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Scarlet Letters

Moving beyond a simple, scarlet 'A' for adultery, Scarlet Letters recognizes that almost all aspects of human sexuality remains taboo, shaming, or controversial.  This page is dedicated to answering questions that are often embarrassing to ask face-to-face with an educator, healthcare provider, or an intrusive parent. 

Disclaimer: Scarlet Letters offers sexual health information and political opinions.  It is designed for educational and political debate purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, your healthcare provider or other personal medical attention. If you have any concerns about your health, you should always consult with a physician, psychologist, or other healthcare provider.

July 6, 2017

Below is a list of sex workers' rights, health, and/or safety organizations regularly tweeting about working in the industry. Follow and learn from them. These are the experts.

This list is in no way exhaustive, and there are likely glaring oversights. If your organizat...

January 12, 2017

Question: I watch a lot of porn that I am not that interested in acting out in reality. Am I just in denial about what I'm aroused to?

After viewing your browser history, are you worried that you unconsciously desire to actually have sex with a nun in clown makeup in th...

September 9, 2016

Question: I have had sex a lot for someone who is my age at 18. My friends all tell me it’s bad for me and that I should see a sex therapist. I know that having a lot of sex is bad, but I don't see anything wrong with it. It's not like I go out and have sex every other...

September 8, 2016

Question: I recently broke up with a man who I am in love with.  I'll admit I am insecure about both sexual performance and body image, and to be honest, I am just a self-conscious person in general, and I always second-guess myself.  I failed to initiate sex as often...

September 1, 2016

Question: I'm a polyamorous, bisexual woman who's having trouble with her primary partner. My (male) partner and I have been together for nearly a decade and I have had ongoing issues initiating sex with him, as well as accepting his sexual advances. I freeze up when h...

August 26, 2016

Volume 1: The Pain and the Suffering

Last night was a typical Thursday evening that consisted of curling up on the couch with a mug of peppermint tea, staring at the wall, and thinking about sexually transmitted infections.  With songs from Antichrist Superstar playing...

August 25, 2016

Question: I’ve always been insecure about the size of my penis. How effective, if at all, are these pills that claim to increase size and performance? I am skeptical, but would be willing to try them if they worked.

If your spam folder is similar to most individuals’, i...

July 5, 2016

Question: I recently caught my boyfriend of three years masturbating while wearing a pair of my panties.  He did not see me and I haven’t mentioned anything to him.  I’m shocked and turned off by this and wonder if he’s gay.  I’m also debating whether I should confront...

June 6, 2016

Question: I'm a lady in her twenties who has recently become interested in vaginal fisting. I've done some research on my own regarding the how-to, but doing that research also has made me nervous about possible side effects (the internet is a scary place). Can you ple...

May 17, 2016

Question: I have always been attracted to women and all of my sexual encounters have been with women, but many people think that I am gay.  I’ll admit that my appearance and my interests fit the stereotypical gay male and it is starting to make me question my sexual or...

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