Monthly Archives: March 2009

Sex Toy Shopping Tip #4: Sex toys you can use with a partner

This article is Part 4 of a four-part series related to shopping for sex toys, such as vibrators. Make sure to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 as well. Tip #4: Consider your partner. Not everyone who is interested in sex toys has a partner. And not everyone who has a partner, and who is interested in sex toys, wants to use their sex toy with their partner. Continue Reading →

MSP Q&A: What Does Sex Feel Like?

Recently on Yahoo Questions, a young woman had a question about whether sex would feel good (when she eventually has it) given that she recently tried using a dildo and found that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The original Q&A can be found on the Yahoo Questions web site. This was my reply:

As someone who studies sexuality as well as what people do with sex toys, this is what I can tell you:

While some women enjoy using dildos, not all do. In fact, women more often use vibrators than they use dildos. Even when they do use vibrators, women  more often use vibrators on their clitoris (which is on the vulva, an outside part of a woman’s genitals). Continue Reading →

Male camels use artificial vaginas (pocket pussies) too

While searching for scientific articles related to (human) male ejaculation earlier this week, I stumbled upon an article about camel semen. Not being one to pass up new knowledge, I skimmed through the article’s abstract only to find that the researchers alluded to the fact that they used a “rubber funnel type of artificial vagina” to collect semen from male camels. Now, I study sex. And I also study what people do with sex toys such as vibrators and pocket pussies (male masturbation sleeves, in which human men insert their penis, rub it up and down, and then – in many cases – ejaculate). But a pocket pussy for camels? Continue Reading →

Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sex writer, blogger and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has done it again – she has assembled an extraordinarily smart and sexy group of stories and this time it’s about hotel sex. Yes, that’s right: hotel sex. Some people adore hotel sex as it may be the only place where they feel as though they can be whoever they want to be or scream and moan as loud as they want to without worrying about their roommates, neighbors, parents or children hearing them. Hotel sex can be special for other reasons, too. Hotels may have more luxury than a person or a couple is used to at home. One may find a huge jacuzzi tub at a hotel that’s big enough for two or sheets or a king sized bed that is absolutely heavenly. Continue Reading →

Barbara Walters jokes about vibrators on The View

Yesterday, Barbara Walters joked about vibrators on The View – specifically, that vibrators were a “necessity” not a luxury for her co-host Joy (watch the video here). Today, Barbara had more to say about vibrators and how news of her joke was met with a little surprise or discontent from a TV anchor on Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski. Watch here:

You may remember that several months ago, I presented results at a conference from a recent study that my colleagues and I conducted related to women’s and men’s vibrator use (you can view the abstract here). Our finding that vibrator use is common among both women and men certainly provides some context for this discussion and the reactions of the women on The View (and the Morning Joe co-host). Related MSP articles:
- Choosing vibrators for targeted stimulation (e.g., g spot, vaginal, etc)
- Finding a vibrator that’s the right amount of quiet or loud for you
- Why sex toy materials should matter to you Continue Reading →

Pre-cum and Pregnancy: What You Must Know

Many men and women wonder whether pre-ejaculate (commonly known as pre-cum) can cause pregnancy if a man’s pre-ejaculate gets near or inside a woman’s vagina during sex without a condom. The answer? Usually not but, in some cases, maybe. Here’s why:

1. Pre-ejaculate is composed of fluid made by the Cowper glands, two small glands inside the body toward the base of a man’s penis (and possibly some other small glands contribute to this fluid, too). Continue Reading →

Vasectomy more common in a down economy?

According to a recent CNN article, vasectomies have been on the rise in the US during these more difficult economic times. Check out this quote from the article:

“I have never seen anything like this,” said Goldstein, a urologist for the last 30 years. “When things started to go south in the stock market, then the vasectomy consults went north.” Some experts quoted in the article said that patients had expressed concern that they were, or thought they might, lose their jobs – and thus their health insurance – and therefore decided to get the vasectomy done now while they still were insured. After all, as the doctors pointed out, a vasectomy is typically a procedure that men have considered for a long time before deciding to get it. Continue Reading →

Sex Toy Shopping Tip #3 relates to g spot, vaginal, rabbit vibrators – and more!

This post is part of a three-part series related to tips for shopping for sex toys (such as vibrators). Read Part 1 and Part 2, and make sure to check back next week for Part 4. Tip #3: Know where you’re going. 

When shopping for sex toys, it helps to know what exactly you want to do with it. Buying a Rabbit just because it was on Sex and the City is – as thousands of women have found out – perhaps not the best way to choose a toy. Instead, spend some time thinking about what you know about your body and, if you’re in one, your relationship as a means of figuring out what toy might work for you. Continue Reading →

MSP Q&A: How to use a tampon

Recently on Yahoo Questions, a young woman had a question about how to use tampons. She was using one with an applicator but finding it difficult to get it in right, as it kept feeling as though she had to pee (she thought that perhaps she was pressing it against her bladder by accident). Here is my response:

It can feel tricky to put a tampon in the first few times. With practice, it often gets much easier. Many young women find it helpful to look at the information sheet that comes inside boxes of tampons. Continue Reading →