In a recent study highlighted in the Metro, they took a look at the life of a sex scientist - which, I can't lie, kind of made me wonder about a career change. For every story that shows up about how we feel about casual sex and if sex helps depression, there is a group of scientists out there getting the dirty job done in the name of fact finding. We might think we know all there is to know about sex - after all, how complicated could it be? - but Mary Roach thinks differently:
Researcher and author Mary Roach took a closer look at the laboratories, brothels and, er, pig farms, that feature in such findings. She discovered sex research is a necessity and that, regardless of how advanced medical science is, we still know little about some of the basic mechanics of human sexuality.
The first thing Roach makes clear is that sex researchers aren't weird. 'Most people think they are all perverts,' she says. 'Sorry to disappoint but they're all very nice, normal people.'
If you ignore the environmental impact, there are benefits to dating men in Europe, rather than staying "closer" to home, apparently. Since train prices are so darned expensive in the UK and with budget airlines dropping their prices to destinations abroad all the time, you may find that longer distance relationships are easier on your wallet than shorter long distance relationships.
According to the Sun:
A survey has found 20 per cent of British singles have given up looking for love in the UK and are seeking dates with foreign fellas.
And with train fares over here rocketing, it could be CHEAPER for a girl to have a long-distance fling with a man overseas.
Sue Johanson has decided to hang up the phone and end her successful TV call-in show, Talk Sex.
After many years and millions of phone calls the septuagenarian sex therapist has found the late night slot increasingly tiring.
The author and lecturer's first programme, The Sunday Night Sex Show, first aired on the radio in 1984 and ran for 14 years, and her practical (and sometimes blunt!) advice has proved a winning formula for decades.
However, you can still buy Sue's fantastic range of sex toys at Lovehoney, so it's not all bad news!
If you need another fix of Sex And The City before the Sex And The City Movie hits out cinema screens, treat yourself to a spin round some of the excellent Sex And The City TV series Web sites. We've rounded up 5 of the best, including the official HBO site for the series which is enough to bring a tear to the eye as you fondly remember those ridiculously puffy skirts and stupidly impractical shoes.
HBO: Sex And The City
HBO's official Sex And The City web site has detailed episode guides, fashion information, a merchandise store, character guides, trivia quizzes, screensavers and a forum where you can discuss Sex An The City characters, fashion and fvourite moments. But what's this in the home page's Meta Description: "The homepage for HBO's Sex in the City official website." "Sex IN the City"! They can't even get the name of their own programme right!
Sex And The City Quickies
More than just a great guide to the series, this is an excellent site that goes under the duvet with the Sex And The City girls to bring you love lessons from each episode of Sex And The City. Add quotes, games and an entertaining series of animated shorts, and you've got one of the best Sex And The City sites on the Web. Don't forget to take the quiz to find out which man from Sex And The City would be your best match.
I'm sure that hardened Sex And The City followers will already know this, but it was news to us - it turns out that Mr Big has a name.
It's John James Preston.
It was only in the last episode of the Sex And The City TV series that viewers found out that Mr Big had a first name, so it's something of a shock to discover that not only has he got a surname, he's got a middle name in between as well.
We're not sure what bearing this information is going to have on Carrie's relationship with Mr Big - or the big part of him. And whether she'll be consigning her Sex And The City Rabbit Vibrator to the attic because Mr Big is providing for all her needs.
Somehow, we doubt it…
What's the most interesting part…
1. Reading about what US comedy website Cracked considers to be the 25 Most Disturbing Sex Toys
2. Seeing how many of them are sold at Lovehoney
3. Realizing how many of them I actually own?
I don't know, perhaps I've just gotten jaded, but I don't see how a vibrating tongue can be disturbing - but then I spend most of my time pondering what they can do with such a toy to make it more tongue-like, so perhaps I have the wrong mind-set. I will say, though, that at least a few of the toys listed in their article are highly rated, like the I Rub My Duckie vibrator.
I'm not sure where one can go about buying the Orca dildo, but perhaps if you dropped the buyers at Lovehoney an email…? I won't tell. However, if you saw something on the list that caught your eye, here is where you can find some of the Lovehoney equivalents:
The long wait is nearly over! "Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are back - don't miss the movie debut of Manhattan's fabulous foursome as they continue their quest for true love, hot sex and the perfect pair of slingbacks."
The Sex And The City Movie will hit UK cinema screens on 30 May. We're wondering whether women will turn up waving their Sex And The City Rabbit Vibrators in solidarity. Until the big day, here are the best Sex And The City movie Web sites to give you a fix of Carrie and co…
Sex And The City: The Movie Official Site
Get the low-down on the plot, meet the cast and crew, browse the fashions in the photo gallery, check out the trailer and download wallpaper and screensavers for your computer. Note that it's a really weird sideways scrolling design that you might not even notice unless you drag your mouse to the side of the screen.
Sex And The City: The Movie IMDB
The Internet Movies Database (originally The Cardiff Internet Movies Database, trivia fans!) is the epicentre of online movie information. Its section on the Sex And The City Movie section has all the cast and crew facts, stills from the filming, trivia and a good discussion board where fans are chatting about the movie and the series.
From the drawer labelled "Most Definitely Not An Officially Endorsed Product" comes news of the (ahem) Sex In Her Shitty love doll.
Lovingly fashioned from the finest plastic, the (cough) Sarah Jessica Porkher doll is one in a range of 11 celebrity-inspired sex dolls now available in the US (and coming to Lovehoney soon. Ish.).
Currently, the range features 11 dolls including the J-Ho, the Paris, the Jessica Sin (Jessica Alba), Dirty Christina (Christina Aguilera) and the Lindsay Fully Loaded models.
The box does a fair impersonation of a Sex And The City product, though we have no idea whether there's any truth in the packaging's claim that she "loves sex in her shitty".
We don't think they're going to catch on quite as well as the Sex And The City Rabbit Vibrator though.
You don't have to buy the Sex And The City DVD Box Sex to see the famous scene that made a star of the rabbit vibrator. Some cheeky scamp has uploaded it to YouTube where it has already garnered an impressive 160,000 views (and rising).
You can see the Sex And The City Rabbit episode on YouTube - page two of the comments has turned into an amusing ding-dong between some people who see the Sex And The City girls as role models and some who, well, don't.
Ann Summers would have you believe that their Platinum Rampant Rabbit is the one that is seen in this episode of Sex And The City - but this doesn't look like any branch of Ann Summers that we've ever seen. It's actually a branch of The Pleasure Chest in New York.
And anyway, Ann Summers doesn't have a shop in New York, does it?
This is the genuine Sex And The City Rabbit Vibrator.
See the clip after the break…
The Metro published an article on the rising trend of women to set up NSA (No Strings Attached) sexual assignations.
Their stats came from a study released by the internet dating site Dating Direct (of course, one could wonder at what sort of bias would be involved in such a business doing the 'study', but let's just run with it, yes?), who made the 1-in-3 claim for single women.
While some say it is a liberating thing, as women clearly have equal sex drives to men (individual men and women may vary, naturally), others question if it will end badly.
Fears of over-attachment, being considered "easy", and personal safety are all issues to be considered.
But with the right attitude and precautions? Could be convenient, well-informed fun (can you imagine the sheer joy of being able to tell a guy upfront what you need in bed and having that be a basis of whether or not you go to bed with him, rather that hoping for the best with the guy you like? It's like ordering a burger at Burger King):