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July 11, 2014
Last week, a UK judge proved just how real “rape culture” is: In response to a jury quickly finding a man guilty of raping a woman who was passed out on his couch, the judge offered these condolences to the criminal (i.e. not the victim):
Salon responded with an appropriate WTF article aboutÂ how “[t]his is everything that is wrong with how we view and talk about rape.” And when we posted about it earlier this week on Facebook, Molly Durham wrote this hilarious response:
*snorts* if this guy had it his way, there’d probably be a rape matrix or something… “Victim must be held down for 9.4 sec, victim must scream for 12.7 sec and clearly call for help 4 times at a level of 150 decibels or more, however, if rapist is known by victim or tells her that it’s not actually rape, victim must start over and file formal petition to change relationship with rapist from known to unknown.” Or some other bureaucratic nonsense… Sigh. It’s hard to be female, cis or trans :/
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June 15, 2014
This just in: men account for FOUR OF EVERY FIVE sex toy transactions at LELO.com in the week before a big sporting event. This is a fact that LELO can prove.
On any typical day at LELO.com, 50% of transactions are made by men, and 50% by women. If youâ€™re surprised by that figure, donâ€™t be, because thatâ€™s a normal buying pattern throughout the whole industry. What might surprise you, though, is how that buying pattern changes in the run up to any big sporting event, like the Super Bowl in the US, or the Champions League final in Europe.
LELO has extrapolated from their data the idea that men and women in relationships must have a kind of agreement: the guy spends time with his friends to watch the big game(s), and in advance he sweetens the deal by buying his partner a vibe which she has chosen, or theyâ€™ve chosen together.
LELO canâ€™t be completely sure of the why, but they ARE sure of the when. Check out how it breaks down regionally: in the days before the Super Bowl, men represent 74% of all Americans buying from LELO; and in the week before this yearâ€™s Championâ€™s league final, which included two Spanish rival teams, more than 80% of Spanish transactions were made by men.
The graph below shows transactions by gender, marked with the dates of big international sporting events, and our projection of how the trend will increase in the run up to the World Cup soccer championship.
So how do they know the guys are buying for their partners, and not for themselves? Well thatâ€™s pretty straightforward. Sales of the three products below explode in this pre-sport buying period, and as you can see, they are not male sex toys:
Has your partner ever bought you a sex toy before a major sporting event, and what do you think explains it? Answer in the comments belowâ€¦
June 10, 2014
May 30, 2014
LELO has been nominated for more awards than any other pleasure brand at one of Europeâ€™s most prestigious adult award ceremonies: theÂ Erotic Trade Only Awards. That’s seven — count ‘em, seven — categories, the most they’ve ever received at the ETO Awards, a testament to the stellar year of creativity and innovation they’ve had:
So if you love their products like we do and youâ€™d like to show them some support (showing our sponsors support supports us!), weâ€™d love it if you went over toÂ www.erotictradeonly.comÂ and voted for them. Voting closes on Friday 6thÂ June and the winners are announced on Sunday June 22nd.
Watch this space to find out how they make out — get it? make out? heh heh — at the Erotic Trade Only Awards.
May 23, 2014
We’re taking the long weekend off, and we hope you are, too! Â We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled regimen of sex, love, and everything in between on Tuesday, May 27th.
We hope your barbecue plans don’t get rained off, and if they do, we hope your battery-operated sex toys are fully charged. Either way, remember to raise an icy cold beverage to all the people who give their lives for this country — the straight ones, the gay ones, and all the other ones, too. Without them, you wouldn’t have the freedom to stay home and shot-gun Budweiser by the pool, or buy a battery-operated sex toy whenever you damn well felt like it.
By the way, our friend Nathaniel Frank was instrumental in getting “don’t ask, don’t tell” removed. Â He is the author of the bookÂ Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, andÂ was an expert witness in two Constitutional challenges to â€śdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell,â€ť whose success helped end the policy. You can read more about his book here, and also read an open letter he wrote to the parents of his (gay) best friend.
See you back here on Tuesday!
May 13, 2014
In the past few weeks, we here at EMandLO.com (that would be us, Em & Lo) have held several quick, kick-ass contests with real live winners:
That’s a lot of swag in return for very little effort: Each of these contests simply required a mere “Like” here or a “Retweet” there. The craziest thing about these contests, though? They only had a handful of entrants each! Seriously, your chances of winning on EMandLO.com are huge, people — HUGE!
Do you think you can’t win? Is there something dirty about winning something sex-related? That’s the whole point! So the next time you see us holding a contest, enter it — Â you’ll probably win.Â
May 6, 2014
We were fascinated by the article in the New York Times this past weekend about the custody battle between actor Jason Patric and his massage therapist ex (and not just because the notoriously publicity-shy Patric talkied to Katie Couric on national television to get his side of the dispute out there).
Here’s the story, in a nutshell: Patric and Danielle Schreiber dated on and off for a decade, and during that time they talked about starting a family via I.V.F. (he had a surgical procedure to help things along). Then they broke up, but remained friends, and whenÂ Schreiber decided she still wanted a kid, Patric offered his sperm. You know, as gentlemen do. Then, duh, like some romantic comedy starring one of the Jennifers (Aniston/Lopez/Garner), they fell back in love once the kid showed up.
So Patric became Dada, yadda yadda. And then — of course — they broke up again. Except now Patric’s “sperm donation” is a four-year-old boy, and Patric considers this boy his son. And he wants shared custody — but she wants a restraining order. In other words, now it’s neither romantic nor comedic.
We do not envy the judge and jury who have to make a call in this case. Based on the information we have in this case, the line between sperm donor and father seems truly blurred. They are both right, and they are both wrong. And then there’s the kid, who is just a four-year-old boy and too young to understand the difference between giving a friend your sperm and giving an on-off lover your sperm. Actually, we’re in our forties and we’re struggling to make sense of it. Clearly the law needs to be clearer on the topic of turkey-based sperm. And, even more clearly, fully grown adults should think twice before donating sperm to, or accepting sperm from, someone with whom their relationship could be described as “complicated.” (Ah, remember early days Facebook?!)
What do you think? Once a sperm donor, always a sperm donor? Or can someone accrue parental rights by maturing from a sperm donor into a Dada?
April 29, 2014
Your odds of winning thisÂ Mother’s Day Feel Good Package made especially for EMandLO.com readers byÂ Tess & James — a new, small batch production company specializing in feel good products made from ingredients that are gentle on the skin, nice to your nose, and free of artificialÂ colors, artificial flavors andÂ preservatives — are ridonkulous! But you only have untilÂ EOD EST TODAY, April 29th, 2014Â to enter to win the random drawing by:
This fabulous Em & Lo gift box will include:
One lucky winner will be chosen and contacted via Facebook on Wednesday, April 30th in order to be sent the package in time for Mother’s Day (just be sure you check your Facebook account on Wednesday in case you win, so you can get Tess & James the right mailing address in time for May 11th!). Good luck!
April 18, 2014
In honor of STI Awareness Month, we’ve teamed up with Trojan to offer one lucky person:
All you have to do is one or more of the following between now and EOD EST on April 21st, 2014.Â The more you do, the greater your chances of winning!:
* (Let us know youâ€™ve retweeted/shared byÂ mailing us a screenshotÂ of each FB post/Tweet: on a Mac, Command+Shiftshift+4Â lets you drag and capture an area of the screen;Â click here for instructionsÂ on taking screenshots on either a PC or a Mac)
In the meantime, brush up on your condom knowledge and start wrapping up!:
Prepare to have your mind blown by these stats (and check out the infographic below):
WHAT?!?! That’s outrageous. Especially since we’ve been promoting condom use and other safer sex acts since forever! Have we even made a dent? Help us make more of one and win some awesome condoms in the process!