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May 08 2013

Dildology

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laboratoryEver wonder if that “phthalate-free dildo” you purchased is really phthalate-free? Or if that silicone vibrator you’ve got your eye on is 100% silicone?  Meet Dildology, a new nonprofit organization founded by 3 folks with a passion for sex toys and a healthy skepticism about manufacturers’ claims. As sex toy reviewer and Dildology co-founder Dangerous Lilly explains:

I’m not the first person in this industry who has wished for access to a lab to test for material purity, phthalates, etc. I’m just the first sex toy reviewer who actually said “I’m doing this, NOW”.

Dildology is collecting adult toys from a variety of manufacturers and sending them to an accredited lab to verify what materials they’re made from. They’ve already kicked things off with a test of Jimmyjane’s Hello Touchand found that it’s 100% silicone as advertised.

To read their mission statement and donate money or toys to Dildology, check out their website.

May 02 2013

Study Finds Funny People Have Sex Appeal

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Photo of Eli OIsberg & TJ Miller by Megan Baker.

Here’s good news for our comedian friends. Psychologists at Stirling University in the UK have found that funny guys are perceived as more attractive. The researchers interviewed men and women, asking what items they’d bring to a desert island, and then played the recordings for another group of subjects.

Men who were funnier in their answers were judged to be more attractive by the opposite sex, particularly when being judged for their potential as a short-term lover rather than a long-term partner.

Humour is interpreted as a form of flirtatiousness, researchers explained, and is especially attractive for a brief liaison because it “nurtures an impression of not being serious or willing to invest in a mate”.

So while having a sense of humor might help you get laid, it may also send the message that you’re not serious relationship material. There’s also (sorta) good news  for funny women. The men in the study found them more attractive, “‘because a woman’s humour is taken as a sign that “she will be receptive to his advances.’”

So, if you’re in the mood for a spring fling, maybe you should ditch the bar scene and come to one of our Performance Anxiety comedy nights.

Apr 25 2013

Fundawear. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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Last time on Turn On or Buzz Off, we introduced you to Buxxer, a tiny explorer with an unusually phallic, vibrating helmet. We didn’t have much information on this toy, but it was love at first sight for most of our readers. 72% of you wanted to blast off with Buxxer, while 28% launched the lil’ bugger into the Friend Zone.  Our hats off to Buxxer!

This week’s contender isn’t even a real product (yet). But it’s gotten so much online buzz, we just had to poll our readers (the buzz experts). Toss out your granny panties and banana hammocks, and feast your eyes on Durex Fundawear. Yes, these are vibrating underwear controlled by an iPhone app. Fundawear were dreamed up by the design folks at Durex Australia, giving new meaning to the “thunder from Down Under.”

Check out this promotional video in which a couple of adorable Aussies zing each other’s naughty bits with the swipe of a touchscreen. Is Fundawear the future of Skype sex?  Will it replace your reliable vibrating panties as the go-to lingerie for discreet diddling at the dinner table?  Even though it’s still a twinkle in some Australian designer’s eye, Fundawear certainly looks promising.

Here’s another video in which Fundawear’s creators peel back the cotton curtain to show you the hardware under there.

While Fundawear’s designers tinker with their intimate invention, we have some time to ponder the coming sex tech revolution. Can you see yourself shimmying into a pair of Fundawear? Or do you prefer your sexting tech to stop at your fingertips? Fundawear. Turn On or Buzz Off?

Apr 24 2013

NASA Draws Penis On Mars

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The Mars rover has only been on the red planet since August of last year. But mankind has already marked its territory. Check out this photo of what appears to be a giant penis, created by the wheels of the rover on the planet’s sandy surface. The Register claims that when this photo was spotted earlier today, NASA’s site crashed as millions of teenage boys tried to access the site.

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 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 12 2013

Listening to Music is As Satisfying As Sex

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Do you like to be aurally aroused? A new study confirms that listening to new music stimulates the same pleasure response in the brain as having sex. The scientists were studying brain activity in an effort to predict people’s music buying patterns.

“What makes music so emotionally powerful is the creation of expectations. Activity in the nucleus accumbens is an indicator that expectations were met or surpassed, and in our study we found the more activity we see in this brain area while people are listening to music, the more money they are willing to spend.”

The article notes that this is similar to what happens in the brain during other pleasurable activities.

Similar connections were also seen between the nucleus accumbens and other brain areas involved in high level sequencing, complex pattern recognition and assigning emotional and reward value to stimuli.

In other words, the brain assigns value to music through the ancient reward circuitry of dopamine which reinforces behaviours absolutely necessary for our survival – such as eating and sex.

These connections might explain the popularity of adult toys like the Club Vibe and Better than Chocolate which convert music into pleasurable vibrations and also why certain songs just seem to put us in the mood.

Apr 10 2013

The Origami Condom

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Bill Gates wants to promote sexual health by reinventing the latex condom. To accomplish this, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $100,000 to the designer with the best idea. And they may have found a winner in the Origami Condom.

Creator and company founder, Danny Resnic, told The Huffington Post. “We are trying to create a condom that feels great and is much closer to the real deal to encourage people to use them.”

Origami Condoms look like a hybrid of the traditional condom and a male masturbation sleeve. The name comes from “origami,” the Japanese art of paper-folding, and sure enough, the segments of the condom unfold as it is rolled down a penis. They also move during intercourse, stroking the shaft and adding stimulation for the wearer.

Initial trials have been very positive, and the company has already attracted investors and condom makers who want license the design. Meanwhile, Resnic is working on an improvement to the female condom and developing the world’s first condom for anal intercourse. We’re curious to see what he comes up with next. Would you try the Origami Condom?

Read more at The Huffington Post.