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A Cultural History of Sexuality, Volume 1: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World, by Mark Golden & Peter Toohey (eds.)

Reviewed by Marilyn B. Skinner

This is the initial volume of a six-part series surveying “changes in sexual attitudes and behavior throughout history” (vii) from antiquity to the present—though the series, as the separate titles indicate, is Eurocentric and deals almost exclusively with the Western world. Julie Peakman, the series editor, informs us that each . . . → Read More: A Cultural History of Sexuality, Volume 1: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World, by Mark Golden & Peter Toohey (eds.)

Sacred Sex vs. Sex Magick

By Donald Michael Kraig

In a post on a private, sex-positive forum, a person whom I’ll call EW asked about the difference between Sacred Sexuality and Sex Magick. He writes, “I’ve heard many people use the terms interchangeably and I’ve also heard them used to describe two different things.” He adds without defining either that . . . → Read More: Sacred Sex vs. Sex Magick

Waiting Won’t Make You a Safer Lover: Study

Whether sex education focuses only on abstinence or teaches students about contraception and other topics as well, it all shares one main message: Wait. In abstinence-only, students are exhorted to wait for sex until they’re married. In “comprehensive” or “abstinence-plus,” the idea is to delay sexual relations until . . . later.

“The underlying assumption . . . → Read More: Waiting Won’t Make You a Safer Lover: Study

A Bouquet of Lovers: Strategies for Responsible Open Relationships

By Morning Glory Zell

Let us begin with the a priori assumption that the reader is either currently practicing or firmly committed to the concept of Open Relationships as a conscious and loving lifestyle. If you are not in that category then this article will probably not be of interest to you. If you . . . → Read More: A Bouquet of Lovers: Strategies for Responsible Open Relationships

Sacralizing Sex: Love as an Act of Worship

By Star Foster

Sex is sacred. It’s one of the first liberating principles that converts to Modern Paganism discover. For many of us it was a divine revelation that our bodies were sacred vessels of pleasure and delight, not sinful or an illusion, but the glorious temple of our very lives.

The Vestals are our . . . → Read More: Sacralizing Sex: Love as an Act of Worship

Levels of Intimacy

By Uncle Thor

Several major religions insist that love and sex must happen within the bounds of marriage. These organizations refuse to see that there are many other levels of affection. Marriage is not the only kind of intimate relationship. For instance, sexual relationships may run the gamut from casual to committed and everything in . . . → Read More: Levels of Intimacy

Love, Lust, and the Natural Order of Things

By Fire Lyte

Love spells. Is there any kind of spell more representative of a witch’s magic? The steaming cauldron filled with flowers, herbs, and more unmentionable materials. The words and actions summoning up great power. The pictures or poppets or images of the desired beloved. The ensnared lover who suddenly has fallen utterly . . . → Read More: Love, Lust, and the Natural Order of Things

Women Attracted to Men Whose Feelings Are Unclear–Study

Are you still looking for a date for Valentine’s Day? Here’s some dating advice straight from the laboratory: It turns out there may be something to “playing hard to get.” A study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that a woman is more attracted to a man when . . . → Read More: Women Attracted to Men Whose Feelings Are Unclear–Study

The Happy Marriage Is the ‘Me’ Marriage

A lasting marriage does not always signal a happy marriage. Plenty of miserable couples have stayed together for children, religion or other practical reasons.

But for many couples, it’s just not enough to stay together. They want a relationship that is meaningful and satisfying. In short, they want a sustainable marriage.

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For centuries, . . . → Read More: The Happy Marriage Is the ‘Me’ Marriage

Relationship Secrets for Highly Empathic People

Loneliness gets to some more than others. But why it hangs on isn’t always apparent when read by traditional medical eyes. In my psychiatric practice in Los Angeles and in my workshops I’ve been struck by how many sensitive, empathic people who I call “emotional empaths” come to me, lonely, wanting a romantic partner, yet . . . → Read More: Relationship Secrets for Highly Empathic People