Sex Aware

 2013



 Offsite Article: Christmas Vibe...


Link Here 25th December 2013
Evolved Perfect Gift Diamond Christmas Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Buy Her a Vibrator for Christmas

See article from huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

 Update: The Sexualisation Report 2013...

A reasoned and well researched report covering the issues usually monopolised by campaigners and moralists


Link Here 18th December 2013
sexualisation report 2013 From the introductory sections of the report:

People are worried about sexualization; about children becoming sexual at too young an age; about the ways in which women may be being defined by their sexuality; and about the availability and potential effects of online pornography, to name but a few of the often repeated concerns.

The word sexualization has been used to mean many things and to refer to a wide range of issues. This report aims to summarize what is known -- and not yet known -- on each of the main areas of concern.

The term sexualization was virtually non-existent in news headlines in 2005, but since then it has been widely used. Sexualization has become a political and policy issue; the topic of several significant reports and of comment by leading politicians.

The contributors to this report are conscious of the inaccurate and sometimes sensationalist information that often circulates publicly about sexualization, not only in media and popular books, but also in policy reports, statements by politicians and other public figures, as well as in some academic work.

Our aim is to set out clearly what current good research tells us about these issues, and make clear what is known and what is not known or is unclear.

The report addresses the wide range of issues relating to sex, sexuality and sexual health and wellbeing that seem to underpin public anxieties that are now commonly expressed as concerns about sexualization . These include STIs, pregnancy, addiction, dysfunction, violence, abuse, sex work, sexual practices, different forms of sexuality, medicalization, commerce, media and popular culture.

 

  Regular Viewers...

Ann Summers survey suggests that many women choose to watch porn videos


Link Here 17th November 2013
Ann Summers A new Ann Summers survey suggests that 55% of women watch videos with sexual content on their own at least once a month,  with a further 40% admitting to switching it on weekly. 96% cent of women have watched porn with a partner, with 58% claiming it had a positive effect on their sex life

The majority of women prefer to watch soft porn (73%), nearly half (47%) tune into role play porn and 21% enjoy fetish-related content.

Nearly half of women said porn helps spice up their love life by helping them to find the confidence to tell their partner what they like between the sheets.

40% of women admitted to making a DIY sex tape with an ex or current partner and 66% filmed it on a Smartphone.

 

 Offsite Article: Millions of Americans Watch Porn...


Link Here 18th August 2013
Sociologists Journey through Entertainment ebook But for academics, studying it remains a challenge. An interview with Chauntelle Tibbals

See article from slate.com

 

  Moral Panic...

Study finds that porn has a smaller effect on teenagers than previously thought


Link Here 26th April 2013

journal of sexual medicineThe negative effect of pornography on a teenager's sexuality has been greatly exaggerated, according to a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Parents have long had reasons to intervene when they catch their teens looking at pornography. There are arguments to be made against pornography on almost every level: Most films, especially from the mainstream, at best give very unrealistic depictions of men, women, and various sex acts, and it has long been thought that exposure to pornography has a negative effect on a teen's sexual development.

But at least one new study argues the contrary: That pornography might not have as big an effect on teen sexual behavior as thought.

For the new study, 4,600 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 in The Netherlands were surveyed about their sex lives and their use of pornography. The survey asked whether they used pornography, how many sexual partners they have had, and whether or not they've had one-night stands or exchanged money for sex.

Gert Martin Hald, the lead author of the study and associate professor in the department of public health at the University of Copenhagen, said that previous studies on the subject focused too much on the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases and the consumption of pornography. This means that previous studies had already overestimated the link between porn and sexual behavior without laying any proper groundwork. Their study, therefore, focused on sexual self-esteem, sexual assertiveness, sensation seeking, and the extent to which young people sought out sexual excitement and physical pleasure.

The study found that ultimately, there does exist a statistically significant relationship between the subjects' pornography use and their sexual behavior, [but] that link turned out to be a modest one. Hald also argues that more attention should be paid to other influences outside of pornography. Hald said:

There has been a sort of moral panic -- sometimes in Britain and in the U.S. especially -- about the influence of pornography on sexual behaviours. And although this study can't claim to investigate cause and effect, it can still say that there are a lot of other factors that determine sexual behaviours, so maybe we should put the debate into a larger perspective instead of being just one-sided.

Perhaps he is trying to suggest that unemployment and a lack of prospects may be doing far more harm to kids than viewing porn.

 

 Offsite Article: Changing Thoughts About Toy and Lubricant Compatibility...


Link Here 26th April 2013
K Y Yours Couples Lubricant Bottles A rather technical article on mixing and matching sex toys with lubricants

See article from xbiz.com

 

 Offsite Article: We need to talk about sex - not just filter it out...


Link Here 17th April 2013  full story: Internet Blocking Adult Websites in UK...Government push for ISPs to block porn
Sex Education Birds Bees 2 DVD Answering young people's questions about sex is as, if not more, important than filtering access to online pornography, says Madeleine French

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Women better off without bras: French study...


Link Here 13th April 2013
Padded Seamless Comfort Stretch  Black Women should forget everything they've been told about bras. According to a new French study, wearing a bra does nothing to reduce back pain, and the chest supports actually cause increased breast sagging.

See article from thelocal.fr

 

 Offsite Article: Sex toys SHOULD be sold in Boots - and in supermarkets!...


Link Here 31st January 2013
Daily Mail sexpert Tracey Cox Couples says couples using them have better sex... and more clued-up children

See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Does porn hurt relationships?...


Link Here 22nd January 2013
An unscientific new survey claims it does. But experts argue that it can often help

See article from salon.com

 

  Seeking Good Attention...

Posting nude photos of themselves may be good for young adults


Link Here 5th January 2013

malmo university logo Watching porn and posting nude photos of oneself may be good for young people according to a Swedish researcher.

Pernilla Nigard, a doctoral candidate at Malmo University studied men and women 18-25 and found that young people's online porn habits can enrich their lives. She even believes the practices may help shape their identities. Nigard told The Local: A lot of it is about the need to be seen, to get affirmation, and to get attention,

When asked why they posted sexualized images of themselves online, the women Nigard interviewed said that they feel stronger when they receive positive comments.

But it's not all good news. If women receive negative comments, they're likely to strike back at their critics. Nigard found that it's OK to be seen as sexy, but if women are labeled sluts or whores it can become problematic for those who post their photos, especially when they're spread across the internet.

Men on the other hand use porn in the pursuit of independence. Nigard said: It's sort of like uncomplicated sex. There aren't any demands like in a real relationship because there is a lack of intimacy.

Nigard's research also indicated that it's not really clear why young people feel good about exposing their sexuality online when it's those who comment who have the real power. She said that perhaps it's the simple fact that our image-heavy culture helps shape young people's identities regardless of the consequences.

 

 Offsite Article: Too Good?...


Link Here 4th January 2013
Does the Regular Use of Vibrators Make Manual, Oral or Penetration Orgasms Harder?

See article from gizmodo.com

 

  Unmemorable attempt to pin something on internet porn addiction...

Researchers find that sexual arousal temporarily inhibits memory. Probably just being a bit distracted by horny thoughts


Link Here 1st January 2013

journal of sex reseacrh Pornographic Picture Processing Interferes with Working Memory Performance

By Christian Laiera (Department of General Psychology: Cognition, University of Duisburg--Essen), Frank P. Schultea & Matthias Branda (Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

Abstract

Some individuals report problems during and after Internet sex engagement, such as missing sleep and forgetting appointments, which are associated with negative life consequences.

One mechanism potentially leading to these kinds of problems is that sexual arousal during Internet sex might interfere with working memory (WM) capacity, resulting in a neglect of relevant environmental information and therefore disadvantageous decision making.

In this study, 28 healthy individuals performed 4 experimental manipulations of a pictorial 4-back WM task with neutral, negative, positive, or pornographic stimuli. Participants also rated 100 pornographic pictures with respect to sexual arousal and indicated masturbation urges previous to and following pornographic picture presentation.

Results revealed worse WM performance in the pornographic picture condition of the 4-back task compared with the three remaining picture conditions. Furthermore, hierarchical regression analysis indicated an explanation of variance of the sensitivity in the pornographic picture condition by the subjective rating of the pornographic pictures as well as by a moderation effect of masturbation urges.

Results contribute to the view that indicators of sexual arousal due to pornographic picture processing interfere with WM performance. Findings are discussed with respect to Internet sex addiction because WM interference by addiction-related cues is well known from substance dependencies.