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30 Amazing Articles about Sex

Great writing about sex, porn and prostitution

Sex in the Modern World

Safe-Sex Lies by Meghan Daum

I’ve gone into more than a few relationships with the safest of intentions and discarded them soon after, and my hunch is that I’m not the only one…

12 Rude Revelations About Sex by Alain de Botton

In order to transcend the discomfort that sex typically stirs, you may need to radically rethink desire, marriage, fidelity, and much more.

A Kiss is Still a Kiss by Edwin Dobb

(even if the sex is postmodern and the romance problematic)

Hail the Returning Dragon, Clothed in New Fire
by David Foster Wallace

On sex, AIDS, love, danger and romance.

Feel Like Fakin' Love by Jim Behrle

Why it's A-OK for guys to indulge in some between-the-sheets theatrics.

The Billionaire by Carolita Johnson

If I were in Paris, what would I do? Of course. Silly me. I’d take a lover.

Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?
by Lori Gottlieb

The very qualities that lead to greater emotional satisfaction in equal marriages may be having an unexpectedly negative impact on these couples’ sex lives.

Speaking in Tongues by Sarah Prickett

The numbers in my phone don’t belong to the men who were best at fucking me, but the ones who were, and are, best at telling me how they would fuck me…

Unexcited? There May Be a Pill for That by Daniel Bergner

Linneah sat at a desk at the Center for Sexual Medicine at Sheppard Pratt in the suburbs of Baltimore and filled out a questionnaire. She read briskly, making swift checks beside her selected answers, and when she was finished, she handed the pages across the desk to Martina Miller, who gave her a round of pills.

Porn

Maxed out by Evan Wright

Max Hardcore and other XXX pornographers awakened something dark in me. Or perhaps it was already there.

Hard Core by Natasha Vargas-Cooper

As recently as 15 years ago, if somebody wanted vivid depictions of, say, two men simultaneously performing anal penetration on the same woman, securing such a delicacy would require substantial effort...

Baby, Give Me a Kiss by Claire Hoffman

He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He’s pushing himself against me, shouting: “This is what they did to me in Panama City!”

Scenes from My Life in Porn by Evan Wright

Porn is a crude business. Even the fantasies it sells have the feel of cheap disillusionment. What seduced me was the reality.

Is Pornography Adultery? by Ross Douthat

Nothing in the long history of erotica compares with the way millions of Americans experience porn today, and our moral intuitions are struggling to catch up.

Prostitution

Paying to Play by Antonia Crane

A prostitute interviews a client.

The Sex Trade by Sean Flynn

A three-part series on the global sex trade (part 2, part 3)

Prada Prostitutes by Howard Jacobson

Two conflicting but equally sentimental narratives of the lives of prostitutes — and by implication the men who pay for their services — confront each other at the moment…

Spontaneous Effusions of the Electric Spider
by William T. Vollmann

American men prefer to be choked or beaten,” the dominatrix said. “European men like to be ridden like horses. Japanese men want to be treated as girls.

Striptease

Striptease by Roland Barthes

Striptease is based on a contradiction: Woman is desexualized at the very moment when she is stripped naked.

Or Are You Just Pleased to See Me? by Evan Hughes

Her first move, it must be said, was devastating. Straddling my legs with her knees on my chair, she flicked her long blonde hair over the top of my head so that the two of us were now in a sort of dark, warm tent, eye to eye.