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Do It Tonight: Blindfold Your Partner (Or Yourself)

The blindfolds that comes free with transatlantic flights are sometimes printed with the phrase “forty winks” — and we think we know what kind of winks they’re talking about. Who hasn’t stuffed a complimentary blindfold into their carry-on and thought, “Ooh, I should use that sometime”? But, really, you should. You can go high-end with […]

How To
How to Write a Sex Manual

Sex is funny. People clunk heads, make foolish noises, and generally exhibit the grace of Michael Bolton on Dancing with the Stars. But if you’ve read most of the sex manuals published in the past thirty years, you’d think we were all missing the joke. You’d conclude that good sex required a bearded man, a […]

Jingle Balls!

Smartballs by Fun Factory That warm, fuzzy feeling you get from the holiday season can be experienced any time of year really (at least by the ladies) thanks to Smartballs, vaginal balls-within-balls that rotate fast and steadily with pelvic movement to help improve PC muscle strength and sensitivity — the lazy way of doing your […]

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Dear Em & Lo: Can I Give a Sex Toy as a Present?

Dear Em & Lo, Is it ever okay to give your partner a sex toy as a holiday present? Making my list, checking it twice, –Toys R Us Dear TRU, Yes! But. It can’t be just any sex toy, it can’t be just any packaging, and it can’t be just any partner. That said, a […]

Time Freaking Magazine Covers Green Sex Toys

Earth Angel Hand-Powered Vibe Damn it! Why, or why, didn’t we get off our asses and pitch Time the “Sex and the Eco City” piece in this week’s issue? It’s all stuff we’ve covered before!, on this site and in our 2006 book Sex Toy: An A-Z Guide to Bedside Accessories — but that was […]

Jimmyjane’s New Iconic Vibes

Jimmyjane’s “Usual Suspects” line of iconic vibes As far as good ideas go, this one is right up there with sliced bread and TiVo: 1) Take the best, most popular vibrators that ever existed. 2) Make them out of hygienic, non-porous, phthalate-free material (unlike all their knockoffs). 3) Give the vibes a cool design touch […]

How To
How to Buy a Decent Sex Toy

There are countless toys out there to choose from — unfortunately, not all of them will get you to your happy place effectively, or even safely. The sex toy industry, which is largely unregulated, is littered with manufacturers and distributors who are more interested in quantity than quality. Fortunately that’s changing, as consumers become more […]

“Regifting” Sex Toys?

We’ve been asked before if it’s okay to “reuse” a sex toy that outlasts the relationship it was originally purchased for. This rarely happens with battery-operated vibrators, as their shelf life is so limited, but it’s often an issue with something more hardy, like a silicone dildo. If you’re only going to reuse it on […]

Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silicone Lubes

Pink love gel The future of sex is silicone, and the future of sex is now. (And, no, this has nothing to do with fake ta-tas.) Yesterday we covered silicone toys, today it’s silicone lube. It feels and works just like oil — i.e., it’s waterproof (bring on the shower nozzle!), a little goes a […]

Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silicone Toys

Silicone “Theta” from Tantus Silicone is an inorganic polymer. Or, better put, the safest soft material for anything you’re going to insert in your bod — no contest. Here’s the long list explaining why: There are no pores to harbor bad bacteria, you can put it in your dishwasher, you can sterilize it by boiling […]

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Dear Em & Lo: What's a Good My First Vibrator?

photo via Hi Em & Lo, I recently turned twenty and for a few months now have been curiously debating getting a vibrator.  Thanks to a fairly conservative upbringing, my experiences with sex, masturbation, and just about anything conceivably related are virtually nil, and I have no idea how to go about finding what […]