Sexual pleasures of all forms, from kink to polyamory, are becoming mainstream. But despite this openness, sexual health for many women remains a thorny issue, with ads about breast cancer and menstruation still being banned. How are brands navigating these complexities around sex?
Heather Tirado Gilligan is a journalist based in Oakland. She covers health and health policy and her writing has appeared in publications including Slate, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @heathergilligan.
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