Alien Sexuality Should Be More Diverse Than Human Sexuality, Not Less

In response to a Star Trek writer's excellent rebuttal to a homophobic reader, we've had a lot of discussions in the last 24 hours about diversity in science fiction, how Star Trek should show a wider ranger of sexualities onscreen, and why alien sexuality and reproduction shouldn't necessarily resemble that of humans. » 8/12/14 4:20pm 8/12/14 4:20pm

When Writers Remake Gender, They Create A Better Mirror On Our World

There's a fascinating interview with Ursula K. Le Guin over at Electric Literature. She talks about the former literary/genre divide, and when to ignore "the rules." And she also explains why creating radically different versions of gender is actually a way to help people see the here and now more clearly. » 8/08/14 1:40pm 8/08/14 1:40pm

It's Worth Reading One More Essay About The Women Of Doctor Who

At this point, the strange dynamic between Doctor Who's time-traveling loner and his endless series of female compatriots has been dissected in a thousand essays, rants and blog posts. But you still have to read Katherine Murray's new essay, for her incisive observations about one of spacetime's most dysfunctional… » 4/17/14 4:40pm 4/17/14 4:40pm

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

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NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this. … » 12/03/13 7:47pm 12/03/13 7:47pm

What Happens When a Sex Machine Tears You Apart Instead of Bringing You…

It's our biggest fear about sexual technology, like teledidonics — that instead of bringing us closer together, it'll come between you and your partner, and you'll start to prefer the artificial to the natural. In response to io9's story about teledildonics a while back, literary magazine Tin House posted a… » 3/28/13 11:01am 3/28/13 11:01am

Do men and women experience orgasms differently?

It's something that many of us think about from time to time: Is an orgasm the same whether it is experienced by a male or a female? It's a fair question given that men and women tend to follow different arousal patterns during sex — and by virtue of the fact that we have different parts. But as the science is… » 11/05/12 6:40am 11/05/12 6:40am

Seanan McGuire explains why you shouldn't expect every fantasy heroine…

The other day, someone asked Seanan McGuire when the characters in her popular October Daye urban fantasy novels were going to get raped — because respect for the integrity of your own work, and pure realism demand it. McGuire's response to this idea is worth reading in full, but especially the part where she explains: » 10/03/12 3:44pm 10/03/12 3:44pm

George R.R. Martin breaks it down for you about sex and violence in…

You might remember there was some controversy a while back about explicit sexuality in Game of Thrones — including those random bits of "sexposition" where people deliver large amounts of backstory while naked. In an interview with Reuters, author George R.R. Martin addresses criticism that there's too much sex in his… » 7/26/12 1:56pm 7/26/12 1:56pm