Princesses, Prostitutes, Penises and Patriarchy

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Princesses, Prostitutes, Penises and Patriarchy—What Pretty Woman and The Little Mermaid Taught Me About Sex, Bodies and Womanhood

by Courtney Morgan

Edward: Tell me, what kind of money do you girls make these days, ballpark?
Vivian: Can’t take less than a hundred dollars.
Edward: Hundred dollars a night?
Vivian: One hour.Continue Reading

Love in 4-D


by Stephen Daniel Lewis

What Back to the Future says about sex and the probability of love.

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Aphrodisiacal Recipe: Maca Popcorn


Maca Popcorn: A sweet and savory sexy snack for the cinema.Continue Reading

Sex is Risky Business


by Moksha Gita

Imagine: Train tracks grinding—like Lou Reed scratching Warhol dope out of his Gretsch six string.Continue Reading

An Early Sexual Education: The Film Roundup

(in which sex and love may be childishly conflated)
by Loie Merritt

Sexual authority means a belted dress and a beast that terrorizes your intellectual hunger until you just want to dance, Beauty and the Beast:
For the rest of your life, snowball fights qualify as foreplay.Continue Reading

Dancing Dirty, or Blurred Lines and Other Balancing Acts


by Loie Merritt

Dirty Dancing came out the year I was born. It received an unanticipated level of popular acclaim. It seems no one thought the film would do well. After test audiences shuddered at the abortion subplot and rumors of the cast despising each other (naturally calling their quick and engorging passion into question), the film nearly went straight to VHS and into the dusty corner of your local video store forever. Instead, it became a fixture in late 20th century American Romance. Patrick Swayze made modern dance cool, combining ballroom style with the dirty boogie. It won an Oscar. It won a Grammy.Continue Reading