• 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]

    If only it'd been like this when we were at college... Time magazine has a big article about "Sex In The Syllabus", detailing the arrival of porn onto university undergraduate courses in the USA.

    It's called the porn curriculum, and it's quietly taking root in the ivory tower. A small but growing number of scholars are probing the aesthetic, societal and philosophical properties of smut in academic departments ranging from literature to film, law to technology, anthropology to women's studies. Those specialists argue that graphic sexual imagery has become ubiquitous in society, so it's almost irresponsible not to teach young people how to deal with it. "I was amazed by how much the students knew about pornography but how little they knew how to think about it," says Jay Clarkson, a graduate student in communications who introduced the University of Iowa's Pornography in Popular Culture class last fall. But although Clarkson and his peers may agree that porn studies have a place in the curriculum, they are divided over how far professors should go in teaching them. Do students really need to watch a couple copulating onscreen to understand why pornography turns people on? Or does a stimulating essay on the nature of desire provide just as much if not more insight?


    There's definitely a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes of porn - but we're not so sure students will be thinking about that when they're watching it.

     

    For porn from a female point of you, check out the Anna Span range of DVDs which have been making waves recently as adult entertainment that's a lot better than the usual unimaginative hairy-bummed stuff.

    See also our previous post on Porn Stars visiting Yale University

    While you can surreptiously order sex toys online during your lunch break at work - certainly brightens up a dull day - we're not sure we'd recommend you getting them delivered to your workplace as well. Having some bedroom toys on your desk can prove to be very expensive, as Jossip recently reported: "Two fired Billboard staffers — former EIC Keith Girard and senior editor Samantha Chang — are slapping a $29 million lawsuit on the mag over a "sexual vibrator" that made its way around the office. Executive editor Ken Schlager kept the vibrator on his bookshelf and turning it on for Chang and another female employee." Erk. A bit more of a buzz than he bargained for, we'll wager.

    Flirt queen Tracey Cox has a book signing at Sh! Womenstore in London. Get some flirt tips in person and have Tracey sign you copy of supersex or superflirt.

    The Sun have scooped us on Lovehoney's exclusive England Victory Vibe, the vibrator that'll be keeping the ladies left at home during the World Cup shouting, "Gooooaallllllll!"

    Here's what Dave Masters from The Sun Online had to say:

    "Women can get in on this summer's World Cup buzz - thanks to a new England vibrator. The £9.99 Victory Vibe comes in the team colours and has our famous St George's cross on the side. And it boasts four changeable heads which you can sub on and off.

    Raunchy website Lovehoney will flog the unofficial devices from next month to fans, including the 20,000 fellas leaving their partners at home to watch this summer's finals in Germany. A spokesperson said: "It's going to get lonely at home with all that waiting, so lads should equip their World Cup Widows with a Victory Vibe. "It'll let them score home goals of their very own, all in keeping with the spirit of the nation."


    The Victory Vibe will be available in the next couple of weeks - if you want to be the first to get your hands on this essential World Cup item, just go to the Victory Vibe page and sign up to get an email so we can let you know the moment the Victory Vibe goes on sale. (We won't use your email address for any other purpose). Come on England!

    When in Rome... have sex in speeding cars! You're never too old! "ROME (Reuters) - The zig-zagging car gave them away. When Italian police pulled over the vehicle, they found a completely naked 70-year-old woman who had been trying to have sex with the driver -- 11 years her junior. After demanding the joy-riding couple get dressed, the police tested the semi-nude male motorist for drunk driving." [Read the full story]

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