Want better sex? Try getting better sleep

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

How are sleep and sex related? I’ll state the obvious: We most commonly sleep and have sex in the same location – the bedroom.

Sleep affects sex, and sex affects sleep. It’s important to pay attention to both. VGstockstudio/

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 7, 2018

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

U.S. bill holds websites liable for online sex trade

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:10 PM

But critics say the bill would undermine a basic underpinning of the internet, which enables websites to host information from third parties without liability

South Korea's Moon supports #MeToo, urges 'stern punishment' for abusers

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'I express my respect to the courage of the victims who spoke out about the abuses they suffered, and I actively support the #MeToo movement,' Moon says in a meeting with aides

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (C) addresses journalists covering the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Main Press Centre on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

'A batch of yellow, blue and red condoms' image courtesy Shutterstock

Haiti suspends Oxfam operations pending sex scandal probe

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'These reprehensible acts, alleged crimes, acknowledged by the perpetrators as well as the NGO, are a serious violation of the dignity of the Haitian people,' a government statement says

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

[Two Pronged] Why does he prefer sluts?

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Why did he ask me to marry him if he is not satisfied with our sex life? Why did he do it if he does not love me?

Until when can victims file cases vs sex offenders?

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The law prescribes a certain period of time within which an offender may be prosecuted for a crime

Oxfam unveils action plan after 'stain' of sex scandal

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The organization says it would create a commission which will 'operate at arms-length from Oxfam' and be given access to the charity's records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse

10 songs to have sex to tonight, according to Spotify

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Get in the mood with these sexy tunes

Tensions between 'Sex and the City' stars Sarah Jessica Park and Kim Cattrall burst into the open

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona,' Kim says

SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This week's roundup features Russian rockets, Chinese sex dolls, and the world's social media darling, Facebook. Here's the SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018!

'Call me baby:' Talking sex dolls fill a void in China

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Rows of voluptuous silicon bodies hang in the warehouse of EXDOLL, a firm based in the northeastern port city of Dalian, but engineers are also working on bringing them to life

EXDOLL'S SEX DOLLS. This photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows robots in a lab of a doll factory of EXDOLL, a firm based in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

VIRAL: Siargao resort draws flak for promoting island to foreigners seeking partners

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

In an interview with Rappler, resort owner Andreas Mikoleiczik explains that the description written on the website does not aim to promote the island for sex tourism

[Two Pronged] Can love and desire coexist?

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Two Pronged reader Art loves his girlfriend but is unsatisfied with their sex life

Indonesian police arrest two men over gay sex video

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Homosexuality and gay sex are legal everywhere in Indonesia except in conservative Aceh province, which is ruled by Islamic law. Police, however, use the country's tough anti-pornography legislation to criminalize members of the LGBT community.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Of sexual predators and sexual klutzes

Jan 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'Men like Harvey Weinstein need prison but men like the sexual bully who only thinks of his own gratification, the sexual klutz and all those in between need re-education.'

Baguio high school basketball coach accused of sexual harassment

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Fil-Am Josiah Weihman shares a painful secret he has kept for 14 years involving his former high school coach, and hopes others would come forward

TEAM PHOTO. Josiah Weihman (bottom left) and the rest of his highschool basketball team pose for a photo with  coach Leo Arnaiz (top right). Photo from Josiah Weihman's Facebook page

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In calls for a 'heartfelt apology;' from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemns a 2015 agreement as a 'wrongful' solution

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. Protestors sit next ot the statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Midnight vows after historic Australia gay marriage reforms

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Two Australian athletes tied the knot just after midnight Tuesday in one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws

GAY WEDDING. Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (left) and fiance Luke Sullivan pose ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on January 8, 2018. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

Civil union for same-sex couples, ugly, rich people – Speaker Alvarez

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The Speaker says, 'Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property…karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo'

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues to defend two laws he wants Congress to pass. File photo

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Want free condoms? SafeSpacesPH app tells you where you can get it

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:57 PM

SafeSpacesPH is a mobile application where establishments that dispense condoms with water-based lubricants can be located

An actual interface of the Safe Spaces App showing the location of Depots and its details. Photo from LoveYourself

[Two Pronged] All she wants for Christmas is an orgasm

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Lara wants to please her boyfriend, who makes her feel inadequate

Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins

Dec 20, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Researchers say their mating call sounds like 'a really loud machine gun'

GULF CORVINA. The fish population are reportedly at a decline. Science News for Students photo

Duterte on same-sex marriage: 'We can change the law'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Ako gusto ko, same-sex marriage,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his speech during a gathering of the LGBT community in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao during the 7th LGBT Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who said sex sells? German sex shop chain goes bankrupt

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Beate Uhse, Germany's pioneering sex shop chain, has filed for bankruptcy after losing out to erotic e-commerce

BANKRUPT. This file photo taken on March 30, 2007 shows a man walking past a window advertising erotic items by German sex store giant Beate Uhse. The pioneering German sex shop chain Beate Uhse said on December 15, 2017 that it had gone bankrupt, falling victim to the rise of the internet and erotic e-commerce. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The unsuccessful petition would have affected unmarried heterosexuals and gay people, who cannot marry in Indonesia

Philippines top global source of child pornography – Unicef

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:58 AM

8 out of 10 Filipino children at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying

TOP SOURCE. Unicef says the Philippines is a leading global source of child pornography.

When kids don’t know they are victims of sexual abuse

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Kim* was 12 when her neighbor recruited her. By the time she was rescued, she was already 15.

ABUSE. Children as young as 12 years old fall victims to online sex trafficking. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Australia lawmakers approve same-sex marriage

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) All but 4 MPs in the 150-seat House of Representatives vote in support of marriage equality, after the Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week

THEY SAID YES. Equality ambassadors and volunteers from the The Equality Campaign gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra on December 7, 2017, ahead of the parliamentary vote on Same Sex Marriage. Sean Davey/AFP

Australian Senate passes gay marriage bill in key step

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) The law is expected to pass through the lower house of parliament comfortably in coming weeks after most lawmakers agree to honor 'the will of Australians'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  Peter Parks/AFP

[Two Pronged] Threesome fantasy

Nov 26, 2017 - 11:07 PM

A husband asks if he should pursue his fantasy of having a threesome with his wife and another man

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Two men, so in love with each other, could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would wind up before the US Supreme Court five years later and spark a national debate about fundamental rights

Jeffrey Tambor quits 'Transparent' after sex assault claims

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:43 AM

'What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for 4 years ago,' Jeffrey says

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Host Jeffrey Tambor speaks onstaged during the 2017 Clio Entertainment Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFP

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Sex toy company's remote vibrator app recorded user sessions

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:54 PM

According to an account representing Lovense, the recording of audio is a 'minor bug – a temporary file that is created when someone uses the Sound Control feature.' It also only affects Android devices.

[Two Pronged] Penis size angst

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Al asks our Two Pronged columnists if size still matters

UK minister investigated 'for asking secretary to buy sex toys'

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:52 PM

United Kingdom minister Mark Garnier is currently undergoing investigation

SEX TOYS. A UK minister is now under investigation for allegedly asking his secretary to buy him sex toys.

[Two Pronged] What sort of man should I look for?

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Red asks our Two Pronged duo what he should look for when it comes to choosing who to date

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Rappler Talk: Sex trafficking in the digital age

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09 PM

A study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 sex traders use the internet to seek potential clients

Facebook groups open more channels for PH cybersex trade – study

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Easy access to social media also enables teenagers to be 'freelancers' in sex trafficking, according to the study

CYBERSEX. A new study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 of their respondents resorted to online means in seeking sex predators to trade children as young as 11 years old.

Glee’s Mark Salling pleads guilty to child pornography

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The actor was initially arrested in December 2015 after thousands of images of child pornography were found in his laptop

MARK SALLING. The actor pleads guilty to child pornography. Screengrab from