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Should Condom Companies Adjust Sizes To Fit Male Egos?

We’ve all heard the famous “condoms are too tight for me” line before, right, ladies? Well, according to a new survey from the Kinsey Institute, 45 percent of men are actually telling the truth. Sounds like a suspicious statistic on account of how stretchy those damn things are … but I will give dudes the benefit of the doubt for now. Of the 436 men surveyed, about half reported that condoms just didn’t fit them properly. They also complained of breakage, slippage, lack of pleasure, and peen irritation. To help solve these poor men’s d**k issues, the Kinsey Institute has recommended that condom companies re-brand their sizing in order to accommodate men’s egos. So, a “small” would be a “large,” a “medium” would be an “extra-large,” etc. This new sizing would theoretically allow men to buy condoms that fit them without being embarrassed. Really? Is the male ego that fragile? Does that mean we should start re-branding bra sizes as well? [Asylum] Keep reading »

The New York City Sex Bloggers Calendar Wants You!

I’m occasionally a bit of a procrastinator. According to the calendar on my office wall, it is December 2009, and I’ve still got to pick up vodka for New Year’s. But, fortunately for all of us, the powers that be at the New York City Sex Bloggers Calendar do not have this problem. They’ve got future sexiness on the brain, and they’re seeking centerfolds from anywhere in the country for 2011. For the past two years, they’ve been using the calendars to raise funds to promote healthy, positive sexuality, under the premise that sex is fun and awesome, and sexual freedom is a basic human right. In 2011, all the proceeds from the calendar will go to the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, an organization that advances the cause of sexual speech, education, and expression. They oppose abstinence-only curricula, the misuse and abuse of sex workers, and legislation that governs the bedroom. They also foster scientific study of human sexuality, positive body image, and artistic expression. All good stuff! Any cutie patootie — gay, straight, male, female, trans, queer — sex blogger of any ethnicity or size is invited to submit a photo. All in favor of nominating our own Simcha?! [New York City Sex Bloggers Calendar] Keep reading »

Carrying 3 Condoms In D.C. Makes You A Prostitute

Carrying three or more condoms in Washington, D.C. isn’t a sign that you’re a responsible adult who has a big night ahead of you, instead it could mean you’re a prostitute. Police in D.C. are setting up “Prostitution Free Zones,” in which officers can arrest anyone they suspect of being a sex worker. And the police have been accused of using the number of condoms a person has in their possession as an indication of their intent to sell sex. While this law can be a nuisance to people who aren’t in the sex trade (condoms are often sold in packs of three), it really is dangerous to sex workers because it forces them to abandon safe sex practices, which puts their health and that of the public at risk. D.C. has HIV/AIDS rates greater than a severe epidemic. And this law will make matters worse because prostitutes, who are often controlled by pimps, will be further criminalized and won’t seek medical attention for fear of being arrested. Sadly, this practice has also been adopted by police in San Francisco and New York City. [Change.org] Keep reading »

The Holidays Are A Time For Unprotected Sex

Around this time of year, even as people spend hours and hours wrapping up gifts to put under the tree, they forget to wrap up something else. More than a quarter of respondents admitted to having had unprotected sex because they were too drunk to remember to use contraception, according to a study of adults 18 to 35 in the U.K. And the holidays are when people tend to drink more than usual, the study found, with almost half of respondents saying they drink more during the “festive season.” So, as you’re heading out to holiday parties, don’t forget to drop a condom into your bag. And if you want to get into the spirit of the season, make it one that looks like a wreath. [Medical News Today] Keep reading »

7 Condoms Stronger Than The Rest

Condoms aren’t exactly effective if they tear, break, or don’t hold up to whatever rough stuff you’ve got going on in the bedroom, so ShopSmart magazine put 500 samples of 22 condom models to the test for its December issue. The rubbers were put through the ringer by an outside lab that inflated them like balloons until they burst to test their strength and submerged them in saline solution zapped with electricity to check for holes. The good news is that all of the condoms passed minimum requirements. However, some of them were better than others, and out of these seven, none had a single hole or tear (industry standards allow for a certain number of defects per batch). Click through to see which condom models more than passed the test, and how much they cost per condom. [ShopSmart] Keep reading »

Show Some Restraint! Sex-In-The-Shower Handcuffs Keep You Suctioned In

For those of you who like to play police officer/naughty girl in the shower, nothing says amore like neoprene, Velcro, and suction cups! OK, I don’t actually want to have sex in my shower because it’s got all kinds of nasty black fungus rapidly multiplying on the shower liner. But with a few squirts of Scrubbing Bubbles, I would totally get cuffed into these $20 sex-in-the-shower handcuffs faster than you can say “soap scum.” These fun sex toys look loads less slippery than holding on to the shampoo caddy for dear life. Free sample, please? It’s for, um, a friend. [SexToyFun.com] Keep reading »

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