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It’s Alternative August at Sex With Emily and that means I’m focusing on all the alternative ways to be in a “relationship.” Whether you’re open, polyamorous, swinging or you just need new ways to approach a relationship in a pandemic, Alt August is here for you. In this podcast I talk to my guests about their open relationships and how they navigate their boundaries, attraction, and transcend jealousy. 
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men insecurities blog sex with emilyIf you’re human, chances are you probably have one or two things that you’re insecure about. All of us have self-esteem problems every now and then, but sometimes our gender identity has a role in the way we experience and deal with them.

In our experience, many folks who identify as men struggle to voice their insecurities, emotions and feelings. Some might argue that men are simply more confident, or that they feel less pressure to adhere to certain societal standards.

But “toxic masculinity,” or the dangerous limitation that describes manhood as being sexual, violent, status-driven, strong and aggressive, affects more than just women—it affects all of us. 

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Happy International Non-binary People’s Day! In this episode, Emily talks to the charming non-binary actor Vico Ortiz about how they keep dating interesting during COVID. Vico’s gone to great lengths to keep themselves busy and satisfied while stuck at home so if you’re missing human connection, this one’s for you. They also discuss the difference between gender and sexuality, what to do if you get someone’s pronouns wrong and healthy ways to make time for yourself.
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non-binary blog sex with emilyWhether you’re a member of the queer community or a straight ally, it’s not always easy to keep up with all the terms and identities that make up the beautiful and colorful LGTBQIA2S+ world.

Heck, it’s hard to even remember all the letters (and numbers and symbols) that go into the growing acronym. (For the record it stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and anything else.)

Educating yourself is the first step to using more affirming language, and helping people feel safe and supported in their identity.   Continue Reading

pride month medley blog sex with emilyWith another June upon us comes our annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.

We may have lost track of what day it is, but Pride Month has officially landed! This year’s festivities won’t feature as many parades, parties and travel plans as usual. However, that doesn’t take anything away from the spirit of the queer community’s ongoing fight for equality.  

To help ring in the occasion right, here’s a mix of some great Pride-themed blogs and podcasts.

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masculinity blog sex with emilyWe could all use an update on the term “masculinity”. The old, familiar definition of masculin is drenched in toxicity. What is the new, woke-r definition of masculinity that we should try to push?

From prehistory, to today, the idea of asserting dominance has always been one of the shapers of humanity. From the Roman Coliseum to the Military Industrial complex, the idea of masculinity has also been used as a form of dominance.

In recent years however, we as a culture have been exposing the underbelly of when the idea of masculine goes too far. This is what we know as toxic masculinity. 

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bisexual blog sex with emilyFinding the perfect label for human sexuality is like trying to find a perfectly tailored suit at a big box store. It’s borderline impossible. This is true whether you’re looking to describe your own sexual identity, or trying to understand someone else’s. Sexuality is complex, and labels are limiting. 

Today we’re going to delve into the differences and similarities between Bisexuality and Pansexuality. Afterwards, when you, a partner, or your cool niece uses these terms, you can see the full, rainbow colored picture.

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Via Pinterest, Artist Unknown.

In today’s age, people have a myriad of gender identities and expressions.

The gender binary, which labels people as exclusively masculine or explicitly feminine‍, can be constricting.

It creates stereotypes that can’t possibly represent the multidimensional spectrum of the human being. 

As we grow beyond the gender binary, language becomes even more important.

Understanding and intentionally using gender-affirming and gender-neutral pronouns is now a key part of creating a safer, more inclusive world. 

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