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Jan 26, 2017 at 00:50 o\clock

Erotic Toys - Are Sex Toys Replacing Penises

Gone are the days where you have to visit an adult store, in person, to purchase your erotic toys, which may have left you feeling a little embarrassed as you discreetly tried to satisfy your sexual desires. In fact, in today's ever broadening cyber community, you are able to find a multitude of sex toys to fulfill your needs and suit your own personal tastes without having to personally discuss your needs with anyone, and you can do this discreetly from the comfort of your home.

In fact, one online store I visited had more than 150 different erotic toys for sale, and these were made of different materials, such as rubber, plastic and even glass, and they came in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and many actually looked like penises.

So, while it is true that the variety of erotic toys are numerous and that many are shaped to look like penises, does this mean that they are actually replacing penises?



According to medical studies and surveys, most women believe that a sex toy cannot replace penises because many women feel that, while erotic sex toys enhance their sexual pleasure and sex life, they are unable to replace the intimacy or emotional and physical connection that was generated during sexual intercourse. In fact, most women said that they liked the touch and feel of a man during sex above all else, and this was undoubtedly a factor that many men instantly warmed to.

However, according to these same medical studies, some men felt that the use of erotic toys during sex, with their partner, would make them feel as though they were inadequate as lovers, or, worse still, that their partner would eventually prefer using sex toys to penises and having sexual intercourse with them. This was an issue that sex experts felt needed to be discussed.

When asked about their thoughts on sex toys, most sex experts said that they recommend that all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, should have a least one sex toy in their drawer as these little wonders enable both partners to feel sexual fulfilled and to reach climax as well as add a little spice to the bedroom. As a matter of fact, most sex experts believed that the greatest killer of sexual intimacy for a couple was the lack of excitement or the risk of sex becoming all too familiar.

The Berman Center in Chicago recently conducted a study on Female Sexuality and found that, of the one in five women who use self-stimulation at least once a week, 60% of these women use a sexual device to reach climax.

But, before you rush out and buy sex toys and then introduce them in the bedroom, make sure that you discuss their introduction with your partner beforehand and that the both of you are comfortable with trying out and experimenting with erotic toys in the bedroom. Whipping out sex toys during sex may be very intimidating and result in you or your partner's feeling being hurt.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 11:54 o\clock

What are Sex Toys Made Of? by Katherine Lynn

What are Phthalates?

As you may have been told, phthalates are "plasticizers" used to soften PVC vinyls. If vinyls do not have any softeners, they are basically very hard PVC plastic. There are different grades of vinyls, from food grade for your plastic food storage containers or baggies (which don't give off a smell) to economical grade that are used in some lower end athletic shoes and other products. You can tell the grade of the vinyls and quantity of plasticizers (phthalates) used by the smell. The more you smell, the lower the grade and the more phthalates used. You are probably aware of the terrible chemical smell that many of the "jelly" vibrators give off. This is basically the vinyl off-gassing the large amounts of phthalates.



Phthalate exposure has been linked to obesity, cancers, low sperm count, and fetal reproductive system effects. The adult industry is not regulated by the FDA or EPA, so there are no standards that are currently followed. These government agencies do regulate children's toys and they no longer allow phthalates in children's toys or pacifiers.

Silicone:

Silicone is a skin friendly and non-toxic sex toy material. 100% Silicone contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is phthalate free. Silicone is also nonporous, so germs have nowhere to hide and can be completely sterilized. It is important to note that products labeled "silicone" are not necessarily 100% silicone and are often silicone composites. When shopping for a non toxic silicone toy, make sure the packaging says 100% silicone instead of just "silicone."

Skin-Safe Elastomers:

Simplified, elastomers are latex-free and phthalates free. Latex and phthalates are often the culprits for people who have sensitivities to various toys. Elastomers are a completely different material. They start out soft and have product added to make them harder. This product is then removed by high vacuum so there are no residual hardeners. No solvents are used in this process and there is no latex. This type of material is ideal for manufacturing a variety of textures.

Glass

Glass Wands are healthy and environmentally friendly From an environmental perspective, there is no better sex toy material than glass. Glass is made by the same ocean from which we evolved. It is all natural, chemical free, and biologically inert. Inevitably, nature's technology has been cultivated by man, which allows glass to be shaped and molded into an array of artistic and functional items. Even dildos! For your health, glass wands are great. Unlike plastics, glass wands are non-porous and can be completely cleaned and sterilized after use. The rigidity of glass makes them essential for effecting g-spotting. They can be warmed up, cooled down, and even thrown in the dishwasher. Aesthetically, artisan blown glass is stunningly beautiful! Every glass wand is one of a kind, which allows you to choose a unique piece that is right for you and your body.

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Jan 20, 2017 at 08:54 o\clock

What Toys and Games did Victorian Children Play?

I could not write about popular Victorian toys without including one of the greatest in our history which of course is the Toy Theatre.

This for me was probably one of the most interesting toys of all, and with so much history behind them, it is hard not to be intrigued by these simple yet inspiring toys.

Toy theatres were often based on popular plays, the stage and scenery were mini replicas printed on paperboard along with the characters and costumes. They would be sold for a penny for plain ones and two pennies for coloured. The theatres would be put together at home so the children could re-enact the play for their families.

Famous author Charles Dickens received his first toy theatre when he was just six years old, he would use the theatre to preform plays for family members. The toy theatre inspired Charles Dickens to be more imaginative and creative with his plays and characters. It was while using his toy theatre that he first performed plays such as Elizabeth and The Miller and his Men.

Ironically years later, it was Charles Dickens own novel 'Oliver Twist' that was one of the most popular selling toy theatres in history.

Crime was seen as entertainment in Victorian times, with many toy theatres based on murders. One popular toy theatre was 'The Maid and the Magpye' which was based on the case of Elizabeth 'Eliza' Fenning, who was executed at age 20 for attempted murder.

In the Victorian era, Benjamin Pollock kept the toy theatre business going, after the death of his father in law John Redington. In 1937 Benjamin Pollock died and although his daughters inherited the business, they had no real knowledge of printing and so the business started to fail.





In 1954, Marguerite Fawdry a 42 year old mother of one had recently given up her job for the BBC. Marguerite who along with her husband Kenneth had a keen interest in popular arts and entertainment. While making a toy theatre for her son John, Marguerite was looking for some wire slides used to push the tiny figures around on stage. She was a bit put out when she discovered that Benjamin Pollock's LTD was no longer in business.

Marguerite managed to track down an accountant, and asked if there was still anyway she could purchase some. The accountant replied that he believed there was still thousands stored in the old warehouse, however there was no one who could look them out for her, but of course she could always buy the lot if she so wished.

Marguerite went ahead and bought all the stock, but was quite surprised when she received enough stock to open up a shop, including hundreds of Victorian theatres and scene sheets. Marguerite opened up the 'Pollock's Toy Museum' which quickly became popular and is still in business today.



Today, schools still include toy theatres as part of projects such as Shakespeare and the history of Victorians. You can also purchase them from many online stores to make at home with your own children. Toy theatres continue to be fun and imaginative for all children and adults alike.

Jan 18, 2017 at 00:16 o\clock

South Africa's booming sex industry.

In the old South Africa, prostitution and pornography were so

heavily policed that even taking a peep at a girlie magazine could land

you in jail. But everything has changed under the new, more liberal

government and the sex industry is booming as never before. We asked

Contributing Editor, Tom Nevin, to shed some inhibitions and take a

'cruise' downtown Jo'burg. This is what he discovered.

Is this any place for a middle-aged financial reporter, I ask

myself as I cruise slowly along night-shadowed Rockey Street in

Johannesburg's Yeoville. This was once a trendy boulevard with

tables al fresco under shady plane trees. Old men sat here, played chess

and drank brandy and coffee. Young lovers held hands and drank wine.



But not now. The clock's closing in on 5am and a pinkness is

flushing the low clouds that hang over the eastern mining suburbs of

South Africa's city of gold.



The pulse of Rockey Street still beats at this hour. Not with early

morning risers eager to be at their desks, but with workers of another

kind who have not yet gone to bed in the generally accepted sense of the

word. These are South Africa's now euphemistically called 'sex

workers'.



The more kindly and tolerant government has pinned new labels to

them and the pimps and prostitutes have found a sudden, if dubious,

respectability. However, bureaucratic convolution still prevails in this

twilight zone. While prostitution hasn't exactly been legalised, it

is now tolerated by the law and ignored by the police. Not that this

change in government attitude has made much difference.



It was a burgeoning, pulsating and immensely wealthy industry long

before South Africa's new political order gave the sex industry its

approval. It's just a lot more visible these days.

Cutting the deal



I am startled when a figure appears from the gloom and a heavily

lipsticked and mascarad face is suddenly framed in the car window.

"Twenty rand short time," she says huskily. And there it is.

The contract is on the table. Any takers? This is a business deal like

any other, and that's what I'm doing here. I'm chasing a

financial story of which the just offered R20 tender is but one tiny

drop in the lifeblood of South Africa's sex industry, estimated to

be in the region of Rlbn a year. From the R20 alley way short-timers to

a R2,000 all-nighter in pink satin sheets at The Ranch or Club 69 in

Johanneburg's mink and manure northern suburbia, it's all

grist to South Africa's mills of hedonism.



As a finance writer, I'm more at home in the boardrooms of

Sandton or Diagonal Street where screwing of another kind normally takes

place as South Africa's powerful randlords do deals at a higher

level, and one or another of the parties ends up being shafted. But here

in the early morning half-dark as we head along Orange Grove drive

towards Hillbrow, the notion occurs that none of the millions of rands

that changed hands tonight will go to the taxman. The nightpeople are

not fastidious bookkeepers.



Everything has a price



In Hillbrow, even at this hour, you can still watch a strip show, a

no-holds barred live sex cabaret, get a beer or something stronger, hit

a twist of dagga (marijuana), snort a line of coke, indulge in any kind

of sexual activity you can think of (and many others that you

can't) or just cruise and watch, as we're doing. Only the last

bit, the people watching, is free.



Everything else has its price. And its not cheap. The R20

short-time price is known on the streets as a 'sunriser'.

It's a markdown by the girls and boys who've had a lean night

and at sunrise will sell their bodies at virtually any price for

something to eat, drink, smoke, swallow or inject.



Quartz Street in Hillbrow is littered with sunrisers, of all sexes

and colours, sitting on the sidewalk and standing to walk hopefully

towards you as you roll slowly by. The despair is showing in their eyes

and faces as they beg for a little sustenance to feed hunger or habit.

Further afield, in the slums and ghettos that circle the big cities, the

financial structure is dramatically different. There R20 is a prime

price and the sunrisers will put out for R2.50. "Prices can start

from R2.50 because that can buy you a packet of meaty bones," says

Gladys Rhodes of SWEAT, the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force

in Cape Town.



Negotiations with a strawberry blonde

Our tour of South Africa's sex districts had started at around

11 pm. My companion publishes a business magazine. Posing as tourists,

we'd booked a room in an upmarket hotel near the fringes of sex

city. We check out the hundreds of ads listed in The Star daily

newspaper's classifieds under 'Entertainment - adults

only'. "Tall, leggy Brandi and busty Sylvia for erotic

fun," reads one. "Contact Misty Cleanshaven," says

another. "Dominance chamber - beginners welcome" and

"Lesbian and gay duo - Kim and Skye", proclaim others.



We settle for Candice whose ad tells us "If you have to ask

the price, you can't afford me." I make the call.

"Money's no problem," I say. Thirty minutes later

there's a knock at the door. Candice has arrived. She's white

and she's truly sensational. Great body, long strawberry bionde

hair. She doesn't waste time on small talk. "RI,000 for two

hours," she says."R1,500 if you both want me. We tell her who

we are and what we want information and a tour. It takes a little

persuading, but she finally agrees to talk to us and guide us through

the city's underworld of sex and sin. There's no price

reduction, however. "A working girl's time is money," she

informs us. But Candice is worried. "You're a mark," she

says, looking at us grey-haired gents on the wrong side of 50.

"You'll get taken out. Come with another R1,000 and I'll

arrange some company." This is getting expensive, but we agree.



Churchill and The Dentist



At a sex and strip show club on Pretoria Street we are joined by

Churchill and The Dentist. Both are very big men in blue jeans and white

T-shirts. Candice tells them they'll be minding us for the next two

hours and we pay upfront: R500 each. I ask Churchill where he got his

name. He's not the communicative type but his hulking presence is

comforting. The Dentist, Candice tells us later, is a debt collector for

the loansharks and bookies. If you don't pay on time, The Dentist

will track you down, produce a pair of pliers and forcibly remove one of



your teeth. This will continue daily until you either pay up or you

ultimately have to have a plate fitted. He takes a cut of the money he

recovers and charges R500 per tooth extracted.



We're in interesting company. It costs R100 each to get into

the club and we have to spring for Candice and her boys. The beers are

R30 each (normal pub price R5.00); Candice, Churchill and The Dentist

order Perrier at R40 a bottle.



Where is the old South Africa?



It's just before midnight and we're in time for the first

floor show. Wow! What has happened to the Calvinistic old South Africa I

used to know where prenuptial handholding was frowned upon? The show is

raw sex. We have another couple of beers and move on. We walk down

Hillbrow's Kotze Street. This is the engine room of

Johannesburg's premier sex district, South Africa's Sodom. The

pavements are choked with traffic and he hawkers stalls overflow onto

the verges of the road. It's a chaos of colour, both in skin-tones

and the clothes that adorn them. "In here," says Candice, and

we duck into a doorway and file down a narrow dimly-lit staircase into a

smallish room dominated by a bar. We're the only men in the crowded

Pussy Galore tavern. The lesbians look at us suspiciously.

"It's OK," Candice reassures them. "They're

talent promoter they're helping me with my singing career."It

seems Candice has nightingale aspirations.



Getting the street smarts

Candice tells us later over a meal that she started out as an

exotic dancer when she first arrived in Johannesburg from Welkom in the

Free State some 300km to the west. She developed a speciality act that

required manacles, a policeman's truncheon and a London

bobby's helmet. "It got to be quite popular," she

recalls, and took it to three different clubs at Rl50 an act. R400 a

night or around R9,000 for 20 days work a month was wealth way beyond

the wildest dreams of a Free State miner's daughter. But Candice

soon acquired the street smarts and realised that was chicken feed for a

girl of her looks and wits. At the urging of a new-found friend, she

started turning tricks and before long, "I was making R4,000 a

night, easy." "I'm also bi," she adds frankly.

"I have a few regular Janes (that's the feminine gender for

Johns, male tricks) and they pay me well."



Candice, the shapely high school dropout high-class hooker, is

earning more, tax free, than her university educated classmates will

ever dream of. "When I was dancing, I used to sing as well,"

she tells us, "but the customers weren't wild about that. But

I'd still like to be a singer."



It's nearing 2am and Candice is drinking coffee with us after

a surprisingly passable meal at an all-nighter. She hasn't charged

us any extra for the additional time with us. "I like you

boys," she says, "I really do. You've been fun. Sometimes

it's just nice to talk to interesting people, you know?" She

says goodbye and disappears into Hillbrow's night, to what

rendezvous we can only guess at. Our bodyguards had left an hour

earlier.



Ups and downs of the industry.



Candice is one of the lucky ones. Her looks and skin colour will

keep her busy at the high end of the flesh trade. At other, lower,

levels the dynamics of supply and demand, coupled with South

Africa's shaky economy and soaring unemployment, are pulling prices

down. It's not just the commerce in live flesh that's feeling

the pinch. The porn business - flicks, mags and sex toys - is reflecting

jaded sexual appetites and demand beyond saturation point. Sex shops

that sprang up like mushrooms and jostled for street frontage are going

bust; magazine titles such as South African Playboy and Penthouse have

disappeared from the newsstands - hardercore, sexually explicit mags

such as Hustler, are still around. Somehow, smut was a lot more fun when

it wasn't allowed. There was always, in the severe old South

Africa, the added thrill of bucking the law and the satisfaction of

getting away with smuggling in a raunchy mag or blue movie from

overseas. Ironically, South Africa's liberalised censorship has

taken much of the spice from life.



New packaging, same product



And so, in order to keep the sex trade novel and innovative,

syndicates have taken to importing 'sex workers' from distant

lands. It's not unusual these days to find your 'escort'

has olive skin and almond eyes, or her name is Svetlana and her

preferred drink is vodka. Johannesburg's Hillbrow and Durban and

Cape Town's docklands have growing numbers of Thai, Philippino and

east European women plying their trade there. Even ballpark figures are

hard to guess at, but South Africa's prostitute population is

reckoned to be around 25,000.



A trade union movement is trying to get going in Cape Town in the

hopes of organising the city's estimated 4,000 prostitutes. The

same could apply to the 9,000 hookers thought to work Johannesburg, the

5,000 in Durban and who knows how many others in the towns, villages and

hamlets throughout a sexually freed South Africa.



The silent time bomb



South Africa's sex industry has found for itself a kind of

legal and growing niche in the informal economic sector. Increasingly

Social organisations are pressing for its recognition and regulation. As

SWEAT's director, Ilse Paauw, notes, "The sex industry is a

significant part of South African society. And it's growing in all

sectors." Without regulation, authorities warn, the incidence of

socially transmitted diseases, especially AIDS, will continue to career

out of control, trafficking of women and children for sex will become a

real problem, if it isn't already, and the despair bred of a

prostitute's lifestyle will lead to increased drug abuse and

suicides. Behind the glitzty neon and sexy posters, a time bomb is

ticking.



Jan 17, 2017 at 22:25 o\clock

What are Sex Toys Made Of? by Katherine Lynn

What are Phthalates?

As you may have been told, phthalates are "plasticizers" used to soften PVC vinyls. If vinyls do not have any softeners, they are basically very hard PVC plastic. There are different grades of vinyls, from food grade for your plastic food storage containers or baggies (which don't give off a smell) to economical grade that are used in some lower end athletic shoes and other products. You can tell the grade of the vinyls and quantity of plasticizers (phthalates) used by the smell. The more you smell, the lower the grade and the more phthalates used. You are probably aware of the terrible chemical smell that many of the "jelly" vibrators give off. This is basically the vinyl off-gassing the large amounts of phthalates.

Phthalate exposure has been linked to obesity, cancers, low sperm count, and fetal reproductive system effects. The adult industry is not regulated by the FDA or EPA, so there are no standards that are currently followed. These government agencies do regulate children's toys and they no longer allow phthalates in children's toys or pacifiers.

Silicone:

Silicone is a skin friendly and non-toxic sex toy material. 100% Silicone contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is phthalate free. Silicone is also nonporous, so germs have nowhere to hide and can be completely sterilized. It is important to note that products labeled "silicone" are not necessarily 100% silicone and are often silicone composites. When shopping for a non toxic silicone toy, make sure the packaging says 100% silicone instead of just "silicone."



Skin-Safe Elastomers:

Simplified, elastomers are latex-free and phthalates free. Latex and phthalates are often the culprits for people who have sensitivities to various toys. Elastomers are a completely different material. They start out soft and have product added to make them harder. This product is then removed by high vacuum so there are no residual hardeners. No solvents are used in this process and there is no latex. This type of material is ideal for manufacturing a variety of textures.

Glass

Glass Wands are healthy and environmentally friendly From an environmental perspective, there is no better sex toy material than glass. Glass is made by the same ocean from which we evolved. It is all natural, chemical free, and biologically inert. Inevitably, nature's technology has been cultivated by man, which allows glass to be shaped and molded into an array of artistic and functional items. Even dildos! For your health, glass wands are great. Unlike plastics, glass wands are non-porous and can be completely cleaned and sterilized after use. The rigidity of glass makes them essential for effecting g-spotting. They can be warmed up, cooled down, and even thrown in the dishwasher. Aesthetically, artisan blown glass is stunningly beautiful! Every glass wand is one of a kind, which allows you to choose a unique piece that is right for you and your body.

Cyberskin & Other Realistic Materials:

Realistic materials, including Cyberskin, are intended to mimic the feel of skin. Sex toys made from realistic materials such as Cyberskin, Softskin, NewSkin, Ultraskin and others warm quickly and retain body heat which increases the realistic feel. They are a good choice if you're looking for something that feels soft like skin. The realistic materials are also porous and generally difficult if not impossible to disinfect - making them less than ideal for sharing with a partner unless you've both been tested for sexually transmitted diseases, require care when cleaning, and need an occasional dusting of corn starch or Cyberskin Renew, which is basically talc powder and is included with most realistic sex toys. You must also use a water-based lubricant because silicone lubes will damage the outer surface.

Jelly Rubber & Latex

Jelly Rubber is a commonly used material by sex toy manufacturers, because it is cheap and moldable. Jelly rubber toys are made from PVC and chemical softeners called phthalates. If vinyls do not have any softeners, they are basically very hard PVC plastic. There are four indicators to determine whether you are purchasing a jelly rubber or PVC composite toy:

Whether the material is disclosed.

Whether there are warning labels on the packaging indicating that the item you are purchasing is for novelty purposes only or if there are health disclaimers.





Jelly Rubber toys emit a chemical smell caused by PVC off-gassing of phthalates. The more you smell, the lower the grade and the more phthalates used.

Hard Plastic

Plastic sex toys have been around for a long time. Plastic is hard and inflexible which transfers vibrations very well. It's relatively non-pourous and can be disinfected to prevent infection. Plastic may be a good material if you like your sex toys to have a solid, hard feel to them. Hard plastic toys do not contain phthalates.

Before using hard plastic toys internally, check any seams for rough edges. Many people use a condom over the toy to prevent irritation from this. Often these types of toys come with jelly or silicone sleeves which fit over the toy.

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