Slate magazine have a great online slideshow that runs through the history of the vibrator. Did you know that "Hamilton Beach of Racine, Wis., patented the first take-home vibrator in 1902, making the vibrator the fifth electrical appliance to be introduced into the home, after the sewing machine and long before the electric iron"? No, neither did we. We've got plenty of vibrators you can take home with you, and they're somewhat more modern than the 1902 models...
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Toronto Star: "A recent survey by the U.K.-based Health Plus magazine found 77 per cent of female respondents over 40 enjoy sex more in their 40s than in their 20s. In total, 69 per cent said they felt more sexually adventurous and 45 per cent said they had a greater sexual appetite.
Call it confidence, call it experience, but whatever you call it, it's good news. Annie Sprinkle is someone who knows more than a bit about sex at 35 and older. She's a sexologist, porn-maker, former porn star, former prostitute, performance artist and author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex (Penguin Books).
At 51, she is often disappointed by the pornography currently on the market, largely because of the ages of performers.
"I have absolutely no interest in seeing 18-, 19-, 20-year-olds having sex," she says. "To me, they don't know anything. They're crap lovers. They're just starting out!""
Blimey. See - you should pay attention to your elders and betters. Failing that, you could always get hold of sexpert Tracey Cox's excellent book Hot Sex which will give you the real deal on having great sex. There's also a whole range of official Tracey Cox sex toys to go with her great books too.
[Original link found via World Sex News]
Those nice people at Shiny Shiny: A Girl's Guide To Gadgets point us to news of a solar powered vibrator being sold by our American friends at Toys In Babeland. While we're impressed with the eco-friendly thought that's gone into it, we're not sure how well it's going to do in the depths of the British winter. We luckily have a huge selection of battery-powered bullet vibes which you won't have to leave near the window and pray for a miraculous shaft of sunlight to descend from the heavens...
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The Guardian: "Home-cooked food such as shepherd's pie is what nearly half of Britons would most like to come home to, according to a poll by Homepride. Only 13% ranked a romantic night in with their partner as their first choice.
Ann Thomas, a counselling psychologist, said the survey showed people craved an antidote to the fast pace of modern life".
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Instead of the old days when aids were referred to as "adult toys" and carried a sleazy image, sex aids are now called "adult goods." It's apparently become so common that it's almost as though there's a vibrator in every handbag.
"In the past, nearly all our customers used to ask us to disguise the labeling on our packages so they looked like they were cosmetics or something, but now we get much fewer of those type of requests," Norie Oda, operator of the Happy Woman adult aid shop, tells Shukan Post. "I suppose people just don't see them as such a big thing anymore."
Eiko Yamada, proprietor of Shesta, another adult good shop targeting women, says there's more good vibrations around than a Beach Boys album, with the number of adult aid users skyrocketing, particularly among women in their late 20s to early 30s."
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The Independent: "It is a far cry from the days of the Cultural Revolution, when sex was branded as "decadent". Then, women were banned from wearing skirts and dresses, and the authorities were far more concerned about controlling what people got up to in their spare time.
The former sex columnist,Muzi Mei, who shot to fame in 2003 after she started publishing graphic accounts of her many one-night stands on her blog, symbolises the sexual revolution in China. Political freedom may be unattainable, but the bedroom is the one place the government cannot monitor and young people are taking advantage. Not only are they having more sex than their parents ever did, they are doing it far earlier.
A survey by Li Yinhe, China's only female sexologist, shows that 70 per cent of Beijingers have had pre-marital sex, compared with 15.5 per cent in 1989. In the major cities, the average age at which people in the 14-to-20 age group first have sex is 17, as opposed to 24 for those aged between 31 and 40."
ThingsAsian: "Consider this: In the early nineties, a European businessman was thrown out of China when a package mailed from home (opened by ever-watchful customs agents) was found to contain a penis-shaped vibrator. The businessman was charged with the importation of an item spiritually polluting to the Chinese people, and was summarily given the boot.
So the fact that in August, 2004, 6000+ people were wandering around the floor of the Shanghai International Exhibition Center visiting booths displaying the latest in dildos, vibrators, nipple clamps, blow up dolls, anal beads, pocket pussies and latex fetish gear is indeed noteworthy, not just to swingers & fetishists, but to those monitoring the tremendous sea-change in China and the views of her people (and no less importantly, her government) regarding sex and the myriad products that enhance sexual pleasure."
Great article about the significance of sex toy sales not only in China but across the globe.