|4th December |
Travelling with Sex Toys
See article from
huffingtonpost.ca by Josey Vogols
"A sex toy convention".
I knew as soon as the words came out of my mouth that I was in for a hassle. I was just trying to be honest. After all, isn't that the best policy when you're crossing the border into the
Well, maybe not if you're en route to speak at a sex toy party convention.
Right ma'am, pull your car over there, please.
The four custom guys stifled giggles as they
spent the next half hour pulling my car apart looking for... for what, semi-automatic weapons disguised as Rabbit Pearl vibrators? Cocaine-injected dildos?
When they were satisfied I didn't in fact have a trunk full of illegal
French ticklers or whatever it was they were looking for, they sent me on my way.
...Read the full article
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Policy
Josey Vogols also provides a bit of practical information:
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has no official policy when it comes to
traveling with sex toys, and while their website lists hundreds of items that are and aren't allowed in your carry on -- Yaqua blowguns: illegal; snow globes: legal -- there is no mention of anything even remotely sex-toy related.
I called the 1-800 number to inquire if I could bring vibrators and lube in my carry-on for an upcoming lecture in another city. The lube would be fine as long as it was 100ml or less. The vibrators? Also fine as long as I didn't pack spare batteries in
my checked luggage. Handcuffs and whips? One second ma'am, I'll have to check. When he came back on the line, he told me that only cops and security people can bring handcuffs on board. The cuffs and whips would have to go in my checked bag. Good to
know. Thank you sir. No problem ma'am. Have a nice day.
US Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Safety Administration has decreed that vibrators are OK. The TSA says whips, chains, leashes, restraints and manacles are OK, too. Any
law-abiding citizen has the right to carry any such device onto an airplane.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said passengers could save time with a little common sense. Inspectors are doing their job. They are trained professionals and they know a
vibrator when they see one. They will not confiscate a vibrator. But they are trained to pay attention to electronic devices. Inspectors inspect, he said. If you don't want us to see it, don't bring it.
Passengers carrying certain
X-rated objects that are defined as club-like should place them in checked luggage. This applies to anatomically correct cylinders of roughly a foot or so in length. Melendez said such cylinders or shafts would fall within the broad category that
includes billy clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, nunchakus and martial arts weapons. All of those items are OK in checked luggage but not in carry-on luggage.
Shorter cylindrical items could very well be legal, however. They would fall
into the tool category. The TSA says screwdrivers, wrenches and other hand tools may be brought aboard in carry-on luggage if they are less than 7 inches in length. In other words, according to the TSA, size matters.
|24th November |
Technology at UK's Erotica 2011
See article from
theregister.co.uk by Jane Fae ozimek
As for the techie angle , Erotica fails to impress. This year's most pervasive bit of new kit appeared to be an all-in-one system for intimate female shaving. Useful -- but not especially erotic.
The only truly
innovative product appeared to be the little rooster , a new concept in early morning alarm calls -- albeit mostly for the ladies. For this is an alarm-cum-vibrator, that fits neatly inside your knickers and wakes you, according to the sales blurb
gradually, sensually . It is ideal for heavy sleepers and perfectly safe, as the assistant explained: I've been wearing mine all week, and it's not the least bit uncomfortable .
...Read the full
|9th November |
Survey reveals that 70% of men have no problem with women using sex toys
Sex toys never get tired and are always conveniently to hand. So it is little surprise that many women are convinced their partners are threatened by sex toys.
But the belief is a myth, according to new research, which has found that the idea is
mostly held by women, not their boyfriends or husbands.
A study of over 3,000 people in the U.S. by Indiana University revealed that 70% of men actually have no problem with women using vibrators. In contrast, nearly 40% of women said they
believed use of sex toys would upset their boyfriend or husband.
Nearly half of the total respondents were strongly in favour of the positive statements about sex toys. Less than 10% felt the same way about negative statements, such as, [using
vibrators] makes women too dependent on them for pleasure , with the remaining percentage issuing indifferent responses.
Participants, who were aged 18-60, either agreed or strongly agreed with statements put to them by researchers, such as,
[vibrators] make it easier for a woman to have an orgasm , and [vibrators are] a healthy part of many women's sex lives. Men and women were given the same questions.
Debra Herbenick, lead researcher and associate director at Indiana
University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion says her findings demonstrate how important it is for couples to share sexual interests with their partners.
She told LiveScience:
This builds on a lot of previous
research that has shown that feeling like you can be intimate with your partner - that you can share things with them about your sexual desires and interests - is very important to a couple's sexual life and a woman's sexual satisfaction.
It's not just the vibrator use but being able to share those parts of your sexuality with your partner that matters.
|8th November |
Miserable EU bureaucrats have banned Hitachi's Magic Wand massager
See Love Honey Magic Wand from lovehoney.co.uk
There's one Hitachi product you won't see at the company's trade shows and conventions - its Magic Wand massager. The Hitachi Magic Wand was originally designed in the 70s as a two-speed muscle massager, but it soon became clear this
mains-powered electric vibrator was incredible for intimate, as well as deep-tissue, massage. Renowned as one of the most powerful vibrators ever invented, it quickly made its way into bedrooms the world over. However, Hitachi shy away from promoting or
featuring the product.
In a further blow, the product has now been banned by miserable EU bureaucrats on the grounds that it has now CE kiitemark. Trading SubStandards have been searching sex toy warehouses and stopping the sale of the appliance
within the entire EU.
LoveHoney have taken advantage of the ban and produced their own UK-friendly version.
The Lovehoney Mains Powered Magic Wand Vibrator is now available to soothe and stimulate. What's great about this wand is that it
has a UK plug, meaning it's perfectly designed for totally safe use in the UK with no loss of power. Stylishly designed with a quality build, this toy is a brilliant way to experience the iconic magic wand sex toy for yourself.
The Lovehoney Mains
Powered Magic Wand Vibrator delivers intense stimulation to your intimate spots with its range of delectable vibration speeds. Designed to access those hard-to-reach areas with a flexible head, this new legend delivers pleasure on demand.
Lovehoney Magic Wand Vibrator is part of the new Lovehoney own-brand range of sex toys.
|23rd October |
British Doctors Recommend a maximum beer intake of 4 small Heinekens a day for just 3 days a week
Drinkers should have three alcohol-free days a week if they want to avoid the risk of liver disease, warn anti-drink medical campaigners
Current official guidance on healthy drinking limits is extremely dangerous and must be rewritten --
because it implies that drinking every day is fine, the Royal College of Physicians claimed.
Government advice states men should drink no more than four units a day and women no more than three. Campaigning doctors now say drinkers should have at
least three alcohol-free days a week
They told British MPs the risk of liver disease, alcohol dependence and serious illness increases if people drink every day rather than taking time off.
They also urged Ministers to consider imposing
stricter guidelines on pensioners -- perhaps as little as 7 units a week for older women and 11 for older men.
In their submission to MPs on the Commons science and technology committee, the campaigners said: Government guidelines should
recognise that hazardous drinking has two components: frequency of drinking and amount of drinking.
More than 16,000 people die from liver disease every year in the UK. But the campaigners don't actually say how many of these are attributed to
Sir Ian Gilmore, RCP special adviser on alcohol, said: We recommend a safe limit of 0-21 units a week for men and 0-14 units a week for women provided the total amount is not drunk in one or two bouts and that there are three
alcohol-free days a week. At these levels, most individuals are unlikely to come to harm.
In fact these 3 rules between them allows for very little flexibility in drinking patterns.
- Max 21 units per week. eg small Heineken = 1.7 units, so the max is 12 bottles per week
- Min 3 sessions per week (cannot drink in all in one or two bouts, so must be 3 or 4)
- Max 4 sessions per week (to leave 3 alcohol free days)
So the only way to drink 12 bottles per week is:
- 4 + 4 + 4 (with 4 days off)
- 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 (with 3 days off)
So there you have it. The maximum number of small bottles of beer you can drink in a day is 4.
|16th October |
Many men believe pornography is harmless and women should stop banging on about it
See article from
smh.com.au by Bettina Arndt
Everywhere men look there's another woman banging on about the dangers of porn. British sociologist Gail Dines was recently holding forth on the ABC's Q&A about the damage done by body-punishing, brutal, dehumanising and debasing pornography.
Then came one of the viewer's video questions, featuring Jeff Poole, a cheerful man with a greying goatee. Miss Dines, I am one of the third of the Australian population who cheerfully consumes pornography, he said,
explaining he had been watching porn for more than 30 years. In all those many thousands of hours of wobbling pink bits, I've never seen any of the things you talk about. I've never seen the degradation of women or men for that matter. I've never seen
rape, real or simulated. I have never seen violence. Porn, he added, had never harmed his relationships.
He spoke for a huge audience of men who hear constant negative discussion of pornography and wonder why their own
experiences are so very different. What's the problem? they say, bewildered at women's outrage at what they see as a harmless outlet for the strong male sex drive.
To many men, porn seems a perfectly normal aspect of male
sexuality that provides comfort and entertainment, and redresses the serious sexual imbalance between male and female desire. (The problem of lost libido in women is well documented - Doing it Down Under, published in 2005, cited the results of a
university survey of about 20,000 people that found 55 per cent of women reported low sexual desire, twice the number of men.)
For all the scaremongering about misogynist, hate-filled porn, the attraction for most men is the
antithesis of violence against women. What most men really like watching is sex involving eager, willing women.
...Read the full article
|15th October |
Gonorrhoea defeats another anti-biotic
See article from
UK doctors are being told the antibiotic normally used to treat gonorrhoea is no longer effective because the sexually transmitted disease is now largely resistant to it.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) says we may be heading to a point when
the disease is incurable unless new treatments can be found.
For now, doctors must stop using the usual treatment cefixime and instead use two more powerful antibiotics. One is a pill and the other is injected.
The HPA say the change is
necessary because of increasing resistance. Tests on samples taken from patients and grown in the laboratory showed reduced susceptibility to the usual antibiotic cefixime in nearly 20% of cases in 2010, compared with just 10% of cases in 2009. In 2005,
no gonorrhoea bacteria with reduced susceptibility to cefixime could be found in the UK.
The bacterium that causes the infection has an unusual ability to adapt itself and has gained resistance, or reduced susceptibility, to a growing list of
antibiotics, first penicillin itself, then tetracyclines, ciprofloxacin and now cefixime.
|19th July |
Swedish research finds drug resistant Japanese strain of gonorrhea
According to research carried out in Sweden and Japan, a new strain of gonorrhea, labeled H041, has reached what some scientists are calling superbug status, since it cannot be killed by any of the currently recommended treatments for the disease.
Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it, said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference
Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., researchers have found that even less virulent forms of gonorrhea appear to be becoming more resistant to cephalosporins, the primary class of antibiotics currently used to treat the
Japan has historically been the place for the first emergence and subsequent global spread of different types of resistance in gonorrhea, Unemo said. Based on the historical data ... resistance has emerged and spread
internationally within 10 to 20 years.
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy in women.
|3rd July |
Narrow minded health advice for the over 65s to cut down on alcohol
The miserable doctors don't seem to see the plus points of leading an active and pleasurable life, of keeping in with mates down the pub or even looking
forward to a barfine or two. Surely better than vegetating in front of the TV.
See article from
Recommended safe limits for drinking alcohol by older people should be drastically cut, according to a report.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists [what do they know about the body?] claims people over 65 should
drink a maximum of only 1.5 units of alcohol a day. That is the equivalent of just over about half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine.
The report claims older drinkers are less able to process alcohol and the drink might also interact with
medication they may be taking for other ailments.
It warns current advice - 14 units of alcohol for women and 21 for men each week - is based on work with young adults. The report is calling for the government to issue separate advice on safe
drinking limits for older people, with an upper safe limit of 1.5 units of alcohol a day, or 11 units per week.
A group of 'experts' from the Royal College of Psychiatrists says there is a growing problem with substance abuse among older
people, who they describe as society's invisible addicts .
The report says a third those who experience problems with alcohol abuse do so later on in life, often as a result of big changes like retirement, bereavement or feelings of
boredom, loneliness and depression.
|16th June |
Economically speaking sex is in plentiful supply
See article from
Mark Regnerus and co-author Jeremy Uecker use sexual economics theory in their new data-driven book, Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate and Think About Marrying.
Their conclusion is that, for young single Americans, modern rules of romantic engagement
clearly favor men and penalize women who want to marry --- especially those who want to save sex for marriage.
The price of sex today is pretty low, Regnerus said.
...Read the full
|26th May |
Analysing internet searches for porn
See article from healthland.time.com
|25th April |
Book released studying internet searches
Men are more interested in mature pornography than previously thought, according to a new book that says people's sexual desires have become more exotic.
The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts analysed over one billion internet web
searches to identify popular sexual desires.
They found that Internet pornography has revolutionised sexual tastes, making what were once seen as kinky fantasies far more widespread.
The top 10 sex related searches were found to be
- Youth (13.5%)
- Gay (4.7%)
- MILFs (4.3%)
- Breasts (4%)
- Cheating wives (3.4%)
- Female genitalia (2.8%)
- Male genitalia (2.4%)
- (Censored by the book authors)
- Bottoms (0.9%)
- Cheerleaders (0.1%)
When it comes to sexual arousal, men prefer overweight women to underweight women, and a significant number of men seek out erotic images of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, the authors said. But despite the interest in older women, the online search
data from Google, Yahoo! and Bing, showed that the most common type of sex-related searches are connected to youth.
The study found that men prefer looking at pornographic films and images, whereas women would rather read an erotic story.
Dr Ogi Ogas, the author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts said:
We analysed a billion web searches, a million websites, a million online erotic stories and a million personal advertisements, all to answer a single question. What are the ultimate difference between male desire and female desire?
|6th February |
What effect has the internet had on our sex lives?
See article from guardian.co.uk