Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“Anyway, the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the semen, so I gave Trak a spin. I’d already been through the needlessly complicated process of having my sperm analyzed in a lab. If Trak could simplify that process for other men and at the same time teach them something about what’s hanging between their legs, I thought, it might actually justify that $200 price tag.”
* I’m not shooting blanks but I didn’t need a doctor to tell me that (Engadget)

“The pizza delivery narrative is “actually a relatively new thing” in the many-thousand-year-long history of pornography, according to Joe Rubin, a co-founder of independent film preservation and distribution company Vinegar Syndrome, which specializes in cult films, including vintage pornography. He explains that in the history of erotica, the conceit of a delivery person showing up at a woman’s door and exchanging goods for sex is less than a century old.”
* “Did Someone Order a Pizza?” (Eater)

“For this week’s Sex Lives podcast, I watched VR porn for the first time and was, well, horrified. But Vocativ staff writer Tracy Clark-Flory has a more optimistic view. She’s been hanging out on VR-porn sets, and testing VR porn, webcams, and interactive experiences for years. As she tells it, one of the biggest surprise of VR porn is that viewers don’t actually want the horrifying stuff — they want to be cuddled. …”
* Virtual-Reality Porn Is Killing Boners (NY Mag)

“The clitoris really isn’t that confusing. Or it shouldn’t be, anyway. Nonetheless, acknowledging the shape, size, or even existence of this essential body part has not always been par for the course—even in the medical profession. As a 2005 report from the American Urological Association puts it, “the anatomy of the clitoris has not been stable with time as would be expected. To a major extent its study has been dominated by social factors.””
* The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris (The Atlantic)

“If horror movies have long taught us there is no greater monster than adolescent female sexuality, Raw offers a twist for the ages. In Julia Ducournau’s breathtakingly depraved new movie, all it takes is one taste for Justine (Garance Marillier), a young veterinary student, to lose herself to a lust she’ll never overcome.”
* Raw (Slate)

“Much of the destructive, extra-punishment punishment we inflict on sex offenders is due to the widely held belief that they’re more likely to re-offend than the perpetrators of other classes of crimes … The problem, as Adam Liptak writes at the New York Times, is that the claim just isn’t true.”
* The big lie about sex offenders (NYT)

“Dr. Radosh, 75 and a neuropsychologist by training, calls it “sexual bereavement,” which she defines as grief associated with losing sexual intimacy with a long-term partner. The result, she and her co-author Linda Simkin wrote in a recently published report, is “disenfranchised grief, a grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned and publicly shared.””
* When a Partner Dies, Grieving the Loss of Sex (NYT)

“Whilst research is mixed on the harmful effects of internet porn and some men are choosing to give it up for good, a new study has shed light on the different types of porn users there are and which are healthy and unhealthy. …a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has identified three different types of porn user: the recreational, the compulsive, and the distressed.”
* This Study Explains The Difference Between Healthy And Unhealthy Porn Users (Esquire UK)

“It started off as nothing more than a small fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand. …After almost half a century, Pattaya has transformed itself from a getaway destination for international soldiers during the Vietnam War to Thailand’s best-known red light district among sex tourists from every corner of the world.”
* No sex please, we’re Thai (Bangkok Post)

Main post image via: Girl in trouble: The mysterious vintage bondage photos known only as ‘Mr. Steinberg’s Model’ (Dangerous Minds)

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