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Welcome to NSFW Sunday! Take care of yourselves and each other out there.

+ Sex is great because it’s rhythmic, according to a new study:

“Authored by Northwestern University researcher Adam Safron and published in Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, the paper argues that intercourse can be such a magical experience because of ‘entrainment,’ which is a fancy way of saying that it gets your brain, sensory, and bodily systems all rowing in the same sexy direction. What happens in the run-up to orgasm, he argues, is what goes on in most ecstatic experiences (consider how a ‘beat drops’ in your favorite new disco anthem). Rhythmic perception and action lead you to attend more to the stimuli that’s turning you on, leading to greater enjoyment, and greater attendance, making for ‘further enhancing entrainment, thus creating a positive feedback cycle of deepening sexual absorption,’ he writes.”

Eden Alexander and Chelsea Poe in The CrashPad Series

Eden Alexander and Chelsea Poe in The CrashPad Series

+ In Guts, Kara Taylor and Jennie Duguay discussed love as two chronically sick and disabled queer femmes, including embodiment, relationships in all forms, and dismantling abelism. Jennie notes:

“Embodiment increases awareness of pain—every twist and strain and twitch, each ache and scrape and weight, the burning and pounding of muscles, ligaments, joints, skin, organs, and nerves. On the other hand, embodiment also means more awareness of feelings: pleasure, joy, and silliness. When so many of my survival strategies involve actions that take me away from the pain/body—distraction, medication—not closer to it, how can I find some measure of balance?

Until recently, I have been telling myself: ‘when you are better, then you will love yourself,’ because the concept of loving my sick self was so unacceptable. But what is the alternative? It seems I must find ways to love this numbed out, dissociated, disconnected, and ultimately sick body of mine.”

+ Women are three times more likely to search for lesbian porn when compared to men, according to data from Pornhub.

+ It’s the most wonderful time of the year: nominees for the Worst Sex Writing awards have been announced and are awful.

+ At Oh Joy Sex Toy, Niki Smith tell you what you need to know about wax play.

Jada Sezer via thinfatfit

Jada Sezer via thinfatfit

+ In Guts, Sarah Rupp writes an erotic short about doppelbanging, the boundaries of self, threesomes and violence in “Second Simone.”

+ At LitHub, Emily Witt discussed Future Sex, discovering polyamory, safer sex, being risk-adverse, orgasmic meditation and more.

+ In Los Angeles on December 4th? The Pleasure Chest is hosting a Dyke Day fundraiser that will include snacks and spanking, 5–8 pm.

+ Future of Sex has a neat chart predicting shifts in human sexuality across various tech-related arenas.

Midnight Garden lingerie via the lingerie addict

Midnight Garden lingerie via the lingerie addict

+ A recent Tinder update now lets users describe their own gender identities, making the app more inclusive of trans and genderqueer folks. According to Dazed: “While Tinder claims that the update was ‘unrelated’ to result, it admits that it is a ‘very timely’ addition. ‘With the amount of division around the world right now, we believe we have a responsibility as a global platform to send a clear message about the importance of inclusivity, acceptance and equality,’ they added.” In Nylon, Hayden Manders writes:

“The context and the ability to allow users to really represent themselves and interests is paramount. ‘This is a good first step toward letting all Tinder users know that trans people exist in our society and they are part of the dating pool,” Adams says. Even if some people are looking for friendship over romance, the world of Tinder now more closely mirrors the world outside of it in terms of identities.”


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Ryan Yates

Ryan Yates was the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com, with bylines in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, and elsewhere. They live in Los Angeles and also on twitter and instagram.

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