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How does real sex look? These sites show the awkward truth

Does uncovering the vulnerable, clumsy sides of sex make you better at it? These “social sex” companies think so. In the sunny living room of a Mediterranean-style house in Oakland, California, Rosalind sips coffee through a straw. The 24-year-old research assistant wears a thin green utility jacket and has large brown eyes and dark wavy hair with pin-up-girl bangs. Sitting on a couch as SLR cameras record her, she gets ready to tell nine people, none of whom she’s met in real life before, about the first time she masturbated. “I can’t believe I told you guys about the shower [...]Read more

Virtual Reality Gets Naughty – New York Times

Matt McMullen in the virtual reality lab at his company, Realbotix. Credit Graham Walzer for The New York Times In early 2014 Ela Darling, 31, a pornographic actress, recorded her first virtual reality sex scene. She was in a college dorm room at the University of Maryland dressed in an R2-D2 swimsuit and high athletic socks. She sat on a twin bed, next to a wooden desk, and spoke to the camera as if it were a real person. There was no story line and no other actors. “It was a solo masturbation scene,” she said. “I was coy and […]

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Your Partner Wants A Threesome And You Don’t—Should You Break Up With Him?

You think that your relationship in and out of the sack is at its peak, and then he drops a bomb on you: He’s interested in trying a threesome. What the hell? While it might feel like a splash of cold water on your relationship, it doesn’t have to be. Before you freak out, we’ve asked experts for their take on how to approach this without making him feel crappy about his sexual interests or getting yourself into something you’re not ready for. Here’s what they say.

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​5 Things You Need to Know About Pansexuality

It’s not the same as being bisexual.  Miley Cyrus’ relationship with Liam Hemsworth isn’t the only aspect of her love life she’s been talking about recently—she’s also been opening up about identifying as “pansexual.” In 2016, Cyrus told Variety that she had a hard time understanding her own gender and sexuality. “I always hated the word ‘bisexual’ because that’s even putting me in a box,” she explained in the interview. “I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. … My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my […]

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The 32 Most Overlooked Reasons Why Marriages Fail

Think infidelity is the worst marriage-killer? The truth is even scarier than that — it really *is* the little things that will make or break your relationship. 1. Someone has an untreated mental illness “An oft-overlooked reason is the issue of mental health in one of the partners. If you’re married to someone who is depressed, anxious, schizophrenic, or bipolar, it is extremely difficult to maintain a relationship because the individual’s emotions can be random. It can be a great strain on a person without the mental illness to accommodate that in their partner.” –Stephen Duclos, certified sex therapist, family therapist, […]

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VR Sex Therapy Series for Women Aims to Educate and Spark Their Unique Desires

“What Women Want” is the newest installment in BaDoinkVR’s Virtual Sexology series which–as the name suggests, is designed specifically with the female user in mind. This is a virtual reality experience for sex education and therapy. It aims to bridge the gap between education and entertainment and help women enhance sexual pleasure and performance, both solo and with their partners. The idea, explains Dinorah Hernandez, Director at BaDoinkVR [NSFW], was to provide a much more hands-on approach to discovering female sexual empowerment: “We’re striving to appeal to a large demographic of women that have been widely ignored by the adult industry, […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About Demisexuality

Sure, you’ve heard of pansexuality (Miley Cyrus swears by it). But have you heard of demisexuality? In case you’re in the dark, a demisexual is a person who is not sexually attracted to someone until they’ve forged an emotional connection such as a trusting friendship, according to theDemisexuality Resource Center. Holly Richmond, Ph.D., a certified sex therapist and marriage and family counselor, explains it like this: “The typical person is going to meet someone and there is usually some degree of physical attraction we form within seconds. [With demisexuality], there’s no physical pull at all. It’s really about romantic feelings, […]

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Not sure about ‘slow sex’? Here’s why you should embrace it.

Calling all vaginas that have been numb-struck by the jackhammer. Think sex performed like someone’s trying to shake the dregs out of a ketchup bottle: hard and fast and clumsy and… I. Will. Get. This. Orgasm. Out. Of. Here. The orgasm, of course, being his – while you’re left wondering what exactly he thinks your vagina is made of (Rubber? Steel? The virtually indestructible stuff astronauts wear into space?). Cue a recent poll by Men’s Fitness ranking the jackhammer as women’s no.1 sex peeve. “Besides seeing it in porn and thinking it to be the norm, some men do it […]

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Can Stoned People Consent to Sex?

Now that weed is becoming legal across the nation, the issue of sexual consent is something that needs to be explored. It seems pretty natural to connect cannabis with copulation these days. There are mainstream websites publishing guides to stoned fucking. Entrepreneurs making pipes that double as penetrative sex toys. A burgeoning porn genre that features naked people dabbing before they start humping. And there are even some gurus out there hosting tantric THC retreats. But there is one important topic that has been mostly been ignored in the midst of all the dildo pipes and aphrodisiac strains, and that [...]Read more

Why Americans Are Having Less Sex

Today, sex seems more available to us than ever before. With just a swipe on their phones, singles can schedule their next hookup, while committed couples have an apparent “sure thing” every night. This is also known as “the marriage advantage.” Why, then, are Americans having less sex than they were 20 years ago, not more? According to a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that […]

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