Columns

May 1, 2019

Bizarre sex toy feature has foot fetishists walking in the other direction

Originally published in Pittsburgh City Paper. Last week, luxury sex-doll company Silicon Wives launched a new toy aimed at foot fetishists. Made of medical-grade silicone, these $199 sex toys are supposed to be a realistic representation of human feet; that is, if an amputated human foot included a built-in vagina that could be accessed through […]

April 24, 2019

Meet the founder of Sex Tech Space Women in Tech PGH

Originally published in Pittsburgh City Paper. In March, my partner and I gave a talk at Carnegie Mellon University’s Ethics for Technologists lecture series on the impact of the controversial anti-trafficking law FOSTA/SESTA on technology. It was there that I met Alison Falk, founder of the monthly digital publication Sex Tech Space (STS) and the […]

April 17, 2019

The ins and outs of cannabis-infused lube

Originally published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. Melody Kush was on vacation with her husband in Spain the first time she decided to try cannabis-infused lube. “We were out for a night on the town and found a shop that sells weed lube, made with sativa oil!” she said. “We went back to the hotel […]

April 10, 2019

There ain’t no shame in our bodily fluids’ game

Originally published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. Ashley Addison vividly remembers the first time she squirted. “A girlfriend of mine was using a Bodywand on me while she held down my bucking hips and out of this beautiful building intensity came three huge squirts from me,” she says. “It was truly magical!” Though she was […]

April 3, 2019

On feminism and boob jobs

Originally published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. I have a breast augmentation surgery scheduled for next month. If previous behavior is any indication of the future, I will likely bump the procedure to November or December. I put the deposit down nearly two years ago and keep shifting the date. The reason for my indecisiveness […]

March 28, 2019

Teledildo or teledildon’t?

Originally Published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. Last week, Kyle Machulis, the world’s leading authority in open-source teledildonics, traveled to Pittsburgh to spend a week as a resident artist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Creative Inquiry. For many, teledildonics may be an entirely foreign concept, yet engineers, software developers, and techies have been designing […]

March 20, 2019

What is giantess porn?

Originally published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. April Would was first introduced to giantess porn last year. Working as a phone sex operator and audio narrator, she received a custom order for three recordings: “one where I played a very cruel giantess [crushing him at the end], one where I played a very romantic giantess, […]

March 13, 2019

In consensual non-consent fantasies, context is everything

Originally Published in Pittsburgh City Paper. TW: this column is about fantasies of being abducted. One of the most remarkable things about sexual desire and pleasure is how much they are deeply tied to context. The same sexual act that is really exciting with one partner may be undesirable or even unsafe with another. This […]

March 6, 2019

With the award-winning short Krutch, Mia Gimp and Clark Matthews aim to make porn accessible for all people

Originally Published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. There were no curb ramps in Clark Matthews’ neighborhood outside Harrisburg when he was growing up. Because he uses a wheelchair, this severely limited his mobility, restricting his access and in some cases, forcing him into unsafe situations. The day the curb cuts were installed in his community, […]

February 27, 2019

A new sex trafficking law threatens the livelihood of sex workers

Originally Published in Pittsburgh City Paper. Earlier this month, TribLIVE reported that state Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) is proposing a state law that would require everyone convicted of sex trafficking and of purchasing sexual services to be added to Megan’s Law, Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry, for 15 years. Those convicted of trafficking minors are already […]