My first encounter with sex toys was watching an episode of Sex and the City (Who can forget Charlotte’s “rabbit” intervention?). Sure, it was a pretty one-sided presentation and it may have perpetuated a few stereotypes, but at the time, having the WASP-iest member of the group singing her bubblegum-pink vibrator’s high praises felt mighty progressive. I’ve since learned that the realm of sex toys is crazy expansive and I know nary about it. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I got the scoop on sex toys in Philly by chatting separately with our very own sex shop masterminds: Susan Mannino of Pleasure Chest and Khara Cartagena of The Velvet Lily (ed. note: our pick for Best of Philly!).
The holidays are here, which means it’s time for our annual fight over whose family we spend them with. Is there any fair formula to decide?
Chirl, first off, be happy that both of your families want you present, and, more important, that you want to be with them. (I’d rather endure a Gilbert Gottfried show than suffer Arthur’s aunt and her comments about “the gays.”) Easiest plan: Alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas every year (if one of you is Jewish, the other gets Christmas), then spend New Year’s away from both clans. You’ll need a drink by then anyway.
My new guy is awesome in every way—except his taste in music is that of a 12-year-old girl. Can you really date a man who loves Miley Cyrus?
Chirl, unless he’s playing “The Climb” during sex, what’s on his iPod is moot. You can always find friends to go to see Dropkick Murphys with. Finding true love? Not so easy. Invest in good earphones and be thankful his worst trait is that he listens to music from iCarly.
Jill McDevitt–sorry, Dr. Jill McDevitt–a sexologist who runs Feminine Boutique in West Chester, says she’s closing up shop, and is going down guns blazing.
A dating site called cupid.com has released the results of a poll designed to answer the burning question: Which North American accent is sexiest.
UPDATE: Bristol Palin’s reported talk at Penn has turned out to be a hoax, and one allegedly perpetrated by Under The Button, upon whose story we based the below post.
A posting on Penn’s Special Planning + Events Committee (SPEC) appears to confirm that Palin will be giving no such talk.
With the divorce rates still hovering over fifty percent, couples are understandably wondering how to stay the course and beat the odds. Since length of courtship and even living together do not improve your odds of long-lasting marriage, what does it takes to stay together?
It is a well-known fact that the No. 1 reason couples fight is money, with kids and extended family a close second. There are plenty of reasons couples disagree and consequently split up, but the big question is “What can couples do to get along better and ensure a happy forever after?” Here are some words of wisdom to live by:
Typically, when a strip club advertises its services (and, strangely, some of us here at Philadelphia magazine see a lot of strip club advertisements), the women depicted are absolute bombshells.
Of course, when you visit said strip club, you rarely ever actually see a woman like that inside. And so we have to give special recognition to Philadelphia’s Club Risque for this ad they sent out via regular mail this week.
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This week, California signed a law criminalizing “revenge porn”–aka posting naked or illicit pictures of other people online without their consent, presumably to get back at them for something. New Jersey already has one, and now Berks County state Senator Judy Schwank wants PA to become the third state. Here’s the potential problem, if Schwank, a Democrat, wants to model her legislation on California’s.
The days for that retort seem long gone. As the development of a flagship drama becomes more and more important for cable networks seeking to attract large audiences, premium movie channels have been pushing the limits of culture and taste.
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• Aw, maaaaan. Despite what the covers of those health magazines tell you, you can’t really count your romp in the sack as daily exercise. Why? Because most sex sessions last an average of just six minutes, burning a piddly 21 calories, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. If you somehow manage to stretch it to 30 minutes (go you), you’re still only looking at between 85 and 100 calories—the equivalent of a handful of Skittles. So yes—it’s back to the gym you go. [Salon]