Does science need mavericks?
Staid and conformist, science risks losing its creative spark. Does it need more mavericks, or are they part of the problem?
Why women stray
Evolutionary theory says men stray to increase offspring, but what motivates women? Enter the mate-switching hypothesis
Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?
Sex makes babies
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
The orgasm cure
What if we could expand ecstasy, reduce stress and lift depression, all by delaying and extending orgasm?
The taboo of menstruation
All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly
Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights
Why men rape
It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop
Sex and death in Homer
Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey
Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in
Is motherhood gendered?
For a new generation of trans parents and their children, the meaning of motherhood is undergoing a thorough renovation
Prostitution is not sex work
Decriminalising the sex trade is touted as a means to empower women and rebrand a necessary service. This is utterly wrong
Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places
Gender is not a spectrum
The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling
The weaponised loser
Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?