• The former Mrs Mick Jagger has been busy promoting a new awareness campaign to help people tackle the taboo of erectile dysfunction. "It might be a conversation with your doctor or maybe with your partner but it's never too late to get the most from your love life," she said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. Here at Lovehoney we couldn't agree more - and we've plenty of ways to help you feel frisky once again.

    Earlier this month we mentioned the ongoing clinical tests on wonderdrug PT-141, which is being touted as "Viagra for women". It's going to be a while before it hits the market yet, but New York magazine has published a lengthy piece on the ramifications of what will happen when it finally arrives:

    The potential market for PT-141, in short, is all of us. And the potential transformation of the modern American sex life is no less sweeping. Consider the precedent: Just more than four decades ago, it was another drug’s arrival in the marketplace that triggered what would eventually be called the sexual revolution. Before the advent of the birth-control pill, sex and procreation had been eternally, inseparably linked. After it, the link was pretty much optional. Momentous things ensued: women’s liberation, gay rights, the abortion controversy, all of them arguably the Pill’s indirect consequences, all of them reverberating to this day. And if all that can follow from a drug that simply made pregnancy less a matter of fate than of choice—what then to expect from a drug that does the same thing to passion itself?

     

    New Kerala: "It's a universally acknowledged truth that ‘sex' sells, and now rapper 50 Cent is hoping that the same will come true for him as well, as after trying his hands at almost everything, he is planning to release his own new line in condoms and sex toys.

    The In Da Club hitmaker, who already has a clothing line and a range of energy drinks, is planning to extend his business into the lucrative sex market, by making condoms, and even creating a vibrator that looks just like him.

    "I need to make a 50 Cent condom, and a motorised version of me. A motorised version of me will definitely have to be waterproof, so you could utilise it in the tub. A lot of them (vibrators) aren't waterproof," Contactmusic quoted him as relling America's GQ magazine." (Found via Slashdong).

    Sounds like Mr Cent has got some interesting ideas about bringing his motorised Mini-Me to the market...

    File Under You Couldn't Make It Up: "SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore scientists looking for ways to transmit the sense of touch over the Internet have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are thinking about electronic children's pyjamas for cyberspace hugs." We're all in favour of remote controlled love - take the Mantric Miyakodori Remote Control Bullet for example - but giving your kids hugs over the internet by getting them to wear pyjamas wired up to the mains can't be right.

    "NICOSIA (Reuters) - Condoms, hair gel and waxing are so much a part of Cypriot life that statisticians will from January count them among 150 new products and services used to calculate the monthly consumer price index. Authorities are revising the list to better reflect household spending patterns in the Mediterranean country nicknamed the island of Aphrodite for the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The new list includes condoms, hair gel, waxing to remove unwanted hair and medication to treat erectile dysfunction along with zivania, a strong alcoholic beverage whose production was once banned, the newspaper Phileleftheros said."

    Blimey. Sounds like the Cypriots know how to have a good time. We're not far behind though - we've got condoms, waxing kits and male virility pills galore if you want to follow the ways of our Mediterranean friends.

    Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch. "The Grandmaster of Iron Crotch, Tu Jin-Sheng, strapped his penis to a rental truck and twice pulled it across a Fremont, Calif., parking lot.

    The 50-year-old who believes sex organs have great power tied a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles Tuesday, tugged to make sure it was tight, then lashed himself to the vehicle, the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Wednesday." So says WebIndia123. We really wouldn't recommend you try this at home. Not even if you've been busy with Dr Joel Kaplan's Pro Penis & Scrotum Pumping Set.

    BBC News: "Some couples may disagree, but romantic love lasts little more than a year, Italian scientists believe. The University of Pavia found a brain chemical was likely to be responsible for the first flush of love. Researchers said raised levels of a protein was linked to feelings of euphoria and dependence experienced at the start of a relationship. But after studying people in long and short relationships and single people, they found the levels receded in time." That may be so, but there's plenty of ways to reinject some passion into your long term relationship - Lovehoney has thousands of products with which to surprise your man and a ton of better sex books to help you find inspiration on how to keep the home fires burning...

    The Guardian: "When a young man masturbates, exactly how distracted does he get? An experiment performed on students at the University of California, Berkeley aimed to find out."

    If your partner's getting a bit too frisky for you to handle, why not get him this new gem from Japan - the Mechanical Masturbator. This super sleek robot comes complete with an appropriately shaped rubber hand and will perform automated erotica on the male member without anyone else needing to move a muscle. Take a look at the pics of the MM on the Tokyo Times blog and the inside story on this new triumph of Japanese engineering. It's a snip at 34.500 yen- that's about 168 quid...

    The Times did a nice article last Christmas about how vibrators have become much more fun for women, casting off their previously seedy image. They even mentioned Lovehoney, although that's probably because we sent them a Hitachi Magic Wand to play with. It's worth perusing Suzi Godson's piece for a quick run down on the rise of the vibrator from its first incarnation as a medical device in the late 1800s through to the panoply of fun we've got these days.

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