Eherm, it seems the Irish would clean up in the smallest penis contest. A comparison of penis sizes across Europe suggests that Irish men are not particularly well-endowed, while Hungarians are well “hung” (Oh, I love a pun!). Here are the figures – but bear in mind that this is self-reported data and it is possible that some countries were indeed telling whoppers (or perhaps, little lies).
Hungary (16.51cm); France (16.01)
Czech Republic (15.89); The Netherlands (15.87); Italy (15.74); Belgium (15.65); Georgia (15.61)
Denmark (15.29); Slovakia (15.21); Slovenia (15.13); Bulgaria (15.02)
Serbia (14.87); Sweden (14.80); Croatia (14.77); Greece (14.73); Albania (14.73); Belarus (14.63); Iceland (14.56)
Germany (14.48); Switzerland (14.35); Norway (14.34); Poland (14.29); Austria (14.16); Turkey (14.11)
Macedonia (13.98); Ukraine (13.97); United Kingdom (13.97); Spain (13.85); Estonia (13.78); Finland (13.77)
Armenia (13.22); Russia (13.21); Portugal (13.19)
Ireland (12.78); Romania (12.73)
They say dynamite comes in small packages – but sometimes the bigger the bomb, the bigger the boom! King’s Country Bar in Brooklyn, New York is to host the first ever ‘Smallest Penis Contest’ on July 20. The organisers have described the upcoming event as a “pageant” which will include “talent, evening wear, and swimsuit” sections, which it hopes will empower men. Ah, but will anybody enter? And would anyone notice them if they did?
The manufacturer Origami has designed a condom specifically for anal intercourse. The Origami Receptive Anal Intercourse (RAI) condom is a fairly space-age looking yoke with columns that expand and contract during sex. According to the manufacturers, this design offers significant advantages over a traditional condom such as an easy insertion method that anchors the condom internally, making it safer to use and a tubular structure that provides a natural internal liner for the penis. If the design is approved, the RIA condoms should be available in stores from 2015.
Students at top universities spend more on sex toys – that’s according to research from online sex toy retailer, Lovehoney. According to Lovehoney’s consumer research, a high intelligence is correlated with a high sex-drive. However there is another way of interpreting the correlation: that the super-smart have less sex and, therefore, are more willing to spend money on sex toys! More rigorous research suggests this may be the case – a study from MIT and Wellesley College in the US found that young people who attend university have sex less frequently, and fewer sexual partners, than those who quit studying after high school.
The French atlas of sexuality highlights some interesting differences in attitudes and behaviours around the world. Here are some of the nuggets the researcher found:
• Paris is the most unfaithful city in Europe,
• Cheaters tend to be pretty smart – more than half of those who cheat on their partners are highly-educated, and over a fifth work in finance, banking or insurance. The most common reason given for infidelity is a desire to test one’s powers of seduction,
• In Greece, Poland and Brazil, four-fifths of people say sex is very important, while in Thailand and Japan just 38% do,
• People in Britain, Norway and Sweden are the most avid users of sex toys,
• According to the data, a whooping 98% of porn is made in the United States and the remaining 2% mostly comes from Russia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Good news for kinksters! A study has found that people who engage in “bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism” or BDSM may be psychologically healthier than those who prefer their sex somewhat tamer. Andreas Wismeijer, one of the researchers, claimed that, “BDSM practitioners were less neurotic, more extroverted, more open to new experiences, more conscientious, less rejection-sensitive, had higher subjective well-being, yet were less agreeable,” than his control group. According to the findings, dominants tended to score the highest in all measurements and submissives the lowest. “We did not have any findings suggesting that people who practice BDSM have a damaged psychological profile or have some sort of psychopathology or personality disorder, “ said Wismeijer. “We conclude that BDSM may be thought of as a recreational leisure, rather than the expression of psychopathological processes.” Well, we already knew that!
There has been a huge amount of discussion in Ireland, and around the world, about the “Swedish model” – the law that criminalises the purchasing, but not sale, of sex. The law has been touted as the answer to protecting vulnerable women and girls, but despite being in force for 15 years, a new report has shown that not a single person who has been convicted of buying sex has received any jail time. In July 2012, the law was updated, allowing courts to send offenders to jail for up to a year, rather than the six months, but judges appear unwilling to impose custodial sentences. Those who support the law, such as Social Democrat MEP Anna Hedh, have argued that filling jails with one-time offenders would be inappropriate. “But if you are a repeat offender, you should of course end up in jail,” Hedh said, and added that tackling demand was the only way forward.
Oh this is a clever idea! France’s National Centre for Scientific Research has put together a global atlas mapping sexual behaviour and habits around the world. The atlas looks at various aspects of sexuality, such as satisfaction, frequency, infidelity, porn and sex-toy usage. “Sexuality is everywhere on our city walls and on our screens, in lighter news or in darker events,” said Nadine Cattan, the geography research director at the Centre for Scientific Research. “We wanted to cover all this worldwide to try and understand it a bit better.”
What Culture has compiled a list of mainstream films that, they argue, “are really porn”. Interestingly, all of these films are old, and the most contemporary one was made nine years ago. Has contemporary cinema become more conservative or has the spread of broadband meant we prefer to watch erotica – or porn – in our own homes? But if you like to get your thrills with a storyline, however weak, these may be the films for you.
Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
9 Songs (2004)
9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no corrida) (1976)
The Australian Senate recently backed an amendment for sex and gender recognition guidelines that will recognise intersex and “non-binary” trans people. If it passes, Australia will be the first country in the world to legally recognise intersex and trans as discrete identities instead of “male” or “female”. Activists claim that the legislation will help combat the discrimination that intersex and trans people face on a daily basis.