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Welcome to our weekly wrap up of recently written sex toy reviews by our blogger friends. This is a great spot to read up on all of the items you’ve been thinking about getting, but just wanted to know someone else’s opinion first. But remember, everyone is different. Just because a reviewer loved or hated a sex toy doesn’t mean you will feel the same way. Always keep in mind what you enjoy personally when reading reviews.

Pure Joy Pleasure by Adriana

Bwarm Massage Candle by The Sub Mission

Smooth Lover by Bean Fiddler

Sinful Screw by Hot Movies for Her

Pure Med Clean by Hot Movies for Her

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Which would you prefer – a good night of sex or a good night’s sleep?

The answer might depend on who you ask and when. It also might depend on what kind of mattress that person has been sleeping or sexing on.

Miriam Gottfried at Barron’s writes that Americans have been buying memory foam mattresses like mad – the market share for them  gone up from 14% to 20% in the last eight years. Memory foam was developed for NASA “as a shock absorber for spacecraft seats,” and now it’s the main feature of those posh,  ultra-comfy mattresses that conform to your contours so you sleep like an angel.

The problem is how much of an angel do you really want to be in bed? The memory foam mattress has a little too much give and, as New York sex therapist Sari Eckler Cooper told Gottfried “There’s a lack of resistance for the knees and feet. And whoever is on the bottom is sinking into the bed.”

I’ve never experienced a memory-foam mattress but those of you who remember the heyday of the waterbed know what she’s talking about….that literally sinking feeling of not having any support. It’s easy to see where regular mattresses would give you a little more…um…thrust.

But Nick Robinson, of the mattress-review site SleepLikeTheDead.com, analyzed comments about the memory foam mattresses and found that while 40% had problems with it as far as sex, 80% were satisfied with their beds – “the highest rate of any mattress variety on the market,” Gottfried writes. “The implications of the math are clear: Many people don’t really care if the sex is lousy as long as the sleep is good.”

One woman interviewed said she and her boyfriend had trouble with the mattress at first but got the hang of it and are happier with it now.

That couple seems to have the right idea.  First of all, the fact that sex on your pricey new bed is problematic is – admit it – funny. And being able to laugh at things together is a huge part of a relationship. Second it gives you something to overcome together that’s not hugely serious and third it gives you a reason for sexual experimentation which keeps things fresh and keeps you from taking things for granted.

Or, if you have a guest room, you can just have a memory foam mattress for sleeping in your bedroom and then do it on the guest bed.

It’s a really intriguing quandary. But there are so many options. I’m afraid I’m just going to have to sleep on it.

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Welcome to our weekly wrap up of recently written sex toy reviews by our blogger friends. This is a great spot to read up on all of the items you’ve been thinking about getting, but just wanted to know someone else’s opinion first. But remember, everyone is different. Just because a reviewer loved or hated a sex toy doesn’t mean you will feel the same way. Always keep in mind what you enjoy personally when reading reviews.

Beginner Bondage Kit Contest by Adriana ends 6/15

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Leave the tie buying to the kids and get the sexy dad in your life a present that will rev his engine this Father’s Day. With all the work he’s put in he deserves a gift that will remind him that even though he changes diapers and helps out on homework he’s still the same sexy man he was before he became a dad.

For the father you’re married to or dating we recommend the WeVibe III. This best selling couple’s toy will bring spice to your sex life in a way that no other vibrating toy can. Designed to hug the g-spot and clitoris during intercourse, this popular vibrator has 6 functions of vibration and pulsation that are 40% stronger than the previous WeVibe II. Men love vibration just as much as women do and you’ll both have a blast with this toy.

For your best guy friend dad who doesn’t want more kids right now we recommend condoms. A lot of guys get whatever basic condoms they can find at the grocery/drug store, but there are a lot of options out there that can be more fun for both your dad friend and his partner. We think condoms can be a great gift any time of year … just make sure to give them discreetly.

For the man you call daddy, but isn’t your father we recommend the Beginner Bondage Kit to explore all of your BDSM fantasies together. We know you’ve been curious since you read 50 Shades of Grey. The only question left is: who gets to be tied up first?

Getting your dad a sexy Father’s Day gift could be a bit awkward which is why we recommend the  Ultimate Romance Kit. It’s a nice innocent way of telling your dad that you want him to have a fulfilling romantic sex life without the creepy factor. This of course only works if your dad is still with your mom or has paired off with someone else. It comes complete with everything he’d need to woo his partner into a romantic evening for two.

If you’re a father why should you wait and hope that someone else gives you the perfect sexy Father’s Day present? Get one for yourself! We recommend the Tenga Flip Air because it is the sleekest, most technologically advanced men’s sex toy we’ve ever seen. I mean it conforms to the shape of your penis for gosh sake! This is the kind of toy that gives ladies penis envy. If you’re a gadget guy you can’t pass this one up.

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Psst … wanna see a 37,000 year old vulva?

The whole world did, and recently, when some interesting home decor was found at Abri Castanet in France at the site of a 37,000 year old rock shelter – a carving that appears to represent a vulva, reports Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience.

The artists who put the vulva on the now-collapsed shelter ceiling would have been the Aurignicians, the first humans in Europe who arrived from Africa, hunter-gatherers who also made wearable art: jewelry made from ivory, shells and pierced animal teeth. Archeological expeditions at the site have been going since 1911, but less advanced techniques made them unable to determine the age or origins of carvings that had been previously found. Pappas writes that “The researchers weren’t sure there was much left at the Abri Castanet site after 100 years of excavation, but the underside of the rock ceiling met their wildest expectations.”

Randall White, a study researcher and an anthropologist at New York University told LiveScience that homo sapiens left evidence of art as long as 40,000 years ago though they’ve been around for 200,000 years. In fairness, it takes awhile to get settled into a place before you really start getting a feel for decorating.

And thinking of it that way, as “quotidian art, it’s every day art,” as Randall describes it – the things they looked at all the time, like you look at whatever you have on your walls makes it really intriguing. It’s also important White says, to see it as an invention, since what the Aurignicians, were doing was “groundbreaking”. Whether they are really vulvas is debated about anthropologists – but isn’t the meaning of art always a subject for debate?. Depictions of the vulva may have represented a a “preoccupation with fertility and the mystery of birth”, according to White.

It also makes us think how crazy it seems for modern humans  to worry about depictions of nudity  in our culture when clearly our own human sexuality has been fascinating to us ever since art was invented.

GOP Butt Plugs

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Before I say tell you this story I have to say a heartfelt thank-you to artist/inventor/ tech visionary Matthew Epler. I was having a rough week…one of those weeks that makes you wonder if fate is trying to give you a hint that every decision you’ve ever made since you were 14 is wrong and you should start over. Then along came Grand Old Party, a “data visualization project” that is also a line of anal sex toys, commonly referred to as butt plugs. Never ever did I think I’d say this, but GOP – you made my day. 

A data visualization project is, from what I gather on Mr. Epler’s website, the visual depiction of statistics, in this case, with a 3D model of the popularity of GOP presidential candidates over a set period of time, in this case, fashioned as a butt plug. From the website:

“Each shape is determined by voter approval ratings amongst registered republican voters for each of the GOP presidential candidates. The height is a measurement of time, beginning December 10, 2011 and ending on Aptil 1, 2012 (bottom to top). The width of each object is the quantity by percentage (out of 100%) of approval for that candidate. All data comes directly from Gallup polls.”

So what you end up with is a Michelle Bachman’s approval ratings looking remarkably like a small standard butt plug, Rick Perry’s looking a little more, um, shapely due to a cinched in moment near the top, Ron Paul’s stats looking far more imposing than you’d have thought and Rick Santorum’s being so tiny in the beginning and so bulbous and top-heavy towards the end it can’t stand up on it’s own. You must – you must – go to the website (link above) and see the video, which shows each item and how it was made, for yourself. 

And Perry and Bachman are going for a mere $45 a piece, though depending on who you are one must wonder what the words “Perry” and “Bachman” might do to your, um, desire. The other candidates data visualizations go for $65 and it’s $350 for the set. 

Mr. Epler also does projects that don’t involve sex toys. “Movement #24,” for example is a graceful 3D depiction of a series of a dancer’s movements meant to be hung in the space in which the dance was performed so that though the dance is over the multi-dimensional image of the dance is captured forever.  There’s also “Earth Printer,” a work-in-progress that uses seeds to draw a picture “to create computer generated drawings that grow out of soil.” You can see more projects on his site.

I’m inspired! And I’m excited! Can’t help wondering if he’ll continue his 3D sex toy coverage of the presidential race now that it’s down to the final two. Not to tip my hand about who I favor or anything, but my hopes are that if there’s a data visualization of President Obama’s popularity in November I hope it is of terrifyingly large proportions.

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Ever look at studies, surveys, polls, marvel at the results and think “Well, they sure didn’t ask me”?

I think it all the time and until recently when a survey was released that pin-pointedly, exactly, almost alarmingly targeted precisely my demographic: straight premenopausal women on hormonal birth control. If they had kicked in “with bad eyesight and a Mac preference” I’d have felt stalked.

The survey had to do with where our eyes go when we watch adult entertainment and the answer seems to be a simple: “away.” Slate reports that researchers from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands did PET scans on a dozen women in the subcategory above while they were looking at “female friendly” pornography and found that while blood typically goes to the primary visual cortex while watching videos far less blood went there while watching the most explicit adult material (a video of tropical fish was used as a control).

It doesn’t mean that watching porn makes premenopausal, etcetera women go blind; what it might mean is that, much in the same way you sometimes fail to notice objects you’ve seen a thousand times before, you just don’t really put that much effort into seeing it. Slate says it might be that the brain “recognizes the erotic trajectory” of what’s onscreen – in other words this plot going where it always goes – so why waste time paying attention?

Actually when you think about it, it’s pretty ironic that such a taboo form of entertainment is also so formulaic that you’re visual processors go on autopilot when it’s on.

The other part of the equation seems pretty plausible too: the brain, having divined yet another happy ending, may be “sending that blood to other areas of the body “rather than the brain’s visual processing area.” So while seeing it may become ho-hum, it seems that feeling it never does.

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