Men’s Complex Feelings About Women’s Breasts

An old joke tells of four women who interview for a job with a male boss. All four are clearly qualified, making the choice difficult. Who gets the job? The one with the largest breasts.

Men typically smile at the punch line, but women often cringe, feeling tyrannized by breast size the way many men feel oppressed by the size of something else—except that penises are usually hidden, while women’s chests are routinely visible and clothing often draws the eye to them. More »»

Talking Dirty: The Origins of Sexual Obscenities

Fuck. Cunt. Twat. Pussy. Cock. Until fairly recently, authorities on English considered the first three too sexually vulgar to include in standard dictionaries, while the genital connotations of the other two were equally unmentionable. But in many other languages, equivalent terms that describe the genitals and intercourse are not considered so vulgar. How did these English words become so tainted? The answer has nothing to do with sex—and everything to do with political conquest a thousand years ago. More »»

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No One “Gives” Anyone an Orgasm

Many people have difficulty having orgasms, especially during partner sex. Only 25 percent of women are consistently orgasmic during intercourse. An estimated 5 to 10 percent of men have trouble with orgasm. Their lovers often make an erotic project of “giving” them fabulous orgasms—and wonder how to do that. On the one hand, the wish […]