Sex is one of media’s highly discussed subjects, from its spiritual aspects to its seedier sides, and EBONY.com covered everything in between. The editors, writers and experts who’ve shared their stories for our Love & Sex section have provided readers with thought provoking content intended to enlighten the undereducated. We had a lot of stories this year, but the following five articles encompass everything 2015 stood for in the department of sex ed and relations. Here are my top pics for the best love/sex news of 2015 from EBONY.com. Happy new year!
1. Black loves Goes Digital
In a digital world filled with instant connections and fast hook-ups, the dating space has become more difficult for millennials to navigate, especially when dating-while-Black. Enter Soul Swipe, a new dating app that caters to the need for African Americans to connect with like-minded individuals within their cultural demo. Contributing writer and tech geek Terrance Gains walked readers through the Soul Swipe experience, while comparing it to the specifications of the popular dating app Tinder. Get to know more about the African-American dating app and determine if soul swiping will be a part of your 2016 plans by clicking the link to the full story:
2. Small Penis Goes Viral
Black men have a reputation for being blessed with a little more to work with behind their zippers. But one writer decided to challenge the age-old Mandingo myth after a young man faces his feelings of inadequacy with his penis on an episode of Lifetime’s reality series, Atlanta Plastic. S. Tia Brown speaks with reality TV star Michael Forbes about his “small penis” and consults the advice of medical professionals to help demystify the stereotypical idea that every Black man is packing in his pants. Read the full article and learn a few facts about the penis you probably didn’t know by clicking here:
3. A Cheating Pass
Whenever a brave couple steps forward to admit their adverse ways of keeping their relationship intact, the public often responds in outrage. And outrage is exactly what Oscar-winner Mo’Nique was met with when she went public about her open relationship with her husband. To shed some light on alternative relationships, EBONY.com editor Shantell E. Jamison shared her thoughts on Black America’s common reaction to unconventional relationships, providing a fresh perspective on autonomy and a couple’s decision to use whatever works for them to maintain balance. You can read more about unconventional relationships and Mo’Nique’s “open door policy” here:
4. Sexual Fluidity
The LGBTQ community has gained major spotlight this year with the legalization of gay marriage and the emergence of prominent figures within the transgender community. However, the topic of bisexuality within the Black community remains a hot button topic, with many believing fluidity amongst the sexes is highly unlikely. Contributing writer and soldier of love Josie Pickens shares her views on the topic of bisexuality within the African-American community in “Exploring Black Bisexuality,” and places a spotlight on the common issues and hang-ups for individuals subscribing to this open love. Read Pickens’s full article to learn more about bisexuality from the African-American perspective here:
5. Eating Groceries
America’s obsession with booty failed to take a backseat in 2015, and more fuel was added to the “bootylicious” fire after Jhené Aiko proudly belted her standards for “booty eating” in Omarion’s Billboard chart toping single, “Post to Be.” The public suddenly became enthralled with knowing the ins and outs of rimming, and using my sexpert skills, I got down to the bottom of the mechanics of this once taboo form of foreplay that’s now made its way into the newsfeed of millions. In my article “Is Rimming Safe?,” I go over the delicate “how to’s” and give suggestions on how to remove shame from an act that can be highly pleasurable for both sexes. Learn more about rimming and read the full article by following this link:
Have a sexy 2016!
Glamazon Tyomi is a freelance writer, model and sex educator with a deeply rooted passion for spreading the message of sex positivity and encouraging the masses to embrace their sexuality. Her website, www.glamerotica101.com, reaches internationally as a source for advice and information for the sexually active/curious. Follow her on Twitter at @glamazontyomi.