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Nov 05 2013

No One is Straight! (Or Maybe Fewer People Than We Thought.)

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by thepleasurechest

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In a new study, a startling 19% of participants identified themselves as not-heterosexual when researchers used a method that provided more than usual anonymity. In a corresponding survey using  a standard, less anonymous method of questioning, only 11% of participants said that they were not heterosexual.

Before you get too excited, the researchers did point out that the people surveyed did not represent a random sample of the U.S. population, so the results could easily vary in a wider study. Rather than trying to gauge the size of the queer population, the study was designed to investigate whether existing studies were adequately accounting for “anti-gay sentiment.” Apparently, they were not.

h/t AlterNet

Sep 18 2013

Is Whispering The Hot New Sex Act?

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by thepleasurechest

We keep hearing about ASMR - Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – which, we are told, is a pleasant tingling sensation, usually along the scalp or the back of the neck, brought about by certain sounds, in particular the sound of whispering. ASMR is supposed to produce a calming effect and to be helpful for people with insomnia. Also, depending on who you ask, it is either definitely sexual or definitely not sexual and either feels like an orgasm in your brain or doesn’t. Huh.

YouTube is packed with ASMR videos, most of which appear to be of young women whispering into a webcam or making other ASMR-producing sounds, like brushing hair or using scissors.

If you’re in the L.A. area and want to experience ASMR in public (scandalous!), we recommend checking out Whisper Reports, an event by KCHUNG Radio at the Hammer Museum tomorrow (Thursday, September 19th), where Lady C will be leading an ASMR tour of the museum from 2:30-3pm. The event will include whisper-related happenings around the museum from 2pm to 8pm. Admission is free.

For more information, check out the event page here.

 

Sep 13 2013

A Less Awful Sex Ed

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by thepleasurechest

condom banana

Did you get sex ed in school? If so, you’re very lucky if was better than the usual scripts:

Fourth or fifth grade:

“Soon, you will start to grow hair in places. Your body will change in some ways. Do not be afraid. Here are some artfully-depicted naked grown-ups with no genitals. Also, here is some deodorant and/or enormous pads. Never, ever show them to anyone.”

Sixth or seventh grade:

“Here are some diagrams of fetal development.”

High School:

“This is a condom. You should use one if you have sex, except you should not be having sex. If you have sex, you will get lots of deadly infections. Here are some close-up photographs of all of the terrible, horrible, confusing things that will definitely happen to your genitals. Also, do you really think you’re ready to be a parent? Think of your future.

If you’re cringing with the memory of your own sex ed horror story, we suggest washing it down with The Frisky’s list of “10 Things Everyone Should Learn in Sex Ed.” We would love if schools implemented safer sex curricula that focused on empowering students to make informed choices about barriers, partners, and what they actually want to do. Still, even if your main source of sex ed was that one friend who told you that the hymen grows back every time, it’s never too late to learn.

How about you? What do you wish you’d learned? What would you add to a sex ed curriculum?

Sep 10 2013

Do Smaller Balls Make For Better Parents?

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tomato dick with balls

In a recent study, seventy men from Atlanta were asked to look at pictures of their children while having their brain activity measured by an MRI. They were then asked about their daily involvement in their children’s lives. They also had their balls measured. Apparently, the more involved parents’ brains showed more activity in the area related to nurturing, when confronted with pictures of their kids. They also had smaller balls.

According to the authors of the study, “these results suggest that the biology of human males reflects a trade-off between mating effort and parenting effort.” So, bigger balls equals more semen produced equals caring about sex more equals caring about kids less. Sure. This level of simplification is pretty much par for the course for evolutionary psychology.

Before you jump to any conclusions about testicle size being the be-all and end-all of good parenting, remember that this is a study with a survey size of seventy, which is nowhere near large enough to say anything definitive. (Which is probably all for the best, since larger studies are just a bunch of Lotharios who don’t care about their offspring.)

h/t Time

Sep 05 2013

All About Animal Sex

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by thepleasurechest

fishes

When it comes to sex, the animal kingdom is endlessly entertaining. Did you know that dolphins do it in the blowhole, or that hedgehogs engage in oral sex? Out in nature, there’s an orgy everywhere you look. In case you don’t already see it, we recommend this collection of surprising mating behaviors We will never look at a goat the same way again.

If, on the other hand, you have kids to take care of, and you just want to be able to take them to the zoo without having to explain where the baby animals come from, you might be interested in this article. In brief, one zoo has engaged the services of a “birds and bees specialist” to answer children’s questions about mating animals. You can find her next to the sign that says “Animal Baby Making Zone”. Accurate and age-appropriate sex ed? We may be in love.

h/t Cracked, The Guardian

Aug 23 2013

Curious About the Clitoris?

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by thepleasurechest

georgia o'keefe

Want to know more about your or your partner’s clitoris? Or do you just like winning arguments? (We do.) Either way, Em and Lo, authors of Sex: How to do Everything, have the facts. Did you know that the clitoris is the only organ that exists only for sexual pleasure? (We’re not sure which argument we’re going to win with that one, but we’re glad we know it.)

You can check out Em and Lo’s collection of clitoris facts here, and commence gloating over your new knowledge. If you want to get really fancy, use it as a jumping-off point to do some research of your own. For instance, some people would be willing to have a lively debate about whether 4,000 is an accurate estimate of the number of nerve endings in the penis (as opposed to 8,000 in the clit). There’s also a lot to know about Marie Bonaparte, who gets a mention for having some pretty extreme clitoris-altering  surgery. Not only was she willing to go to great lengths in pursuit of climax during intercourse, but she was also a psychoanalyst and a sexual researcher in her own right.

There are a lot of facts about the clitoris out there. Start with these five.

Aug 16 2013

Masturbation for Better Menopause

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by thepleasurechest

we-vibe 3 cropped

It turns out that vibrators are good for something other than making people happy and curing hysteria. Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, of Yale University School of Medicine, has been recommending the use of a vibrator to her menopausal patients who suffer from vaginal dryness. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dr. Minkin explains that vibration increases pelvic blood flow, which can help boost vaginal moisture. In particular, she recommends the We-Vibe 3 (pictured above) to her patients – and we have to agree. Says Minkin,

“I recommend my patients use a vibrator three to four times a week, but as Mae West said,’Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!’”

That’s a prescription we can get behind.

Aug 12 2013

Robots Are the Future of Dating

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by thepleasurechest

foot sniffing dog

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!