1. Sex Toy Survey Not To Be Trusted

    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]