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The Best and Worst of Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips

Much ado has been made about Cosmo’s new listicle of 28 lesbian sex positions to try NOW. Skimming through the legendary lady mags foray into making pictures of illustrated girls doing gay looking sex actions above the perky yet explicit descriptions we’ve come to expect from Cosmo, I was neither offended nor titillated.

I feel no need to wax poetic on how Cosmo STILL DOESN’T UNDERSTAND ME or start scissoring madly while festooned in floral garlands because the big bad lady mag told me so. Frankly I’m amused and entertained by the sincere, if hetero-peppy, shot at reppin’ my kind.

In that spirit of good natured mockery, I clarified and decorated the 15 best and worst of Cosmo’s lesbian sex tips.

Mandy Duan (left), 26, and Cat Liao, 25 Homosexuality is still viewed as a sickness in Chinese society. Duan, a graphic designer, and her girlfriend, Liao, a shop clerk, both left their hometowns for Beijing, where there are growing underground support networks. They met at a lesbian gathering and have been dating for a year. It’s still common for gays to marry straight spouses to hide their sexuality. At 19, Liao’s parents discovered she was gay and forced her to marry a man. Now divorced, she had to give up custody of her daughter to her ex-husband. There are a few positive signs of gay acceptance, however, such as the recent lifting of a state ban on lesbians giving blood.
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Call for nominations! 3rd annual Femslash Madness Tournament!

Ladies and ladies, welcome to our third annual Ultimate Femslash Madness Tournament, the place where you can vote (and vote and vote) to crown your favorite non-canon couples as champions of the internet! If there’s one thing we know here at AfterEllen it’s that some of the very best potential pairings never get to do more than stare longingly into each other’s eyes because TV executives are still bamboozled by the fact that lesbians exist. But forget those guys! Today is your day!

Or, well, this month is your month.

From now until July 18th you can nominate your OTP by commenting on this post or hitting us up on Tumblr or Twitter with the hashtag #FemslashOTP. Nominations can include movies, books, comic books, and TV shows; and can consist of same-show or cross-show pairings; and can include a lesbian or bisexual character as long as the couple you nominate isn’t canon in that fictional universe. So, for example, you can nominate Spencer Hastings and Quinn Fabray, or Spencer Hastings and Aria Montgomery, or Spencer Hastings and Emily Fields. (You cannot, however, nominate Spencer Hastings and yourself, even though I know that’s what you really want to do.)

The first round of voting will kick off on July 21st!

Who do you think we should include in this year’s tournament?

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The CW will air the Canadian sitcom Seed beginning tonight at 9:30 p.m. and here’s why you care: There are two gorgeous lesbian moms. Amanda Brugel is Michelle Krosnoff and Stephanie Anne Mills is her partner Zoey Jones. Together they have a 9-year-old son named Billy who they conceived through a sperm donor. That sperm donor, Harry (Adam Korson), is “a likable bachelor and bartender, eager to reap the benefits of fatherhood, without having any of the responsibility.”

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"The girls call me Gumby because I’m gangly. I’m not super muscular or super fast or super strong. And that’s definitely for a reason. In soccer you don’t have to be the biggest, strongest or the fastest — it’s a lot about how you understand the game and how your brain works with your body.
I think it’s kind of awkward when everyone knows you’re gay but you don’t say it. I had been thinking about coming out for almost a year before I did. I thought about it seriously on the plane ride home from the World Cup, while I was casually talking to my friendLori Lindsey. She said, “Dude, you should just come out.” She was right. Everyone in my life already knew. If you want to stand up and fight for equal rights but then won’t even stand up for yourself and say “I’m gay” — that just started to feel weird.
I felt more like a tomboy growing up, and then I got some boobs. And those didn’t feel right on my body. They were kind of big, and I was like, “I don’t know about this. This is weird.” I think that’s one of the areas where even now if I don’t train a lot I’ll get a little bigger, and that’s something that I’m a little self-conscious of. Other than that I’ve always been pretty comfortable with my body.
It’s all just society-driven. Especially for a woman. It’s like you have to have a certain kind of body, or you need these kinds of hips, and that’s annoying.”
- Megan Rapinoe bares all in the “ESPN” Body Issue
Megan Rapinoe bares all in the “ESPN” Body IssueBody Issue