Women We Love

“M” Month Women We Love: Emily Morse

We are delighted to complete our International Masturbation Month celebration in discussion with Emily Morse, the popular sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast.

Who inspires you and why?

In my personal life, my mom has been a huge inspiration to me. I’m grateful for the hard work ethic my parents instilled in me, even though getting a job after school was the last thing I wanted as a 14 year old. Working consistently, however, taught me the power of dependability, humility and determination.

I’m also inspired by people who don’t accept their status quo sexual experiences—who are willing to be vulnerable and commit to learn more about their sexual desires and, more importantly, learn how to communicate those needs to a partner.

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“M” Month Women We Love: Hayley MacMillen

We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Hayley MacMillen, who introduces herself here:

As Refinery29’s Sex & Relationships Editor, I write a weekly sex column, The Bed Post, which explores what holds us back from the sex and love lives we want to lead, especially shame and stigma; edit essays from talented freelancers; appear on Refinery29’s Facebook Live talk show Sexcess!; and cover all things sexuality, gender, and relationships. My job also involves lots of sex-toy testing, which is one of my favorite perks. In my past life, I did communications for health nonprofits in East Africa, and the belief that guided me then guides me now: Health is a human right, and fully realized sexuality is a central part of it.

Who inspires you and why?

Right now, I’m inspired by Samantha Bee and her show Full Frontal. She doesn’t hesitate to lampoon ineptitude or ignorance wherever it appears, even if it’s on the part of someone who shares her liberalism. “Speaking truth to power” is a cliché by now, but that’s what she’s doing. And I am loving Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow’s discussions of menstruation politics (and everything else) on their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Their conversations are nuanced, frank, and not just shame-free but proud. None of these women are apologizing for centering “women’s issues”; they’re challenging why we section off issues relevant to women with this label in the first place.

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“M” Month Women We Love: Shannon Boodram

We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Shannon Boodram, author, tv host, and sexologist. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.

Who inspires you and why?

In life, my family. They are perfect people. Who really gets to say that? In career: Esther Perel and Dan Savage. I literally have never heard one single thing from these people I do not agree with. And I love their delivery. Ya know there’s a Google talk with Esther and Dan – clearly I exploded after watching it so now I am typing to you in tiny parts.

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“M” Month Women We Love: Cindy Gallop

We are delighted to kick off our International Masturbation Month celebration with Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.

Who inspires you and why?

People inspire me. People are just wonderful. I meet so many incredible people making their way in the world in really interesting ways, and read about so many more.

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New SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata has a simple request

The talented actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata has been getting a lot of well-deserved press this week after being the first black woman to be named to the cast of Saturday Night Live in six years. Cheers to more diversity (despite the still-plodding rate of change), but more importantly, Zamata’s work speaks for itself. Not…

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“All bodies are entitled to experience…”: A lesson in Cliteracy

“All bodies are entitled to experience the pleasure they are capable of.”

Sometimes you just need to say it like it is, and that’s what Sophia Wallace has done in this well-put sentiment and her entire Cliteracy project. In a great interview with Amon Focus, the artist explains that Cliteracy was born when she could no longer stand the widespread misunderstanding of how women experience pleasure and could no longer ignore the profound absence of the clit in everything from anatomical drawings to scientific research to representations of women enjoying sex.

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