Monday, 5 December 2011

MASTURBATION

Something's been bugging me for a while now. And that "something" is masturbation. Not the *actual* act, of course, but the stigma around it.

My sex posts get more views than any other post, but the fewest comments.

Now what does that tell you?

Well, it shows me that whilst people are interested in the topic of female masturbation, they aren't quite willing to admit it. It's a topic of interest, but not necessarily a topic of discussion.

Here are just a few (surprising) facts about masturbation:


Recently, I got a comment on my blog (the user has since deleted it) which said something along the lines of: 'yuck, I'm unfollowing you, I don't like all these "sex toy" posts. You should have a different blog if you wanna write about that. Yuck.'

Now this comment really depressed me. Not because she didn't like my post, but because this girl had such a strongly negative reaction to something that is completely normal. I have but one question for this girl: if you don't even know how to please yourself, then how on earth do you expect someone else to?

I also got a tweet from an utter moron which went something like this: 'Oh you're SO quirky. Why don't you start a blog about loving cock?!' Other than being an absolute genius when it comes to sarcasm, this guy seems to have completely missed the point. Perhaps he's only ever been with girls that shy away from his (probably gangrene) penis. Perhaps he's never encountered a girl who actually enjoys sex. But most likely, he's done what a lot of other people have done - he's turned a perfectly normal and healthy sexual appetite into something deviant and pathetic.

Poor him.

Sure, I was apprehensive about writing my first ever sex post, but after I reminded myself that it's just another piece of content, I got over that pretty quickly. And, the UK sex toy industry is now worth more than £100 million. And 75% of those customers are women. So I'm not the only one. And judging from my stats, I'm certainly not the only one interested in the topic, either.

Not everyone likes to talk about sex (particularly masturbation), but everyone is intrigued, one way or another. And curiosity is good. It means you try new things, and so what if you don't like it - at least you've been open-minded and given it a go.

I hope that I'm able to give all of you honest, candid and friendly reviews. Reviews that you can read anonymously for advice and recommendations. I don't think that we should all become sex-mad, telling every Tom, Dick *snigger*, and Harry about our latest sexual conquest or favourite type of dildo. A little bit of mystery is often a good thing. But I don't appreciate people attacking my strong sense of sexuality, trying to project their own sexual insecurities onto me and my readers.

So, if you're reading this covertly, embarrassed that a friend/partner/colleague/parent might accidentally see what you're reading, just remember you're one of millions.

Embrace it.


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Review: LUSH sparkle toothy tabs

LUSH is 15 years old this week, so to celebrate I'm gonna tell you all about my favourite LUSH product - Sparkle Toothy Tabs!

Toothpaste isn't something that needs to be re-invented... Or is it? How often do you reach for the toothpaste, squirt a big blob on your brush, stop and think: 'there must be a better way'?

Never. Exactly.

But the innovative people at LUSH have.


I mean, there are no other alternatives (that I know of anyway) to the trusty old paste, and I, for one, have just accepted that's the way it is. But then LUSH come in, with their fruity smelling shops and their luxurious crumbly bath products, telling me 'WAIT, there is a better solution.'

Who would've thought it?

So, why are Sparkle Toothy Tabs so brilliant? Well:
  • They're easy to use (pop a toothy tab into your mouth, munch on it to crumble it up, wet your toothbrush, and brush!)
  • Each toothy tab is the perfect amount (so you don't waste ANY)
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial ingredients
  • There's no excessive packaging and it's 100% recyclable (conventional toothpaste is usually packed in plastic or aluminium tubes - plastic takes 450 years to degrade, and aluminium is one of the most energy-intensive metals to extract from the earth)
  • They're vegan (so you get super awesome vegan powers)
  • They get really foamy (so they lather up your entire mouth leaving it feel really, really clean)
  • Weighs five times less than normal tooth paste (every ounce counts when you're packing for holiday)


Just writing down those bullet points has made me realise how easy it is to stick with what you know - like conventional tooth paste - without even thinking about it.

There are only two drawbacks:

  • The tabs do taste a bit weird to begin with (they contain lemon, grapefruit and black pepper), but once you get used to it you hardly notice.
  • At £2.50 for a box of 12g, they're more expensive than toothpaste I'd normally buy, but because there isn't any wastage at all and I can't physically use any more than I need (unless I had 2 tabs at a time) I reckon in the long run this product might even save me money.

So why not try them out for yourself? They have lots of other flavours too, I'll be trialling Atomic next, which is also a Fairtrade product!