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Aug 14 2013

The Worst of All Possible Sex Tips

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We’ve been cracking up over The Hairpin’s alphabet of terrible sex tips. Among our favorites:

I Spy: If your man gets turned on by the thought of being watched, casually leave the laptop open while you’re getting it on. Then, Skype his mom!

Just Desserts: Show up at his place in a business-like trench coat, with nothing on underneath but a thick layer of whipped cream. Hope it’s not a long drive!

X-Rated Film Festival: Invite him over for a night of X-rated cinema, specifically, Evil Dead II, La Grand Bouffe, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and A Clockwork Orange.

You can read the whole list here, or share your own below.

Aug 13 2013

What’s Your Greatest Strength? Tell Us and Win an Aneros Evi (Updated 8/16)

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Update: Congratulations to Secretly Sensuous, who was randomly chosen to win the Aneros Evi. Thanks to everyone who shared your greatest strengths with us. You can check out all of the entries below. 

Want to get strong while getting off? You can.

The Aneros Evi is designed for instant gratification. Just wear the Evi while you do your Kegel exercises, positioned so that the outer arm is poised to hit your clitoris. As you tense and release, the Evi rocks up and down, so that the inner bulb pushes against the G-spot, and the outer arm rubs the clit. The stronger you get, the harder you can go!

That’s not all you can do with the Evi. Try turning it upside down for a fuller feeling during oral, or wearing it underneath a harness for more sensation while you strap on. You could even hold your favorite vibe against it. Evi’s smooth silicone body transmits vibration beautifully.

How to win an Aneros Evi

Excited about the Evi?

Just leave a comment below telling us about your greatest strength. Are you the best kisser in your county? Can you win any argument without making your opponent feel bad? Do you bake the best lemon cake your friends have ever tasted? (Please send us the recipe.) If so, we want to know.

One winner will be selected at random, at 10am PST on Friday, 8/16. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we can contact you if you win.

U.S. Residents only.

Aug 13 2013

Victory for Transgender Students in California

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Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will require schools to allow transgender students access to the gender-segregated programs, activities and facilities that are appropriate to their gender identities. In other words, students’ eligibility for joining clubs and sports teams, their access to locker rooms and restrooms, and their state-mandated physical education classes will be determined by their stated gender identities, not by the sex listed on their birth certificates.

California is the first state in the nation to pass such a law, and we hope to see more states follow. It’s a big step in the right direction. You can read more about it here.

h/t Autostraddle

Aug 12 2013

Robots Are the Future of Dating

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by thepleasurechest

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Today, Nerve posted a list of wacky new technological gadgets that can double as dating aides. These include the dog robot, pictured above, which checks your feet for unseemly odor before you head out the door. We’re probably the most excited about the enormous robot servant that uses motion-tracking sensors to accurately refill your cup as you reach for it. It’s perfect for when you want to take your sweetheart on a date to a sci-fi utopia, before the inevitable robot uprising. Cheers!

Aug 12 2013

Are You Good in Bed? Ask Your Phone.

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The joke that there’s an app for everything is an old one. Well, now there’s an app for tracking your sexual performance. Spreadsheets  measures the duration of your sexual encounter, your thrusts per minute (TPM) and your “decibel peak” – that is, how loud you got. It also keeps a record of your averages and offers you the option of earning “achievements” by completing sexy challenges: having sex five times on a Sunday earns you the Lazy Sunday achievement, for instance.

Rachel Kramer Bussel, one of our favorite writers and editors of erotica, tried the app out, although she questioned the validity of the ways Spreadsheets measures sexual success.

“There are so many assumptions that go into Spreadsheets’ idea of “good” sex… For those who want to capture these measurements (with the option of sharing them on Facebook or Twitter), great. But I’m concerned that, in a culture that too often implies that the more sex you’re having, the happier you are, we assume that everyone’s erotic pleasure boils down to the exact same data points.”

Especially since measures like TPM and decibel peak are only really applicable to thrusting-centric sex between very vocal partners, Bussel encourages her readers to create their own set of sexual metrics, to measure their specific brand of good sex.

What do you think of Spreadsheets? Does it sound helpful? Fun? Completely useless? Is there another sex app that you like, or that you wish existed? Let us know!

Aug 10 2013

Warming Up Your Butt

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by thepleasurechest

The butt doesn’t lie. When you’re relaxed and ready to go, anal penetration can be easy and fun. If you’re tense, anxious, or just not that into it, trying for even a finger can feel like an exercise in futility.  Since pleasure is the goal of any anal encounter, and since trying to force anything into an unwilling ass can result in injury, when it comes to putting anything in your butt, foreplay is everything.

In the interest of keeping your butt happy, here are a few tips for warming up.

Get turned on first. Anal sex shouldn’t feel like a trip to the doctor’s office, unless that’s what you’re into. Don’t focus on your ass, to the exclusion of the rest of your body. Rather than getting goal-oriented, turn your attention to something that gets you in the mood – make out with your partner, watch some porn, play with your favorite vibe, whatever. Your ass will still be there when you’re ready.

Get massaged. Many people carry a lot of tension in the lower back, the glutes, and even the anus itself. Releasing any of that tension can help you get butt-sex-ready. If you have a partner at hand, ask them to crack out the massage oil and give you a back rub, with special attention paid to the lower back, the muscles in your butt, and your upper thighs.

Get gloved up and lubed up. One of the best warm-ups ever is massaging the anus itself. We love latex or nitrile gloves for getting up close and personal with the butthole. They have a smooth, even texture and – unlike your skin – don’t absorb lube (and you should always, always be using lube when you play with your butt). You could also give rimming a try.

Get buzzed… by a vibrator.* Your asshole has one of the highest concentrations of nerves in your body, so it really responds to vibration. We recommend using a massager, like the Mystic Wand, since massagers have wide enough heads that they’re in no danger of getting lost in your butt. Speaking of which…

Get off to a good start. Most people’s butts can’t go from zero to Jeff Stryker. Fingers and small toys are great to start out with – and can be awesome ends in themselves. Plugs can be left in during other sexual activity, and some of them are even designed to be worn during the day-to-day. Smooth, slim dildos are also awesome. Just make sure that any toy you use has a flared base!

The butt wants what it wants, and the best thing you can do is listen to it. Keep it low-pressure, do only what feels good, and soon you’ll be having all kinds of anal adventures.

 

*While a drink can help relax you, alcohol also increases your pain tolerance. You want to be able to feel pain when you’re playing with the butt, so that you know if you need to slow down, use more lube, try a different position, or take a break.

Aug 09 2013

“Fucking Trans Women” is Sex Ed, Zine Style

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Today, Autostraddle features an interview with Mira Bellwether, author and illustrator of Fucking Trans Women, a zine about – you guessed it – trans women and sex. Bellwether describes Fucking Trans Women as “a how-to guide,” and it covers a wide variety of topics, from advice about approaching a partner, to diagrams of nerves in the body, to descriptions of specific sex acts. Says Bellwether,

One of the reasons this zine happened was that I got really sick of explaining things and teaching my lovers about my body during time that should have been spent having sex. When one of my lovers said that she wished she had an instruction manual for my body, I took that and responded to it pretty literally.

As consummate sex geeks, we appreciate her turning a teachable moment into a learning opportunity for the rest of us. Check out the full interview here. (NSFW)

Aug 08 2013

Elbow Butts for Everyone (Updated 8/9)

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The Show Us Your Elbow Butt contest to win an Aneros Progasm is over, and you guys sent us a beautiful array of elbow butts. In fact, they’re too good to keep to ourselves. Pour yourself a glass of something fancy, pop on your monocle, and enjoy some artistic nudity.

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Bent-Over Elbow Butt

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Purple Elbow Butt’s Majesty

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 Elbow Butt or Apricot?

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Badass Tattooed Elbow Butt

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Sassy Posing Elbow Butt

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Elbow Butt With Anal Beads

And finally, our two winners…

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Brooding Elbow Butt, In Shadow

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Handstand-In-Lingerie Elbow Butt

This has been your daily dose of culture.

 

Aug 08 2013

Holy Wedding Season, Batman!

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by thepleasurechest

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When we first got excited about marriage equality, we hadn’t even considered the possibilities for themed weddings. This wedding photo – yes, it is a wedding photo – got us thinking. An adorable interview with one of the two grooms pictured above (the one dressed as Mr. Freeze) describes their Batman-inspired wedding, and the “good bit of fisticuffs” you’re seeing:

Since my wedding party (11 people) dressed in villain-inspired cocktail attire, and his wedding party (another 11 people) dressed in hero-inspired cocktail attire, it seemed only fitting that instead of formal line-up photos, we would go with an all-out faux brawl between the two sides.

We’re hoping that the move toward marriage equality will mean (among other, more important things) that we see more wildly creative weddings like this one.

How about you? Any offbeat pairings you’re hoping to see walk down the aisle?