UK Sexuality

Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Arousal and desire would have evolved to promote the most successful mating strategy. So if having a novel sexual partner produced the greatest number of offspring who survive to procreate, then sexual desire and arousal should be greatest in these situations.

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Asexuality: When Somebody Described Sexual Attraction to Me, I Couldn't Believe That Was a Real Thing!

Samantha Booth | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

Sarah* is a 22-year-old recent graduate from the Midlands. She is part of the 1% of British public that identify themselves as asexual...

The Internet Has Changed Gender Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Tech

Who are we? How do we define ourselves? In the past this was something that on the surface appeared to be set in stone, but as the world has grown sma...

Homosexuality and Religion: Can a Mutual Respect Ever be Established?

Anna Tippett | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Anna Tippett

A large proportion of the homophobia that exists in society continues to stem from religious belief. Within this, the active condemnation of homosexuality is often justified as an expression of faith; a religious right where an individual is free to preach - what they perceive to be - the word of God.

How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex?

Lozzy Squire | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lozzy Squire

Sex when you're a single female usually follows one of two extremes: you're either getting too little and gagging for it or getting too much and gagging on it...

Of Mothers and Sexuality

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My 81 year old aunt took me aside at lunch one fine day, and said to me firmly, "Girl, you need to update your boudoir skills, you have been with the same bedfellow for far too long. It gets stagnant, you know?"

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Orgasmic Meditation: Stroking Your Way to Sexuality

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Two years ago, Louisa was living in a studio flat off Brick Lane, having "gone off the rails." On one of her all-day benders, a guy walked up to her in a bar and asked if she, "Wanted to learn about the female orgasm?" Although she'd been sexually active since the age of 14, she didn't have an orgasm until she was 18

Body Is a Four Letter Word: Why Naked Doesn't Always Mean Sex

Rachel Thompson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

What do we see when we look at a naked woman? This week's leak of celebrity nudes suggests that we consider female sexuality and sexual agency to be shameful. By turning a private image of a sexual subject into something public to be leered at and used as pornography, you suggest that women should be sexual objects and nothing more.

That's So Straight!

Jack Fletcher | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

The notion of sexuality being linked in a negative way is notorious and omnipresent in our society. It's easy to hear someone say 'that's so gay' when in public, even for the most unequivocal things... Since when did being gay, lesbian or bisexual necessarily mean a bad thing anyway?

Sexiest Wedding Gifts in the World

Kate Thompson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

Fancy having your rude bits cast mid-act with your lover? It certainly beats giving your new wife jewellery on your wedding day. Meet the artist who is causing a storm in the art world with his latest exhibition and offering couples a lasting and tangible expression of their love.

The M Word - How Sexism Is Still Stifling New Women Writers

Rose Bretécher | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Bretécher

My book is a memoir about my life with intrusive sexual thoughts, and it's pretty hard to write about that stuff and not drop the M-bomb. Besides, titillation would never be a problem for a young man in my position, with my mental condition.

How German Football Opened Its Mind And Won The World Cup

Dan Tickner | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Tickner

"England can do everything Germany have done". Yet to do this they would need to actually look beyond obvious clichés and address uncomfortable truths. Where are the Lahm and Gomez in the England team to speak out on sexuality? Who is England's "most intelligent player"? It's not immediately obvious.

Student Cut Off By Parents For Being Gay: "They believe my sexuality is immoral"

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A US student was cut off by her parents for her sexuality, and is now resorting to donations to pay for university. Nineteen-year-old Kate Koenig's...

How to Love and Accept Your Body

Rebecca Fredericks | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Fredericks

Whatever your shape, size or age, if you're a woman - you've probably wanted, and perhaps even tried, to change your body. So, why is this? Why do we see them as a 'something', an object, to be abused, treated badly, and even fought with. Something that can even determine our level of self worth.

Tracing Sexuality in Indian culture

Shweta Kothari | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shweta Kothari

It is peculiar that repressing sexuality is a relatively recent phenomenon in India, sexuality was not a taboo always! The first literature on the science of sexuality, the nude artistry in Ajanta caves in South India and the erotic 9th century Hindu temples, are profound evidence in favor of sexual expression, found in both sculptures and scriptures in India.

Is Erotica Bad for the Brain?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Frequent brain activation caused by pornography exposure could lead to structural 'wearing' and reduced activity of the underlying brain regions. This in turn results in a higher need for external stimulation of this reward system. This then produces a tendency to search for novel and more extreme sexual material.

How Straight Are You?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

When I sit with my straight friends, be they single straight men or a straight couple, the conversation of "How straight are you?" invariably comes up and the best way I can explain it to them, is by describing what I call the sexuality scale. We all fit into this scale somewhere.

Oh, to Be Bisexual

Jack Fletcher | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

As a heterosexual man trying to find love in this world, straight away my choices are cut by 50%. Then there's the language barriers and geography. Oh to be bisexual: not to care about the genitalia of another person and only care about the person for themselves.

Here's What Bell Hooks Got Wrong About Beyoncé Being an Anti-Feminist Terrorist

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Davidson

It's not a brand of feminism that speaks to or works for everyone, but Beyoncé's form of feminist liberation is to be a strong, sexual woman -- and to be utterly confident in it.

When Everything Is Perfect... Except the Sex

Liz Marie | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

When your sex life is lacking, it's like a poison. You might not think it's a big deal at first, but problems in the bedroom tend to breed resentment and insecurity that can filter into every aspect of the relationship. A bad sex life usually doesn't mean you should throw in the towel quite yet though!

What Do Your Clothes Say About You?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Why are a pair of Calvin Klein jeans, a slinky red dress or a loosened tie such turn-ons? According to Buzzfeed, clothing is pretty damn sexual an...

Is Sexuality Innate or Socially Constructed?

Julie Bindel | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Bindel

Some gay people might feel that finding a gay gene might diminish prevalent homophobia, but this is naive. Racism has not diminished because we know that blackness or whiteness is genetic. But scientists still treat us like rats in a lab and look for 'causes'. I have been told I am a lesbian because my mother smoked and drank whilst carrying me.

Forget Conscious Uncoupling, How About We Try Conscious Coupling?

Claire Brummell | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

Conscious coupling is about being conscious about whether you want a relationship, what are the important values for your ideal partner to have and what kind of relationship are you looking for?  Are you just interested in something casual?  Do you want a long-term partnership?