This tee is subtle enough to wear anywhere. …That might just make it too subtle for the men who need the reminders?
Over at Pulse.com.gh, “Ghana’s online news platform,” there’s some good old fashioned relationship fear-mongering: Warning!!! These 9 people likely to have an affair with your spouse.
The article should have just stopped at the subheading description advice of, “Keep good communication channels between the two of you, if there are problems in your marriage talk it out amongst yourselves, not to an an outsider.” Then things would have been rather sound. Good communication is one of the best ways to keep any relationship strong.
But instead, the staff writers opted to go into some stereotypical details about the titular types of people who are a threat to your marriage. Along with the usual suspects, such as the “old flame” and “the household help”, there’s one which makes me take a pause in my day & post this blog:
8. “The chat mate”
In this age of social media, many married people are sexting and having phone sex with chat mates. They are excited about going on phone to have naughty sessions with chat mates that they put no effort in their marriage. This is already wrong and it upgrades to a physical meeting with the chat mate to have sexual intercourse, the chat mate turns you on and you want the real sexual experience.
The solution? Be everything to you mate at all times, of course! Fulfill their every fantasy or entertainment need:
Protect your marriage from this by having phone sex and sexting with your spouse, not a chat mate. Use the phone to better your communication and sex life with your spouse, not to form wrong connections. Ask yourself, if you are really mature and serious about your marriage, will you be comfortable and proud if your spouse goes through your phone conversations?
What drives me nuts about this is the notion that in a healthy, loving, committed relationship, neither party is allowed any form of masturbatory experience.
What happens when sex drives are different? What happens when one person has a kink ~ or a vanilla fantasy ~ that the other person has no real interest in? What happens when your partner works a different shift than you do?
Dear World, are you honestly trying to tell me that people who love one another, people wish to remain together, can never ever masturbate on their own again?!
Remember, masturbation is not cheating. It doesn’t matter if you do it by hand or with a toy. It doesn’t matter if you masturbate while fondly remembering the sex you had with your partner last week, or if you masturbate to written erotica or porno flicks. If masturbating to the sights of other people’s bodies is perfectly fine ~ and it is! ~ then why would it matter if you jacked or jilled yourself to orgasm while enjoying the sounds of other people’s voices? There are voices in those pornos too. What about recorded erotica? How different is listening to a dirty story than reading one off the paper yourself? And so what if the naughty stories you read aren’t published and available as an ebook download from Amazon but are the more ephemeral keystrokes made in chat rooms or on mobile phones? Either way, another person wrote those dirty words. (Ditto the writing, err, direction of adult films.)
Just how far away from the creator of those juicy ideas must you be in order to squirt or spray your load and remain faithful?
If your whole fear is based upon the notion that sexy fantasy playtime will lead to some sort of connection, that the situation will, as Pulse says, “upgrade to a physical meeting,” then why not go with the services of a pro?
In What’s Real, Who’s Fake, What’s Private? Truths About Virtual Sex Affairs, friend of the blog Secondhand Rose puts it this way:
This is why using professional services is so special and important. Even when things are not purely about the erotic adult entertainment, when things are more honest and friendly in those GFE companionship ways, sex workers know the professional line. Professional phone sex operators stay on the “entertainment” side; they not out to meet, let alone “get”, a man. I know none of the Peck & Call Girls will fall into such delusions or have such aspirations because, again, I have screened them myself. Yes, we may form relationships, intimate friendships; but we are neither falling in love nor encouraging clients to chuck the real world and run away with us. Our telephone and virtual affairs are completely safe this way.
See? Virtual sex is all about the masturbation ~ especially when assisted by professionals, i.e. sex workers. Paying for the services of a virtual sex assistant protects individuals from more than STDs/STIs. Phone sex operators & cam girls prevent emotional relationship creep too.
All that said, how can you tell if your mate is looking for more than some masturbation fun?
It’s pretty easy, really. Talk about it! Find out what sorts of masturbation materials your partner likes; let them know it’s OK with you. Share your own needs too. Set a budget and boundaries, if needed. Such acceptance diffuses any nervous, defensive, or ashamed feelings & related behaviors. Solo masturbation can honestly bring you closer together!
However, if you are concerned, here are some tell-tale warning signs:
* Your partner is not paying for their personal masturbation assistance.
* Your partner is paying, but it is for memberships at “cheating” sites like Ashley Madison or dating or hookup sites, rather than for sites like NiteFlirt and MyFreeCams (despite the name, there is money spent there; Kaylee Pond explains!).
* Your partner opts to spend more time with their entertainment than with you.
One very special way to deal with any suspicions is to simply ask your significant other if you can sit with them and enjoy the entertainment too. You could participate in a phone sex call or watch a cam show together. They could let you read chat room or sext messages. Reassure them by letting them know there’s wrong with a little mutual masturbation now and then. Reassure yourself that there’s nothing to fear here.
However, if there is a problem, talk about it. Seek professional help of another variety, if needed.
But stop assuming that masturbation with a professional guide is cheating or bad. …You know what happens when you “assume.” And I don’t need any help making an ass out of myself.
Sorry to disappoint those of you looking for some hot grandfather clock pendulum action. But you’re no worse off than poor grandma here, who finds herself with the same old swinger. A sad Christmas gift, in a sad little holiday stocking. You can personalize this card too.
John Holmes, clothed, yet still displaying his other erotic appendage ~ his tongue! This photo is from Snap Annual (consisting of issues from December 1970, January and February 1971), published by Jaybird Enterprises.
Speaking of Holmes as you’ve never seen him before… Did you know that Larry Flynt has discovered two never-released features starring the legendary porn star? The two featured films, Balls in Action and The Doctor Is In, are the first feature work by John Holmes which were filmed yet never released because the director was making a “career change” at the time. Hustler plans to remastered & release the long lost footage in early 2016.
This is another couple costume which would be funnier if it were reversed gendered. I found several for lock and key also, but none were geared to the woman being the key holder. Very much short sighted on the part of costume makers.
Last week, erotica author and phone sex operator Secondhand Rose was challenged to write a a short erotic story based on 4 words. The words were “shy boy” & “sleepy girl”.
For weeks now, Jen had been visiting Jeffers at his apartment. For weeks she had been subtly giving him signals that she was not only more than a friend, but oh-so available. To no avail. Every night she left for his apartment, she was hopeful; but every night she left his place oh-so frustrated! She knew he was shy – but come on already! What was a girl supposed to do?
Don’t worry, Jen has a plan. And from the looks of things, it works!
Features a horny scheming woman in a school girl outfit and tugs at some somnophilia fantasies too. Read the whole story here.
Like tats? (That’s called “indie” or “alt” in porn today, even if it is rather mainstream.) How about rough sex? Now, how about a threesome ~ two men and one woman? If these things appeal to you, check out this hardcore action in which a wife brings home a young man for her and her husband to explore together:
From Verso. Directed by Julia McDonell, featuring Silvia Rubi, Gabe Tonic, and David Santos.
Jack’s Blowjob Lessons by Jack Hutson, with Tanya J, boasts of being “The Worlds #1 Blowjob Guide.” No one knows what that means, exactly; or if it’s even true. The truth is, what is most known about this book is its sexist nature.
There’s that whole “submissive female serving dominant male” tone, a derogatory tone towards sex work, and the author actually bashes feminism. Such a sexism certainly temps folks to toss the baby out with the bathwater; many reviewers have.
But I also come from a marketing background. Smarmy as it is, Jack’s clearly aiming his book at insecure women, using threats to strike fear into their hearts. For Jack tells you, no matter how much you and your man may love one another, your relationship is at risk if you can’t give him good head. Your man will leave you. Or (presumably worse?) he may seek the services of a sex worker (in the book, he calls them “professionals”; on his website, he refers to them as “street hookers”). While I do wish women were more confident in themselves and their relationships than to fall for this sort of “man capturing” or “relationship saving” sort of thing ~ or just let the loser walk ~ there, sadly, is a hungry market for this. “Sex may sell” ~ but fear motivates actual purchases.
This is why I am trying to look past the sexism and other problems, and review the book’s contents to see if there’s anything worthy here… Just because Jack’s never had the pleasure of a feminist’s fantastic bj, it doesn’t mean you & your lover should miss such things.
The book focuses primarily on proper cock sucking attitude ~ including getting him to feel like a King, why “teasing is bad”, and rather role-play-esque blowjob “styles.” Also covered are Jack’s opinionated tips on positions; instructions on how to use hands, tongue, mouth, and other parts of your body to intensify his experience; dirty talk; and how to deep throat (with tips from a “former porn star” referred to as “Tanya J”).
Basically, the book outlines and walks you through the many options of the before, during, climax, and after of a providing oral sex to a man. There are some helpful tips and advice in here. However, due to the author’s whole “woman, submit to your man” thing, the tips can get lost… Honestly, the book almost reads like sex fantasy fiction for sissies, whose fantasies often seem misogynistic.
It is unfortunate that Jack makes the mistake of bashing feminists. And it is a mistake to believe we feminists can’t love cock or the humans attached to them. Just as it’s a mistake to believe feminists can’t be sexually submissive. (I am a feminist who loves cock, men, and being submissive!) Yes, there are some practical tips in the book, especially if you are trying to deliver a submissive cock-sucking performance or elicit a good face-fucking; but it’s difficult for even this submissive to read without feeling icky.
If you think you can overlook all the sexism, or are the sexually submissive sort (in general, or just wish to role play), and believe you can glean something from the tips, note the following: The book (stated as being a 160 page ebook; the PDF copy I was sent only has 154) is a pricey $47 & only available at the author’s website ~ but before I send you there, I should warning you that it has embedded video with audio that begins as the page loads. Here’s the site.
Also it is very important to mention that Jack doesn’t know jack about sexual health. So, if you are interested in this book, be wise and advised about STDs/STIs, use of condoms, sex in public places, and other related health matters.
As with all our reviews and/or sponsored posts, neither review product, payment, nor payment in kind affects the honesty of reviews or any editorial decisions.
In July, the CDC released another study: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing of Teenagers Aged 15–19 in the United States. Among the findings were the following highlights (as determined by moi):
In the early teen years males were more likely than females to have had sexual intercourse. But the percentage of older teenagers who had sexual intercourse was similar for female and male teenagers.
That would mean that there’s a lot of gay sex earlier on; or that males tend to exaggerate their sexual lives to live up to some idea of what it means to be male, while females tend to downplay to fit cultural standards. Yes, that’s still happening.
In 2011–2013, 44% of female teenagers and 47% of male teenagers aged 15–19 had experienced sexual intercourse; the percentage has declined significantly, by 14% for female and 22% for male teenagers, over the past 25 years.
While some credit the sex ed from physicians (which accompanies the HPV vaccine) as a sexual deterrent, others, such as myself, wonder how much honesty is going on in the reporting. Especially with media stories spreading panic about “the youth today” and their hook-ups and casual sex. Could it be, as suspected? That those cries about the sex-crazed youth of today is tantamount to talking about “kids today, with their blue jean dungarees and loud rock and roll music” ~ just something old cranky people bitch about when there are no kids on their lawns to yell at?
It might just be.
Don’t believe me or the CDC? Maybe you’ll believe journalist Rachel Hills.
In her book, The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality, Hills discusses how the supposed new sexual liberation (which one can obviously debate ~ especially if you are a woman or part of the LGBTQ community) is resulting in its own set of expectations, disappointments, and humiliations. Simply put, for Hill, the Sex Myth has changed from “we’re dirty if we have sex” to “we’re defective if we don’t do it enough or well enough.” And people are bucking under the pressures.
Despite the New York Times Book Review referencing Hills position as “a smart argument against that strain of neo- or anti-feminism that would have women rebel against objectification by objectifying ourselves,” Hills position is more about the pressures we all put upon ourselves to have fantastic, mind-blowing, swinging-from-the-chandelier sex ~ and having it often ~ because we think everyone else is, and we’re freakish if we don’t.
Turns out, most of us aren’t. The collective “we” is neither freakish, nor having “all that great sex.” No matter our gender, orientation, etc.
Hills’ research for the book consisted of talking with 200 people, most of them between the ages of 16 and 32. For three years, Hill interviewed these 200 people, a group consisting of “men, women, gay, straight, trans people, people of different ethnicities and religions”, which Hill traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom to speak with. Her findings indicated that she was not alone in feeling the need to embellish her sex life in terms of both quality and quantity.
In her interview with Hills, Alice Robb sums up the findings this way:
Sexual liberation, Hills argues, hasn’t liberated us from anxieties about living up to a sexual standard. We’ve simply replaced the fear of having too many partners with the fear of having too few—and in many ways, that’s just as damaging.
Perhaps what’s more enlightening than this discovery of trading one sexual tyranny for another, are radical notions of what sexual freedom really means.
In another interview, this time at the Chicago Tribune, Hills discusses her hopes with journalist Heidi Stevens:
We need a new way of speaking about sex,” [Hills] told me. “One that appreciates the role it plays in our lives without overhyping it as the most important thing.”
Those choices might include abstaining altogether.
“A new brand of sexual freedom will incorporate the right not to do it as much as the right to do it,” Hills said. “What I’d really like to see is a world in which people aren’t shamed for liking nonconventional sex acts, for being kinky or polyamorous, for being vanilla and monogamous, for being a virgin, for having sex once and then going months or years without having it again. Basically, I’d like to see the weight attached to sex lightened so we could make the choices that are actually right for us.”
Sounds like Hills is taking a page right out of Alain de Boton’s book, How to Think More about Sex ~ a page directly from the introduction, to be precise:
Despite being one of the most private of activities, sex is nonetheless surrounded by a range of powerful socially sanctioned ideas that codify how normal people are meant to feel about and deal with the matter.
In truth, however, few of us are remotely normal sexually. We are almost all haunted by guilt and neuroses, by phobias and disruptive desires, by indifference and disgust. None of us approaches sex as we are meant to, with the cheerful, sporting, non-obsessive, constant, well-adjusted outlook that we torture ourselves by believing other people are endowed with. We are universally deviant – but only in relation to some highly distorted ideals of normality.
Typically when people talk about whether sex is “normal” or not, the focus is on the acts themselves… Fetishes, kinks, BDSM, etc. And who we do these things with (married, strangers, multiple partners, sex workers, etc). Even how we look. But it turns out, there are a lot of people worried about how often they are having sex ~ and not just in terms of “too much,” and so-called sex addictions, either. All these pressures should cease. They key to free love is to let it be free.
As Hills said:
If someone makes a joke about a certain way of life being freakish or loser-ish, we can speak up and say, “Actually, plenty of people do that and it’s fine for them.” We can all do our part to shed light on the truth and call people in instead of calling them out.
Our Sex Worker Q & A Dating Series continues, this time with advice on talking your way through that blind date or first date more comfortably.
You’ll likely notice that the tips our team of dating experts share here are excellent companions to those pointers on how to deal with dating jitters.
(It shouldn’t be a surprise ~ these sex-perts are, after all, professional companions!)
Awkward silences are the worst. How do you get ~ and keep ~ a date talking?
Secondhand Rose (a former escort, presently offering custom erotica and virtual companionship via text and telephone):
I’ve never really had difficulty getting a person talking. It’s all about being interested, and I’ve always found people interesting! Let your curiosity lead the way, within polite reason, of course. Express genuine interest. A soft smile with a reassuring hand placed on their shoulder or arm now and then works wonders too.
Find a subject that they’re passionate about that interests you, too!
Ask them about themselves. People love talking about themselves. People are fascinating, we all lead interesting lives. So ask opened ended questions they can’t answer with a “yes” or “no”.
Ask questions. Who are his favorite authors? Is he from the area? College? Where? Pets? Where is his family? Career? Movies?
But don’t forget to talk about yourself in the midst of this, or he will feel like you are interrogating him and that is not good!
“Alice” (a sex worker with 17 years experience in erotic services and activism):
I am a question machine. It is difficult to come up with follow up questions, but they are the key to sustained conversation. I don’t just ask, “So what’s this trip about on Friday?” I also ask, “Do you enjoy working with the people you’ll see there?” “Do you have any favorite places in that city?” etc.
I’m not much of a small talker, so I tend to make sure I know a few things about them to talk about first. Or take the first date as an opportunity to play 20 questions! This is a totally new person, you have an entire life time to learn about them!
I tell stupid jokes lol. I try to get to get them laughing.
Avoid yes/no questions and focus on open-ended ones, such as, “How did you wind up in your career?” and “What do you like about where you live?” If they’re still clamming up with really short answers, bounce back with your own answer to the same question. Hopefully your date will find something in your answer to latch on to. Once they get going on something, focus your questions there to encourage their passion. Smiling, nodding, and looking interested will go a long way toward making them want to develop their answer for you.
When you do receive a short response, share your own answer and elaborate a bit. For example, “I didn’t like that movie either, because…” Then pause for your date to add their thoughts. I think often, out of nervousness, people make the mistake of not pausing enough. To keep it a conversation, not a monologue, don’t carry on too long with your answers. And, if they have not already addressed the issue, add a friendly “And you?” at the end to encourage them to share their thoughts.
Really bad awkward silences may be a tell tale that it is not the right person at this time. Say thank you, admit it isn’t working, and part friendly.
What subjects are best to avoid ~ at least at first?
Honestly I think there should be two categories: “Things I Notice My Date Wants to Avoid” and “Things I Will Not Discuss”. The second list I make before I leave the house. The first list is evolving as the date goes.
I’d likely avoid getting too deep into things on the first date, just keep things light and have fun.
Anything that can be controversial that you yourself aren’t willing to end a date over. For me, these tend to be politics and religion. I’m informed well enough, but, outside of a few issues, they absolutely aren’t hills I’m going to die on. Indifferent about urban/suburban divides, gentrification, and class/race warfare? Not worth it. Don’t care one way or the other about Israel/Palestine? Don’t touch it. However, if it’s absolutely mandatory that your date agree with you that German potato salad is better than Italian potato salad, though, then ruining a date early by emphatically advocating for mayo isn’t necessarily worse than getting roped into a second date.
Income, politics, sex, religion.
Politics, religion, ex partners, and sex.
Politics, marriage, how much money they earn.
The date you had last night!
Other than past relationships, I don’t think anything is taboo… Sure, some topics are more controversial than others. But those may be either deal breakers or deal makers for you, or your date. So if it’s a “need to know” for you, ask about it. But then be prepared for your date to exercise their right to pass on answering this early on.
If your date asks you something you aren’t willing to share just yet, how do you handle that?
I tend to answer vaguely and change the subject; or just change the subject if need be! If they aren’t a jerk, they’ll figure it out and drop it.
A simple, “Once we get to know each other we can share my thoughts about this.” It’s not okay to feel forced into discussing something you are not willing to share. If he does not respect that, then that’s a pretty surefire way to tell what he will be like in a relationship.
I don’t share. Period.
Ask them a question back. Like, “Why?”
I’ll say, “Next!” Then laugh and then ask them a question.
If I’m trying to relax my date, I’ll flirtatiously say, “You don’t know me like that yet,” and then change the subject. Most people will follow this “out” because they don’t want to start a confrontation.
If someone is bugging me for something, whining and asking why I won’t just share myself with them, I am pretty strict about setting boundaries. I point out that I’ve already said the convo needs to change, and that they need to practice respecting my boundaries. Right now.
If they persist or insist, I’ll ask them why they really need to know that now. Usually they’ll accept that as a pause to wait and see how things go before bringing it up again. However, if it is something they feel they need to know, then I’ll either answer it honestly — or take it as a cue that this isn’t going to be a good match.
Usually I’ll answer vaguely or pretend I misunderstood their question to mean something else. If they persist, it’s always okay to simply say that you’re not comfortable talking about that yet and ask if you can change the subject. Leave the door open to talking about it in the future, and hopefully that should satisfy. If they won’t respect your boundaries on something that minor, quite honestly you should pretty directly end the date anyway.
Yes, there’s still more dating tips on the way! Stay tuned!