Welcome to our Week in Sex News - a round up of some of the most interesting stories about sex, sexuality and (of course) sex toys we've found this week, as well as some tit bits from Lovehoney.
Did you know that Chloe, the most popular name for a call girl, means 'fertility goddess'?
For more fascinating (and some sordid) research into call girl reviews, check out Dirty Words: A Probing Analysis of 5000 Call Girl Reviews and the follow-up article Life of a Call Girl: Fantasy vs Reality.
Jon Milward also tells us that a new, large-scale piece of research is due to land in the next few weeks on his blog, and it's going to be very juicy indeed: keep an eye out.
Here's what else we've been talking about this week…
Infographic by Jon Millward
If you’re one of the thousands of people who finished the Fifty Shades trilogy and are looking to fill the void, In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa is the perfect follow-up.
In Too Deep is the story of Gwendolynne Price, a youthful librarian who is involved with not one, but two men: a mysterious correspondent, Nemesis, who leaves explicit erotic messages for her in the library's suggestion box, and eminent Professor Daniel Brewster.
There's an immediate spark between Gwen and Daniel and they become involved in series of sexual challenges, based the notes she's received from Nemesis.
"I couldn't put the book down, couldn't wait to find out what happened next and have since read it 4 times!" - Neferata, Lovehoney customer.
"A delightfully horny tale." - Pinky & Perky, Lovehoney customer.
When did you have the best sex of your life, and who did you share it with? Perhaps it was with your first love, your spouse, maybe even a cheeky fling with that Adonis from the beach you met on holiday?
Whenever, wherever and whoever gave you the best sex of your life, we want to know about it! Our new survey is on a mission to find out not only who it was you shared your most powerful sexual encounter with, but what made it so unforgettable. Did you climax at the same time? Or perhaps it was the thrill of getting caught?
Even if you’re still waiting to experience a fireworks moment, we want to know about the best you’ve had so far and whether you’d be up for it again. To spill the beans simply fill in the Best Sex of Your Life survey (below).
Everyone who enters could be in with a chance to win the luxury couple’s toy We-Vibe 3 worth £80.00.
Competition now closed!
In 2012 rechargeable vibrators are king. They’re economical, easy to use and are quickly repowered when they’re running on empty. You might be surprised that my sex toy pick this week is a battery-powered vibe.
There are times when rechargeable vibrators just aren’t convenient, and one of those times is when you’re off on your travels. I’ve made no secret in naming Lelo Mia (£34.99) as my favourite all-purpose bullet vibrator, but in the absence of a USB socket your power is going to cut out sooner or later, leaving you in the lurch.
I recently travelled to Budapest for a particularly long festival which saw me camping in the woods for 8 nights, devoid of any power supply for my beloved bullet. I therefore had to pick an alternative sleeping-bag buddy for the duration of my stay. I wanted something with varied function with resonant vibrations to keep me happy and the Lovehoney Bedtime Bullet Vibrator (£19.99) ticked all of my boxes.
Working with sex toys every day means strange and enlightening things pass ours desk regularly (the Jack Boot Spanking Paddle springs to mind) but at least once a day we'll see something that makes us exclaim "Well that's quite interesting…".
Bearing that in mind, we decided to round up the best writing on the web about sex, sexuality, relationships and, of course, sex toys for your enjoyment this dreary August Bank Holiday.
So grab a cup of coffee and a comfy seat and indulge in some lazy bank holiday reading (and viewing).
Here's what we've been talking about this week…
Photo by ruffledsheets.
Jiggle balls are the hot topic at the moment thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, but there’s a lot more to kegel exercisers and Ben Wa balls than meets the eye. As well as the better-known weighted balls, there are also sets of pleasure balls that incorporate technology into their design to create all new experiences for the wearer.
In Fifty Shades, Ana enjoys wearing her balls during a spanking. With every spank her body tightens around the balls, increasing the pressure she feels from those free-roaming weights. Thanks to luxury sex toy makers Swan, the ante has been well and truly upped.
This week's Awesome Sex Toy is the Swan Clutch Vibrating Jiggle Balls (£70.00), a set of luxury jiggle balls that have replaced the internal roaming weights with vibrating motors which respond to your squeezes. The harder you clench your muscles around Clutch, the stronger it vibrates. Free roaming weights are fun, but they’re left in the dust by this kind of responsive play.
What did you get up to over the weekend? If you happened to be reading The People on Sunday, no doubt you will have spotted us featured in a double spread article by Tracey Cox, titled SEX TIPS: How To Keep Your Relationship Alive.
Alongside the colourful Lovehoney logo (standing out deliciously in the centre of the spread!) the piece featured a 24 top tips for keeping the spark in your love life, as well as scrummy picture of Tracey, erotic novel recommendations and how men are using Fifty Shades of Grey to get women into bed. (Hmmm… are they? Discuss.)
In keeping with Lovehoney’s mission for sexual happiness and wonderfully fulfilled sex lives, Tracey dished out 24 top tips to make sure your relationship doesn’t fall flat, including making time for a dirty weekend once every six weeks, and keeping your nether regions fit and healthy by investing in kegel balls for both pleasure and toning.
From Justine to Fanny Hill, erotic classics from as early as the 18th century have remained popular.
Recently however, we have seen many newly published erotic novels by modern authors set in times of courtesans and contessas.
Xcite Books has picked up on this trend, releasing the aptly named Past Pleasures - a collection of short stories ranging from trysts with Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt to coming-of-age naughtiness with a Celtic chieftain.
The arrival of Past Pleasures at our desks got the Lovehoney office wondering: is historical erotica sexy?
Is there still room for bodice-ripping in the Fifty Shades of Grey generation, where the action takes place firmly in the modern setting, with sleek cars, elevators and kitchen countertops the scenes for debauchery?