Caitlin Murphy
Caitlin Murphy
 

Featured Work

Here at the top of the page, you'll find three pieces that I feel really proud of for one reason or another. Below them, you'll find a list of all work I've published since 2013. 

 
 

THE COMPELLING CASE FOR TREATING AUTISM WITH MARIJUANA

// Tonic

"Autism is complicated. With a slew of symptoms that affect each patient differently and at various levels, treatment has never been straightforward. Patients and their caretakers often try a variety of approaches—usually in tandem: from behavior modification therapies and anti-psychotic medications to special diets, but there is no 'one' true cure. According to the UK's National Autistic Society, 'Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.'"

read the rest here. 

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THE NEW MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY FOR THE SEX-POSITIVE STONER

// High Times  

"As we said in Today In Weed: sex and weed go together like milk and cookies. Like bread and (canna)butter. Like other things that go together really well. This has been proven by both individual experimentation and recently uncovered research.

The close connection between cannabis and sex has spurred THC- and CBD-infused lubricants, suppositories that can improve sexual health, strains specifically targeting sexual function and pleasure, and more. For the sex-positive stoner, there’s one more accessory you can add to your “must have” list this new year: this lovely porcelain pipe shaped like the iconic Hitachi Magic Wand, now known as the Magic Wand Original."

read the rest here. 


ARE WE DESTINED TO BECOME OUR PARENTS?

// The Establishment

"There are plenty of things to talk about regarding The Gilmore Girls reboot: the irksomely incorrect depiction of what the life of a journalist is like, the body shaming, the stigmatization of people with mental illnesses, racismRory’s inability to care about or even remember her attentive partner, the sarcastic use of “triggered!” and the general failure to be intersectional. (I could also likely write a feature-length complaint about how there wasn’t enough Jess present in the reboot, but I’d rather not have the Logan and Dean diehards throwing rocks at me, as they may already after reading some of what I have to say. #TeamJessForever.)"

read the rest here. 

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A SEX EDUCATOR IS FINALLY GETTING PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION AND SEX 

//Tonic

I spoke with the writer and mental health advocate Notte about her upcoming presentation at this weekend's Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and what she found when she spoke to 1,300 people about navigating sex, relationships, and depression.

Last August, I sat in a conference room during Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit that was jam-packed with sex bloggers, educators, activists and sexuality professionals of all stripes. JoEllen Notte presented the results of her informal research on sex and depression, topics that, while talked about more frequently these days, are still heavily associated with shame. Talking about them in relation to one another is also relatively new territory.

read the rest here. 

All Published Work To Date:

2017

  • Tonic "The Compelling Case For Treating Autism With Marijuana" Online, Published May 8th. 2017 [Link]
  • High Times "The New Must Have Accessory For the Sex Positive Stoner" Online, Published January 4th, 2017 [Link

2016

  • The Establishment "Are We Destined to Become Our Parents?" Online, Published December 9th, 2016 [Link]
  • Magnetic Magazine "Keep Your Cannabis in Tip Top Condition with the Cannador" Online, Published December 9th, 2016 [Link]
  • The Fresh Toast "What Track and Trace Will Mean For Your Legal California Marijuana" Online, Published November 18th, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "Donald Trump Used Bill Clinton's Accusers As Human Shields And That’s Not Cool" Online, Published October 10th, 2016 [Link
  • The Establishment "This Is Why We're Blaming Kim Kardashian for Her Own Robbery" Online, Published October 5th, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "What's a Squish?" Online, Published September 30th [Link
  • Tabu "Porn Makes Me Uncomfortable...But I Still Find Supporting Good Porn to be Important." Online, Published September 13th [Link] 
  • Complex "What WIll Rio Be Left With After the Olympic Games?" Online, Published August 21st, 2016 [Link
  • Complex "Investigation of the Baltimore Police Reveals More Than Racial Bias." Online, Published August 10th, 2016 [Link]
  • Vice "A Sex Educator Is Finally Getting People Talking About Depression and Sex" Online, Published August 5th, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "The Fight Against Police Brutality Feels More Hopeless Than Ever" Online, Published July 28th, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "Bernie Sanders Is Disappointed, But He'll Be Even More Disappointed If Trump Wins" Online, Published July 26th, 2016 [Link
  • Complex "Hillary Clinton Knows You Think Tim Kaine Is a "Safe" Vice President" Online, Published July 25th, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "Don't Be Fooled--The GOP is as Homophobic as Ever" Online, Published July 22nd, 2016 [Link]
  • GOOD "This Indie Artist Shows Us All How To Stand Up To Giant Corporations" Online, Published July 21st, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "What We Can Learn From France's Response to Graphic Footage of the Nice Attack" Online, Published July 18th, 2016 [Link]
  • Fusion "I was an 'accident'--but I'm still pro-choice" Online, Published July 13th, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "There is No One Way to Get Off" Online, Published July 12th, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "When Sex Hurts" Online, Published July 12th, 2016 [Link]
  • Complex "After Dallas, We Need to Support Veterans More Than Ever" Online, Published July 9th, 2016 [Link]
  • Fusion "When Your First Love Rapes Someone" Online, Published June 10th, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "One Size Does Not Fit All" Online, Published May 4th, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "Deceptively Aroused" Online, Published April 12th, 2016. [Link]
  • Tabu "Lets Talk: Sex and Depression" Online, Published March 28th, 2016. [Link]
  • Tabu "Let's Turn That Lubri-can't into a Lubri-can!" Online, Published March 21st, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "Let's Turn That Lubri-can't into a Lubri-can!" Online, Published March 21st, 2016 [Link]
  • Tabu "When I Learned Penetration Isn't My Thing" Online, Published March 10th, 2016 [Link
  • The Establishment "Dealing With Online Stalking, As A Lawyer And A Victim" Online, Published March 9th, 2016 [Link]
  • Kinkly "5 Ways to Become More Sex Positive - And Have Better Sex!" Online, Published February 16th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Why Does Pain Have to be Punishment?" Online, Published February 9th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "The Truth About Orgasms" Online, Published February 8th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Penis Transplantation: It's Personal" Online, Published February 5th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Four Common Misconceptions About Orgasms" Online, Published January 7th [Link]

2015

  • Kinkly "Always Prepared (For Kink)" Online, Published December 23rd [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Loving Casually: Debunking Your One True Love" Online, Published December 17th [Link
  • Fuck.com "Is Felt Obscene? One Artist Challenges UK Censorship Laws" Online, Published December 3rd [Link]
  • Kinkly "We Learn About Sex For the Same Reason We Learn About Food" Online, Published November 25th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Blacklisted Porn Makeup Artist Shows How Porn Performers Really Look Just Like Us" Online, Published November 23rd [Link
  • Fetish.com "An Ode to the Smell of Rope" Online, Published October 15th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Mirror, Mirror: Why We Should All Be Looking At Our Vulvas More" Online, Published October 7th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Good Communication: Talk Often and Talk Dirty" Online, Published August 17th [Link
  • Fuck.com "Goal Oriented Sex: It's Not All About the Orgasm" Online, Published August 10th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Exploring Sexual Interests, Made Easy!" Online, Published August 7th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Power Up: Batteries, Cords, and Rechargeables... Oh My!" Online, Published July 30th [Link]
  • Salon "Why the Donald Trump Butt Plug is the Political Insult for the Ages" Online, Syndicated from the original Medium post [Link], Published on July 16th [Link]
  • Kinkly "How to Have Sex (And Stay Cool) In the Summer Heat" Online, Published July 15th [Link]
  • Kinkly "The One [Sex Toy] To Rule Them All" Online, Published July 10th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "Here's to Your Hosiery and Stocking Fetish" Online, Published June 22nd [Link
  • Fuck.com "Safer Sex: Yes Condoms are That Important" Online, Published June 18th [Link
  • Fetish.com "What's Behind Your High Heel Fetish?" Online, Published June 15th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Life on the Edge: Edging and Why You Deserve It" Online, Published June 12th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "Tightlacing" Online, Published June 11th [Link
  • Kinkly "6 Tips for Having a Great Experience at Your Local Sex Shop" Online, Published June 3rd [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Tips for Wet Sex: How to Fuck in the Water" Online, Published June 1st [Link]
  • Kinkly "Hard as Nails: Sex and Sensuality with Long Nails" Online, Published May 19th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "Fetish Clothing You Can Rock in Public" Online, Published May 18th [Link]
  • Kinkly "You Don't Have to Experience G Spot Pleasure for it to be 'Real'" Online, Published May 12th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Fucking in Nature: A Guide to Great Outdoor Sex" Online, Published May 11th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "Why I Volunteer at Kink Events" Online, Published April 27th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "Femdom, Role Swapping, and Dominant Femininity" Online, Published April 23rd [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Why is There Still No Viagara for Women?" Online, Published April 16th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Everything You Wish You Knew About Cock Rings" Online, Published April 13th [Link]
  • Fetish.com "All About My Hitachi Wand Massager" Online, Published April 13th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "So, You Want to Try Anal Play? Butt Plug Basics" Online, Published April 2nd [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Why You Shouldn't Buy Sex Toys at Amazon" Online, Published March 30th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Have Better Sex: Pick the Right Vibrator for You" Online, Published March 9th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Make Your Own Rules: 4 Tips for Better Relationships" Online, Published February 26th [Link]
  • Fuck.com "What's in Your Sex Toys? Why Materials Matter" Online, Published February 9th [Link
  • Fetish.com "Sharing is Caring, But Use Clean Sex Toys" Online, Published January 22nd [Link]
  • Fuck.com "Artisanal Sex Toys: Art You Can Fuck" Online, Published January 19th [Link]

2014

  • Kinkly "The 4 Basic Steps to G Spot Bliss" Online, Published August 25th [Link]
  • Kinkly "How Sex Toys and Sex Education Changed My Life #AdultSexEdMonth" Online, Published June 20th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Making the Most of Your Adult Store Visit: I'm here... Now What?" Online, Published February 27th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Making the Most of Your Adult Store Visit: Before You Arrive" Online, Published February 12th [Link]

2013

  • Glad Rags Gab "Materials Matter" Online, Published November 20th [Link
  • Bitch Magazine "The Trouble with Toxic Sex Toys" Online, Published November 20th. [Link]
  • Kinkly "Threesome Fantasy and Fun, Without the Baggage" Online, Published November 11th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Put a Condom On It (Your Sex Toy)!" Online, Published October 8th [Link]
  • Kinkly "Sex Toy Safety: A Guide to Materials" Online, Published September 13th. [Link]
  • Kinkly "Ten Basic Sex Toys You Should Know (And Try!)" Online, Published August 22nd. [Link]
  • Kinkly "Why You Should Avoid Vagina Shrink Creams Like The Plague" Online, Published August 20th. [Link]
  • Kinkly "Conscious (Sex Toy) Consumerism" Online, Published August 2nd. [Link]