This Open Thread was Made with Love

It’s that time again, dear readers, when we run away for the weekend to deal with the real world.  Until we’re back on Monday, here’s an open thread for you to play with. Read More This Open Thread was Made with Love

Big Love: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

“What’s going on with us, Bill? No one’s ever tried to kill me before!”

“You know I was a missionary for two years, Margene.  In a way, it’s where I learned sales.” Read More Big Love: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Let’s Talk Sex: Wrap it Up, People. (And support Planned Parenthood!)

Well, it’s been a great week talking sex with all you lovely Persephone commenters. This week we covered changing sexuality, masturbation, slut shaming, and the discovery of sexual pleasuuuuure. Read More Let’s Talk Sex: Wrap it Up, People. (And support Planned Parenthood!)

Let’s Talk Sex: This Station is Self-Serve Only.

Tuesday we talked about pleasure and the first time we found out about it. Today, let’s expand on that topic and make things a little more personal: Masturbation.

When did you first start masturbating? How did you come to discover this happy activity?

I happen to know people who don’t masturbate and never have. To this I say: what? I kid, no judgment here. Nonetheless, I notice that while we can talk about sex and getting it on for hours with friends, as soon as the word “masturbate” is brought up the room goes eerily quiet. We can talk about doing it with other people, but when it comes to pleasing ourselves we clam right up. Ridiculous, I say. I first learned about masturbation from a copy of Seventeen, I believe, once again stolen from my big sister. It even outlined how to masturbate (good techniques and whatnot). I was shocked. I can do what to myself? And it feels like that? And I don’t have to wait until I’m older and over my extreme body insecurities to orgasm? Rejoice! Since that day, it’s been happy time for Ginger Gal all the time.

Let’s Talk Sex: Weirdos, Freaks, and Prudes.

“You’re weird.” Ouch. Who knew two little words could hurt so much? When it comes to sex (or anything vaguely sexual), a lot of us have been made to feel, well, ashamed of it, which is total bullshit. Read More Let’s Talk Sex: Weirdos, Freaks, and Prudes.

Let’s Talk Sex: Pleasure to Meet You, Pleasure.

Despite their best efforts in my middle school sex ed classes, I eventually learned The Big Secret Republican Dudes Don’t Want the Children to Know: sex feels awesome. Why else do you think dogs keep humping things long after they’re fixed? Biology shmiology, sex is all about the pleasure for a lot of us. Read More Let’s Talk Sex: Pleasure to Meet You, Pleasure.