New York newspaper The Village Voice has rounded up the Best and Worst of Sex 2007 and we're delighted to say that Lovehoney gets not one but two mentions.
Like Fortune magazine, The Voice has a chortle at our Oral B Toothbrush Vibrator hilarity, listing it at the "Best Perversion of a Common Household Appliance".
And they give the thumbs-up to our Rabbit Amnesty as the Greenest Recycling Program. It's still going if you want us to recycle your old rabbit!
Check out the Best and Worst of Sex 2007 for more.
To be perfectly honest, we didn't ever expect Lovehoney to be mentioned in the august pages of Fortune magazine, so we were overjoyed to be featured (for the right reasons) in their 101 Dumbest Moments in Business.
Actually, it's Proctor and Gamble that we've got to thank - specifically their humourless and over-the-top 66-page response to our statement that sex toys like the Tingle Tip can turn an Oral B electric toothbrush into a sex toy.
"Improper use of the trade marks BRAUN and Oral B in this manner is misleading to the public and could potentially result in injury," they said from behind their ash-grey faces.
Still fun: Proctor and Gamble gives toothbush sex toys the brush-off
What's the one thing you can pretty much count on for New Year's Eve? No, I don't mean bad telly and painful conversations with your auntie about what resolutions you're making this year - the great thing about New Year's is it is the one night of the year where pretty much everyone can go home with someone, if they want to. People will be feeling jolly, perhaps having an adult beverage or two, and wanting to really knock the old year out with a bang before bringing the new one in (there is a reason the old wisdom advises you to start the new year the way you want it to go on).
Alright, so I may have over-indulged over the holidays by a cookie or so. Maybe by a few packages of cookies. Or a few cakes. One or a dozen mince pies. But with the parties and the jolly Christmas markets, what else could I do? And now comes the inevitable - the New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight For Serious, This Time.
So as I was drearily plodding my way through various diet plans and exercise tapes (are they serious by putting out a WAGs tape, do you think? Because that seems like insanity to me), I found the best thing ever.
Sex. As. Exercise.
Over on msnbc.com's sex channel, they are discussing whether or not "special" sex should be saved for just the Christmas season. You can read the full answer here, but the question that prompted it all is:
Q: Is it normal for my husband to withhold a certain way of making love that really truly works for me? He knows it's my favourite, but he told me once that it is only for special occasions. I feel I am so sexually deprived. Most of the time it's all I think about, right down to having affairs in my head.
"Sex toys aren't exactly like real life, are they?" Jordan opines in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. "They're as cold as anything. They should make them heated, bring out a new heated range."
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And if the £179.99 price tag is too rich for your blood, Jordan - it probably isn't - then take a look at our tremendous range of glass dildos, which you can heat up till your heart's content.
Until the high-def streaming movie revolution arrives down my fat pipe, like many people I've resorted to renting DVDs by post. I used to be with Lovefilm but switched allegiance to Blockbuster after they offered a 3-month free trial and I found they had more top titles in stock more often.
The Blockbuster site isn't great, but does a decent job of letting customers know what the new releases are so they can be added to the wish-list with a couple of clicks.
In the New By Week section linked from the home page, Blockbuster says "You can browse all DVDs released over the last twelve weeks. Check out our Pick for each week or find out more with our weekly editorials. Sweet!"
Sweet indeeed! This week, in between recommendations for Transformers, Heroes - Season 1 and Modern Jazz Quartets, there's a slew of titles that start "XXX Hardcore".
What on Planet Blockbuster could they be all about?
Filed under "Ideas Birdie Isn't Sure Are Well-Thought-Out", we've had a plethora of car-sex-toy related news and products coming out. No, I didn't over-hyphenate out of excitement there... I really said Car-Sex-Toy. As in Toys. For Sex. Used in the Car.
First Jeremy Clarkson, that adorably anti-American - um, what is the alliterative word I'm looking for here? - host of Top Gear, tried out the Erotic Car Seat Seduction Massager. He didn't seem to get much out of it, but the woman he pulled out of the audience sure did.
Then we had the News of the World reporting that the Rabbit Travel Vibrator was causing a ruckus amongst motoring groups when the Erotica Show in London gave them away in their goody bags. The Rabbit Traveller conveniently plugs into a standard car lighter socket and gives you 12 volts of... um... travelling goodness.
Really, doesn't anyone just play I Spy or listen to the radio anymore? I'm glad for the possibility of making long car trips more enjoyable, but please remember to use these products only when you are the passenger, NOT the driver. If the idea of blood, mayhem, and death isn't enough to put you off, just imagine the embarrassment when you have to make that report to the police.
I am thinking that this might make going out parking a whole lot more fun - someone needs to get in early and put up a drive-in movie theatre to take advantage of this new market...
HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases have been in the Metro this past week, and none of it is good news - on the 20th, it was reported that the UK has seen a rise in the rate of HIV infection across the UK, even though the rest of the world has seen improvements. That makes it the only country in western and central Europe to see an increase - and this is not a contest we really want to be winning.
On Friday, it was reported that the UK actually has one of the highest rates of new incidences of HIV in the European Union--third from the top on the list. Unfortunately, it isn't just HIV/Aids--the STI rate overall is increasing across the UK. The Health Protection Agency is reporting that infections are increasing by 2.6%. The most common STI in the UK is chlamydia, which doesn't sound like fun for anyone, really - but however not fun it is, it is up 4%.
But what is most worrying about all of these numbers is that even with all this bad news going around, young people in the UK are horrifyingly ignorant about their chances of contracting HIV/Aids. A full two-thirds of those in the age range of 15-24 said they have no concerns at all of contracting the disease. Only 32% of the British young are afraid of getting the virus. I'm outside of that range and I'm afraid of getting it - so what is everyone else thinking?
There is good information out there - please read up and protect yourselves. Sex should be all fun, no burning, itching, or horrifying deaths, no?
Until then - Condoms! Condom Safe Lubes!
Over in the Orgasm Army forum on how far you would let your man go on his stag night, happycamper led us to an article in the Guardianabout a new women-only strip club opening up in Birmingham.
The article, of course, is chock full of discussion about whether or not this is a business that can possibly work because women tend to go out to such a place only in groups, as a "girls' night out" type of fun, rather than see it as an erotic thing - which is all really interesting, but what I liked was this quote from John Lenkiewicz, director of the London-based Institute of Sexuality and Human Relations, and a psycho-sexual therapist, who finds it impossible to think that women might get turned on by watching half-naked men gyrate. He says:
"They would go for a laugh rather than for sexual gratification. Women are interested in attention, protection and humour rather than physical attributes."