Thanksgiving Love From Bedsider ATX
Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully your kitchen smells as much like pumpkin as mine does. We have a lot to be thankful for this year at Bedsider ATX, like all of you fine people who have been giving us such amazing support over the past few months.
Speaking of great people who love Bedsider… Tuesday we sponsored a sex trivia night at Cuatros, hosted by Geeks Who Drink, where we met a bunch of super-rad people who really knew their sex trivia. Check out our Facebook page for pictures!
After all the craziness that was Formula 1 weekend here in the wild of Austin last week, we are ready to slow it down for the holiday season and spend time with the people we love. And it just so happens that we love people who love Bedsider—so we hope you’ll take a minute to swing by one of our last Bedsider events of 2012. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what’s on the ATX agenda. (Spoiler alert: Ladies’ Night, Girlie Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse, and more sex trivia!)
Stay safe this weekend my friends. Watch out for aggressive Black Friday shoppers, keep away from hot oil while frying turkey, and make sure you’re protected with the right birth control.
PS—Here’s a peek at one of the rounds from sex trivia at Cuatros. Dog toy or adult toy?
Alyssa is a 21-year-old senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying Psychology. She is a sex educator for the Healthy Sexuality Peer Educators at UT and has a huge passion for public health and all things quirky. Alyssa is an intern for Bedsider’s ATX campaign and will be reporting every Wednesday with the inside scoop on all things Bedsider (along with the occasional band, book, or documentary recommendation and a baked-goods recipe or two) in the wild of Austin.
Help wanted: Three frisky careers we find fascinating
Trying to decide what to do when you grow up? This week’s Frisky Friday looks at 3 fascinating, sexy careers. If you’re into design, technology, social work, psychology, or culinary arts, click on through—maybe you’ll find your calling.
“Willy cake” image by veronlaw.
Gentle love nips in the right place are good. Chomping on him like a zombie craving flesh is not so good.
Fetish Friday: Chrysophilia
Love gold? Wish you could dip something (or someone) in gold and use it for pleasure? If gold or golden objects get you all hot and bothered, you’re into chrysophilia.
Method Monday: Masturbation
Okay, we’re being a bit cheeky, but for many people masturbation is an important part of successfully pulling off the “Not right now” approach to sex and pregnancy prevention. And since May is National Masturbation Month, we thought it deserved some Method Monday love. So, what is there to say?
- It’s got perks. Charlie Glickman of Good Vibrations (the company that founded National Masturbation Month) listed some benefits for a Las Vegas Weekly article. “It’s fun. It feels good. It relieves stress. And it’s likely the safest sex you’ll ever have. Masturbation is also one of the best ways to learn about your body and discover what turns you on.” Need more evidence? Check out this article by Dr. Yvonne Fulbright on the health benefits of masturbation.
- Don’t believe everything you hear about it. There are many myths about masturbation, most of which were crafted in a world of pure imagination (and not the fun kind). Fortunately Planned Parenthood has a couple resources devoted to separating fact from fiction.
- Did we mention that, when used correctly, it’s 100% effective at preventing pregnancy? And by correctly, we mean instead of intercourse—not just to switch things up.
- There are tools (many, many tools) to make it easier and more fun. It’s a great time to be a sex toy user since manufacturers are now creating toys that are eco-friendly, safe, discreet, and chic. You can always shop online, or if you’re feeling up for an outing, check out our Frisky Friday with some excellent tips on how to feel confident walking into a sex shop.
- You don’t have to be alone. Mutual masturbation (a form of outercourse) can be a great option for couples who want to be intimate but don’t want to “go all the way” for one reason or another. It can also be a great way to learn about your partner’s likes and dislikes without putting yourself at risk of unintended pregnancy or STIs. Outercourse can even be an option for committed couples who want to have kids at some point and in the meantime just really don’t want to take any chances. Don’t believe us? Check out Jason talking about using “Not right now” with his wife until they’re ready to start a family: Remember, though, that some STIs can spread via oral sex or skin to skin contact, so “everything but” isn’t necessarily completely risk-free. And if you’re using “Not right now” with a partner but find yourselves moving closer to the “right now” or “sort of right now” end of the spectrum, it couldn’t hurt to look into some “right now” methods. You know, just in case…
Whatever masturbation means to you—whether it’s “rehearsing alone” or with a partner—we just, well, we really hope you enjoy the rest of your May.
“I believe in furidous masturbation” image by Dani Lurie.
April showers, anyone? If you’re thinking sex toys falling like raindrops (okay, probably figuratively speaking) sounds kind of great, check out today’s Frisky Friday on how to feel confident walking into a sex shop, get out that umbrella, and go on a weekend adventure.
“Toys in Babeland Window Display, April 2005, Spring” photo by joaquinuy.
Tupperware It’s Not: In-Home Sex Toy Parties, Who Buys and Why
In the beginning, there was Tupperware. Now there’s…sex toys?
Laura Sessions Stepp paid a visit to several sex toy parties and found out that for many partygoers, toys are not just about self-pleasure. They can also play a role in improving your relationship with your partner. [7 min 50 sec]
Originally published on October 19, 2009 on SexReally.com.