Hmmm… I can’t think of any erotic novel I would like to read less than one starring myself. But if you feel differently U Star Novels is giving men and women the chance to star in a personalised erotic tale. The choice is between a vampire themed story or a Regency romp. U Star asks for personal details such as hair colour, favourite music, food and your tastes in lingerie to make the novel more authentic, although it is hard to see how vampire shenanigans could ever strive for realism. The books cost £24.95 for a paperback and £14.95 for an e-book.
A YouGov has found that almost 80% of UK adults with children living at home are against the idea of a default internet porn filter. The UK government is seeking clarification on people’s views on three possible systems of regulating online adult content. The Opt-In option would block porn but allow adults to opt-in for it; Active Choice would allow users the choice of having filters and blocks installed; Active Choice Plus would merge the two, blocking some sites automatically but allowing users to have these unblocked if they so wish. While the survey suggests most adults are not keen on filters, a petition demanding that internet service providers block porn has attracted around 110,000 signatures.
The Durex Play Delight vibrating bullet is an ergonomically designed clitoral stimulator that can be used solo or with a partner. It’s discreet but powerful and uses AAA batteries, which are replaceable – so there are hours of fun to be had. Better still, it is waterproof so you can use it in the bath or shower too. Nice. All this for just €10.60.
It’s hardly a surprise that those who feel happy discussing their sexual needs with a partner have more satisfying sex lives, but now research from Cleveland State University in Ohio suggests that talking during sex has benefits too. Elizabeth Babin, the study researcher, recruited 207 people to complete surveys about sexual communication, sexual satisfaction and the amount of non-verbal and verbal communication they used during sex. Babin found that communication during sex was linked to greater satisfaction, but those who used non-verbal communication were even more satisfied. Babin posits that non-verbal communication may be seen as safer while telling someone you are enjoying yourself may seem too direct. According to Babin, sexual communication is a “skill” but “we’re not well-trained in that skill.”
Shrinks do like classifying every aspect of human behaviour so I guess it’s no surprise that therapists have divided extramarital affairs into six types. Here they are.
Prompted by feelings of rejection or abandonment in the hopes of having emotional needs met.
• Attention seeking:
An attempt to ‘test’ a partner by using jealousy; may be caused by the need to feel loved and important.
• Burned out:
The primary relationship has been emotionally unsatisfactory for a while.
• Romantic escape:
To avoid dealing with problems in a relationship.
• Hedge Fund:
Due to feelings of worthlessness, you may be prompted to hedge your bets by having a second relationship.
• A Power Player/Compulsive Affair:
Sex is used as a means of coping with stress and may be compulsive rather than pleasurable.
Australian parents don’t mind their offspring having sex, just as long as they don’t do it at home. That’s according to a survey of 500 parents conducted by the television station SBS. The survey found that 80% of parents thought premarital sex was acceptable but a quarter wouldn’t allow their child to share a bed with a partner.
The Philippines has outlawed video chat featuring “cam girls” who perform sex acts for online clients. The law specifically bans sex acts for payment and defines cybersex as the “wilful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favour or consideration.” Now there’s, ahem, a mouthful. Punishment is a fine of 250,000 Philippine pesos (around €4,600) and up to six months in jail. While the ban is ostensibly to protect young women forced into selling sexual services online, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 which came into effect on September 15, has a wide scope and someone found guilty of posting libel online can now face up to 12 years in jail without the possibility of parole.
Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has promised that, if elected, his government will vigorously pursue obscenity prosecutions. America may be the biggest producer of porn movies but the country has some rather draconian anti-obscenity laws. Currently, prosecutions are rare, but Romney plans to change all that and his platform argues that, “laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.” Porn insiders worry that ramped-up prosecutions will drive the industry underground and protections, such as mandatory health checks, will fall by the wayside.
Why use regular lube when you can have extra sensory tingling lube? Play Tingle is formulated to warm, cool and tingle but is completely safe to use on your intimate areas. Lubrication is necessary for enjoyable sex and adding a lube to the proceedings, even if not strictly needed, can be an easy way to spice up things. Tingle is water-based, can be used with a condom, and washes off easily.
We all have sexual tastes and preferences but some people dislike certain aspects of sex so much that they develop full-blown phobias. Some of these are rather odd indeed. Here are 12 strange sexual phobias.
1. Parthenophobia: fear of virgins or young girls. Because yes, young girls are terrifying!
2. Medorthophobia: fear of erect penises. This phobia affects both men and women and includes the fear of seeing, having, or thinking about erections. Also called ithyphallophobia and phallophobia.
3. Gymnophobia: fear of being nude. Gymnophobics don’t like being nude or seeing other people in the buff.
4. Eurotophobia: fear of genitals, especially female ones. Also known as kolopophobia.
5. Oneirogmophobia: fear of wet dreams. Embarrassing if your family see the sheets, but otherwise, I don’t get it.
6. Malaxophobia: fear of foreplay. Weird!
7. Philemaphobia: fear of kissing. Philemaphobics are afraid of kissing itself; the intimacy that it entails; and that kissing may lead to other sex acts.
8. Heterophobia: fear of the opposite sex. Also called sexophobia.
9. Erotophobia: the fear of all things sex including the act, sexual love and even sexual knowledge. Apparently this is the most common sexual phobia.
10. Tocophobia: the fear of pregnancy and childbirth.
11. Coitophobia: the fear of intercourse itself.
12. Sexual claustrophobia: fear of sex indoors.