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Aug 19 2013

“Fuck” Through the Decades

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We’ve been checking out this collection of charts documenting the popularity of some sex terms over others, in print. We’re not surprised to see that “fuck” didn’t show up much until the 1960s, but we’re curious about the drop in its usage since its peak in 2005. If “hook up” isn’t the next “fuck”, what will be? You can track the print lives of terms like “BJ” and “money shot” here.

Aug 16 2013

Masturbation for Better Menopause

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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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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!

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!

Jul 31 2013

Happy National Orgasm Day

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It’s National Orgasm Day. (What are we supposed to do on the other 364 days of the year?) The Daily Beast is honoring this important day with a countdown of the top 10 orgasms in movies. In the clip above, Katherine Heigl discovers the joys of the Berman Astrea Vibrating Panties.

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The folks at Huffington Post have compiled 15 politicians’ orgasm faces. The O face up above belongs to British lawmaker Ed Balls. Yes, that’s the man’s name.

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Over at The Frisky, you can read about the 45 year old man who orgasms whenever he hears brass instruments, especially the James Bond theme.

If you’d like to celebrate National Orgasm Day, it’s the perfect time to drop by our stores. Today is the last day to take advantage of our Buy One, Get One Half Off deal on any two vibes in the store. This offer does not apply to web orders. 

Not near a store? Place an order online before midnight and get free ground shipping within the contiguous US. Both offers are over when July is over. So, get your orgasm on today!

 

Jul 30 2013

Fisting Public Art Prank In Detroit

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Detroit filed for bankruptcy almost two weeks ago, inspiring local artist Jerry Vile to deliver a little comic relief. Witness “Vessel of Hope,” in which the prankster placed an enormous can of Crisco next to the city’s iconic Joe Louis Fist Statue. The clueless folks at Detroit’s Fox 2 reported that Vile hopes his work “may in someway ease the pain of having the Detroit bankruptcy shoved into our faces.” Well played, Mr. Vile.

If you’d like to learn more about fisting, come check out our free workshop, Advanced Anal Play on August 28th, with Damon Holzum in Los Angeles and Sarah Sloane in Chicago.

h/t Jalopnik

 

 

Jul 29 2013

Google Glass Porn Is Here

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Even though Google has officially banned porn apps for Google Glass, they can’t stop the adult industry from trying out a new toy. Last week, Xbiz and MiKandi released a trailer for the first porn video shot on Google Glass. With its POV possibilities, Glass could revolutionize porn or become just another fad like 3D. After watching this amusing video starring James Deen, we wonder if Google might be privately pleased that the capabilities of Glass are so prominently featured in the trailer. It’s practically an advertisement.

 

Jul 26 2013

RIP Virginia Johnson

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On Wednesday, we lost Virginia Johnson, one of the trailblazers of modern sex research. Along with her partner, William H. Masters, she revolutionized the study of human sexuality. Masters and Johnson made their initial splash in 1966 with Human Sexual Response, a straightforward, non-sensational approach to the physiology of sex. From her New York Times obituary:

More than any investigator before them, Masters and Johnson moved sex out of the bedroom and into the laboratory, where it could be observed, measured, recorded, quantified and compared. While Kinsey had relied on interviews and questionnaires to elicit accounts of his subjects’ sexual habits, Masters and Johnson gathered direct physiological data on what happens to the human body during sex, from arousal to orgasm.

Early in his research, Dr. Masters realized that he lacked a female perspective and sought out a woman who could help put his subjects at ease, while offering insights into women’s sexuality. He found Johnson, a divorced mother, onetime country singer and psychology student when she responded to an ad seeking an assistant. .

As Slate’s Amanda Hess explains:

 He eventually recruited Johnson to advise him on the finer parts of female sexuality because she was a woman and willing, but also because she was not a fellow MD. As Thomas Maier detailed in his 2012 biography of the duo, female doctors in the 1950s were fighting an uphill battle in the male-dominated world of medicine just to earn their degrees and secure jobs; they didn’t yet have the social clout to turn their attentions to the highly stigmatized study of sex. “When women went to medical school at that particular time, an MD was so hard-won they would never have jeopardized it, being associated with sex research,” Johnson recalled Masters as telling her. Instead, Masters leveraged his own social positioning to undertake the research, with the help of a woman who had no social standing to lose.

Together, Masters and Johnson debunked myths about sex and aging, challenged the Freudian bias against clitoral orgasm and helped thousands of men and women overcome problems with orgasm, by shifting from a psychoanalytic model to a physiological one. In the process, they helped take sex therapy to the mainstream. Their partnership and their pioneering work has even inspired Masters of Sex, a new dramatic series on Showtime.

To learn more about Virginia Johnson, we recommend the remembrances in the New York Times and at Slate.