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Sex Toy Shopping Tip#1: Learn about materials sex toys are made with

Before most women shell out their hard-earned cash for a haircut or a fabulous dinner with even more fabulous wine, they’ve usually talked to their friends first or otherwise done their homework. For example, you’ve probably asked a friend of yours (whose hair you’ve long admired) where she gets her hair cut or colored and how much her stylist charges. And don’t even start with dinner – most likely, before you and your friends went all-out at your last chic affair, you perused online menus, asked friends for recommendations, or scanned online restaurant reviews to make sure your dinner would be well worth the cash. Yes? Yet, given how hush-hush many women are about their self-pleasuring, there is very little sex toy advice being shared among friends. Continue Reading →

Three Things You Must Know About Sex Toy Materials

Given the rapid increase in sex toy availability during the past decade, it’s perhaps no surprise that many women and men ask me questions about how to choose the right sex toy, especially when it comes to the materials that sex toys are made of. There are at least three issues that I’d recommend taking into consideration when considering sex toy materials:

1. Steer clear of sex toys made with phthalates – which usually means avoiding sex toys described as “Jelly” (these toys usually contains PVCs or phthalates, chemicals that some believe to be potentially toxic). Although Jelly toys tend to be more affordable, research suggests that they may not be good health choices – particularly during pregnancy. 2. ”Silicone based” toys are not the same as “medical grade silicone”. Toys made of medical grade silicone are less likely to contain potentially toxic chemicals (such as PVCs or phthalates) or potential allergens (such as latex, for those who are sensitive or allergic to latex). Continue Reading →

Vibrator Review #4: The We-Vibe Sex Toy for Couples

Whew! Yet another review of the We-Vibe. If you’ve tried the We-Vibe or any other sex toy you’d like to review, give me a holler at Read previous reviews here. You can learn more about the We-Vibe from Babeland. Here’s the review from a (male) MSP reader:
The We Vibe is a very intriguing sex toy, due to its unique capabilities.  When I first heard of what it can do I was very "excited" to experiment with my girlfriend.  I found the We Vibe to be extremely satisfying, but only in certain positions.  I feel it is very limited in the amount of sex positions it can be used with. 
The two positions that work best for my girlfriend and I were Doggy style (Both standing Doggy style and on our knees) and the Standing Missionary position (I’m standing and my girlfriend at the edge of the bed or table).  The sensation of feeling a vibration while inside was very new, and very satisfying at the same time.  I also noticed that my girlfriend really liked when I pressed down on the outside portion of the We Vibe during the Standing Missionary position.  We have had the We Vibe for about 3 or 4 months now and really enjoy every time we use it.  We have never had an issues or problems, and it easy to clean.  Overall I would give the We Vibe 4 out 5 stars. Continue Reading →

Vibrator Review #3: We-Vibe Sex Toy for Couples

If you’re a regular MSP reader, you may remember that I posted a review of the We-Vibe sex toy for couples earlier this summer. Then several days ago, I posted another review of the We-Vibe that was sent to me by one of the lucky MSP readers who tried it out with her partner. Here is yet another review (btw, if you would like to share reviews or comments of any sex toys that you’ve used – we-vibe or not – send them to me; I’d love to read them and post anonymously). To learn more about the We-Vibe, visit their web site or buy one through Babeland (their North American distributor). Here goes:
I like the wevibe but some positions work better than others. Continue Reading →

This week’s sex column in Time Out Chicago: anal douching, genital warts and prostate infections

If you haven’t yet read by weekly In&Out column in Time Out Chicago, what are you waiting for? How else are you going to learn about douching before anal sex, what to do when you spot a potential genital wart on your partner’s body during oral sex, or issues related to sex toys and prostate infections? Read my sex column on TOC’s web site. Continue Reading →

Review #2 of the We-Vibe Couples Sex Toy

You may remember that several months ago I posted an overall review of the We-Vibe couples sex toy. Well, Babeland (the exclusive North American distributor of the We-Vibe) was kind enough to share a few extras with me so that I could give them to various couples and learn more about how women and men feel about the We-Vibe. Curious? I was too. Here is one review… Continue Reading →

Pure Romance’s Patty Brisben at IU!

There is very little that can keep me away from a public event hosted by Pure Romance’s founder, Patty Brisben. However, last week when she came to Indiana University for a Sexploration event, I was in Mexico for a wedding so I missed what I hear was an outstanding event at Kilroy’s (a bar near the IU Bloomington campus). Patty is one of those women who is brave, confident, smart, engaging and completely down to earth. She’s spoken in my human sexuality class in previous years, as have her health educators, and my students have always said that they have left class feeling more knowledgeable and more comfortable about their bodies and sexuality. She also recently published a book called Pure Romance Between the Sheets: Find Your Best Sexual Self and Enhance Your Intimate Relationship that you can learn about on Amazon. Continue Reading →

Discussing vibrator use in San Diego

After Mexico, I flew to San Diego for the American Public Health Association meeting where I gave a talk about women’s and men’s use of vibrators. You can read the abstract here. Our talk was part of a larger symposium related to pleasure, and I was fortunate to be grouped with individuals who were doing fascinating work in the UK, India and Thailand. Though the trip was for work, I did get to walk on the beach and watch surfers for about 10 minutes (see above). Very fun. Continue Reading →

Swedish pharmacy sued for sex toy discrimination against men

Ah, Sweden. What more can be said about a country that is already so progressive that it carries sex toys in its drug stores that it’s to the point where men have filed a lawsuit against a state-run store called Apoteket for failure to sell sex toys for men even though it offers sex toys for women? In an article about the issue, one petitioner was quoted as saying that the stores had a "misguided and untrue view of sexuality whereby a woman with a dildo is seen as liberated, strong and independent, while a man with a blow-up plastic vagina is viewed as disgusting and perverted". The word from the company is that "there are no products of good quality for men on the market". But there are! Continue Reading →