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Lux Alptraum is a writer and sex educator currently serving as editor for Fleshbot, the web's foremost blog about sex and porn. She is the founding editor of Boinkology, and her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, Best Sex Writing 2008, and GOOD Magazine.

Laid: Luscious sex toys for men and women.

Laid: Luscious sex toys for men and women.

With every passing day, it seems like it gets easier and easier to find well made, well designed, body friendly sex toys–something we’re quite pleased about. Today we discovered a new company to oo and ah over: the Norway-based Laid. Though their selection of toys is currently limited to two cock rings and a dildo,…

A photo too far?

A photo too far?

Cristina Mortágua has just posed topless. That wouldn’t be that big a deal–except the photo also features her being embraced by her fifteen year old son. Is this toeing the line towards incest–or is it just something us prudes should get over and accept as art? [globo.com]

Women: they're like drugs to men.

Women: they're like drugs to men.

We tend to take the findings of sexuality-related studies with a grain of salt (at least until their results have been duplicated by a few other sources, at least), but we’re nonetheless fascinated by a recent study written up in the Daily News that claims that the sight of a curvaceous lady activates the same…

Orgasmatron 3000 puts the fun back in household chores.

Orgasmatron 3000 puts the fun back in household chores.

Today in unnecessary (yet totally amazing) sex toy innovations: the Orgasmatron 3000. What is it, you ask? Why–and we mean this quite literally–a leather clad washing machine outfitted with a saddle. So that the user can literally ride the waves generated by the sheer awesome power of the household gadget. Our only question: does it…

Fifteen years old, and full of raging hormones.

Fifteen years old, and full of raging hormones.

This one’s a little complicated, so bear with us. Jump is a Brazilian ad agency–one that’s been around for fifteen years. And like any fifteen year old, they’re just bursting with boiling hormones… So to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, they created this ad spread of a lingerie-clad woman. The two pages come glued together, so…

Australia bans small breasts, ejaculation from adult entertainment.

Australia bans small breasts, ejaculation from adult entertainment.

Australia: a land where prostitution is (mostly) legal, cursing on TV is par for the course…and a byzantine structure of censorship renders most XXX material illegal to own, sell, or both. Newly added to the list of banned acts: small breasts and female ejaculation.

Why small breasts? Well, the ban is specifically focused on women who’s breasts give them the appearance of being underage (unlike America, Australia frowns on “barely legal” porn, as well as anything meant to make adult actresses look like they’re youthful or underage). Of course, declaring that one very common body type is unwelcome in erotic material does have more than a few unpleasant implications, as Jezebel outlines.

Finally, a positive side to airport security.

Finally, a positive side to airport security.

We know of at least one good thing to come out of the whole underwear bomber shenanigans: lingerie ads inspired by those “naked” full body scanners. Okay, we’d much rather have a shorter stay at airport security (and retain at least a little bit of our privacy)…but at least we’ve got this clever ad for…

An erotic emporium's menu of services.

An erotic emporium's menu of services.

Soliciting the services of a sex worker can be tricky work: you may know, in your head, what you want, but communicating that to your hired escort isn’t always easy. And then negotiating the price? Forget about it! If only all bordellos were like Mrs. F.A. Tasse’s Capacious Capsulation Parlors, which offered this very specific…

Is that a broomstick in your pocket, or are you trying to sell pants with sexual innuendo?

Is that a broomstick in your pocket, or are you trying to sell pants with sexual innuendo?

Today in wacky vintage sexual innuendo: this ad for Broomsticks (apparently a brand of pants), which informs the reader that there’s more than meets the eye to this product…and, presumably, to the male pelvic regions hovering by the head of the young lass in the advertisement. How much more there is to either of these…

The complicated sex lives (and genitals) of ducks.

The complicated sex lives (and genitals) of ducks.

Eversion in air: from blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.

Competition within–and between–the sexes have long had a way of influencing biology. Deer grow antlers with which to battle each other, peacocks flaunt elaborate tails to attract peahens. But none of these can hold a candle to the wonders that are duck genitals.

The subtlest lube ad we've seen.

The subtlest lube ad we've seen.

Advertisers have quite a few options when creating an ad for personal lubricant–we’ve seen everything ranging from the classily subtle to the innuendo heavy to the just plain weird. This ad, coming out of Chile (click to see it full size), gets a few points for being incredibly subtle–though we have to say, once we…

Retrosexy: Dacron slacks can withstand all sorts of action.

Retrosexy: Dacron slacks can withstand all sorts of action.

Proof that sex has always been a part of advertising: this retro Dacron slacks ad, which promotes its product’s ability to withstand the most strenuous action of all: the kind that gets doled out by a trio of doe-eyed, busty lovelies. Apparently group sex wasn’t invented during the Summer of Love. Who knew? Busty triplets…

AVN releases awards nominations.

AVN releases awards nominations.

Come this January, a who’s who of adult entertainment talent will descend upon Las Vegas, first for the Adult Entertainment Expo–the largest US adult industry trade show–and then for the AVN Awards, the awards show commonly referred to as the Oscars of porn.

JimmyJane's Form 2: a rabbit unlike any other.

JimmyJane's Form 2: a rabbit unlike any other.

LELO’s not the only one reinventing the rabbit vibe: JimmyJane’s Form 2 is a simplified–and beefed up–version of the Rabbit that’s sure to please. Stripping away the shaft, and leaving just the “rabbit” behind, the Form 2 is two wiggly ears of pleasure. Above, a video from JimmyJane that demonstrates just how good it gets.…

LELO reinvents the rabbit.

LELO reinvents the rabbit.

The dual action–or “rabbit” vibrator–is probably one of the best known sex toys on the market. It’s also one of the most overrated. Most rabbit vibrators are cheaply made, using toxic materials, and running on weak motors that give out long before you’re done with them. But one company is about to change all that.…

The Big Boob Fairy finds out how big is too big.

The Big Boob Fairy finds out how big is too big.

There are women with small breasts, women with big breasts, women with really big breasts…and then there’s the big boob fairy. Shu Yong’s “Bubble Woman” installation (installed in a public park in Foshan, Guangdong province, China) explores the question of how big we want our breasts to be…and seems to discover that, yes, there is…

Carrie Prejean: former Miss California, latest sex tape scandal.

Carrie Prejean: former Miss California, latest sex tape scandal.

We live in hope that one day–one blessed day–we will all get over the “shock” that we all supposedly feel upon the discovery that some vaguely notable person has a sex tape…and just admit to ourselves, once and for all, that pretty much everyone has a sex tape. Or wants to have a sex tape.…

This vampire thing has gone too far.

This vampire thing has gone too far.

You know, we were fine with “True Blood,” and we even tolerated “Twilight”–but we’ve now officially reached our limit with these vampire shenanigans. What was the straw that broke the proverbial (and fanged) camel’s back? This week, Fleshlight–the company behind those flashlight shaped masturbatory devices–announced a new release, the Succu-Dry. From far away, the Succu-Dry…

Kids Do The Darnedest Things!

Kids Do The Darnedest Things!

What does a child simulating sex with naked Barbie and Ken dolls have to do with reading the daily paper? We’re not entirely sure, but this Danish commercial seems to be suggesting that both activities are an ordinary part of daily life. Based on our own life experiences, we couldn’t agree more.

Lorelei Lee: From DP to NYU (and back again)

Lorelei Lee: From DP to NYU (and back again)

Though doing porn to “pay for college” is an oft cited cliche, there are, in fact, many girls in the adult industry who are working their way through school–and taking their classes seriously, too. Lorelei Lee is one of those girls: the ten year veteran of the adult biz recently moved to New York City…

Vancouver International Film Festival: Keep an open mind

Vancouver International Film Festival: Keep an open mind

Thinking of attending the Vancouver International Film Festival? It’s best you arrive with an open mind: some of the films may be a bit disturbing, others will have subtitles, and–as our favorite spot reminds us–there may be quite a bit of sexual content. Some more unusual than the rest. Vancouver International Film Festival: Sexuality [adsoftheworld.com]

FapMapper: Your guide to the action in your neighborhood.

FapMapper: Your guide to the action in your neighborhood.

Do you ever find yourself wondering what parts of your neighborhood are seeing the most action? The answer may soon be just an iPhone web app away. Pink Visual has just launched a beta version of their FapMapper, a Google map that allows you to map your, er, faps (and browse those of other FapMapper…

FMySexLife: your daily dose of love life fail.

FMySexLife: your daily dose of love life fail.

To misquote Anna Karenina, all good sex is alike, but each act of bad sex is bad in its own way. Need proof? Take a minute to check out FMySexLife, a user-generated blog documenting the many ways we fail at (and are failed by) sex. From tales of thwarted passion to lonely nights at home…

Bianco Footwear gives your feet that naughty feeling.

Bianco Footwear gives your feet that naughty feeling.

We’ve heard of penile orgasms, clitoral orgasms, g-spot orgasms, p-spot orgasms, and even nipple orgasms…but orgasms for your feet? Maybe that’s what the foot fetishists are all on about… (That, or we’re totally missing the point of this commercial.) Feet Orgasm [illegaladvertising.com]