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17 Things That Changed Our Sex Lives In 2015

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When it comes to sex, variety is a ~wonderful~ thing.

And in 2015, there was a lot of that going around — from innovations in sex toys and medicine to a ton of sex-positive people, books, and podcasts. Here are a few of the many great things from 2015 that made some people’s sex lives better (or at least more informed).

1. This hands-free vibrator that sits between your labia during sex.

 

After fundraising in 2014, Eva went on the market this year. You can buy it for $105 here.

2. First Person, the YouTube series from PBS about gender identity and sexuality.

There are 20 episodes so far, covering topics like asexuality, bisexuality erasure, gender binaries, and so, so much more. You can find all of the episodes here.

3. Marnie’s analingus scene on Girls.

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Even the cast is still talking about it.

4. A suction-based clitoris stimulator.

 

Despite its tacky casing, the Womanizer gets good reviews. Instead of using vibrations, it lightly “sucks” on your clitoris. You can get it for $189 here.

5. Elvie, a Kegel trainer for women that connects to your phone.

It ~might~ help you remember to do your kegels. You can order one for $199 here. And if you’re curious about how it works, check out this review on Tech Crunch.

6. kGoal boost, a Kegel trainer for dudes.

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Because men have pelvic floor muscles, too. This one also connects to your phone and guides you through a series of exercises and games. They’re expected to ship next July, and you can get one by pledging on their Kickstarter.

7. Alice Dreger’s badass live tweeting of her son’s abstinence-only sex ed class.

Proving yet again that, for some people, sex ed in school isn’t exactly sufficient. Read more about it here.

8. When Abbi decided to try pegging on Broad City.

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When sex that isn’t just intercourse gets airtime: . You can watch the scene here.

9. Rebecca Traister’s New York Magazine article on how consensual sex can still be bad sex.

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“Bad” as in, not ~good sex~, but also “bad” as in, playing into and reinforcing heteronormative and gender stereotypes. Read it here.

10. The BuzzFeed Health Sex Q&A series.

 

At the risk of sounding self-promotional: this series of clear, expert-informed answers to reader-submitted questions can teach you more about sex and sexuality than any sex ed class will. You can read them all here, but here are some highlights:

Why Can’t I Orgasm?
How Safe Are Rim Jobs, Actually?
Does Bottoming Have to Hurt?
Can I Pee Inside My Wife?
Why Isn’t My Boyfriend Orgasming During Sex?

11. Women on Sex, a YouTube series that features African women talking frankly about sex and the culture around sex.

There are six videos in the series so far, which you can watch here. The short episodes cover orgasms, sex and power, and virginity, among other topics.

12. The book Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

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An inclusive book on women’s sexuality written by a woman with a Ph.D. in human sexuality. Yes. You can get it here for $10.81.

13. HuffPost’s Love + Sex Podcast, which covers tons of random topics around sex and sexuality.

They ask one question per week, then talk to experts about it. Some favorites: how bodyweight affects sex, discussions about sexual fluidity and open relationships, how sex would work in space, and an episode on sex after 70. You can listen to all of the episodes on SoundCloud here.

14. The graphic novel Girl Sex 101.

An inclusive sex ed guidebook that goes in depth about female sexual anatomy. You can get it for $24.99 here.

15. Learning about HPV, orgasms, pubic hair styles, and so much more in the BuzzFeed series Hillary Has Questions.

Watch all the episodes here.

16. The book The Women on My Couch by Brandy Engler, Ph.D.

Courtesy of Brandy Engler

 

Engler is a sex and relationship therapist working in New York and L.A. This is her second book (her first was The Men on My Couch), and it tells the stories of women and their struggles with sex and relationships. BuzzFeed Life talked to her about some of the most common reasons people see her, which you can read here.

17. And, uh, the Ovipositor.

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OK so it’s actually been around for a few years, but a 2015 Vice article made this a hot topic for a few days. In case you’re wondering, it’s a dildo that gives you the sensation of having alien eggs laid inside you. But while this is a thing that exists, we haven’t talked to a doctor about whether or not it’s actually safe to put a gelatinous egg in your orifices — so, you know, use your best judgment.

Is there a new book, podcast, product, or something else that changed your sex life this year? Tell us in the comments!

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