Joanna Coles Is Over Internet Porn and Gay Male Sex Oracles

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Cosmopolitan’s new editor-in-chief Joanna Coles thinks online porn is ruining our sex lives. “The default position to understand sex in our culture is Internet porn,” Coles said last night at a Fashion Week party celebrating Miley Cyrus’s March Cosmo cover. “I think Internet porn has been really bad for women. I think there’s been sort of a crisis in terms of sex, and young couples.”

Coles — who appears on CBS’s The Job tomorrow to award an editorial assistantship at Cosmo — wants her magazine to stop talking about how to pleasure men. “Cosmo is a magazine by women, for women, about women,” Coles said. “And we are about women feeling proud of any choice they make. The issue is when you make a choice own it, and if it’s a mistake, then move on.”

(Worth noting: Headlines from their March issue do include, “20 Sex Moves for Every Mood,” and “So You Are Thinking About a Threesome.”)

Even gay men won’t have much of a place in the magazine. “A couple of male gay friends of mine have suggested they write sex columns for me. And I was like ‘Buddy, women are fine without advice from gay men. Women have been around since the Garden of Eden, and you know what, we were tempting just fine back then. I feel like there’s been this weird move, partly directed by Sex in the City, where suddenly gay men were supposed to be oracles for women,” Coles said. “And actually, women love gay men, and of course we want them in our lives, but they don’t have to be the be all and end all for sex advice.”