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Happy Midsummer

Published by Wednesday Martin

Believe it or not, it’s June! Besides meaning 2019 is halfway over already, it’s also the month that heralds summer and the longest day of the year: the summer solstice, aka Midsummer. Midsummer, (which happens tomorrow night), is the official start of the harvest season in the northern hemisphere, and as such many cultures celebrate fertility and fecundity on the longest day of the year. For humans, this means one thing: Sex.


Shattering the Pleasure Ceiling: the Director's Cut

Published by Wednesday Martin

Earlier this month, I went to the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) conference in Toronto to learn about the newest developments in the science of sex—with a focus on female sexual pleasure. Over four days, professionals attend this annual get together to present their findings and stay on the cutting edge of sex research. The theme of this year’s conference was “Complexities of Connection in Sex and Relationships: From Technology to Touch.” I wrote about my weekend of learning for Refinery29—but the thing about writing for a publication is that sometimes your favorite moments from a piece are cut for length. So consider this the director’s cut!


Shattering the Pleasure Ceiling

Published by Wednesday Martin

For Refinery29, I wrote about how both popular culture and popular science are catching up to the idea that female sexual pleasure isn't just the icing on the cake—it's the cake. Check it out here


Why Study Female Sexuality?

Published by Wednesday Martin

Why study female sexuality in a moment when so many people feel that they are “non-binary”? The short answer is because of the long history of diminishing, dismissing, misrepresenting, and even weaponizing women’s sexuality.


Women: The Bored Sex

Published by Wednesday Martin

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to write a piece for The Atlantic about how and why sexual monogamy is especially difficult on women's libidos. In it, I take a look at the science behind female sexual boredom—of which there is a lot! Check it out here.


Spring Fever TV

Published by Wednesday Martin

The April showers are out and the taxes are in, which can only mean one thing: Spring is finally here. With the (moderately) warmer weather comes steamier preoccupations. After all, birds do it, bees do it… Let’s take a brief look at women and sex in TV this Spring.


Twelve Days of Pleasure/ DAY FIVE/ JOY TOYS In Your Stocking

Published by Wednesday Martin
A great stocking stuffer, just saying.
A great stocking stuffer, just saying.

Bzzzzzzzzzzz. Do you have a vibrator? Or any sex toys at all? If not, why not treat yourself to one today? They bring joy and orgasms. So having one on hand/in hand is yet another way to prioritize your own pleasure during this twelve day period. I hope it becomes a habit all year long. To find a great toy, you might dash off to THE PLEASURE CHEST, or avail yourself of an internet resource like UNBOUND ("an online shop for rebellious women")


12 Days of Pleasure--Day Seven/ Free Your Mind/ Sexual Fantasies

Published by Wednesday Martin
What do you think about when you're having sex?
What do you think about when you're having sex?

On day seven of twelve days of pleasure, free your mind and hook into your sexual fantasies. Chances are, you have them when you're having sex, to get yourself excited and help ensure a happy ending. They're normal. They're not some referndum on your mind or your relationship...they're just an indication that, like so many humans who have sex, you like to embellish and enhance it. My friend the sex researcher Justin LeMiller has written a great book about sexual fantasies--what they are, why we have them, what they might tell us about ourselves and the culture we live in.