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Saturday
Feb122011

Valentines lingerie lookbook special 


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Whoever said lingerie is more a gift for the giver clearly hasn't received the right pair yet. A properly nice lingerie set can boost a girl's confidence like nothing else. The trick is to choose a kind that suits your significant other's lifestyle, as well as your personal proclivities this Valentines Day.

If your girl is into light, femme colours, silky finishes and a bit of a boost, then Bar  Rafaeli-faced French brand Passionata might be the trick. In Australia it's available exclusively through Myer. If your Miss is  Rubenesque, Playtex's specially shaped and sized options might be the ticket, while Dalia provides supportive but luxurious options for girls whose cups runneth over a D. Bras 'n' Things offer fun options that are great for the budget conscious without actually looking like it. If your ladyfriend has a tendency towards lace up booties, and things with owls, Lonely lingerie is probably her ticket (extra points for a high-cut waist line). For women who enjoy letting the girls out to play, Selmark make push ups that seem to change the laws of physics. 

If your missus occasionally enjoys whipping you (literally) into shape, she'll probably be impressed by a set from Agent Provocateur. Fans of Parisian glam shouldn't step past the French girl's favourite Chantal Thomass, while Mimi Holliday by Damaris has a girly, flirty feel - both these brands are available online from Sauvage, or from Dirty Pretty Things in Sydney. For ladies who like their dresses tight, but are against lines of the visible panty kind, Nearly Nude live up to their name. Personally I'd like my secret admirer to get me a made-to-measure corset from only-in-Paris Cadolle. I'm obnoxious like that. 

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Saturday
Feb122011

7 Foods for Better Sex


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If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some R-rated foods to help turn up the heat. “There’s a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience,” says Jennifer R. Berman, MD, the director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here are some of the food ingredients (and my own favorite recipes) that have been major players in aphrodisiac history and lore, and also have modern-day science to back up their claims.

Avocados-- The Aztecs referred to avocados as, ahem, testicles, because of their physical shape. But the scientific reason why avocados make sense as an aphrodisiac is that they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them good for your heart and your arteries. Anything that keeps the heart beating strong helps keep blood flowing to all the right places; in fact, men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).

Almonds-- Topping my list of feisty foods, almonds have long been purported to increase passion, act as a sexual stimulant, and aid with fertility. Like asparagus (another one of my favorite sexy foods), almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. “Zinc helps enhance libido and sexual desire,” says Dr. Berman. “We don’t really understand the mechanisms behind it, but we know it works.”

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Saturday
Feb122011

11 Sensual Valentine's Day Ideas


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Let's fast-forward a few days: It's Monday morning, you're standing by the water cooler casually exchanging stories about the night before -- Valentine's Day -- with the guys. What kind of guy do you want to be? The conservative, who "surprised" his girlfriend with a box of chocolates and a fancy dinner? Boring. Even the boss' morning meeting stories are more interesting than that. The ol' married guy, whose sex life depends on that very day? Please.

This Valentine's Day, you can be the guy who stepped outside of his chocolate box, who dared to do something a bit more kinky, and who can stand by that water cooler with a smirk on his face that doesn't require any explanation.

Where to start? If you want to impress her, start by pleasing her with these 11 sensual Valentine's Day ideas.

1- Prolonged foreplay

Let's jump right into it (no puns intended): When was the last time you engaged in prolonged foreplay that did not culminate with penetration? Exactly. We underestimate how important it is to warm her up, make her feel special and, ultimately, have her so turned on that she's begging for it.

We know what you're thinking: "Seriously?" And, "Am I capable?" Yes and yes. Sometimes the anticipation is hotter than the climax. So, we recommend relishing that moment of anticipation because, hey, you'll enjoy it too. Kiss, touch, lick, tease, bite -- you choose the verb -- all night long.

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Saturday
Feb122011

Study: Rise in some cancers linked to oral sex 


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There's a worrisome uptick in the incidence of certain head and neck cancers among middle-aged and even younger Americans, and some experts link the trend to a rise in the popularity of oral sex over the past few decades.

That's because the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major trigger for these cancers, and HPV can be transmitted through this type of sexual activity.

"It seems like a pretty good link that more sexual activity, particularly oral sex, is associated with increased HPV infection," said Dr. Greg Hartig, professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

According to Dr. William Lydiatt, professor and chief of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the overall incidence of head and neck cancers is going down, largely because fewer people are smoking (tobacco and drinking are the major traditional risk factors).

But the incidence of cancers of the tonsil and base of the tongue have been going up over the past decades, he said. And those are the ones that are more likely to test positive for HPV.

"It's gotten to the point now where 60 to 70% of all tonsil cancers in the U.S. are HPV-related," Lydiatt said.

Although the link between HPV and these types of cancers is indisputable, the association with oral sex is strong but a little more speculative, experts say.

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Friday
Feb042011

Attention, Ladies: Semen is An Antidepressant


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Perhaps you're familiar with the McClintock effect, the observation that when groups of reproductive-age women live or work together (in college housing, the military, all-female workplaces, etc.), over time their menstrual periods tend to become synchronized. The accepted explanation is that the women detect each other's pheromones, subtle scents that each of us produce, and somehow these only-faintly aromatic but powerful compounds influence the women's hormones and make their menstrual periods arrive around the same time.

But at the State University of New York, two evolutionary psychologists were puzzled to discover that lesbians show no McClintock effect. Why not? Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch realized that the only real difference between lesbians and heterosexual women is that the latter are exposed to semen. They speculated that maybe semen chemistry has something to do with the McClintock effect. But if that were true, the vagina would have to absorb compounds in semen that affected the women's pheromones.

Semen is best known for what's not absorbed by the vagina, sperm, which swim through it on their way into the fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place. But sperm comprise only about 3 percent of semen. The rest is seminal fluid: mostly water, plus about 50 compounds: sugar (to nourish sperm), immunosuppressants (to keep women's immune systems from destroying sperm), and oddly, two female sex hormones, and many mood-elevating compounds: endorphins, estrone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyrotrpin-releasing hormone, and serotonin.

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Sunday
Jan302011

SOME WOMEN SUFFER FROM UNCONTROLLABLE AROUSAL!


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By Michael Castleman | greatsexafter40.com

Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), also known as Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), is the butt of jokes, but it’s no joke to the women who suffer this puzzling, maddening condition.

PSAS was first identified in 2001 by the late Sandra Leiblum, Ph.D., a noted sex researcher, who documented a few cases. Since then a few dozen more have been reported.

PSAS involves spontaneous, ongoing, uncontrollable genital arousal—unrelated to any feelings of sexual interest or desire. These feelings can be very intense, may persist for days or weeks, and may cause sudden, spontaneous orgasms. PSAS also causes embarrassment, shame, and feelings of desperation, even thoughts of suicide.

PSAS appears to be similar to priapism in men, which involves persistent, unwanted erections unrelated to sexual desire or arousal that may last for hours, and often require surgical deflation. Some sources call PSAS “clitoral priapism.”

PSAS is not related to hyper-sexuality, also known as nymphomania, because women who are hypersexual experience sexual desire and want sex. In PSAS, there is no desire, just persistent, uncontrollable arousal, like an itch that drives you crazy but can’t be scratched.

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Sunday
Jan302011

DO WOMEN REALLY LIKE BIG PENISES?


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Ask any credible sexologist, and you hear four words: Penis size doesn't matter. But size matters a great deal to many (most?) men. Why the disconnect? Many reasons. Are there any safe, effective ways to increase size? Yes, but they don't involve pills, potions, or surgery.

Here's why sexologists say size doesn't matter. Any size penis can provide great pleasure for the man it's attached to. An estimated 95 percent of penises are average size (3 to 5 inches flaccid, 5 to 7 inches erect). Very few are significantly larger or smaller. When women have been surveyed about what they want in a lover, they consistently mention attractiveness, kindness, caring, listening, sense of humor, and shared interests and values. Very few mention penis size. Finally, sex therapists report that women clients almost never complain about their partner's size. As a result, most sexologists say size doesn't matter.

But many (most?) men feel very differently. They've compared themselves to the huge penises they've seen in porn and have concluded: Mine's much smaller. They've received countless junk emails for enlargement products. They've seen casual sex personal ads looking for men with huge ones. Men are convinced that size is key to women's pleasure and orgasm because a big one stretches the vagina more and penetrates deeper. And if you add up all the authoritative information men receive about size, it amounts to a thimbleful of water in a vast ocean of porn whose message is that hot sex is all about having a huge penis.

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Sunday
Jan302011

Heterosexual Anal Play: Increasingly Popular


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How prevalent is heterosexual anal sex? No one knows. Anal sex has long been considered taboo--and in some quarters, still is--so people may not be honest when surveyed about it. But since the early 1980s when receptive anal intercourse was identified as a key route of HIV transmission, research into anal sex, including heterosexual anal, has increased substantially, and all credible evidence suggests that hetero-anal has become increasingly popular.

Note: Anal play includes penis-anus intercourse, anal sphincter massage, fingering, oral-anal contact (analingus), and anal insertion of objects. Here, "anal intercourse" means penis insertion, while "anal sex" or "play" means any form of anal eroticism.

Ancient Greek pottery (c. 500 B.C.) shows men engaged in homosexual anal intercourse. But the oldest known depictions of heterosexual anal appear 800 years later on Peruvian pottery (c. 300 A.D.). In Peru 1,700 years ago, hetero-anal intercourse was by no means rare. On surviving pottery depicting erotic art, one-third of it shows hetero-anal intercourse. Chinese and Japanese woodblock prints (16th to19th centuries) depict heterosexual anal intercourse fairly frequently. And ever since the invention of photography (1840) and motion pictures (1890), pornography has shown hetero-anal play.

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Sunday
Jan302011

Everything you ever wanted to know about wild sex...

The Natural History Museum is to harness public curiosity about the almost infinite variety of carnal knowledge with an exhibition that lays out toe-curling truths about wild sex. 

Mostly, testosterone rules, and at this point the squeamish may want to look away. Not only is a male snake's tongue forked, so is his penis – in case a reluctant female tries to evade him and he misses his aim first time, he can have another go.

There is, says Tate Greenhalgh, developer of the exhibition Sexual Nature, which opens at the museum on 11 February, "sperm competition" which involves some species being extremely well endowed – the tiny blue wren bird, for instance, has testes that account for a quarter of his body weight.

The chimpanzee, given the promiscuity of his species, has developed powerful gonads to make sure any offspring is his own. "It's not just mating, it's reproducing," she said. "They are able to produce enough sperm not only to fertilise the female's eggs, but to form a barrier that prevents any other sperm from getting through. Hedgehogs do it too."

The delightfully named banana slug will bite off its own penis and leave it in the female to prevent any other slug depositing its DNA.

In the hyena world it is the female that rules, choosing her mate, guarding territory, rearing cubs and allowing the male to stay or kicking him out as she sees fit. Her genitalia have even evolved to look like the male's.

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