• Good article recently on the joys of glass sex toys in The Seattle Star: There is a face people make when they learn about glass sex toys for the very first time. It's a blend of fascination and concern. It's quite possible that people are imagining (with a grimace) toys that are hollow and prone to shattering. Or maybe they're just wondering why? Well, really, why not?

    It's a question best asked in Seattle, Wash.. Yes, the birthplace of grunge music and Starbucks is also a mecca for glassmakers and, as such, is responsible for the popularization of glass sex toys. It's the home of Standard Glass, a company owned by Levi Belber, an artisan who has put his company's glass sex toys in a shops across the continent.

    Though it produced only glass art at first, Standard Glass started on sex toys in its second year. "The first dildos were made in 1998," says Belber. "Our original toy was made as a wedding gift for two young ladies in love, and it was a great hit. More prototypes followed."

    Yet glass sex toys aren't new. According to Belber, they first appeared in the mainstream media in a 1970s issue of Playboy. Before that, they were an item made by European glassworkers on their lunch breaks for wives or girlfriends.

    Thanks to increased media coverage — whether it be in a Vivid porn film, in the pages of Hustler or on HBO — the past decade has seen a rise in the popularity of glass toys worldwide."

    If you're curious about glass sex toys, have a browse of our extensive range of these exotic looking glass dildos and butt plugs. They look gorgeous and they're super eco-friendly too for both you and the environment! If you want more info before you decide to buy, read our Glass Sex Toys Buying Guide so you'll know what's what. And if you want to read what real people who've really used glass sex toys have to say about particular glass sex toys models, read the glass sex toy reviews at OrgasmArmy - you can't go wrong!

    As Beckham and team prepare for victory in Germany, Lovehoney's exclusive England Victory Vibe is doing its bit for the girls back home.

    Reviewed in Maxim magazine's Sex Toy Road Test, the Victory Vibe gets a more than creditable 7/10 for delivering "a very satisfying own goal."

    "Whizzing this thing up and down my clit made me groan," says sex toy reviewer Natasha Mealey. "I was gasping 'C'mon!' for England as I started to orgasm."

    The review has got us so hot under the collar that we've put it on the Orgasm Army sex toy review site for you...

    Come on England!

    Political blog Wonkette got a bit of an eyeful when they went searching for Deputy White House chief of staff for policy Joel Kaplan on Google recently... and promptly discovered the range of fine penis pumps made by Dr Joel Kaplan instead, which are proudly for sale here on Lovehoney. There could be some interesting endorsement opportunities down the line...

    If you have built up a trusting relationship with a long-term partner, Japanese rope bondage is tipped as the latest way to explore your sexual boundaries. Japanese rope bondage involves tying your partner (or being tied yourself) with intricate rope knots using soft, silk rope.

    "Being tied up can be liberating as it absolves you of all responsibility," says sex psychologist Corinne Sweet in B Magazine.

    All you need to get started is some silk bondage rope... And someone to tie up!

    Men New Daily has an amusing advice article about the importance of men understanding the power of the clitoris:

    A woman’s clit is her master switch; every woman dreams of the man who can toggle it. According to my lady friends, though, most men either don’t know the clit’s location or operation sequence, or they view it as an arcade game to be accessed and activated only by feeding it cash. How very sad...

    When I ask women why they use vibrators, they answer: “Using my hand takes too long.” Women aren’t only horny, they’re impatient and demanding! Shocking, isn’t it. It’s rare that I meet a vibratorless woman. Sex toys are big business, with annual purchases in the USA estimated at $500M. And, these sex toys are not for men—at least not the men in the Red states. Women just can’t live without their daily orgasms, and they freely divulge this to me.

    With Virgin Galactic recently opening for business, the possiblity of having zero gravity sex in space has become a definite reality. All you need is lots of money...and to not throw up when you go into zero g. It seems that the fantasy of weightless spacebonking may well be better than the vomit-inducing reality, as Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing explains:

    "...without careful choreography and helpful gear, physics get in the way. First, there's that microgravity-barfing connection. But then, Boyle writes...

    Sex in space would likely be "hotter and wetter" than on Earth, Bonta said, because in zero-G there is no natural convection to carry away body heat. Also, scientists have found that people tend to perspire more in microgravity. The moisture associated with sexual congress could pool as floating droplets.

    Hotter and wetter sex in this case being, apparently, a bad thing.

    We're all for progress, but it might be best to stick to (near) zero gravity sex in the tried and trusted way, using a Love Swing (as seen on Sex And The City) or a Weightless Sex Chair - it's cheaper and there's no vomit involved.

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    Feeling stressed out, tired or a little tipsy can affect the strength of your erection, so it's important to keep this in mind when things don't rise as planned. Age, health and emotional state can all also play a part too – a calm, healthy penis is a happy penis, after all!

    In the fourth video in this series, Tracey introduces her Adjustable Stamina Ring and Triple Stamina Ring Set, and explains how these discreet penis rings work to make your erection harder and more impressive looking.

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    Check out Tracey's EDGE collection to discover how her new range for men can boost pleasure and performance during solo and shared use. Scroll down to watch the video.