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Friday 23 January 2015
Featured

STIgma: STIs and the city

Sarah Iuliano
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Hands up: who has ever been hunched over a hand mirror with their legs spread, panicking about something burning, itching, stinging or just feeling not quite right in their pants? Hello? Anyone? Sexually transmitted infections are stigmatised in Australia, creating a wealth of problems for both the individuals diagnosed with them and broader society. It’s…
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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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Monday 19 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: being jade

Emily Tatti
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The same night Banjo walks out on his wife Jade, he is killed by a hit and run driver. But his spirit remains, and he is compelled to watch Jade slip into a depression while their daughters struggle to hold things together. Even in death, Banjo aches with love for his wife, despite knowledge of…
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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 30 October 2014
Column Film TV

bisexual tropes: so sexy it hurts

Caitlin Gordon-King
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After revealing that I’m bisexual, I’m often asked three questions: “Do you think it’s a phase?”; “But… who do you prefer?”; and, “Have you and/or will you have a threesome?” (To be fair, this question is usually served with a drink, spilled on my dress.) Regardless of whether they’re asked by drunk strangers or a…
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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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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Film

xconfessions: crowd sourced adult entertainment [nsfw]

Bridget Conway
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Have you ever had a sexual fantasy that you wanted to see portrayed on film? With all the adult entertainment out there, it can be difficult to find something that takes your fancy while still being female-friendly. Erika Lust, founder of XConfessions, sees a growing need for adult entertainment for people outside porn’s usual target…
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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 14 October 2014
Film

species versus under the skin: a critical comparison

Eloise Grills
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Scarlett Johansson recently appeared as a sexy space thang in the Jonathan Glazer-helmed Under The Skin (2013), a film that my housemate denounced as a ‘goddamn rip-off of Species (1995).’ Feminist critics have been similarly quick to deride it as male fantasy fulfilment posing as art, where one can imagine being boinked to death by a…
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Saturday 11 October 2014
Film TV

sexuality and gender in orphan black

Katerina Paltoglou
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Sci-fi as a genre undeniably has something of a shaky history when it comes to feminism. All too often sci-fi’s female characters fall into one of two categories: the ‘slutty nemesis’ or the ‘damsel in distress.’ This is why BBC America’s science fiction series Orphan Black is a great addition to our screens. Here’s what…
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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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Friday 19 September 2014
Opinion

the lip crew on masturbation

lip magazine
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Touch yourself. * ‘Men standing around in a room, praying for forgiveness from their deity for jacking off and not impregnating their wives with more sheep for the flock: this is the sight that confronted me during the Channel 4 documentary Sex Death and the Meaning of Life. As a sex positive person, it was…
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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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