Emma McGowan is a sex positive feminist and SFSI-endorsed sex educator whose hobbies include embroidery, sewing ridiculous clothing, oversharing on the internet, connecting with other women, and reading at least three books a week. Her work has appeared in Mashable, Broadly Mic, The Bold Italic, The Daily Dot's The Kernel, and her own site, Kink&Code.

7 Questions You Still Have About Birth Control, Answered

It's so incredible that we have the ability to control our own reproduction, especially when you consider the fact that the majority of woman who have ever lived didn't have that ability. And not only do we have that ability, we also have so many …
By Emma McGowan

Here's The Likelihood Of Getting Jock Itch From A Partner Who Has It

Emma McGowan, certified sex educator and writer, reveals what happens if you have sex with a partner who has jock itch in this week's Sex IDK column. Q: My boyfriend sometimes gets jock itch — is it OK to have sex while he has that? Is there any…
By Emma McGowan

15 Women Reveal Their Favorite Method Of Birth Control

My favorite birth control method is the diaphragm, but I want to give a major shoutout to the other many forms of birth control I’ve used over the years. The Pill. Condoms. The pull-out method. Thanks to you, ladies, I’ve been having intercourse for…
By Emma McGowan

13 Women & Non-Binary Folks Reveal Their Favorite Song To Listen To While They're Running

What’s the first thing you do when you step outside for a run? If you’re like the majority of people — 64 percent of runners, according to the 2017 National Runner Survey conducted by Running USA — you pop in your earphones and put something on to…
By Emma McGowan

9 Things To Focus On When You're Exercising That Have Nothing To Do With Calories

I’m not into fitness culture — but I am into fitness. By “fitness culture” I mean the websites and products and YouTube personalities who are solely focused on changing people’s bodies through weight loss and calorie-counting. It’s a new generation…
By Emma McGowan

Here's When To See A Doctor About Vaginal Discharge

In this week's Sex IDK column, Emma McGowan, certified sex educator and writer, addresses healthy vaginal discharge and when it's time to see a doctor. Q: “I always wonder how normal discharge is and when you should be concerned. I've gone to the…
By Emma McGowan

10% Of Women Live With This Debilitating Illness — And You Probably Don't Know Much About It

Kristin, 33, was 12 when she got her period for the first time. But this isn’t a story about blood on a pair of white pants making a tween want to die of embarrassment. Kristin was at Disney World with her family when suddenly she felt an intense…
By Emma McGowan

Aiden Hill Wants To Be The First Legally Non-Binary Person In Public Office

Aiden Hill is aiming to be the first person with the gender marker “X” to win an election. Hill — whose pronouns are “they/them” — is running for City Council in Berkeley, California. The “X” gender marker indicates that they’re non-binary, which…
By Emma McGowan

These Condoms Are About To Become Way Easier To Find In The U.S.

Fact: internal condoms — also known as “female condoms” — are not as popular as external condoms. Some people argue that’s because they’re more difficult to use. Some people say they’re just not comfortable or they’re too big. But probably the…
By Emma McGowan

Here's The Truth Behind Vaginal Orgasms

Emma McGowan, certified sex educator and writer, addresses vaginal orgasms in this week's Sex IDK column. Q: “Is it true that women can't have vaginal orgasms? I saw a documentary saying that. Yet, there is information floating around saying they…
By Emma McGowan

Men, Here's How To Reach Out To Women Who Are Hurting Right Now

It's been a rough couple of weeks for women. Hell, it's been a rough couple of years, starting with pussy grabbing and continuing right through Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony and Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. The constant assault on our…
By Emma McGowan

The Long-Term Psychological And Physical Effects Of Sexual Assault Are Worse Than You Thought

Sexual assault affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While sexual assault survivors know that their attackers may not even remember the night or morning or afternoon in question, the effects of that minute or hour or those years can…
By Emma McGowan

Female Entrepreneurs Reveal How Interactions With Male Investors Are Different Post #MeToo

Before #MeToo joined the mainstream conversation, Polly Rodriguez got used to late-night texts from male investors. They weren’t exactly “U up?” but they still felt… weird. Rodriguez, CEO of the women’s health and sexual wellness company Unbound,…
By Emma McGowan

4 Reasons You're Experiencing Pain During Sex

Certified sex educator and writer Emma McGowan reveals why sex may be painful in this week's Sex IDK column. Q: What kinds of pain and discomfort are normal when having sex and which kinds should I be worried about? A: One of the most common…
By Emma McGowan

Here's Exactly What Happens In A Sex Therapy Session

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: Some kind of sexual problem will likely touch every long-term couple. It’s just logical. When you have two people with different lives, different desires, and different stressors together for many years, their sexual needs…
By Emma McGowan

This Chatbot Could Help Fight Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Human Resource departments are often the first line of defense when someone is being sexually harassed at work. But what happens if there is no HR department? Or if people feel that their HR department doesn’t have their back? In those cases, sexual…
By Emma McGowan

Americans Still Have Different Views About What's Inappropriate Behavior At Work

The #MeToo movement has brought the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace to the forefront of the national conversation. But while many people can agree that the alleged actions of political figures and Hollywood stars we've heard about in the…
By Emma McGowan

The Problem With Saying "Vagina" Instead Of "Vulva"

When I was little, my mom always referred to my “vagina” when talking about my genitals. They were never my hoo-hoo or foo-foo or minnie or girly bits.vSometimes she might have said “private parts” but that was more about teaching tiny little…
By Emma McGowan

6 Things You Never Knew About Female Condoms

When it comes to protecting yourself from STIs and unplanned pregnancies, condoms are pretty standard. A lot of us can remember that “condom on a banana” demo that we got in high school sex ed, even if we giggled through the whole thing. Plenty of…
By Emma McGowan

Yes, You Can Get Herpes From Oral Sex — Here's How

Before I was a certified sex educator, a good friend of mine got genital herpes in high school — from herself. She had a cold sore on her mouth, gave her boyfriend a blow job, and then had intercourse without a condom. She didn’t know (and I didn’t…
By Emma McGowan