wherever we look in our increasingly media-consuming society, body shaming abounds. From songs that shame one bodily extreme to the other – ‘skinny’ or ‘fat’– and the eternal homage to anaconda-like penises (which, coincidentally, profess to not perform where a big booty is lacking), there’s an endless string of having to fit in…
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Thursday 13 November 2014
Arts Sexuality Theatre

‘scandalous boy’ explores homosexuality and power in ancient rome

Jess Oliver
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  Whilst travelling in Europe in 2011, playwright David Atfield kept seeing the same face in museums- an undeniably beautiful Roman youth, named Antinous, but always unclearly labelled. What began as mild curiosity turned into a three year long journey into the life of a powerful young man, Antinous (Ethan Gibson)- largely unmentioned in the…
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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Featured Sexuality

back to ba(sex): tantric sex

Sarah Iuliano
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  There, he said it: Sting admits he doesn’t last seven hours in bed. Since 1990, The Police singer has been captivating the imagination of sexual beings throughout the West with his revelation of taking wife Trudie Styler to pleasure town for an extended period with tantric sex. It’s not quite like that, Sting says…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): technology and consent

Sarah Iuliano
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Consent culture and rape culture: from the Interweb to smart phones, these two foes so often war on the battleground of information communication technologies. Every battle won within the name of consent is a small victory. So when affirmative consent app, Good2Go, was pulled from the market just nine days after its release, it begged…
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Tuesday 30 September 2014
Health Sexuality

back to ba(sex): five STIs you didn’t know about

Sarah Iuliano
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If you are sexually active, one would hope you have heard of the infections that can set upon your bits if you have a lax attitude to safe sex. Perhaps they are not as embedded in your brain as one Geordie Shore cast member, whose sweet nothings during love making consisted of ‘chlamydiaaaaa!’ Beyond chlamydia,…
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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): are holiday hook-ups a site for sexual liberation?

Sarah Iuliano
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Ask a number of holidaymakers in any given airport departure lounge what they are after and you are bound to hear preferences for the following: sun, surf, sex. If media and academia are anything to go by, sex is a particular favourite. But why? There is constant research into the sexual behaviours of people going…
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Tuesday 2 September 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): asexuality is ace

Sarah Iuliano
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Sex, sex, sex. As a sex positive person, I endeavour to learn about the who, what, when, where, why and how of many sexualities. Living as this sort of person in regional Australia, I have never expected my town to be a haven for alternative lifestyles and ideas. Hoped – yes; expected – no. So…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): is phallocentrism the reason straight women prefer penetration?

Sarah Iuliano
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Over the past few weeks, I feel like I’ve been writing about penises and phallocentrism a lot for you here at Lip. The irony is, of course, that my writing has become phallocentric. Badum, tish! Nonetheless, if you are a woman who has sex with men, this may be the case throughout your life. Unlike…
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Thursday 7 August 2014
Art Sexuality

strapped: art challenging phallocentrism’s impact on lesbian sexuality

Sarah Iuliano
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Not everyone wants a ‘bulbous veined dick’ inside them. With this in mind, Newcastle-based artist Emilie Jeine Amaryllis has replaced the phallus with fists and other gestures in an installation resembling strap-ons. ‘Patriarchy and penises are everywhere and as a feminist lesbian, I want to challenge these things,’ Emilie says of the exhibition, which aims…
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Tuesday 5 August 2014
Column Sexuality

back to ba(sex): fake orgasms, fake products

Sarah Iuliano
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You might be able to pick a fake orgasm, but can you tell the difference between fake adult products and the real deal? What’s that? You can’t determine the authenticity of either? Oh dear! In this instalment of Back to Ba(sex), we take a look at the importance of purchasing genuine adult products and how…
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