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.
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.
If you don't want us to see it, don't bring it.
Passengers carrying certain X-rated objects that are defined as
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
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.
When I sat watching Uta, a soft-spoken teacher and practitioner of Taoist sexual arts, tell a small group of women about popping a tiny jade egg attached to a wee little string up one's punani as a sort of vaginal maintenance, I was sceptical.
Of course, I was a firm believer in Kegel exercises and diligently squeezed and contracted from sphincter to clit at every available moment. But this seemed far more natural than challenging my lady bits with accessories like jade eggs or ben wa balls. Images of lazy Thai dancers blowing trumpets with their love muscles flashed before my eyes and made mine retract a bit. I mean, who needs fanny weight training right? Well...
Your vagina is an elastic, muscular canal and, like all muscles, can be toned and strengthened. And there are many reasons you might want to do this.
As for the
, 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
, 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
. 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
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
[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.
There's one Hitachi product you won't see at the company's trade shows and conventions - its
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.
The Lovehoney Magic Wand Vibrator is part of the new Lovehoney own-brand range of sex toys.
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
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 alcohol.
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.
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
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.
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.
According to research carried out in Sweden and Japan, a new strain of gonorrhea, labeled H041, has reached what some scientists are calling
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 disease.
Japan has historically been the place for the first emergence and subsequent global spread of different types of resistance in gonorrhea,
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Searching all the porn on the Internet might not seem like the most scientifically productive activity, but computational neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam did it anyway.
For their new book,
A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire
, Ogas and Gaddam analyzed the results of 400 million online searches for porn and uncovered some startling insights into what men and women may really want from each other --- at least sexually. I spoke recently with Ogas.
There are real concerns, though, that Internet porn will increase sex crimes because of the way it portrays things like that.
Anybody can do a simple thought experiment [to refute that]. In the late
60s and early '70s, feminists were saying that porn trained guys to be rapists. That was before home video, and there were probably only 100 different porn magazines in the country. You had to go to [sleazy places to watch porn]. Now there are a million websites where you can get it for free around the clock.
You would expect rape to skyrocket. There are more guys watching more porn more often. But, in fact, rape has gone down in America. Also, in Japan in the mid-'90s, they loosened their obscenity laws. Now rape is down there too. It certainly seems to be case that more access to porn is associated with less rape. Rather than making people want to go out and rape, it satisfies the urge.
Rachel de Boer told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles and smooth out her neckline.
Three years later, a professionally designed and manufactured version of that same contraption is sold in 150 lingerie shops across the Netherlands and Belgium, approved by a research institute and getting interest from retail outlets across Europe.
De Boer made five more versions of what is now called
La Decollette is a soft, padded rectangular piece of material between the collar bone and the sternum and sits between the breasts. The cupless bra is worn at night and keeps the breasts
to prevent the compressing of breasts together which De Boer says can create vertical wrinkles.
De Boer's anti-wrinkle bra has been a hit at lingerie shows around Europe and she said it also has the stamp of approval from the Parisian research institute CERCO or Center d'Etudes et de Recherches Cosmetologique. CERCO carried out research on women between 35 and 60 years old and declared that those who wear the bra can see cleavage wrinkles reduced significantly after 24 hours, she said.
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
Cheating wives (3.4%)
Female genitalia (2.8%)
Male genitalia (2.4%)
(Censored by the book authors)
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?
Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood & Martin Barker are embarking on a research project about the everyday usage of pornography. They are inviting users to contribute via an online anonymous survey. They write:
We want to emphasise from the outset that the research we are conducting is unlike almost all the previous research that has been conducted on pornography. In the past, pornography has overwhelmingly been assumed to be a
, and the only really important questions to ask about it are -- how much do people (and especially children) encounter it, and how great is the
that it does? This research is different.
Our project is concerned with the everyday uses of pornography, and how the people who use it feel it fits into their lives. Pornography is of course a highly topical issue, subject to many opposing views and
. And we are not saying that there are no moral or political issues. But we are saying that the voices of users and enjoyers have been swamped. In fact, there is very little research that engages with the users of pornography, asking how, when and why they turn to it.
We want to gather the thoughts and responses of people who have chosen to use pornography of their own accord. We believe that there can be many different and complicated reasons for looking at pornography. We also don't believe that all the materials that go under that label,
, are the same -- only to be distinguished by how
We are hoping to gather thousands of responses from both frequent and infrequent users of pornography. The more we can gather, the more confidently we will be able to present the results in the on-going public debates on this issue. We want to know some very simple things, like what you view, how you find it, how often, what you particularly like, what is exciting and how this fits in with your feelings about sex, your body, and your pleasures.
If you don't know us, we are happy to tell you about ourselves, you can learn in detail about our previous work in this kind of area. If you just want to move to the questionnaire, we will just say here that all three of us have been involved in questioning the basis of moral campaigns about the media. Clarissa Smith has been researching pornography since the mid-1990s and has written widely about the problems of censorship and the attempts to legislate against sexually explicit materials. Feona Attwood's research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture and controversial media. Martin Barker has been involved in such work since the early 1980s, beginning with the so-called
The questionnaire we are asking you to fill in has been carefully designed. It will enable us to understand the patterns of use of porn by ordinary people. You'll find the questionnaire is a mix of multiple choice and open questions, and we will only be able to use what you say if you answer all the questions. Please feel free to add as much detail as you like in the spaces available about your pleasures and disappointments in pornography, how you use it and why. We reckon it will take you between 20-30 minutes to complete.
Once this project is completed (which will probably be around the end of 2011), we promise that it will be made widely available, including via this website.
Thank you -- and if you agree that these issues badly need more knowledge and less assumption and bias, help us by passing on this weblink to other people.
The accessibility of online porn can lead to sexual enlightenment
Sex is everywhere on the web and you're most likely familiar with such content, whether you are a purveyor or you've stumbled across an article or television show that claims the new technology corrupts society by exposing us to unheard-of sexual practices involving harnesses and balloons. These expose's are then usually followed by detailed descriptions and photos of the harnesses and balloons.
Our exposure to a seemingly bottomless pit of debasement doesn't mean we're becoming more adventurous, however. Dr Petra Boynton, a sex educator and online relationship agony aunt, says that people still come to her with exactly the same questions and concerns that they always have -- men about their anatomies and women about their relationships -- it's just that the language they use now is more explicit. And there's no evidence that people who meet online are more likely to hook up quicker than people who meet offline.
Places like Facebook haven't caused an outbreak of infidelities,
It simply enables people to meet up and form relationships.