This year, the theme of sexual health awareness week was consent, and what a perfect year for it.
With hundreds of sexual harassment and assault cases in the news, consent has been a hot topic, and for good reason.
Consent must be the foundation to every sexual encounter and while it’s straightforward, sometimes different interpretations can make it complicated.
I’m going to break it down – explain what it is, how it can be influenced, why it’s important, and when and how it can be given, asked for and withdrawn.
Sometimes when you’re dating, there’s nothing worse than that, “What are we?” stage.
You find yourself thinking, “Are we dating? Are we seeing each other? Are we official?” and it can be a tough case to crack. Labelling your new relationship is something we all want (or need) to do but it comes as no surprise that a lot of the time, we don’t really know what we should be calling it.
Not only do we have that ever-so-helpful voice inside our heads telling us to get a wriggle on with it, we’re in the Facebook age now where the seriousness of our relationships is determined by the status we set on our social media profile.
However, if you’re not really sure what label you should be giving your new relationship in 2018, have a think about the stage you’re at first and take it from there. At first, it might seem clear as mud but once you’ve given it some thought, you’ll have it sussed.
Here are some helpful hints…
The body positive movement is about accepting and appreciating all human body types, no matter what they look like.
What society considers to be beautiful should not cause a person to lose confidence or to feel unworthy of love and respect.
Society's "beautiful" changes every five minutes anyway, so why bother attempting to keep up with what’s trending? We’ve spent the last three years obsessing over our eyebrows... we’ll probably be shaving them off by 2020.
We often hear about body positivity in conjunction with the fight against fat-shaming and the pressure women face to look a certain way.
There is more to the movement than that. Body positivity is against both skinny and fat-shaming, because body-shaming in all its forms can lead to mental health problems and harmful eating disorders.
But body positivity should be inclusive of all genders, races, and abilities, not just female weight. So how can being body positive improve your sex life?
International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, or Bi Visibility Day, has been held each year on the 23rd of September since 1999.
This date also kicks off the beginning of Bi Week, a week designed to highlight biphobia and to help people all over the world connect with the bisexual community.
Bi Week is over for another year, but that’s no reason to stop learning.
We can still support our friends who put the 'B' in LGBTQIA+.
Here are 13 things that bisexual people want you to know.
Sex is a wondrous thing; like a magnificent night sky. Full of beauty, infinite possibilities and the... what the heck is that?
We've all been there. On the road to Pleasure, via Puzzled with a pit stop in Preoccupied.
Focusing on being relaxed and what is turning you on in the moment is key to satisfying sex.
By practising being more present in each moment of daily life, you'll find it a lot easier to be in the moment during your lovemaking.
With everything that's going on in our busy lives, it's understandable though that sometimes our minds take a detour.
Don't fret about it.
Read on for a list of things that everyone has thought of during sex.
Generally, foreplay is known as ‘sexual activity during the lead up to sex’ or ‘things that get you in the mood’.
But what is sex and why doesn’t it include the lead up?
When does foreplay end and sex begin?
Foreplay can mean lots of different things to different people, so I’ll be covering what falls into the ‘generic foreplay’ category, how creating different categories of sexual acts can be damaging, my own definition of foreplay and when I think it should happen (hint – it’s not always before!).
Often, when the term 'foreplay' gets thrown around, it's sold as ‘something that comes before "actual" sex’ (i.e. a penis penetrating a vagina – thanks heteronormative school sex-ed). So for a long time, I assumed it to be kissing, cuddling and hands/mouth on genitals.
I know this experience isn't uncommon, and I know that to a lot of people, that's what foreplay is.
We're over halfway through October, which can mean only one thing: Halloween is almost here!
And whether you've been counting down the days since last November 1st, or you're locking the doors and hunkering down to avoid trick-or-treaters, one thing's for sure: the internet is brimming with sexy Halloween costume possibilities.
We've packed our new Halloween shop full of flirty costumes and spooky-style toys, but how can a night associated with ghouls, ghosts, and wee demon beasties be erotic?
We're glad you asked.
Here, we've collected our favourite Halloween-esque role play scenarios to take your night from frightful to delightful (without a drop of fake blood in sight).
Don’t forget, before any role play, it’s always a good idea to agree on a safe word with your partner so that if things get too intense, you can cease play immediately.
If your significant other is the proud owner of a penis, it can be tempting to make foreplay all about oral sex – and it's easy to see why.
Blow jobs are fantastic. They are a huge turn-on for loads of men and after a sensational blow job, there's a good chance that any penetrative sex will last even longer and be more satisfying for both of you.
But man can not live on blow-jobs alone! Well, you could give it a damn good try, but just like anything you do all the time, it might get a little... samey.
Here are 5 other foreplay moves that are sure to drive him wild.
Lots of you wanted to know what the relationship between a Dominant and a submissive partner is really like, so we reached out to sex blogger and queen of kink, Cara Sutra, to tell us more.
The world of Dominance and submission holds a dark allure while remaining an enigmatic mystery to many. How does a Dom/sub relationship work? Can you just dip your toes into kink or do you have to become a permanent member of the BDSM scene?
Couples often experience surprising benefits to their relationship when sampling the world of Dominance and submission, and it’s not all kinky spankings and bondage cuffs. Full surrender of control, and acceptance of that control, can be a defining bonding experience for your relationship.
Exploring new kinky adventures together will be a sexy shared secret. Plus, the mutual trust required for such intensely erotic play may lead to a stronger attraction to your partner than ever before.
There's no need to feel daunted by the thought of trying out a Dom/sub relationship. Discover the beauty of a relationship which thrives on an exchange of power between partners.
We all know that sex is designed to be pleasurable, but there are times when, for lots of us, it can get a little uncomfortable.
In fact, the majority of women and many men have experienced painful sex at some point in their lives.
If you've found that sometimes your 'oohs' of delight turn into 'ows' of discomfort, then don't worry - there are things that you or your partner can do to make things easier.
As a Lovehoney blogger, I believe that nobody should ever have to endure painful sex, so here’s my 11-step guide on how to troubleshoot and fix the cause of it.
Whether you have a vagina or a penis, these steps could help to put an end to painful sex and allow you to become the sex-loving god/goddess that you always secretly suspected you might be.