By Diana Budds,

Robotics, artificial intelligence, haptic interfaces, and more. This isn’t just the future of technology, it’s the future of sex.

In mainstream culture, the discussion about sex toys has shifted from whispers at brunch to, well, an actual conversation. Just a few years ago, erotic products were relegated to back-alley shops and bottom drawers. Now they’re winning prestigious design awards, part of bestselling books and blockbuster films (thanks, E. L. James), and are so discrete that they’re worthy of outright display. Even Oprah’s got a page on her site dedicated to “intimate basics.”

By Nick Duffy,

A gay teen is suing his former high school after its refusal to let him bring a date to homecoming.

Lance Sanderson has launched legal action against Christian Brothers High School (CBHS) in Memphis, Tennessee.

In his lawsuit, the 19-year-old argues that the all-boys private school violated anti-discrimination laws when he was denied permission to bring a boy to homecoming prom last year.

Despite straight students being allowed to bring girls from other schools, Mr Sanderson was told the school would not permit him to bring his same-sex date.

#1 Fantasize

PHD Carol Queen says to build up your sexual appetite during the day. “Your brain is an integral part of your sexuality, and you can fire up arousal just with your thoughts. It’s also important to remember that you don’t have to actually want to do the things you think about in your fantasies, but they can still help fuel the fire for what you want to do.”

#2 Say It Out Loud

It may feel awkward, but you should say all of your deepest and darkest sexual fantasies out loud to help stimulate your body in preparation for sex!

By David Levesley,

Two years ago, Mischa Badasyan, a Russian-born, Berlin-based performance artist, set himself a challenge: to organize a date every day for a year. More importantly, he forced himself to have sex every day, whether with that date or not. While it may sound like a convenient way to live out a fantasy, for Badasyan, the project—titled Save the Date—was often a harrowing experience.

The concept made for easy headlines, and Badasyan received a slew of American media attention at its outset, both positive and critical. (I wrote about his project for Mic at the time.) But none of those outlets have followed up with Badasyan since its end. One year later, having had a chance to reflect, what may be more interesting is how it has changed him. The 28-year-old, who had not previously been in a relationship, says he now may never be in a serious relationship ever.

A straight traveler had a bone to pick with one of the gayest islands in the world.

“Me and my girlfriend went on our first holiday together and stayed at the Neptuno for one week,” writes Tripadvisor user MooSmith21 about his recent trip to Gran Canaria.

“Although we knew that this was an adult only hotel I was quite shocked at the amount of gay couples that were staying at the hotel,” he complains.

But before you think he’s the problem here, he writes: “I’m not homophobic however there was a definite feeling of them and us and the gay couple outnumbered the straight couples by two to one at least.”

By Mark di Stefano,

“A few Anzac years ago you bought me a beer… if you did it now I’d tip the bloody thing over your head”.

Australian Conservative MP George Christensen was outraged last week when Queensland lowered the age of consent for anal sex, suggesting the move would lead to16-year-old boys being “preyed upon and groomed” by 50-year-old men.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

The teenager had been selling herself for money since she was 12. She had been “exploited by pimps,” she says, and was in the act of running away from one when she met Brendan O’Brien, a police officer in Oakland, Calif.

But instead of helping the then-17-year-old prostitute, O’Brien and more than 30 other law enforcement officers “continued to traffic, rape, victimize and exploit a teenage girl who needed to be rescued,” according to a legal claim filed with the Oakland city attorney’s office. “Instead of helping [the teen] find a way out of exploitation, they furthered and deepened her spiral down into the sex trade,” the claim adds.

Now 19, the teen is seeking $66 million in damages from the city, its police force, its former chief and multiple officers — the latest twist in an astonishing sex scandal that has swept up several police departments in the San Francisco Bay area.

We’ve all been there: It’s winter, and you get an elated phone call from your best gal pal from college. Within seconds of hearing her voice, you’re suffocated by both excitement and dread. She’s getting married this summer (yay!) and you’re invited (yay!) but oh wait, do you remember how much it costs just to attend a wedding (ugh!)? On average, attending a wedding will set you back $750 – $1000 or more, depending on the distance traveled and other variables like the gift you give, etc. This means that during wedding seasons, it’s easy to drop several thousand dollars on other peoples’ nuptials alone.

Since turning down invitations for close friends’ and family members’ weddings just isn’t an option for most, here’s a list of tips and tricks for making it through wedding season on a shoestring budget.

By Gabrielle Moore,

“Don’t worry, it only seems kinky the first time.”

Men love to fantasize about anal sex! I think it’s because anal play seems very taboo, and therefore exotic. We all want what we can’t have, right?

But even if you’re into anal, you probably don’t think of it first when it comes to female orgasm. However, you might be surprised at your partner’s explosive response to anal play. Many women report that they experience mind-blowing orgasms when combining vaginal and anal play.

You’ll have to accept that she probably won’t agree at first, but if you slowly and gently introduce anal play into your lovemaking—with her permission, of course—she may come to love it. At the very least, the two of you can try something new to add variation to your sex life.

BY ERIN STEVENS AND BRITTANY SMITH,

With these mind-blowing, orgasm-inducing techniques, she’ll never need to fake it again.

Listen up, gentlemen. We know you want to please your lady (or, if you’re single, the ladies) in the bedroom—and they sure as hell want you to do it, too.

But here’s the truth: While most guys think they’re blowing her mind, more often than not, they’re missing the mark.
“Women know that most guys want them to reach O-land, and they don’t want to disappoint,” says Dorian Solot, a sex educator and co-author of I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide. “So all too often, women fake orgasms, or just let their partner assume they had one.”
But don’t settle for disappointing. Stick to these positions. Believe us: Both you—and she—will know that they work.

By Mansi Seth,

Decrease in sex drive generally happens as we age but in today’s lifestyle and fast-paced world people are facing the problem of lower libido. Healthy sex life is also very important for healthy body and healthy relationship which get ruined because of stress, tension, fatigue, etc. Women are facing this issue more than men. But the change in lifestyle, regular exercise and improving eating habits can help.  Apart from the lifestyle change, there is one more thing which is helping men and women from centuries to enhance their libido, so that they get the most pleasure out of their sex life that is aphrodisiacs.

Aphrodisiacs are the foods, drinks or drugs which help in boosting your libido. Here are few natural and herbal aphrodisiacs for women you should know about which help to enhance sex drive which is safer.

By Erin Rook,

The first member of the extended British royal family has come out as gay.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the great-great-great- grandson of Queen Victoria and cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, introduced the world to his boyfriend and talked about his struggles with his sexuality in an in-depth interview with the Daily Mail.

“‘Coming out’ is such a funny phrase but it’s what I suppose I did in a rather roundabout way, emerging to a place I’m happy to be,” Mountbatten said. “I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.”

James Coyle, an airline cabin services director he met over après-ski drinks in March.

By Gabrielle Bluestone for Jezebel,

In a post published Monday, Radar Online wrote that it has identified an A-list actor who pretends to be a “family-man” while simultaneously presiding over a Hollywood pedophile sex ring.

The actor, who is not named in the report, allegedly raped teen idol Corey Haim (who died of a drug overdose in 2010), and his behavior was apparently an open secret in Hollywood.

According to Radar, the “superstar sexual predator” is “one of the most recognizable faces in the industry” and a household name who is “revered by millions around the globe.”