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The Puma Hardchorus

Article: The Puma Hardchorus

“They want to be in your arms. You want to be in the stands. What do you do when Valentine’s Day falls on game day?” That’s the tagline for Puma’s genius ad campaign, The Puma Hardchorus, which allows hardcore soccer fans to dedicate and send a video of Savage Garden’s 1997 song “Truly Madly Deeply”…

It's the (next) holiday season: Valentine's Day gift ideas for kinksters

Article: It's the (next) holiday season: Valentine's Day gift ideas for kinksters

Since we’ve got the post holiday blues, we’re just going to jump right into the next holiday season: Valentine’s Day! (Stop your groaning — we’re helping make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you like it always does so you’re not stuck without a decent token of affection for your sweetie come Feb 14th.) The…

The green holiday aftermath

Article: The green holiday aftermath

If you’ve looked for suggestions on greening your holiday celebrations, you’ve likely had no trouble finding information on gifts, food, wine… many ideas out there for lowering your impact while still having a great time.

The day after the celebration, though, you’re probably tired, maybe a little (or a lot) hung over, and perhaps cranky… and simply tossing the detritus of the holidays may seem like a really good idea. Nurse the hangover, give yourself some time to wake up, and then put some of these ideas into practice for disposing of the wreckage without undermining all of those earlier green efforts:

Top 10 "science"-based new year's resolutions

Article: Top 10 "science"-based new year's resolutions

Orgasm diagram by Daquella Manera

We’ll be the first to admit that “science” is a generous word to use when it comes to some of the sex research out there — and that if a sex study sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t kernels of truth to be found in even the flimsiest of surveys. So here are our top 10 new year’s resolutions inspired by the year in sex research.

Do more housework — both of you.
Do your homework and buy decent condoms.
Take up yoga.
Invest in a better mattress.

Your sex-related new year's resolutions

Article: Your sex-related new year's resolutions

photo via Foxtongue

Who said that a new year’s resolution had to involve giving up something you enjoy? Rehab is for quitters! Here’s a novel idea: take on some booty-related resolutions instead. We’ve compiled two lists of resolutions, depending on whether you’re single or loved-up. Learn them, live them, love them…

If you’re in a LTR (or monogamish)…

No more faking in bed. And we don’t just mean orgasms–no more pretending that you like something you don’t, either (“Oooh yeah baby that feels so good when you yank on my pubes”). For inspiration, check out all the real orgasms at Beautiful Agony.
Vow to never ask yourself, “Is this normal?” in bed.
Phone sex — just do it. (You can baby-step your way there via dirty talk and text-sex.)

10 worst things to say at your partner's family holiday dinner

Article: 10 worst things to say at your partner's family holiday dinner

photo by Average Jane Forget charades, let’s debate the Stupak Amendment! So what made you guys decide not to circumcise your son? No Brussels sprouts for me, thanks — we’re planning on anal tonight and I don’t want to be gassy. Hoo-boy, anyone got a box of matches I could borrow for the bathroom? I…

Lelo's holiday vibe

Article: Lelo's holiday vibe

One of our favorite toy designers, Lelo, is offering their Elise vibrator in a special poinsettia box for the holiday season. Hey, who says you can’t give a sex toy as a Christmas present? Especially when that toy is tasteful, rechargeable, and made of phthalate-free material? Our only reservation: the pink of the vibe totally…

Top 10 Most Romantic Holiday Movies

Article: Top 10 Most Romantic Holiday Movies

We’re suckers for Christmas. The bright lights, the gingerbread houses, the cheesy music, the British “crackers,” the ability to eat and drink to excess without being considered a glutton or an alcoholic! We especially love that cozy feeling that comes from watching favorite movies with a wintery vibe — not necessarily official Christmas movies, but just ones that honor love and family with some cold weather thrown in. Here’s our top 10. (If you’re wondering why “Love, Actually”, the definition of “romantic holiday movie”, didn’t make the cut, it’s because Lo thinks that sexist movie sucked reindeer balls.)

The 50 best songs for your holiday party playlist

Article: The 50 best songs for your holiday party playlist

Last year we threw a holiday party and wanted to avoid the season’s musical dead horses. Don’t get us wrong: we’re suckers for anything Burl Ives or Andy Williams around this time of year, but for a festive get-together of friends we wanted something slightly more unexpected: a mix of both new and old but not too traditional. We spent a loooooong time searching the internet and our music files for the best ear tinsel, weeding out the downer or jarring numbers from each album, to create the perfect 50-song, 2-and-a-half hour holiday party mix (well, perfect for us). So consider this our gift to you — let us know what we forgot…and what you’d like return. (FYI: Songs are ordered by album, but you’d just hit “shuffle”):

The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs (entire compilation):

Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Frosty the Snowman by Fiona Apple
The Heartache Can Wait by Brandi Carlile
All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka
Silent Night by Priscilla Ahn
The Christmas Song by Catherine Feeny
Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song) by Meiko
White Christmas by Katy Perry
Blue Christmas by Nicole Atkins
Winter Wonderland by Kate Havnevik
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Conlan
Silver Bells by Alice Smith
Mistletoe by Colbie Caillat
Auld Lang Syne by Jesca Hoop, Butch Walker, Buddy, Anya Marina, Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell Lenka, Holly Conlan, Ingrid Michaelson, Jim Bianco, Jonah Matranga, Joshua Radin, Laura Jansen, Meiko, Sara Bareilles & Tim Jones

No sex? Deal-breaker. No turkey together? That's okay, says NY court.

Article: No sex? Deal-breaker. No turkey together? That's okay, says NY court.

photo by walknboston We hope that you’re sitting down to enjoy turkey (or tofurkey) with a loved one today. But if your loved one refuses to partake in the holiday celebration, we thought you should know that — acccording to a New York court, at least — that’s not as bad as refusing to partake…

The Myth of Thanksgiving

Article: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Not to be a Debbie Downer but as we near every gourmand’s favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, GOOD Magazine drops by like an unwanted guests bearing some tough truths about this November American holiday of feasting and giving thanks. The popular normative and celebrated mainstream history of Thanksgiving portrays “Pilgrims in brass-buckle shoes being saved from starvation in 1621 by kindly buckskin-clad Indians bearing gifts of wild game and corn.” The first documented mention of such an interaction was a letter from 1961 mentioning a feast with Native American king Massasoit and his men, but as GOOD points out, “the purpose of this letter makes it suspect: It was sent to England to attract more settlers to Plymouth Plantation. Rather than the founding document of America’s a multicultural past, it’s something of a hyped-up real-estate advertisement.” Ah, advertising, the second oldest profession!

How to have sex with a vampire*

Article: How to have sex with a vampire*

image by King Chimp, from “Nosferatu” Don’t eat any garlic for at least 72 hours beforehand. Don’t give blood for at least a month beforehand: you’ll need all your reserves. Get your blood work done beforehand and make sure you bring condoms: while the undead can’t give you any STDs, infections you might have (especially…

Happy birthday, Betty Dodson!

Article: Happy birthday, Betty Dodson!

There isn’t better proof that an active, healthy, happy sex life keeps you looking young and vibrant than Betty Dodson, the great American sex educator who basically invented sex-positive feminism and almost single-handedly made masturbation okay for women. She turns 80 today — and doesn’t look a day over 60! It could also be the…

10 Things Your Father Inadvertently Taught You About Sex

Article: 10 Things Your Father Inadvertently Taught You About Sex

It’s Fathers’s Day on Sunday, June 21st this year — don’t forget to call and thank him for all the wonderful advice. If you refuse to ask for directions, make sure you’ve got a nice, communicative lady (i.e. Garmin) to show you the way. Use headcovers for your woodies. Stand up straight, shake hands firmly…

Mother's Day Idea: E-Card

Article: Mother's Day Idea: E-Card

Holidays and special occasions like Mother’s Day are a great time to connect with the important people in your life. Take advantage of Mother’s Day by sending a Green E-card now. Eco-mmunity has a fun Green E-card feature that can help you reach out and thank your mother for bringing you into the world. Make…