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Getting to know you

I understand from a friend of mine that you can tell if a man has recently had sex by checking his testicles. What's the deal with this?
 Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  June 18, 2010

With feeling

From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 11, 2010

Walk for AIDS: 25 years(1)

Starting at 7:30 this Sunday morning, tens of thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers will begin gathering by the Hatch Shell on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade.
Join in this Sunday. Despite significant progress, many challenges remain.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2010


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Harvard virginity conference pops its cherry

At what moment are you no longer a virgin? When you get a blowjob? Give one? Give 30 ? When someone fingers you? Oral sex? Anal sex? Enjoyment? Orgasm?
Roe v. Wait Dept.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 07, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 30, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
How far will women go for an orgasm?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010

Where's the outrage?

Holy hell broke loose six months ago when a self-appointed truth squad sponsored by a right-wing propagandist broadcast an Internet video that appeared to show African-American employees of ACORN counseling a white pimp and his equally Caucasian hooker o
ACORN attack tape found to be fraudulent. Plus, applause for the merger of two AIDS agencies.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 05, 2010

Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 2010

Visions of hope

Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010

Pink ribbons: Play hardball!

In ancient times, men appeased the gods by tossing female virgins into volcanoes and families left their newborn daughters on hillsides to die since girls were less "valuable" than boys.
Breasts and Balls
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 27, 2009


Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009

Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009

Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009

Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.
ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 


Casting spells

In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009

Art dodgers

David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s
Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009

Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

Too hot for Pawtucket?
Pleasure Dept.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  October 02, 2009

Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009

10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009


Living with HPV

The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and
Getting the news that one has human papilloma virus can seem like a cancer-causing death sentence. Our reporter disregards the stigma and shares her most intimate experiences.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009

Gay Activists Work for Ted

Gay-and-lesbian community activists are heavily involved in what the chairman of the Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts, Todd Fernandez, calls "a full-court press to ensure that Ted Kennedy's re-elected."
Activists note Kennedy's gay rights work
By LIZ GALST  |  August 28, 2009

Local activists crusade to cut circumcisions

What do William Shakespeare, Don Johnson, Sean Hannity, Redd Foxx, and Ralph Nader have in common with Jenna Jameson flicks and 70 percent of men worldwide? They're all uncut.
Protesting male circumcision
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 31, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening
Dump gay marriage and regroup!

Celebrating the original DIY

Like you, dear readers, I was apparently too busy exploring south of the border to even realize it, but I just found out that May was National Masturbation Month.
Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  June 05, 2009

masturbation list

The original DIY, observed

This explains a lot: May was National Masturbation Month, first held by the San Francisco-based sex shop Good Vibrations in 1995, and celebrated nationwide. (Some places even hold Masturbate-A-Thons to raise money for local HIV- and AIDS-prevention org
Celebrating the safest of sex, plus what to do when dates collide
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  May 29, 2009

Dr. Edelin and Dr. Sabath: They've Never Met

Last week the Massachusetts House passed a bill outlawing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother's life or physical or mental health are endangered — contrary to the Supreme Court ruling last year which allowed abortions through
Indicted Doctors Talk on Abortion Issues
By CONNIE PAIGE  |  May 29, 2009

Review: Fig Trees

Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 08, 2009

Boston's Severin problem

The questions raised by the Severin incident have a philosophical and moral resonance that has been touched upon only in passing.
Is WTKK up to measuring degrees of intolerance?
By EDITORIAL  |  May 08, 2009