New research out of the University of Montreal
suggests that pornography is so widely digested, and with such a seemingly low correlation to pathological behavior, that it is grossly over-demonized. The research is funded by the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence
Simon Louis Lajeunesse, a postdoctoral student and professor at the School of Social Work, set out to examine the effects of pornography on men, which would involve studying men in their 20s who've never consumed pornography. We
couldn't find any, he says.
Still at an early stage of the study, Lajeunesse has so far recruited 20 heterosexual male university students who, as consumers of pornography, are representative of, well, heterosexual male university students.
The objective of the study, he says, is to observe the impact of pornography on the sexuality of men, and how it shapes their perception of men and women.
Subjects shared their sexual history, beginning with their first experience with
pornography, which for most boys happens by the age of 10. The research so far shows that 90% of pornography is consumed online and 10% through video stores. On average, men who are single watch porn about three times a week for about 40 minutes, while
men who are in relationships watch about 1.7 times a week for about 20 minutes.
All test subjects report that they support gender equality, and that they feel victimized by rhetoric that demonizes pornography.
Pornography hasn't changed
their perception of women or their relationship which they all want as harmonious and fulfilling as possible, Lajeunesse says. Those who could not live out their fantasy in real life with their partner simply set aside the fantasy. The fantasy is
broken in the real world and men don't want their partner to look like a porn star. (Naomi Wolf has famously argued the opposite.)
Even though he has only interviewed 20 men so far, Lajeunesse says his work is already refuting pornography's
role in changing sexual behavior. If pornography had the impact that many claim it has, you would just have to show heterosexual films to a homosexual to change his sexual orientation.
The latest oral sex stimulator to hit the market doesn't twirl, vibrate, thrust or buzz. Instead, it simply spins a wheel of tongues—yes, you read that right; a wheel of tongues—to bring women to orgasm.
Sqweel is a patent-pending sex toy for
women or their partners, designed to simulate the sensation of oral sex. The wheel of 10 tongues provides easily controlled stimulation at just the right speed needed to deliver deeper, longer-lasting, more sheet-clenching climaxes.
feels completely different to a vibrator, and while it's not a tongue, it's the closest you'll ever get to it, said international sex expert Tracey Cox. It's an entirely different sensation, so human it's almost eerie. Own one of these and a
vibrator and your boyfriend should be seriously worried!
An erotic audio site is marketing itself to blind and visually-impaired people. But have disabled people been excluded from the world of "adult" entertainment?
Lud Romano was on holiday in South Africa with his partner when they
discovered erotic audiobooks on iTunes. They found the idea of a single voice reading aloud to be a little "empty".
He decided there and then to commission a series of short radio dramas which would be made available from a website.
The original target audience for Clickforeplay was sexually confident, upwardly-mobile young women - the sort of people who felt comfortable about buying erotic fiction from a High Street bookshop or browsing the more female-friendly
The 12-minute chunks of audio sold, but not in vast numbers.
Men who get embarrassed talking to their doctor about sexual matters can now blush in front of a pharmacist instead, as Viagra goes on sale in chemists. The little blue pill, used to tackle erection problems, is being given out in Boots stores,
following consultations to make sure men who want to buy it are suitable to use the drug.
But shyness comes with a price-tag, whereas suitable patients can get the drug for the cost of an NHS prescription, the Boots service will set them back
more than £80.
The scheme will offer men a half-hour consultation to assess the requirements. Pharmacists will then be able to give them a course of the prescription-only drugs. Chemists will do a pre-screening questionnaire, take a medical
history and conduct blood tests, including checking men's glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to rule out a more serious health problem.
The service will be available in a private consultation room in 29 stores in England and will
cost £55 for the initial screening then £26.59 for four tablets. Patients can return for a check-up and get further supplies.
Boots hopes to extend the service later to shops in Scotland.
An experimental spray-on anesthetic may be the cure for many men suffering from premature ejaculation -- increasing the time to orgasm more than sixfold, according to new findings to be presented this week.
In a double-blind trial of more than
300 men with a lifetime history of prematurity, researchers found that the mean time to orgasm increased from about 0.6 minutes to 3.8 minutes in those using the spray.
This new topical spray has promise to become one of the most effective
treatments for premature ejaculation, said Dr. Ira Sharlip, a urologist at UC San Francisco and an association spokesman. It has a number of characteristics which will be attractive to patients.
Premature ejaculation is one of the most
common sexual problems of men, striking about 1 in every 3 -- compared with 1 in 4 who have erectile dysfunction.
Researchers have generally taken two approaches to overcoming the problem: treating the brain or numbing the penis.
Scientists noted some time ago that certain antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, had a side effect of delaying ejaculation. Johnson & Johnson developed a new drug, called dapoxetine, that maximized this effect. The drug has been approved in a couple of European countries, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled that it is not approvable, in part because of the problems associated with long-term use of such drugs.
The other approach is to use a topical anesthetic, such as EMLA cream, a combination of the anesthetics lignocaine and prilocaine in a cream base. It has not been approved for treating premature ejaculation, but many physicians prescribe it
The cream takes 45 minutes to work, however. The man must also wear a condom, or the cream will rub off on the female, preventing her from achieving satisfaction.
Dr. Michael G. Wyllie and his colleagues at Plethora Solutions
Ltd. in London have developed an anesthetic spray called PSD502, or Tempe. A combination of lidocaine and prilocaine, it is absorbed only by the glans penis -- the most sensitive part of the organ -- and not by the shaft. It is quickly absorbed, so there
is no danger of it rubbing off on the woman, and it acts in five minutes. That's a distinct advantage over previous options, because it doesn't need to be used with a condom or washed off before intercourse, Sharlip said.
Phthalates are frequently used in soft plastic fishing lures, nail polish, adhesives, caulk, paint pigments, and sex toys made of so-called jelly rubber.
Some vendors of jelly rubber sex toys advise covering them in condoms when used internally, due to the possible leaching of phthalates. Other vendors do not carry jelly rubber sex toys, in favor of phthalate-free varieties.
In studies of rodents
exposed to certain phthalates, high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects
The Earth Angel is a brand new innovatively designed adult toy designed and developed in Ireland. It is the first ever adult toy to contain "green" technology. Over the last few years there have been attempts made to produce a 100%
environmentally friendly sex toy but none have so far lived up to expectations. "Green" sex toy manufacturers are focusing more on the materials used in their toys than the operation of the toys. There have been some offerings of solar powered
and moon powered toys but these are not without their disadvantages.
Unlike traditional "green" toys it will never require replacement batteries as it houses its own patented power core. Intense vibrations from the word go. A specially
adapted key is fitted within the base and is extracted and turned to initiate the power core. A few turns and you have a fully charged, incredibly intense vibrator.
All elements of THE EARTH ANGEL have been used with the environment in mind, from
the internal parts to the outer packaging. We have only produced our vibrator in one colour, white, in keeping with the concept behind the product.
The adult trade group point out that it takes 4 minutes to wind up the vibrator sufficiently for
30 minutes of fun. I wonder how much extra carbon dioxide is generated due to the exercise and how many resources are expended to grow the food used to fuel the human power generator.
In her laboratory at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Prof Chivers showed a group of men and women footage of straight sex, male and female gay sex, male and female masturbation, a woman exercising naked, a naked man walking on a beach – and a
film clip of bonobo apes mating, with some appreciative hoots and screeches dubbed in. Male viewers had an apparatus attached to their penises to gauge any trace of engorgement; women had a plastic probe inserted to measure vaginal transudation. They also were given an electronic pad to record whether or not they felt turned on by what was being shown.
The results were amazing. Among the male participants, the degree of desire they claimed on the keypads matched the degree of response recorded on the machines: they liked to watch straight shagging and girl-on-girl action, and they knew they
did. Among women, things were different. No matter how much their keypads insisted they weren't interested in the scenes before them, their internal monitors showed they were turned on by everything: straight sex, gay sex, lesbian sex, the nude gymnast –
even the rutting simians got a vaginal thumbs-up.
The findings were startling: apparently, women don't know what turns them on – but an awful lot of things do so. Many lady readers of the New York Times might feel insulted by being told they
could be sexually aroused by apes, but Prof Chivers goes further. She claims that evolution is responsible for the phenomenon of women's reported arousal – to the point of orgasm – during sexual assault. It goes back to ancestral days, she reports, when
women had to lubricate internally during unwanted sex to reduce the possibility of discomfort, illness or death.
Couples who share a passionate kiss enjoy sensations of relaxation and excitement because of a complex series of chemical processes, as well as their love for their partners.
The study showed that women need more than just a kiss to experience
the same chemical high as men - with additional features such as a romantic atmosphere of dimmed lights and mood music also required.
Wendy Hill, professor of psychology at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania began the research to find out why the
mundane physical activity of rubbing lips can elicit such a gratifying emotional response.
Her team tested the levels of two hormones, cortisol and oxytocin, in 15 couples before and after holding hands and kissing.
They found that
kissing reduced the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in both sexes. But levels of oxytocin, a hormone linked to social bonding that they expected to be boosted by kissing, only rose among the men.
This study shows kissing is much more
complex and causes hormonal changes and things we never thought occurred, said Prof Hill.
It is not clear how kissing provokes such hormonal reactions, but some scientists believe they are triggered by the exchange of pheromones – chemicals
our bodies release to attract sexual partners – in the saliva.
This interaction may also have health benefits. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University, New Jersey, said: If you share your germs with somebody, you're boosting your internal defence
A one-a-day impotence pill is now available on the NHS.
The makers of Cialis say it is superior to its predecessor Viagra because the effects last much longer – up to 36 hours compared to four.
It has been licensed for daily use for the
first time, meaning men can now take it as part of their everyday routine.
Only those 15% of impotence patients with a certified medical condition – such as diabetes or renal failure – will be able to receive a 28-day supply of the drug for free
on the NHS.
The remainder of patients will have to pay around £55 for each pack. The drugs are available only on prescription from a GP.
Men take it as part of their daily routine in the morning. Side-effects are mostly mild,
including headaches or upset stomach.
The drug has been available for several years, but has only just been licensed for use once a day. It is therefore the first oral impotence drug which enables couples to initiate sex whenever they wish.
Bless me Father for I have sinned...20 times this month.
Twenty Hail Marys my son. Can I take that as a repeat prescription?
Masturbation may be good for you – or bad, depending on your age. The solitary sexual activity that is widely practised but little discussed, is linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer when practised frequently by young men in their
twenties and thirties, doctors say.
But by the time men reach their fifties, it may protect against the disease because it helps remove toxins that have built up over a lifetime.
Prostate cancer is known to be driven by the male hormone
testosterone, and men with high levels of testosterone tend to have a higher sex drive and a higher risk of the cancer.
But most research has examined older men because prostate cancer is unusual under 50. Researchers at the University of
Nottingham studied the link between sexual activity in younger men and the disease to see if it affected their long-term risk. More than 400 men with prostate cancer diagnosed before the age of 60 were questioned about their sexual habits over the
preceding decades and the results compared with 400 controls.
The findings showed that those who had been most sexually active in their twenties – having sexual intercourse or masturbating more than 20 times a month – were more likely
to have the cancer. Frequent masturbation, but not sexual intercourse, in the twenties and thirties was significantly linked with the later development of prostate cancer.
In their 50s men who were most sexually active (more than 10 times a month
for sexual intercourse and masturbation combined) enjoyed a small protective effect. The effect was greater when masturbation was assessed on its own.
Polyxeni Dimitripolou, who led the study published in the British Journal of Urology
International, said: It seems as if keeping up a certain level of sexual activity through the decades is better than having a high level early [in the 20s and 30s] and then nothing.