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Apr 23 2013

Scenes From Our Dyke Day LA Fundraiser& Another Chance to Donate!

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Last night’s fundraising party for Dyke Day LA was lots of fun. If you missed it, there’s still time to donate to the annual event.

Starting today until May 12, place an order on our site and enter dykeday13 in the coupon # field during checkout and 15% of the sale of whatever sexy goods you buy will go directly to Dyke Day LA! In the meantime, here are a few peeks at what you missed…

Mistress Justine Cross demonstrated the electrifying Neon Wand

Party guests spun the Wheel of Fortune with April Flores.


Koko Kitten submitted to a spanking from Ang Evans.

Apr 23 2013

Meet Tatyana, the Woman With the World’s Strongest Vagina

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This is Tatyana Kozhevnikovam. She is a Russian gymnast. Tatyana holds the Guinness World Record for “vagina weightlifting.” According to Cosmo, she “can lift a 30 pound kettlebell” with her genitals. Clearly, Tatyana has been doing her Kegels! Tatyana has a remarkable website promising to teach you the art of “Intimate Gymnastics.”

Here is an amazing video of Tatyana demonstrating the powers of her unusually strong vagina. Her site also has a section of “Erotica” videos, should you want to want to get a closer look at her technique. Pretty damned impressive, but we don’t recommend you try this at home. If you want to tone and strengthen your vaginal muscles, a good set of Kegel balls will do the job.

 

Apr 22 2013

Wearing a Kilt Might Be Good for Your Sperm

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Going commando might be good for your sperm. That’s the claim of one researcher, who argues that men who wear kilts may be more virile.

Kilts, worn as they were meant to be worn, without underwear, lets our laddies swing freely in the breeze, creating, according to researcher Erwin Kompanje, the “ideal physiological scrotal environment.” Exposed to the bracing Highland coolness, testicles will make robust sperm.

Today’s hipsters wear tight pants, which keep their balls close to their body and its usual 98.6 degree temperature. But according to Kompanje, the optimal temperature for sperm is about 3 degrees Celsius lower, meaning that if your balls hang low, you’ll have healthier and more abundant sperm. Though he hasn’t found definitive scientific proof, the free-spirited scientist argues that there are other benefits to wearing a kilt.

“A kilt will get you noticed no matter where you are. Research indicates that men wearing a kilt experience a strong sense of freedom and masculinity…The kilt gives a man a sensuous awareness of his own body and how it will be seen by others.”

We can’t argue with that.

h/t The Awl

Apr 22 2013

Adult Film Industry Organizes Against Proposed State Law Mandating Condoms in Porn

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unclesamLast November, Los Angeles voters approved Measure B, a law requiring condoms for all porn shoots in LA County. While that law faces appeal, there’s a new challenge to California’s adult film industry. Assembly Bill 332 would enforce a statewide requirement for condoms on all adult film sets.

Our friends at the Free Speech Coalition argue that, if passed, AB 332 would drive the industry out of California. There’s some evidence for this. Since the passage of Measure B, applications for porn film permits in Los Angeles have plummeted, with productions moving to nearby Ventura County. In LA, “only two permits have been issued for pornographic filming so far this year, far off pace for an industry that typically gets about 500 permits annually.”

Aside from the economic impact of a ban, the FSC emphasizes that the adult industry already has effective protocols to protect performers.

“Between April of 2006 and December of 2012 there have been 46,283 new cases of HIV reported in the state of California.  During that same time period only two performers contracted HIV—off set—in their personal lives.  No transmission of HIV has occurred on an adult set since 2004 nationwide.”

They also point out that the bill interferes with a pending lawsuit filed by Vivid Entertainment, challenging the constitutionality of Measure B. Rather than pass yet another law making it harder for the adult industry, the state should wait to see what happens with the suit against Measure B.

The FSC is encouraging friends of the adult film industry to contact members of the Assembly State Labor Committee by phone, fax or email, asking them to oppose AB332 when it comes up for up a vote this Wednesday. The call to action, along with suggested talking points and contact information for the committee members can be found here.

 

Apr 19 2013

2 Inspiring Videos from New Zealand’s Historic Vote For Marriage Equality

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This has been a week packed with grim news, so it was easy to miss this bright spot. On Wednesday, New Zealand’s parliament overwhelmingly voted for marriage equality. If you’re keeping score, this is the 14th country where it’s now legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry. And if you haven’t done so already, please watch this wonderfully funny speech by New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson in support of the bill.

When the final vote was announced, the House of Representatives burst into applause. A few moments later, as Boing Boing reports, “observers in the gallery and MPs on the floor burst into song, a stirring rendition of “Pokarekare Ana,” an NZ love song that dates back to WWI.” Watch these videos and try not to smile.

h/t @celtipag

 

Apr 18 2013

Wacky Impotence Cures of the Past

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Men faced with ED have a lot of choices nowadays. There are penis pumps, cockrings, herbal pills and good old Viagra. But in the old days, treating impotence could involve everything from drinking garlic milk or stuffing fennel and ginger in your belly button to strapping on an electric belt. The Awl’s Michael Magnes describes 11 of the oddest cures from the historical literature. Read them at The Awl. 

Apr 17 2013

Dyke Day LA Fundraising PartyMonday, April 22nd

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Dyke Day will be celebrating its 6th year in 2013! Each year, this free, fun day in the park for dykes and their families & friends keeps getting better and better. Which means each year they also need your support in raising the funds that make the event happen.

Next Monday, April 22nd from 7-10 PM, join us for a very special fundraising party at the Pleasure Chest! Dyke Day will receive 15% of all store sales during the evening, so this is the time to stock up on all your sexy supplies. While you’re here:

PLUS!

  • Good music all night
  • Beer & wine by donation
  • Snacks
  • Interactive Sexy Stations game: complete the circuit and get a free gift!
  • More surprises and special guests

Play, explore and socialize with us in support of your favorite free grassroots dyke Pride event! Participate or just come hang out with us, it’s all good.

About Dyke Day LA

Dyke Day L.A. is a day in the park for all self-identified dykes and allies, including gay families, transgender dykes, and dykes of all ages. The mission of Dyke Day L.A. is to create an inclusive space that brings together the past, present, and future of our east side Los Angeles dyke community. This event takes place the Saturday of Los Angeles Pride weekend (June 8, 2013) and creates a space for folks of all backgrounds to connect with each other and community organizations in celebration of our eclectic queer family!

 

 

 

Apr 17 2013

Do Men Fake Orgasm?

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Men fake orgasms too. Or at least that’s one of the claims of a new book by Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, a professor of urology at Harvard Medical School. Salon has a fascinating interview with Dr. Morgentaler, the author of Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex. The discussion touches on everything from changing gender roles to erectile dysfunction, but it’s the claim about men faking orgasm that has drawn the most attention. He cites examples from his own practice and mentions an online survey in which 31% of men claim to have faked it, at some point in their lives.

“It turns out the reasons men fake it are actually pretty similar to the reasons that women fake it. In their minds — and we can argue whether or not it’s productive thing to do — but in their minds, it’s actually a form of kindness. They’re kind of letting the other person know that they’ve done a good job.

Fair enough, but you might be wondering how men fake it. On that point, Morgentaler is quiet, suggesting you buy his book. Our friend Reid Mihalko has some thoughts on this topic in the video below.

So we’d like to ask our male readers. Have you ever faked it? If so, why? And how? Feel free to tell us in the comments below.

 

Apr 17 2013

Keeping Up With the Joneses

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“Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier.”

That’s the finding of a new study by sociologists at the University of Colorado. Researchers looked at surveys of life satisfaction from over 15,000 people and found, not surprisingly, that the more sex people had, they happier they were. But the most interesting observation was that people’s happiness was directly affected by their perception of how much sex other people were having.

“If someone is having sex two to three times a month but believes their peers are having sex weekly, their probability of reporting a higher level of happiness falls by about 14 per cent.”

To some of us, sex, like many other things, ends up being a competition. The recipe for true happiness might be to enjoy what we have and ignore those sounds coming from next door. They’re probably just watching porn anyways, right?

Read the whole story at The Telegraph.

 

Apr 16 2013

Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- April 22nd

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Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Caitlin Bergh. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali, Matty Ryan, Ever Mainard, Kenny DeForest and Goodrich Gevaart. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.