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Mac Lovers Need Love, Too

Forget Democrat or Republican — those labels have been useless for years. Now, we measure compatibility in terms of operating systems. No surprise, someone is moving in on Apple lovers.

Introducing: Cupidtino, a dating site exclusively for Apple fans. … Continue Reading

Texting While Sexing

May 23, 2010 News, Research 1 Comment

We’ve all heard of sexting, but how about texting while having sex?

According to Advertising Age, a report by Retreve Gadgetology revealed that one in 10 people under 25 have answered a text during sex.

“Social media is embedded in our lives,” explains Manish Rathi, co-founder and VP-marketing at Retrevo, the consumer electronics shopping and review site that performed the study. “It’s why people go to a restaurant and check Foursquare before they sit down with their friends, then take a picture of their food before they eat and upload it to Facebook.”

But texting during sex? Come on! … Continue Reading

Global Sexual Satisfaction Is Mediocre (And Other Facts)

May 22, 2010 Research No Comments

It’s been three years since Durex released the demoralizing results of their Global Sexual Well-Being Study, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive of over 26,000 people in 26 countries about the world. Their summary of global sexual satisfaction: mediocre. … Continue Reading

Is That A Phone Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

May 22, 2010 Culture, Fashion 1 Comment

Lingerie design can get pretty creative, but this piece from Syria takes the cake as far as Sex and the 405 is concerned.

Introducing the Phone Crotch:

We’re not kidding. … Continue Reading

The G-Shot: “So she’s enjoying penis a little bit more, then?”

The g-shot, a $1,200 injection of collagen to the g-spot that helps it become more prominent and is said to revolutionize your sex life, recently got some air-time that was… amusing to say the least. Watch the whole thing for the full lolz:

Via BlogHer’s Wall of Shame.

Beauty, Eros, and the Particular

Studies in Desire, by Dawn Kaczmar

“Beauty always takes place in the particular, and if there are no particulars, the chances of seeing it go down.” — Elaine Scarry

I have been mulling over the idea that beauty is, in essence, a particular trait over the past few weeks in considering my own conceptions and occasions of beauty. And it is true: ubiquity renders beauty meaningless. Prolonged and repeated exposure to the same instance mutes its vibrancy and reduces its intensity to marginality. Moreover, beauty, in the absence of a particular, in the absence of an object in which to attach itself, is merely an abstract, intangible idea, rather than a visceral experience that causes aesthetic arrest and curiosity. It is in the application of beauty to a particular object or event that reveals its form and intensity.

If beauty always takes place in the particular, the same seems true for the erotic. For instance, I have noticed that through the mass production and sale of orchids, the flower, once a symbol of eroticism, has become dead and neutral to me. Or, I may have an idea of an erotic concept, but without embodiment and experience, without knowledge of the particular way in which my beloved’s skin responds under my fingers, for instance, the desire remains dormant. … Continue Reading

We Value Great Minds and Great Pole Work

May 21, 2010 Culture No Comments

Nothing shocking about this — pole dancing has become ubiquitous now. What is interesting is that the prize money offered for this particular incarnation at Jet in Las Vegas is equal to that offered for 20 categories of the celebrated Pulitzer prize.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

Never mind, here’s some eye-candy.

Via JustTipTheGirl, dancer from Jet.

Artist Spotlight: Tormented Sugar

May 21, 2010 Art, Culture 2 Comments

We’re big into art here at Sex and the 405, so when we got an e-mail from local artist Tormented Sugar, we jumped at the chance to showcase her work and her personal philosophy.

“My erotic art stems from a fascination with eroticism,” she told us over e-mail. “I recently discovered I can squirt, so getting to that point where I am aware of my sexuality and sexual self has led me to be more open artistically as well as sexually. Art and sex to me are very close. The feel of a paintbrush on your skin– it reminds me of the touch of a lover.” … Continue Reading

The Truth About Those Coeds

May 20, 2010 Culture, lolz 4 Comments

The kids at h-spot hate surveys these days — they could care less if “a 34-year-old Cosmo-reading heffer from Ohio would be up for a 3-sum.” So they made their own. Tasking interns to find a proper sample of “do-able” women from four different college campuses: Harvard, Notre Dame, University of Texas and our very own USC.

Their findings may not surprise you, but they will amuse you. … Continue Reading

Fat Guy, Hot Chicks & Food = NSFW

May 20, 2010 Culture, geek, web No Comments

Typical late night, sniffing around the boards, checking the networks. There’s nothing good on the intertubes. Then, a typical e-stalking session leads us down a strange corridor to a place we never thought we’d have to venture: the Minion’s lair.

He loves food, he loves girls and he’s built a site around being the lump of flesh every girl who wants to make it in porn has to fuck. He’s ThisIsWhyYou’reFat gone Xtube — and it’s neither sexy nor lulz, but still impossible to look away. … Continue Reading

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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.

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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...