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What I Learned About Male Desire in a Sex Doll Factory – The Guardian
Using sex dolls might seem to reflect sexual entitlement and the objectification of women. However, sex dolls are an option for those recently divorced or widowed, or for those who lack relationship skills. This story features Dr. Ian Kerner from AASECT, a NCSH member.

Other News This Week

Support for Gay Marriage Reaches All-Time High, Survey Finds – NBC News
Seventy percent of Americans now support the right of same-sex couples to wed, according to a recent poll.

How Black Women with Breast Cancer Navigate a Biased System – Allure
Prejudice has long been baked into the medical field. For Black women, this implicit bias can be particularly deadly.

Everything You Need to Know About WAP, Vaginal Dryness, and Arousal, According to Experts – Well + Good
The song WAP seeks to normalize and celebrate female-identifying people being sexual and prioritizing their pleasure. Yet, reactions revealed how little many know about sexual health, arousal, and genitals.

Doctors Debunk 6 Common Myths About Birth Control & Fertility – Bustle
Heard that hormonal contraception will decrease your ability to have a baby later, or that you can’t get pregnant during your period? These are just two of six common myths that should be debunked.

Should Couples Share the Cost of Birth Control? That All Depends on These Factors – Refinery29
Money and sex are both often considered taboo topics, so combining them in one discussion about who should pay for birth control could be uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean we should avoid it.  

Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Casual Sex Forever? – Vogue
The sense of how-will-tonight-end mystery—will it be a passionate make-out or a lonely ride home?—used to be one of the fun parts of dating. But in the COVID-19 era, it’s a potential risk factor.

5 Signs You Should Switch Up Your Birth-Control Method – INSIDER
If you’ve used the same birth control method since you started using contraception, you might want to re-evaluate if it’s working for you.

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