Not In The Mood? Hit The Gym

February 18, 2010 Health, News 3 Comments

According to Sex & A Healthier You, a site dedicated to sexual health, metabolic syndrome is one of the greatest enemies of the libido. Why? Your cholesterol level and how well your body uses insulin are linked to your sexual health.

[Metabolic syndrome] is marked by high blood pressure, abdominal obesity (typically, more than 35 inches around the waist for women, 40 inches for men), insulin resistance high blood levels of insulin, low HDL “good” cholesterol and high triglycerides. If you have at least three of these markers, you may have metabolic syndrome.

In one study, researchers enrolled 100 premenopausal women with metabolic syndrome and assessed their sexual function with a commonly used test called the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).

Compared to women without metabolic syndrome, those with the condition had a significantly lower FSFI score. While 77 percent of women without metabolic syndrome had “good” sexual function, just 55 percent of those with the condition did. In addition, about a third of women with metabolic syndrome had an “intermediate” function and nine percent had poor function compared to 21 percent and two percent respectively.

Working out and embracing fish, nuts and fruits in one’s diet go a long way. Not to mention that working out relieves stress and helps build endurance and increases our flexibility — key components in epic sexing.

Don’t just do it to be pretty. Do it to develop this body that belongs to you and only you so that you may enjoy all the pleasures it has to offer you.

Information from Sex & A Healthier You.

Bacon or Sex?

February 17, 2010 News, Noms, Research 2 Comments

A recent survey suggests that Canadians prefer bacon to sex.

The survey, conducted by Angus Reid for Maple Leaf Foods, discovered 43 percent of Canadians would take the nomy goodness that is bacon over a romp.

“We wanted to probe how deeply rooted Canadians’ passion for bacon is — and the For the Love of Bacon survey sure opened our eyes!” explained Adam Grogan, their vice president of marketing.

The survey involved 1,006 randomly selected Canadian adults.

And forget Dior and Givenchy, too. The survey found that when asked to rank various aromas by preference, 23% of men ranked bacon as number one.

This totally explains the bacon-flavored lipgloss we saw in our editrix’s drawer the other day. Man-pleaser.

Image from Alltop. Information from Perishable News, via Alltop. Thanks to Heather Meeker for the tip.

Your Secrets… On TV

February 17, 2010 Vitals No Comments

Brace yourselves, sweet flytraps of decadence and depravity, there’s a new show in the making to fill our vulture culture’s need for trainwrecks, courtesy of the CW. The show is called Secrets and it focuses on young, sophisticated and high-achieving women and their juicy secret double lives. Juicy.

They’re casting right now. A producer for the show wrote us specifying the type of woman they’re looking for: “sophisticated, smart and supremely glamorous 20-something women who feel that they are living a double life — polished on the outside, out of control on the inside. Women who are keeping a secret from their friends, family and colleagues.” Specifically, they’re looking for women who have successful careers and a very active sex life that they’re hiding.

Interested? Read more and fill out an application here.

We don’t watch a lot of television here at Sex and the 405, but this, we might just have to.

The Girls of Etsy

February 16, 2010 Culture, Eyecandy, web, Women 2 Comments

Leave it to UrbanDaddy to turn the common shopping experience into a celebration of sexy. During a cursory browsing of Etsy, a site used the world over by sellers of jewelry, knits and other crafts, they noticed something spectacular: sometimes really hot girls model the wares.

Welcome to the Girls of Etsy, a concept just crazy enough to work…

That’s right—beyond the girly veneer and the crafternoon-ready hand-knit scarves, there is a hidden treasure trove of curiously attractive women modeling… things. Sexy things—like vintage swimsuits and curvy corsets and hand-made lingerie.

They’ve kicked things off by putting together a little slide show. We’re hoping someone runs with this idea. It’s brilliant.

Image from Gilda & Pearl. Information from UrbanDaddy.

The Sexual Life of Pompeii

February 16, 2010 Culture, History No Comments

In the year 79 AD the Roman city of Pompeii was buried under twenty feet of ash from a two day eruption brought on by the looming Mount Vesuvius.

As with all Roman cities, the façade of Pompeii was glorious but a long hard look at the subculture of Pompeii reveals more than beauty. One can’t help but notice the frescoes depicting Priapus with a phallus large enough to fill any hole. Streetlamps designed in erotic display set to notify the random passerby of exactly where they were located, with brothels, prostitutes, and orgies all symbolized by phallic symbols.

It kind of makes one envious of the lifestyle, even with Vesuvius about to erupt.

Pompeii would have had a difficult time promoting this promiscuous culture at any other point in history.

Caligula, Claudius, and Nero reigned from 37 to 68 AD and it was the stance of the Julio-Claudian dynasty which was so against the objective morality and family values of the newly formed Christianity that allowed sex in the ancient Roman Empire to thrive.

Historians agree that Rome did have far more sex and overshadowed Pompeii in regards to brothels and prostitution. Relative to population though — with Pompeii only having 20,000 inhabitants — the promiscuous behavior that went on in Pompeii per capita was considerably more rampant and public than anything going on over in Rome.

Even with all the symbolism in Pompeii, it’s unlikely that it was seen as taboo or as something to be hidden. Sex was simply a part of everyday culture, with subtle distinctions among the social strata much like in contemporary Western society where there are apparent yet subtle differences between rural communities and urban communities in terms of values, promiscuity and what’s considered taboo.

In Pompeii the rich had private sex orgies and the poor typically paid for lower end prostitutes. At least 75 percent of the population at the time was considered poor so most of the focus in Pompeii was around the business of brothels. That’s not to say that the high end sex clubs had no special attention of their own. High class estates had rooms built solely for group sex. Carvings and frescoes in these rooms depict sexual positions and gratification. There were even small windows looking in on these rooms so others could watch in voyeuristic delight.

Needless to say that behind the tragedy of Mount Vesuvius and what Pompeii is so widely known for there was an underground world, taboo by our standards, going on in Rome that I’m sure all of us wish we could experience if even for a day.

Image, “A painting of Priapus found in the House of the Vetti,” is public domain. For more information about Pompeii, visit the History Channel.

Anthony Licari is the editor of Lounge Nouvelle, a subculture web magazine. When he’s away from the computer you can probably find him at your local dive bar controlling the jukebox, getting into hick fights and embarrassing himself to the point where women will actually laugh in his face.

KinkForAll, Anyone?

February 15, 2010 Vitals 2 Comments

KinkForAll is an international user-generated “unconference” focused on the intersection of sexuality and the rest of life. Based on the BarCamp concept, KinkForAlls can be put on by anyone and is free. Events feature discussions, and presentations with all content provided by participants.

There are no spectators at KinkForAll, only participants. To attend, one must give a presentation or help out in some other way.

So get this — there are none (that we know about) in Los Angeles. Anyone up for the challenge? We’re game to play if you want to get something started!

We’re in the Los Angeles Times!

February 14, 2010 Our Happenings, Vitals No Comments

Oh, yeah! How could we forget to mention this? Sex and the 405 is in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times! Image journo Whitney Friedlander got in touch with our editrix, who’s notorious for using Twitter to screen all potential lovers (her mating ritual involves grammar, punctuation and word sparring. We’ve seen her sext. She uses words like exegesis — WTF, right? Approach at your own risk).

Anyway, they dished the goss for a few hours, which resulted in a little mention for us, her loyal newsroom monkeys (who were slaving away in the word mines while she was lounging around for an awesome photo op with one of the Times most hardcore photojournos, Francine Orr, btw. Not that we’re bitter).

From Friendlander, the Timesexcellent piece on love online:

Online dating sites aren’t the only way to find that special someone. There will always be the lucky folk who find kinship in the unofficial dating pools of social networking sites. Witness local blogger A.V. Flox, who edits Sexandthe405.com and has vowed to date only guys she’s met on Twitter.

“[On Twitter], you’re having a conversation with people without any external factors like physical looks,” she says. “It’s just really raw. It’s just who the person is. You edit what you say on your blog [or e-mail], but on Twitter you will tweet ‘Ow, I stubbed my toe.’ It’s really great stuff and indicative of personality.”

Like, totally, A.V. ROTFL. You know we had to go there, right? We still love you. Now please can we get a Clover in the newsroom? kthnx.

Image and excerpt from the L.A. Times.

Positions, Please!

February 14, 2010 Lessons 2 Comments

Our editrix was so irate this morning when she surfed across this little jewel from DateDaily, she asked us to comment on the matter, which, frankly, really blows, seeing as we were looking forward to lying around in our apartments all day, crying about how no one loves us.

We’re not sure if they’re endorsing injury in the name of knowledge or what’s going on but who really cares what “most men” want? Sexual positions aren’t about pleasing an unscientific sample of men (or women). Good sex is about finding what best works given the person or people you’re with.

Some lovers may rock doggy style, and some may be far better suited to the dragon. Some may be more energetic and inspire more acrobatics, some may be more intense and focused.

Our suggestion is for you to get to know the people you’re boinking and find out which positions work best for you both (or you all, if it’s more than one partner).

And please try not to injure yourselves! It’s better to only know three positions that work well than to run wildly through the whole of Cosmo’s Kama Sutra causing yourself and others bodily harm! Like, HELLO. You need that body. Be good to it.

(And please pray with us that the editrix doesn’t see that one about the seven kinky things men want…)

Screengrab from DateDaily. Rant inspired by them, also.

Love Stinks? Not If You’re Creative

February 14, 2010 lolz No Comments

Minnesotan Bruce Andersland created the ultimate Valentine for his wife of 37 years in their farm field: a half-mile wide heart made entirely of manure. His wife, Beth, told the Alberta Lea Tribune it’s the biggest and most original Valentine she has ever received.

“Why not do something fun with what you got?” she asked, knowing some may think it’s gross.

Image and information from TwinCities, via Jennifer Stavros.

Sexual Conditions That Blow

February 14, 2010 Health No Comments

Remember the woman with Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome we told you about in November? The Telegraph, who initially made the report, had so much fun with it. Who wouldn’t want to cum 300 times a day, right? But sexual conditions are no laughing matter.

This oldie but goodie, from the humor site Cracked is a great little list of sexual conditions, explained so we get an idea of how much they actually suck — but, you know, in a funny way:

HYPERSEXUALITY

Commonly referred to as nymphomania by Internet perverts and perverts who still eschew technology but like the idea just the same; hypersexuality is what happens when your libido cranks the dial to 11 and leaves it there.

Frat guys throughout history have fantasized about dating a “total nympho,” thinking they’ll wind up with a special lady friend with a sex drive that rivals a three dicked hummingbird on E. It’s been the subject of more Penthouse letters than can possibly be counted.

“And this one time, she tried to have sex with me while she was already having sex with me. It was awesome.”

For menfolk, the condition is known as satyriasis, which is Greek for “having the wang of a goat-legged man” and it means you are now Wilt Chamberlain, minus the distraction of basketball.

Why it Would Suck:

Meet Heather Howland, developed hyerpsexuality after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage, which seems like a really awesome superhero background story. Not expected to live, she surprised everyone by waking up and trying to ride her husband like a Shetland pony.

Some of you guys are still rooting for the disorder at this point, but that’s because you’re probably assuming the “nympho” only has the hots for you. Unfortunately, that’s not how compulsions work. Howland estimates she boned about 50 random, and probably surprised, strangers in the two years since her accident.

Her husband frequently gets called home from work because she’s in the driveway trying to bone some random dude. Nowadays she can no longer work, and her ability to focus is on par with an eight-year-old armed with a television remote which, in this case, is shaped like a wiener.

Yeah, it turns out pretty much anything can stop being fun once you’re only doing it due to a short-circuit in your brain. And this is actually worse than say, compulsive over-eating or sleeping, because those don’t carry a stigma that will make you famous around the neighborhood and, well, on websites like this one.

Read the rest.

Information from Cracked, via Khayyam Wakil.

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Here you’ll find news about the latest research being conducted to figure out what drives desire, passion, and other sex habits; reviews of sex toys, porn and other sexy things; coverage of the latest sex-related news that have our mainstream media's panties up in a bunch; human interest pieces about sex and desire; interviews with people who love sex, or hate sex, or work in sex, or work to enable you to have better sex; opinion pieces that relate to sex and society; and the sex-related side of celebrity gossip. More...