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Sex Blogger Calendar Girls–Hot Off The Press!

November 8, 2009 Culture, Eyecandy, Women 1 Comment

calendarThey have sex, they write about sex, they educate others about sex, and they fight for the freedom to enjoy sex in its many variations.

They’re sex bloggers and they’re dressing down once again for the 2010 Sex Blogger Calendar.

All proceeds from sales go to help the Sex Work Awareness, an organization with a mission to educate and empower sex workers, as well as conduct research about the sex industry, develop public education initiatives and advocate for sex workers’ rights.

So basically you’re paying to look at beautiful and talented women and doing your part to protect this country’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Seriously, can you think of anything better to spend $20 on? I didn’t think so.

Post-Jizz Clean-Up Has Never Been Easier

November 7, 2009 Culture 3 Comments

kleenexKleenex by the bed. Actually, I knew someone who had paper towels by her bed. And someone else who had real towels.

Whatever your choice, unless you’re a total emo kid, the intent is pretty clear: post-coital or post-masturbatory clean-up.

Isn’t it nice to not have to get up immediately?

But what if you don’t only enjoy yourself in bed?

Technology to the rescue: introducing the RC Driving Tissue Box Case. For just ¥3,690.00 (don’t flip, that’s only around US$40.00), you can now bring the clean-up to you via remote control!

Technology is a wonderful thing. Of course, you do have to remember to bring the remote with you.

But based on some male behavior I’ve encountered, this doesn’t seem entirely far-fetched.

Image from GeekStuff4U.

Pleasure Without Borders: East Germany After The Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 1, 2009 Culture, History No Comments

“Pleasure without borders”–that’s what West German headlines called the exodus of East Germans to their sex shops 20 years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell. From couples to grandmothers–everyone wanted to take a look at what the West had to offer.

vibratorCommunist East Germany had suppressed pornography and pleasure instruments, labeling these “bourgeois decadence.” Of course, there is something to be said for riding the edge of the forbidden.

“In a rigid state that wanted to control everything, citizens were more emancipated with respect to their sex life, women in particular,” recalls Kurt Starke, a sociologist and sex expert based out of Leipzig, eastern Germany.

Polls at the time seem to indicate that women took the initiative more often than their male East German counterparts and reached orgasm more often than women in West Germany.

“Eastern women did not talk about their orgasm for hours, they just let themselves go,” Starke said.

Thought provoking, isn’t it?

Image by Guido Alvarez. Information via IOL.

Walk In Shame No More

November 1, 2009 Culture No Comments

morning after kitIt’s Monday morning, 6:00AM. Traffic is going to be killer, and you know it, you think as the elevator doors open and you step in to be greeted by the condescending looks of a jogger and an older man with two shih-poos on matching leashes.

Yes, you’re still wearing the dress you were wearing the night before, which still smells like cigarette smoke and gin-doused sex. Awesome.

Good morning to you, too.

This is the walk of shame. You think you’d learned something in college. Don’t worry, that why we’re here. Introducing the Walk of Shame Kit: “everything you’ll need to walk home with your head held high.”

For $34.99, you get a one-size-fits-most dress, a pair of one-size-fits-all flip flops, a backpack, a pair of shades, a pre-pasted toothbrush, all-over wipes, and a really hilarious call me/don’t call me card you can leave behind–after writing in your name and number, or not.

The Los Angeles staple of hit and run sex just got that much easier.

Of course, if we had it our way, the kit would include a packet of Advil, a half-pack of cigs, and money for a cab, but, hey, it’s a start.

Retrosexing–Because We Can’t Get Enough of these Ridic Portmanteaux

October 30, 2009 Culture 2 Comments

Sexting. Twexting. And now: retrosexing, regretrosexing, and fretrosexing. It’s true: if you can’t squeeze sex into a word, you’re just not cool enough for the times.

Let’s start with retrosexing and work our way through. Deidre Fulton at The Phoenix has the best run-down:

Retrosexuals are people who rewind their own lives, digging into their past to emerge with a current romantic partner. So, too, is the cultural context: like chicken-noodle soup or Beverly Hills 90210 DVD compilations, retrosexing lures its participants with promises of familiarity — a comforting concept that’s hard to come by in these complicated times.

A retrosex episode can fall into two major categories, with some subsets: a one-time hook-up or a longer-term romance. The textbook retrosexual, the perfect specimen, if you will, is the former — someone like Suzanne, who hooks up for casual sex with someone he or she knew in high school. Within this group are two narrower classifications: some retrosexuals, like Suzanne, have been there, done that; others might be reconnecting with old friends but hooking up for the first time.

Here’s an example of a conversation a classic retrosexual might have:

Retro: “I made out with Jon Whateverhisnameis last night!”

Friend: “Jon Whateverhisnameis? That guy you drank vodka with / gave your first blowjob to / studiously ignored at the 11th grade homecoming dance?”

Retro: “Yes! I ran into him / friended him on Facebook / saw his name on a mass e-mail a few weeks ago, and we’ve been chatting — he’s totally great now! We hung out last night and ended up sucking face in an alley.”

Friend: “Weird.”

The other type of retrosexual is someone who romantically reconnects with someone from their past, but not necessarily someone from high school or college. Ex-sex, in other words, but not sordid, desperate, we-just-broke-up-last-week-and-I’m-so-lonely ex-sex. More like, hey-let’s-try-this-again ex-sex. Or, old-habits-die-hard-for-a-reason ex-sex.

Beyond these broad definitions are finer distinctions, such as those who retrosex and then wish they hadn’t (call them “regretrosexuals”), or those who hooked up years ago and have no desire to be reminded of their past romantic encounters (“fretrosexuals”).

Sara Faye Lieber at Switched has some tips for retrosexing. These are my cardinal five:

Think before you friend

You’re not just sharing pictures and videos and occasional status updates–unless you change your settings, you’re sharing friends, everything friends want to tag of you, and everything friends say to you. You’re letting them into your digital space. Are you ready to show this person that? Retrosexing can be just as successful over e-mail where you control how much insight they get.

Think nostalgia, not recent history

Lieber writes, “The more time that has elapsed since you last saw your target, the more room there is for them to blow you away with how much they’ve changed, and the less emotional risk there is if they haven’t (or, God forbid, have changed for the worse)… If you have any remaining emotional attachment to this person, make sure you enter the situation with the same level of caution as you would a pit of rabid vipers.”

People change

You feel you can trust someone because you knew them once. Maybe you can–but I have my reservations. Time takes us in many directions. Stuff happens to people. Take it slow. Be careful. You never know if the charmer you knew way back when has grown up to be one of the creeptastic guys you’re going to have to have removed from your lawn. Just saying.

Note relationship status before proceeding

My Facebook says I’m married. I’m not, I just prefer people get to know me better than a cursory glance at my status before asking me out. I realize I’m an exception to the rule. Most of the time, people who say they’re married really are. If they say nothing, don’t get your hopes up until you know they’re on the market.

In a world where everything is chronicled, cheating just got 100 times harder. Don’t be a moron

Tagged photos? Wall messages? If you’re cheating with someone with whom you’re connected on a social network, sit them down for a social media strategy meeting the way they do at the office. Discuss what’s appropriate and what isn’t. For the love of God, don’t think for a moment that just because your spouse isn’t on Facebook that this is a sacred space where you two can play. Get an anonymous space for that–like Tumblr–and strip it of all identifiers. (Hint: don’t link your secret blog to your Facebook.)

So. Have you retrosexed?

Gumby Dick

October 29, 2009 Culture, Safety 1 Comment

Face it, few people really love condoms. But we’re eternally grateful and have learned to deal with them. Companies are always trying to innovate the product and we have them to thank for fruity-flavored blowjobs, which may not be bomb, but are far better than dentist glove-tasting ones. Of course, every once in a while, they leave me wondering WTF.

I mean–would you tap this?

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If you can have epic sex with a man wearing this, your libido is stronger than mine.

Via @followgumby.

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How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

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