There's still a bit of a stigma for a lot of people about pleasuring themselves - when really it's not only the safest form of sex around, it's also great for reducing stress and keeping you healthy. The Jamaica Gleaner has a run-down of why masturbation is good for you and a bit about the history of why it's still considered taboo in some quarters. As they say:
Among couples, sex therapists are recommending mutual masturbation as harmless and invigorating, with partners watching each other masturbate or helping each other to masturbate.
Masturbation can also enhance sexual performance among couples because masturbation helps partners learn what excites each other.
Masturbation is recommended to men who suffer from premature ejaculation enabling them to learn to delay ejaculation.
Masturbation is made more pleasurable by the use of lubricants, sex toys including vibrators used by women and men use ribbed, silicon sleeves that fit over the penis.
Lovehoney can help out with lubricants and sex toys aplenty to make masturbation even better, whether with your partner or on your own. Check out our Fleshlights for boys and vibrators and dildos for girls
X-Men 3: The Final Stand is currently taking movie theatres all over the world by storm, and X-Men star Rebecca Romijn, who plays Mystique, is causing a bit of a furore herself.
Rebecca Romijn has told how she loves X-rated sex - and gets turned on by playing a dominatrix. The X-Men beauty - who plays mutant Mystique in the sci-fi series - also says she's happiest when she's stark naked. She is quoted in News of the World newspaper as saying: "I love to be nude and I love sex.
"Being a dominatrix in the bedroom, sex in cars and in public places all turn me on. And I love fantasizing about being naked on an island with lots of other naked people." (Read more on Starpulse News)
Now, if Rebecca was in need of some equipment to pursue her dominant ways, we have hundreds of brilliant bedroom bondage items she could use - everything from hand cuffs to blindfolds to whips, crops and paddles.
Spotted in the Business Section of The Independent, not normally known for its sauce quotient: "Last year saw growth of more than 9 per cent in the sales of SSL's Durex condoms and sex toys range".
Aha! We knew that the Durex Play range would prove popular. Thousands of people have found that the Durex Vibrations Love Ring, G-Spot Massager and Charm Clitoral Stimulator are excellent introductions to playing around with sex toys.
Durex have got a whole bunch of other goodies up their sleeve too, and here at Lovehoney we have some exclusive 3 for 2 offers on some of their best products - 3 times the pleasure and a third off the price! Check our 3 for 2 offers page to see what great Durex products we're currently offering. And take a look at the whole range of Durex Play products for some extra va-va-voom to surprise your partner with…
"Wasteful Brits threw away working household items worth more £5.6billion in the last year - including nearly two million sex toys.
More than 900,000 computers, upwards of 1.3million fridges and freezers, 2.6million sofas, in excess of 15million music CDs and even 200,000 iPods or MP3 players were binned, according to research.
Britons even dumped 1.8million tickets for live sporting and cultural events they never got round to seeing - the equivalent of 22 cup finals."
Blimey. Mind you, you wouldn't want to pass on a used sex toy, would you. Erk. Sadly The Daily Record doesn't go into the specifics of exactly what sort of toys are being thrown away. We're sure we can recommend plenty of sex toys that you'd want to hang on to…
All Headline News reports, in comedy English to boot - "Female officers in Communication Department of eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, are not allowed to wear sexy dress when they are on duty, a Zhejiang newspaper reported Thursday. Their male counterpart will not be allowed to grow beards and go shirtless, report said."
The thought of men strolling around topless and bearded is almost more than we can take. It's a pity about the sexy dress ban though - Lovehoney has a horde of super sexy dresses, uniforms and lingerie that no self-respecting girl would want to miss out on trying out. Check out our sizzling Sexy Dresses and Dancewear section in particular - not a beard in sight!
Lovehoney's exclusive England Victory Vibe heads up our June selection of 3-for-2 special offers.
Support England all the way to the final in Germany by sporting an England World Cup Feather Boa or draping yourself in an England flag. Guys can show their true colours with Durex England Supporter Condoms.
And as the excitement mounts, you can throw in Tracey Cox Supersex Love Ring or Supersex Finger Tingler and save money with every orgasm.
Add 3 items to your shopping basket and you only pay for 2. Come on England!
Lovehoney has been in bed with sex expert Tracey Cox for some time. The star of The Sex Inspectors and best-selling author of how-to-have-great-sex books Hot Sex and Super Sex also launched her exclusive range of Tracey Cox Sex Toys with us - and now Tracey's written us a spectacular guide to why men shouldn't be worried about vibrators.
See, some blokes feel threatened when their girlfriend brings up using a vibrator - you'd think they'd be mad for it, but men's fragile egos sometimes cause them to worry that a vibe might be a replacement for their todger. In Why men are scared of vibrators - and shouldn't be, Tracey explains exactly why men think like this and why bringing a vibrator into the bedroom can make sex spectacular for both of you - you can get your man to read it or just whisper the sweet nothing summary in his ear before producing one of Tracey Cox's own Supersex Pleasure Vibes and showing him a whole new world of fun. It's all written with Tracey's trademark frank and fun style - honest, straightforward and easy to follow.
Once you've got your man in tune with the joys of using a vibrator, they'll probably be no stopping the pair of you, and Tracey has plenty of other toys in her official Tracey Cox sex toys range to keep you entertained…
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 World Cup fever starts to grip the globe, there's a battle breaking out between a German sex toy manufacturer and two football stars. Ananova reports:
Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn are demanding damages after they were featured in a soccer superstars range of vibrators.
New Chelsea signing Ballack and German goalie Kahn are unhappy with Beate Uhse launching erotic toys named Michael B and Olli K.
A dildo named David B also forms part of the collection of products aimed at peaking women's interest in the World Cup.
The two German footballers have now taken legal action against the Munich-based company for "clearly violating personal rights", although David Beckham has not made a complaint.
Blimey. Good job Lovehoney's own collection of World Cup Sex Toys
is completely legit and available to keep the troops happy - we've got everything from the Come On England! Victory Vibrator
through to World Cup condoms.
. Browse our whole range of sexy World Cup goodies
to make sure you're ready for the Big Kickoff…
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!