• A handy guide to choosing a vibrator excerpted from the book Sex Toys 101 can be read over at iVillage: "The truly amazing variety of vibrator styles, sizes, and materials can be both inspiring and a little daunting. Finding the perfect vibe may require some self-loving homework. Answering these few simple questions can help cut through the information overload and prevent buyer's remorse." [Read the full guide]. And don't forget to take a peek at Lovehoney's buying guides for vibrators too - with all that great info, you'll be sure to pick the vibrator that suits you best!

    The Ithacan: “Would you put down the dildo so we can get to work?” IC Comedy Club President, Marcus Terry said, attempting to regain order at a rehearsal for “The Penis Soliloquies” last Saturday.
    “The Penis Soliloquies” is made up of skits and monologues that center around the relationship between men and their penises. Some penis-related issues addressed are size concerns and readjustment techniques.
    “The Penis Soliloquies” was first written by the IC Comedy Club three years ago, spoofing the female-oriented “Vagina Monologues.” Rather than focus on serious issues of sexuality, the club decided to make the entire show comedic, with jokes about what many people consider to be inappropriate subjects, like STDs and masturbation." [Read the full story]

    The Inquirer: "The US launch of Tomb Raider: Legend has been delayed because a couple of scenes accidentally had a pair of breasts in the background.

    Apparently the game contains a chapter set in Tokyo, where several women are dancing in the distance. The animators had initially modeled all the women naked, so they could simply drape different dresses around them later. For the sake of completeness they gave them nipples, as you do.

    Once the graphics were meshed over all was well and the game could be launched. However what the designers hadn’t realised is that some people have special software that can remove meshes to see what is behind them." [Read full story]

    Just in to Lovehoney - the Toy Joy Groovalicious Vibrator. A bigger sister to our Shagadelic vibe, the Groovalicious is a powerful multispeed vibrator coated in hundreds of fronds that may look a little scary, but are soft to the touch and t-t-tingle like crazy! Get the retro theme going with this fabulously frondy vibe that will certainly get your bits feeling groovalicious!

    Sunday Life: A randy thief was left feeling deflated last week after he got six months for stealing a blow-up doll from a sex shop.

    There was sniggering in the public gallery of Belfast Magistrates' Court as a prosecutor told how Mark Short (18), stole the inflatable woman from the Private Lines sex shop in Gresham Street.

    Short, of Bruslee Way in north Belfast, was one of a gang of youths who entered the seedy sex shop in July 21, 2004 and tried to force open the till to steal cash.

    The gang fled without any money.

    However, a blow-up doll in the shop must have caught Short's eye, because he returned five days later and stole the kinky sex toy!" [Read the full story]

    Toronto Sun: "A recent study on sex toys conducted by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. They claim it is the "first research study done on sex toys."

    However, the startling conclusions they came to from this study was that people who use sex toys are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviour, including the use of recreational drugs for sexual enhancement and non-monogamous sex and also have more sexually transmitted diseases.

    Do what? How did they come up such a sweeping and disturbing idea?

    For a start, how did the survey work? The researchers say they interviewed 1,114 sexually active people, but how many people did they have to go through before they found those willing to discuss their sex toy use on the phone with a total stranger? ...

    Dr. Petra Boynton, a U.K. sex and relationship psychologist, felt compelled to comment at length on the results on her blog at drpetra.co.uk.

    Her view is that the random study lacks analysis and incorrectly correlates sex toy use with promiscuous behaviour or risky sexual practices.

    "In fact, the research simply could have shown that those who're open about sex may admit to a wider range of sexual behaviours. We must be careful not to negatively label participants."

    I also feel basing negative findings from surveys that involve intimate and complex issues such as sexual behaviour on a bunch of random telephone calls is open to misuse and misinterpretation.

    And, that, to my mind, is irresponsible research." [Read the full story]

    DNA India: "For those who’ve never heard terms like the jumpin ‘n’ dancing Rabbit Habit or a designer dildo, let alone have close encounters with them — help comes in the form of Manjeet Birk, who takes pride in being a sexual health educator, giving a hand to women of colour wanting to explore and rediscover their “sexuality.” Toying with the idea of bringing taboo subjects out into the open, Manjeet lends her expertise to women of varied origins and sexual preferences at “Good for Her,” a Toronto-based store celebrating women's sexuality in a unique way.

    Tucked away in a discreet cornerstone in the city's downtown area —amazement, shock, bewilderment are some of the emotions that may run through an average South Asian's mind while rummaging through the contents of the store. A wide range of stimulators, vibrators, massagers and such leave little to the imagination. As pink fluffy undergarments peek from a corner of the store and several books on erotica and sexual ecstasy wink in wanton display — magic potions, soothing gels and bath oils and other sensuous tools beg for reckless attention. And, Manjeet gives it to them in abundance." [Read the full story]

    The Badger Herald (nothing to do with Harry Hill): Vaginas … start up a conversation about vaginas with 10 different people and you are guaranteed to have 10 completely different conversations. Some people are grossed out by vaginas. “Vagina is such a dirty word,” one guy said. “Penis isn’t, but … vagina. Eww.” He shuddered. Others are proud to speak about vaginas and will spout out “fun facts” about female sex organs, like “The average clitoris is just a bit smaller than the average non-erect penis” (thanks, Molly).

    The truth is, everyone should be proud of vaginas because you either have one or you came out of one. Or so the authors of Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual say. They’re right.

    Regardless of what you think, you have probably noticed the vagina revolution over the past few years. It’s everywhere — sort of a positive public-relations campaign. This semester, “The Vagina Monologues” was here, and the authors of “Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual” were here last night at Hillel. It’s in the magazines we read (there are plenty of articles about clitorises in men’s and women’s magazines) and the shows we watch (I can think of multiple “Sex and the City” episodes focusing on the vagina).

    So what is all the fuss about? It’s to bring attention, to clear up misconceptions and to answer questions — which is great. But even with all the press vaginas have had lately, there are still some disagreements over the correct way to approach this term." [Read the whole story]

    So reports ContactMusic.com. The Basic Instinct star spoke out recently with some eminently practical advice for teenagers - "I tell them (what I believe): oral sex is a hundred times safer than vaginal or anal sex. "If you're in a situation where you cannot get out of sex, offer a blow job. I'm not embarrassed to tell them." And, of course, she advocates carrying condoms at all times. Lovehoney has a huge selection of practical advice about sex toys and what ones are best for you and your partner - take a look at our Sex Toy Buying Guides for more info.

    Continuing today's faculty theme: This may well be an April Fool's prank, but there's never been a truer word spoken in jest - go look. [Found via WarrenEllis.com, which has some amusing comments on said picture too]

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