Ashley Judd speaks out on the right of women to control their bodies and be free from male violence

UNITED NATIONS — Actor Ashley Judd, whose allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, spoke out Monday on the rights of women and girls to control their own bodies and be free from male violence. A goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Population Fund, she addressed the U.N. General Assembly’s commemoration of … Read more

UN report points to yawning gap of inequality in sexual and reproductive health worldwide

GENEVA — A new study says an African woman is roughly 130 times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than a woman in Europe or North America, the U.N. population fund reported Wednesday as it decried widening inequality in sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. UNFPA’s latest “ State of World … Read more

Librarians fear new penalties, even prison, as activists challenge books

When an illustrated edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released in 2019, educators in Clayton, Missouri needed little debate before deciding to keep copies in high school libraries. The book is widely regarded as a classic work of dystopian literature about the oppression of women, and a graphic novel would help it reach … Read more

Republic of Congo reports its first mpox virus cases, in several regions

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — The Republic of Congo has recorded its first cases of mpox in several regions, the health ministry said, an indication of how the disease may be spreading across Africa since sexual transmission was first confirmed on the continent last year. Mpox is a virus that originates in wild animals and … Read more

12 Best Lubes 2024 to Make Sex More Enjoyable & Comfortable

If you’re a vulva owner who experiences any painful sensations during sex or masturbation, Dr. Lincoln says that adding a lubricant into the mix can provide some much-needed comfort. “If you have thinner vaginal mucosa, it can make issues like tearing or bleeding less likely as it helps to decrease friction,” she says. “It can … Read more

8 Best Water-Based Lubes For 2024, Tested & Reviewed

Whether you’re enjoying a sex toy, or a partner (or both), having a good lube on hand is essential. We’re breaking down the best water-based lube options for you, from the best picks for sensitive skin to aesthetically pleasing ones that look great on your bedside table. But first, why do you need lube? For … Read more

17 Best Sex Toys for Beginners 2024, According to Experts

Expert Tip: This is compatible with any type of lubricant, including silicone-based ones. Product Specs: Steel dildo, compatible with water- and silicone-based lube, waterproof Frequently Asked Questions What should I look for in my first sex toy? “I always recommend keeping it simple and easy to use when you are just starting out with sex … Read more

TV sexpert Sarah Mulindwa busts the most common HIV myths

More than 40 years have passed since the first HIV cases were reported. Since then, there have been many advances in prevention, care and treatment, but there’s still a long way to go when it comes to beating the confusion and stigma that surrounds the virus. Tackle HIV, a campaign led by former rugby international … Read more

25 Best Vibrators for External & Internal Stimulation 2024

Editor Tip: As far as features go, this one has the chops. It has four power levels (the highest speed is 6,300 RPM…take that, SoulCycle) and four vibration patterns. The bulbous head is also flexible, and everything is controlled with the intuitive buttons. Product Specs: Wand vibrator, water-based lube compatible, 3-hour battery life, rechargeable Toe-Curling … Read more

15 Best Sex Toys at Lovehoney 2023 for Endless Pleasure

Editor Tip: This toy is one of the best vibrators around, but since it has a larger penetrative shaft that’s 5.5 inches in insertable length and 4.75 inches in girth, we don’t recommend it for beginners. Product Specs: 36 vibration combinations, double stimulation, dual-motor design, rechargeable battery, curved shaft, flexible rabbit ears, waterproof Best Prostate … Read more