OMG? Walgreens Is A Sex Shop!

February 9, 2010 Toys 1 Comment

Jenny Block, contributor to Fox on Sex (fair and balanced!), was recently surprised to discover the selection available at her local Walgreens.

First, there is a surprising variety of “personal massagers.” “Quiet and powerful ones” in a Skittles-worthy array of colors. Multiple surface versions that boast the ability to be recharged. The “Comet Massager” that looks like it’s related to a Pixar space creature. The little guy even lights up. [...] One massager comes complete with a warmer, and several of them have all sorts of interesting nubs and bumps and edges. Come on, that is no back massager.

All sorts of lotions and potions line the shelves as well. Travel size massage oils in scents like Bali Moonlight, Malibu Sunrise, and Paris Twilight. (And, no, I have no idea what any of those things would smell like).

And then there are the lubricants — warming, tingling, soothing, and in “flavors” like pina colada and cherry. If you don’t know why you’d want a lubricant to smell good and taste good, you, my friend, are missing out.

In the practical department, there’s an air revitalizer (you know, for those marathon sessions); a sound machine to ward-off roommates or nosy neighbors; and candles in every scent from Indigo Nights to Beach Bungalow for ideal lighting (who doesn’t look good in candlelight?). Seriously, you could set the whole scene with just one stop at this place.

If you want to get really randy, they even have handcuffs, nylon rope, paintbrushes, hot wax and digital camcorders. No pressure.

This reminds us of a conversation we once had with Laura Roberts, editor of the now defunct Black Heart Magazine, following one of her columns for Hour magazine about finding sex toys at the Dollar Store.

Our editrix attempted this, but she claims to have no words to describe what occurred with said frugal accouterments. We’re on our own on this one… unless you want to venture forth and tell us your story of sexy finds in unusual places!

Image by Ryan Ozawa. Information from Fox News.

Those Kinksters Must Be Stopped!

February 8, 2010 Freedom, News 1 Comment

Bethesda, Maryland, is, according to Forbes, one of America’s most well-educated small towns. It’s also the location of the most recent battle for sexual freedom.

Paul Pickthorne, a Bethesda resident, hosts regular BDSM parties at his 3,600-square-foot home (dubbed “a castle-like McMansion” by the Washington Post, which obviously hasn’t set foot in California since the early-00s, otherwise they’d know anything under 6,000-square-feet is a Mini McMansion. But we digress).

So the guy has BDSM parties. Why is this a problem? “Zoning,” we’re told. Specifically, something called R-60 — a zoning classification for subdivisions of single-family houses where commercial activity, for the most part, isn’t permitted. Pickthorne’s guests pay $20 to attend and $50 for VIP, making his parties a violation of the zoning code.

But, as we’re sure you already guessed, this isn’t really the reason the city has moved in. The crackdown is the result of horrified neighbors sending e-mails to County Council member Roger Berliner, a Democrat whose district includes their Merrimack Park subdivision.

“I share your sense of outrage that a sex club is operating in your lovely neighborhood,” Berliner wrote back. “I want you to know that my office has been advised that our County has moved aggressively to put an end to this blight on your community.”

Pickthorne received a written warning from a zoning inspector last week. But what happens if he decides to stop charging? If his gatherings are non-commercial, then he’s not in violation of anything.

When the Post asked Berliner, the City Council member hesitated, then conceded: “Certainly one has to respect everyone’s constitutional rights.”

But he was quick to assure the neighborhood: “our county will be exploring every legal means available to ensure that the activity taking place at this particular residence does not have an adverse impact on the community.”

We here at Sex and the 405 are disappointed. It’s patently obvious that the problem here isn’t a zoning violation or disruption caused by a party but a bias against people’s sexualities. God save us from “the kinksters”! Eye roll.

Hey, at least we only hit people with their consent, suburbia.

Image by Alana Joy, featuring our editrix tied up and being flogged by the editor of another blog we love — but we’re not telling who she is! Information from the Washington Post.

Signing Out — FOREVER!

February 8, 2010 Culture, web No Comments

So you executed the changes you needed to make your Facebook safe but it’s still causing you grief? Hey, we hear you. Living out loud isn’t easy.

Between your girlfriend demanding “Baby, why don’t you poke me anymore?!” and a client catching that fib about being sick (oops! Someone @replied you on Twitter about how awesome it was seeing you naked on a rooftop!), you’re over this whole thing.

You want off the digital grid and you want it now.

But, man, what a bummer to go to every network and delete your profile. Don’t you wish there was an app for that?

There is! Introducing The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine.

You put in your info for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or MySpace and hit COMMIT. The site then changes your passwords (no going back!), replaces your profile pic with a noose, and removes your updates, tweets, pokes, etc., leaving only a concise little message specifying you’ve signed out — forever.

Facebook hates it, of course, and has sent a cease-and-desist letter. But as of press time, you can still check out of Facebook using the site.

Easy breezy, just how we like it.

Information via UrbanDaddy.

West Covina Police Officer’s Self-Help Book Further Incriminates Him

February 8, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

In 2006, a West Covina police officer and sex crime investigator by the name of Tyler Kennedy self-published a 180-page book entitled The Magic Triangle: Coping with the Differences Between Men and Women, to help hapless men seeking “entrance to the magic triangle” (i.e., a woman’s vagina. Insert tired and tragic euphemism-induced angina here).

“In my opinion, women are devious and vindictive and should be left alone like a rattlesnake on a hot summer day,” Kennedy says at the end of chapter one.

This is a man working with victims of sexual assault.

West Covina Chief of Police Frank Wills said he’d never read the self-published book before the current investigation into the officer, which came about as a result of allegations that Kennedy had sexually harassed and propositioned a sexual assault victim over the course of his investigation.

According to the San Fernando Valley Tribune, Kennedy was suspended from the force in a separate incident last year when investigators found he had become intimately involved with a 39-year-old alleged victim of sexual assault.

“After taking a look at it, the book is an embarrassment to the profession and to the West Covina Police Department,” Wills said.

“Men will accept any woman, on the other hand, that is chasing them around because the power of the Magic Triangle makes it very difficult to say no,” Kennedy says in the last chapter of his book. “The bottom line is that the Magic Triangle rules and men find it too hard to resist.”

Apparently.

Information from the San Fernando Valley Tribune.

Fernando Vicente’s Anatomy

February 7, 2010 Art, Culture No Comments

Some art for you to get you going after brunch, our decadent orchids of want and wantonness. Allow us to introduce you to Fernando Vicente, a brilliant Madrid-born illustrator, frequent contributor to the daily El Pais and a favorite of our editrix’s.

From his Anatomias series:

Pinup by Fernando Vicente

Belleza Interior by Fernando Vicente

Fig. 1 & 2 by Fernando Vicente

Yeah, that’s sexy. In a cool creepy way that makes you think a little too long and too hard about political correctness, which immediately imbues everything with a patina of taboo making it twice as cool, creepy and sexy as before.

Sex for Superbowl Victory

February 7, 2010 Hollywoody, News No Comments

Kendra Wilkinson has vowed to celebrate a Colts Superbowl victory with lots and lots of sex.

Hank Baskett’s likely response: “babyyyy, I just won a freakin’ Superbowl… can’t you just blow me really quick instead?”

Image from urbandaily. Information from dbtechno.

FILM CONTEST!

February 7, 2010 Vitals No Comments

Here’s a lazy Sunday thought for you, Los Angeles: a short film competition.

Ah, how fast we can get your attention!

So get this: Los Angeles magazine is holding a free online short-film competition.

When: February 3 – March 3, 2010
Length: under 3 minutes
Topic: Los Angeles

From Los Angeles magazine:

[The shorts] can be biographical, documentary, or fictional portraits of the city. The top entries will be posted on March 15 and will be judged by readers and a jury of prominent Angelenos. The winners—an “Audience Favorite” and an “Official Selection”—will be announced in early April.

The official winner and audience-chosen winner get:

  • Coverage in Los Angeles magazine
  • A special reception at City Hall
  • A screening of the film at a major movie theatre
  • A meeting with a top entertainment agent or a studio executive

Watch Designed for Dreaming, the short made by Los Angeles magazine’s columnist Chris Nichols to get an idea of what you’re up against (it’s really kind of epiclulz awesome).

Now go kick some filmmaker and amateur ass. And remember: if it’s sexy, we wanna know all about it.

Get L.A. image from Los Angeles magazine, montage made with a picture of AV Flox, by Atherton Bartelby (you can’t get mad, AV, we found it on the internet). Information from Los Angeles magazine, via FishbowlLA.

Tiger’s Out And About

February 7, 2010 Hollywoody, News No Comments

Cheater du jour Tiger Woods has left the sex rehab center in Mississippi and been reunited with his wife and two children, according to RadarOnline.

Wood’s wife, Elin Nordegren, has dropped her divorce lawyer and while she’s still not wearing her wedding band, rumor has it she’s committed to working on her marriage for the sake of their children.

If you recall, the golfer was caught having an affair last year. Since then, 19 women have been romantically linked to him, many of them stepping forward with gory deets about their canoodlings.

Is there life after infidelity? We’ll have to see.

Image from The Huddle. Information from the Huffington Post.

Barstow

February 6, 2010 AV, Diary No Comments

Barstow, California was named after W. B. Strong–B for Barstow. The place’s a drive-through; no one wants to stay there beyond the ten minutes required to get a few more Bulls, piss and have a cigarette on the way to somewhere else.

I get out of the car and breathe the impossibly hot air — 124 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind burns through me and dust clings to my lip gloss. I smile behind the aviators and head into the gas station. I walk through; people are too busy staring at the woman in the hat — Californian B in black, baby — they don’t notice that I’ve cut the line until the door shuts in their faces behind the Stetson.

Walk out, looking over them in their over-sized, faded t-shirts and beat up tennis shoes. I love Americans, even if they always look terrible.

My boyfriend’s waiting for me outside. I take a last puff, drop my cigarette and he puts it out before the heat gust can blow it away. Inside the car, the A/C’s blasting. Jenna Jameson’s comeback flick with Wicked, Hell On Heels is on in all five screens. The short playing features Jenna as a winged version of the White Russian Kahlua ad; she’s being caressed by two fallen angels in raven black feathers. In the background a song reminiscent of Enya plays, creating the most perverse illusion of sanctity a Catholic could lay eyes on. This, of course, makes it my favorite part of the video.

On to Needles, still California, 148 miles east.

When I blow my boyfriend, I use cities as landmarks; Barstow to Needles, estimated hour and forty-five minutes. Ready, set, go.

Some people suck dick because they like to, because it turns them on. Some people do it because they have to. Most are a combination of enjoyment and compromise. I’m in it for the science when I’m on the road. Technique and endurance. The signs dotting the roads and interstates are meters.

You think a lot with a cock in your mouth when it’s not there out of desperate want during an unorchestrated sexual encounter. Thank god for the monstrous things that are American cars. Hunter S. Thompson crossed the desert in 1971 in a Chevrolet Caprice convertible, but it’s 2006 and we’re doing it in a Suburban.

God bless American opulence: without it, vehicular oral sex would be a cramped proposition.

Image by Patrick Dirden. Originally published in Black Heart Magazine on December 6, 2007.

HPV Vaccine Might Prevent Other Cancers, Too

February 6, 2010 Health, News 2 Comments

The human papilloma virus — or HPV — vaccine, which doctors are now using to help prevent cervical cancer, might have the same effect on other cancers as well — and in men as well as women, reports the Vancouver Sun.

Dr. Glenn Bauman, chairman of oncology at the University of Western Ontario faculty of medicine told the paper that a variety of recent studies had found DNA from the papilloma virus inside cancer tumors.

“I think the tip of the iceberg is this whole HPV connection with cancer,” Bauman said. “What’s interesting is that we’re finding — and we’ve known this for a while, but we’re beginning to appreciate it — that HPV plays a role in other ‘mucosal’ cancers.”

This includes cancers in the head, neck, tonsils, pharynx, the base of the tongue, the upper digestive tract, the urinary tract and genital region, the vulva, penis, vagina and anal canal.

The facts:

A 2007 study at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center found that oral HPV infection is “the strongest risk factor” for a relatively uncommon throat cancer called oropharyngeal cancer, “regardless of tobacco and alcohol use.”

The virus raised the risk of this cancer by 32 times compared to people with no HPV infection;

Cancer doctors at the University of Michigan report an increase in nasopharyngeal cancer — another relatively rare form found behind the nose and above the throat — after HPV infection;

In 2004, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that DNA from the HPV virus was present in 10 to 20 per cent of all head and neck squamous cell tumours; and

More recently, the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire reported that HPV may even cause a common type of skin cancer. It cautions that sun exposure is still the main cause.

“Just the fact that a viral infection is responsible for some fairly significant cancers in people, and that we have a vaccine against it — I think that’s novel and that represents a new direction,” Bauman said.

He suspects there may turn out to be other viruses responsible for still more cancers.

Information from the Vancouver Sun.

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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...