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Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

Pleasure Dept.
Too hot for Pawtucket?
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  September 30, 2009

Doom predictions

Gays into the crystal ball
Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2009

Newbie nudies

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
I have a wonderful relationship with a man. We have been living together for four years and we are happy in many ways. There is one thing that he does that I am not so comfortable with ...
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 22, 2009

'Sleepover? I thought you said rapeover!'

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
Dear Dr. Lovemonkey: My name is Sheila and I'm 17 years old. I met a guy through a dating website. He thinks I'm 18 and I actually will be 18 in five months. We have arranged to meet ...
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 15, 2009

I could have been a blowjob

I wonder....
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 16, 2009

Plain talk

Jesse Sheidlower gives the f-word its due
Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary , an expert in slang, and the author of The F-Word , can't stop talking about fuck.
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  September 15, 2009

Embracing humanness

Stevie Jay's Life is a work in progress
Don't go listen to Stevie Jay if you want demure talk about sex, less than X-rated language about relationships, or polite, unemotional monologues about anything else he cares to tell you about.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 08, 2009

Review: Betty Blue, The Director's Cut

Well-remembered arthouse film gains an extra hour
"I had known Betty for a week," a voiceover intones. The voice is that of Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), an unpublished novelist, whom we see fucking Betty (Béatrice Dalle in a star-making turn) in the slow zoom that serves as the opening shot of Jean-Jacques Beineix's well-remembered contribution to erotic cinema.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009

Living with HPV

It afflicts millions, yet no one talks about this nightmarish STD. Now one woman bares all.
The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and still terrified that I’ll get cancer.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009

Dr. Lovemonkey: Commitment-phobes, rude dudes

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
My boyfriend of a year and a half, "Bill," recently asked me to move in with him. For the most part it's been good, but there's one problem.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 12, 2009
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Granite grind

Same-sex marriage ignites partisan battle in New Hampshire
Much of New England joined the march toward marriage equality this year, but in the comparably conservative Granite State, its legalization has heated up a partisan battle for control of the governorship in 2010, promising that this political war isn't quite over.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 04, 2009
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Go back in time

Gay and lesbian Mainers revisit the last 25 years
Last weekend was Pride weekend here in Portland, and though rain made its own appearances occasionally, it didn't stop hundreds — even thousands — of people from, well, coming out and celebrating.

The Queen of Masturbation

Coming clean with Carol Queen, the San Fran-based sexologist who created National Masturbation Month
A professional essayist, erotic story writer, and scholar, Dr. Carol Queen is the brains behind National Masturbation Month.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 11, 2009

Celebrating the original DIY

Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself
Like you, dear readers, I was apparently too busy exploring south of the border to even realize it, but I just found out that May was National Masturbation Month.
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  June 11, 2009

I'm coming out!

Leaving the closet just isn't what it used to be. Thank God.
I'm not one of those naive assholes who believes that I'm inherently in tune with the LGBT experience because I have a gay friend, or because I totally made out with girls while I was a freshman at Sarah Lawrence.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 03, 2009
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The original DIY, observed

Celebrating the safest of sex, plus what to do when dates collide
This explains a lot: May was National Masturbation Month, first held by the San Francisco-based sex shop Good Vibrations in 1995, and celebrated nationwide. (Some places even hold Masturbate-A-Thons to raise money for local HIV- and AIDS-prevention organizations.) Is that why everyone's been so giddy of late?
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  May 27, 2009

Dancing in a new direction

Notes from 'Ballets Russes 2009'
The 100th birthday of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes prompted the expected centennial tributes in Boston: a "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909–1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art" symposium and exhibition at Harvard University in April, and a "Ballets Russes 2009" festival this month.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 01, 2009

Goodbye nasty

Amanda Blank cleans up her act
Anyone even minimally versed in Ms. Blank's œuvre would chuckle at the idea of her trying to keep things clean. Emerging from Philly dirty-rap crew Spank Rock, Blank distinguished herself among a sea of rap dudes with her dizzying spitfire attack and willingness to get nasty in a manner that was both playful and intimidating.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 01, 2009
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Let's talk about sex

Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

Safe sex, duh

A sharp-eyed reader caught an omission in one of Your Secret Admirer's previous columns.  
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 29, 2009

Safe sext

Our anthropological observer of sex trends busies her fingers . . . with the world of raunchy texts. Plus, friends with benefits?
Blogging, vlogging, and social-networking have already hit orange-alert levels on the oversharing meter. Now pushing things into the red are "sext messages."
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 30, 2009

Coolidge compliments Quays

Puppet Masters
If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
By GREG COOK  |  April 29, 2009

Commedia tonight

David Grimm's Miracle delivers
David Grimm's entertaining The Miracle at Naples , which the Huntington is premiering in a lively production by artistic director Peter DuBois at the Calderwood Pavilion (through May 9), is a commedia dell'arte.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 21, 2009

Dr. Lovemonkey: Uncomfortable?

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
I am a 26 -year-old male who is newly married (seven months). I am curious about threesomes as well as swinging.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 15, 2009

Kinky Boston

Chased underground by Bay State blue laws, fetishists are flourishing
A small audience settles in to a few rows of plastic chairs to watch a woman named Jen get spanked — but not as voyeurs. They're students. And this is Sadomasochism 101.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 14, 2009

Straight to the source

Polyamorist shares her thoughts
Katie, a queer 24-year-old artist and activist, shares her thoughts about polyamory.
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 02, 2009

Poly in practice

Being open-minded about open relationships
One of the cool things about being astonishingly single is that you can experiment, both with actual humans, and with ideas.
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 02, 2009

French tickler

Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 02, 2009

38. Lang Lang

More painful than watching the seemingly endless loop of female synchronized divers that NBC kept shoving down our throats during the Beijing Summer Olympics were the Up With People–meets–Flower Drum Song musical schlock-stravaganzas featuring this classical-cum-pop mutant pianist. We know classical music is dying, but we’re not sure a guy with more bad wanker-solo poses than Yngwie Malmsteen is gonna save it.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Rebranding the Branded
Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009

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