It's official - sex toys are as old as the human race. The BBC has the scoop: A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say.
The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, was buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura.
The prehistoric "tool" was reassembled from 14 fragments of siltstone.
Its life size suggests it may well have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers, scientists report.
"In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints," explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University.
"There are some areas where it has some very typical scars from that," he told the BBC News website.
Note to gentlemen: Do not try to split flints with your todgers. Thank you. For everyone else, get yourselves the most modern and lovely dildos direct from Lovehoney - we don't have stone ones, but we do have glass dildos and metal dildos if you're after something a bit different. Just make sure you don't forget your dildo…
"People will be having sex with robots within 5 years". So says no less venerable a source than The Times newspaper, which ran its future of robot sex article a couple of days ago and which has subsequently has been spreading like wildfire around the internet. (Boing Boing has a particularly amusing photo of what robot sex might look like).
But - surprise! - the future is already here. Sort of. We've got several Robot Sex Toys already on our virtual shelves like the Doc Johnson Robo Suck 2 and the MTX Robotic Mouth - and if you're looking for artificial intelligence, there's the designer sex toy Je Joue for women, the slinky programmable vibrator that pulses according the patterns you program into it. (It sounds geeky, but it's easy to do - and it creates some spectacular sensations as a result).
See all of our Robot Sex toys for more hi-tech sex toy fun.
It's every girl’s worst nightmare. After hours of debating which vibrator to buy you've finally got your new playmate unwrapped and ready to blow your mind, but when you actually get down to the business of getting off you'd swear you were standing on the runway at Gatwick Airport.
Loud as hell vibrators are a sure-fire passion killer. There’s nothing less erotic than being titillated by something that sounds like a washing machine on spin cycle. Don't get us wrong, some loud vibes make up for it with ultra-powerful vibrations and unique designs. But if noise level is an overriding factor for you, steer clear of the loud but proud vibes in favour of more modest sounding ones with our tips to help you narrow the search in double-quick time. Read our complete buying guide to quiet vibrators, check our quiet vibrator reviews from other people and browse our great collection of quiet vibrators when you're ready to buy - with our triple whammy of advice, reviews and great choice of vibes, you can't go wrong!
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…
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.