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Bumpin' uglies and other slang for what goes on "down there" - image of a peeled banana

Bumpin’ Uglies & Other Slang for What Goes On “Down There”

People had a good laugh with a recent post on idioms, so I thought why not have some more fun with silly language. This post explores some of the more colourful terms terms for what goes on when the pants come off. I’ll try to leave out the mundane and stick with silly rather than …

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Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers

Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain’s hormonal air traffic …

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Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?

Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

I got thinking about this after watching an interview with Steven Pinker, one of my academic crushes, and then another interview with Jordan Peterson. Both referred to biological differences between men and women, although in different ways, and I wanted to do a post exploring my own take on sex and gender differences, and the …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week we’ll look at sex vs. gender, as they’re not the same thing. While the terms sex and gender are often used interchangeably, they actually have distinct meanings. The distinction between the two was first proposed by a sexologist in the …

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Female genital mutilation complications: pain, bleeding, infections, fistulas

The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to euphemistically as female circumcision, but it’s drastically different from male circumcision in form, function, and consequences. FGM involves cutting or removing parts of the external female genitalia, including some or all of the clitoral glans and clitoral hood, inner labia, and outer labia. The diagram below shows …

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Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing

Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right? Except obviously, it’s not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people. That begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that this …

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Master of My Domain? A Look at Depression and Masturbation

While this may seem like a bit of an odd topic, it’s something I’ve vaguely wondered about for a while. If orgasms get the feel-good chemicals flowing, might that have any sort of benefit for depression? And especially for single folks like myself – could masturbation have any positive effect when it comes to depression? …

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MH@H book review: Living with Vaginismus by Victoria Johnston

Book Review: Living With Vaginismus

In Living with Vaginismus: Dealing with the World’s Most Painful Pleasure, Victoria Johnston provides a comprehensive overview of this pelvic pain condition. She opens up about her own personal experience to raise awareness about an issue that most people either don’t know about and/or aren’t comfortable talking about. Vaginismus involves the involuntary contraction of pelvic …

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