Love, sex and Relationships
Life & Love
Chris Serres Adults with disabilities must overcome constant barriers to pursue a fundamental human right – loving relationships.
Olivia Clement An interesting perspective from two trans people on the way a lot of us are having sex – and having orgasms.
Natasha Monday The concept of women as men's captors is bizarre because, unlike women, few men are actually forced into marriages.
Andie Fox Literary couple Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon open up about the very real impact of children on marriage.
Jenna Price A new study takes us one step closer to discovering which marriages make us sick.
Tracey Spicer A future in which 'sex dolls with feelings' will have complex moral, legal and social ramifications.
Grief & Loss
Lesley Garner Nothing prepares you for the emotional force of the things people leave behind when they die, says Lesley Garner.
Natalie Reilly Let's call it the "Stay in Your Lane" theory of the fragile male ego.
Steven Petrow For same-sex couples, even a simple kiss may be viewed as provocative or flaunting.
Clem Bastow Clem Bastow is familiar with the awkwardness of revisiting on painful old texts.
Natalie Reilly "Men hope [the problem] will go away, while women get fed up with the lack of emotional connection and simply cut the knot."
Dom Knight "I can promise no more mopey columns about being single. From now on, I'm going to be one of those infuriating smug marrieds," writes Dom Knight.
Natalie Reilly A new study reveals the different dating outcomes for funny men v funny women.
Clem Bastow "It's 2015; surely we can judge a relationship's seriousness (or lack thereof) independently of whether our partner has met our parents yet?"
Maxine Tuyau It may feel like our attractions are inherent, but in reality our desires are influenced heavily by the world we grew up in.
Suzannah Weiss It took a fight with her boyfriend for Suzannah Weiss to realise she couldn't rely on others to tell her what she wanted to hear.
Lisa Bonos Being a friend-collector means that you also need to know when to stop.
Just a tic
Brian Conaghan A master at concealing the twitches, tics and grunts, Brian Conaghan even fooled his wife.
Sara Eckel When I was single, smug married people drove me nuts. Then I became one.
Jane Rocca Stylist and designer Rachel Zoe reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.
Rachel Hills I was not religious, and I knew I wasn't a "loser," but I nonetheless felt horribly ashamed of the fact that I wasn't sexually active.
Natalie Reilly A new study contains the answer to the question of the ages: what makes love last?
Neha Kale Turns out numbers can't quantify the forces that galvanise our closest friendships.
Samantha Evans Samantha Evans tells why sex is better now, at 47, than when she was in her 20s.
Kathleen Burns Kathleen Burns remembers the day she married her long-time girlfriend.
Andie Fox "As someone who didn't make it last, I find it increasingly odd that a marriage can be celebrated simply for enduring."
Natalie Reilly When a man cheats, the media looks at the wife. Was she boring? Was she a nag? Was she a bitch?
Jessica Salter $13,000 later, here is what I learnt.
No Means No
Nelly Thomas I know from experience that, when it comes to sex education, it's best to avoid grey areas.
Caitlin Dewey Another day, another moral panic over The Kids and their "hook-up culture".
The cost of waiting
Ali Benton I was always looking forward to celebrating marriage equality with my sister. I imagined saying to her "thanks Gis, your struggle has been worth it."
Sabine Durrant I feigned a confidence and sexual experience that was far from the truth, and he either believed me or chose to.
Childhood sexual development
Erin Courtney Kelly There's plenty of writing around teen sexuality, but stories about sexual development in childhood? Mostly tumbleweeds.
Clem Bastow For singletons, it's the question that never stops coming. Clem Bastow has some useful responses.
Maureen Matthews A colourful past raises problems for a new partner.
Jennifer Klinec In Iran there are women for fun and women for marriage. I was not in the latter category.
Ann Zamudio Change is going to come when we force the words out of our mouths, and tell people our stories.
Maureen Matthews Any approaches you make may result in rejection, but you must take that into account and keep asking.
Henry Alford "I say things to our cat Linda that I'm too emotionally constipated to say to my boyfriend."
Robyn Doreian Chef Kylie Kwong reflects on the significant women in her life, and moments of light and dark they have shared.
The Sex Myth
Rachel Hills It seems our generation's much-lauded hook-up culture is more myth than reality, writes Rachel Hills.
Attacked from both sides
Catherine Bouris It's exhausting to exist in a world that repeatedly tells you your identity is invalid, or a phase, or a front to attract heterosexual men.
Sarah Baker* And this is what happened.
Libby Hakim Falling in love with a foreigner may sound romantic but the happily-ever-after part can be complicated.
Sarah Baker* They say the first year of marriage is the hardest. For Sarah Baker*, it was also the year her marriage ended.
Suzannah Weiss No one told me upping my dosage of Prozac and would stop me orgasming.
Clem Bastow Female masturbation is being treated as ordinary and even a bit boring... and that's revolutionary, writes Clem Bastow.
Maeve Marsden It seems the thrill of the chase can be applied to non-sexual relationships.
Maureen Matthews There comes a time in a teenager's sexual life when her mother just has to step back.
Staff writers Jack and George met at a house party in 1961 and have been together ever since.
Nina Funnell and Katrina Marson A new survey shows how high school sex ed can be improved - from the very people who matter most.
Paul Chai Having control over whether or not you become a father sounds like something men should jump at.
Jax Jacki Brown In Australia, almost one in five people have a disability, 45 per cent of those live on or below the poverty line. Jax Jacki Brown is now one of those people.
Natalie Reilly It's time to throw out the silly, hetero-normative studies and get down to the facts.
Lisa Bonos He spends chapters in his new book, 'Modern Romance: An Investigation', highlighting the whole sad situation.
Caitlin Dewey Increasingly, in fact, we're carrying out our most intimate conversations via carefully edited texts.
Ali Benton Thirty pages of confessions from a love-sick 14-year-old Ali Benton.
Women of the World
Rachel Eddie Erotic author Krissy Kneen spoke to Rachel Eddie about women's sexuality ahead of her appearance at next month's Women Of The World (WOW) festival.
Rochelle Siemienowicz There are as many ways to love and be loved as there are people in the world, writes Rochelle Siemienowicz.