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What Girls Are Made Of: Feminist Photography by Maisie Cousins

Maisie Cousins is a London-based photographer who makes art that is “hedonistic and self-satisfying.” The themes she explores are femininity, sexuality, and the deconstruction of bodily standards. With titles like “Overgrown” and “What Girls Are Made Of,” Cousins’ series poke fun at gender tropes, replacing passivity and “sugar and spice and everything nice” with slugs, […]

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Sex Positive Figure Drawings by Brittny Abad

“Sex positivity is a theme I explore a lot in my figure drawings,” tattooer Brittny Abad points out. “Body- and sex-related topics were very taboo while I was growing up, so I left to figure out myself on my own terms.” A queer kid raised by ’80s pop culture, Abad’s Memphis-Milano siren song is set to […]

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Pushing the Limit in Tattoos by Aleksy MarcinĂłw

Like many artists working today, Aleksy MarcinĂłw’s creative practice involves more than one artistic approach. Always striving to make his best work, he writes, “I am trying to spread my work [in] different fields, instead of limiting myself to one. As [for] medium I am using everything I can from canvas and paper to human […]

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10 Influential Erotic Films from Sweden

Swedish cinema historically has a more liberal stance towards sex than their North American counterparts. This can be seen in cinema as far back as 1951 with Arne Mattsson’s “One Summer of Happiness,” which features a frank depiction of both nudity and sex between a man and a woman. This film and Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer […]

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Spooky, Sexy, and Potentially Deadly: Tattoos by Sewp

Sewp is a Toronto-based artist who works out of Holy Noir Tattoo and guest spots around the world. He is also an illustrator and street artist, and much of his tattoo art is influenced by these mediums. Known for his dark, mysterious, and often-erotic style, Sewp’s work is characterized by shadowy-faced girls with piercing white […]

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Sensual 3D Line Art by Nester Formentera

Nester Formentera is a Dublin-based artist creating mesmerizing, cross-contour line art, primarily of the female body. Two years ago, after developing an impressive portfolio drawing realistic portraits, Formentera began experimenting with line work to create 3D effects on paper. The process begins with a sketch, which he creates with the help of reference photos, followed […]

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Strange and Erotic Minimalist Tattoos by Curt Montgomery

Curt Montgomery is a Toronto-based tattoo artist currently working out of Holy Noir. He has garnered a lot of attention on social media, and it’s easy to see why; he tattoos fun, strange, and erotic scenes (often explicit ones) with few lines. Some of the designs featured here are the products of ideas his clients […]

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10 Erotic Foreign Films to Push Your Boundaries

North American sensibilities towards sex are often considered repressive—and even downright puritanical—as compared to those of Europe and South America. In the United States and Canada, this history of repression extends to the point where a frank and healthy discussion of consent and sexual exploration in our media is almost unheard of; after all, sex […]

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10 Beautiful and Playful Erotic Photographs

As defined by Judith Roof in the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, erotic photography “consists of images produced with a photographic camera that inspire sexual feelings.” However, definitions aside, it’s not that simple; erotic photography is a style that has been historically marked with contentious and ever-shifting boundaries. Artists have long debated “art” vs. “porn,” […]

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10 Movies Revealing the Cultural Significance of BDSM

With the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the printed page and the big screen, BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) has burst forth from the shadows of popular consciousness. . . . Or so it seems. In fact, dating as far back as 1967, filmmakers have had a fascination with this particular brand of […]