Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Want Ad of the Week: Models

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Hiring Models
The Art of Loving seeks couples in good physical shape who are comfortable being filmed for sex-positive educational videos.
We are interested in working with couples of all legal ages, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
We are looking for lovers who are enthusiastic about love making on camera. The tutorial topics will be explicit and range from the art of kissing, erotic massage, oral sex, g-spot and ejaculation, anal play, and more. Women who can ejaculate are most encouraged to reply. No memorizing of scripts or dialogue will be required.
We will respect your boundaries and limits. No experience is required.
Interested couples please email Vera Zyla at vera@theartofloving.ca.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Canadian Green Vibe

The Canadian made We-Vibe has been causing quite a stir and winning awards. Swag bags at both the Oscars and the Super Bowl got a little more interesting with the inclusion of this "green" personal vibrator. The May 09 edition of Cosmopolitan declared that it was a "must have." The We-Vibe is hands free and the only vibrator that you can wear when you are with a partner. It's made of 100% surgical grade silicone that is phthalate free. You don't have to worry about wasting batteries because it's rechargeable.  They've been so popular that the company has already released the We-Vibe II which has 9 speeds.

I went to a sex trade show last year and I don't remember seeing this product. I vaguely remember something shaped like an egg which I haven't seen since. I'll have to admit I really want to try this. As luck would have it there's a shop not to far away that carries it. If you want to find a retailer near you go to their website. Prices vary between $100 and $140 so shop around. The company's website has an interesting video explaining the We-Vibe II but I found the instructions for the first model which has more information.




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Sunday, February 14, 2010

A green Valentine' Day

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Want to make your love green this Valentine's Day? Try these ideas traditional gifts with a eco twist on your sweetheart.

Organic Roses and Chocolate Give your honey two gifts in two days.

Sheba's Secrets Natural and cruelty free bath bombs, lotions and oils.

Diamond Organics organic champagne with free overnight delivery.

GreenKarat ecologically and socially responsible jewelry.

Timothy Han soy wax candles with cotton wicks.

TerraPass off-set the emissions from a traditional limo ride.


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Greenpeace eco-sex guide

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It seems the closer we get to Valentine's Day the more advice we get on sex. Even Greenpeace is getting in the act with an article on how to make V-Day greener. Some of the things they suggests seem like no brainers but some of them are hilariously weird:
So if you and your partner want to dress up and play "George Bush and Corporate America at the Earth Summit" or other S&M style games, agree on what's permissible and what's not up front.
I dare you to keep a straight face while reading that. I'm not saying S&M is the weird part.

Greenpeace brings up one thing I never thought about. Everyone gets very interested in aphrodisiacs in February. One thing that should be taken of you "to try" list is the oyster. We've been plundering the seas for so long it's time we started thinking of sustainable eating.

A lot of us have gotten used to the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra. We know we should make our footprints smaller. Eco-sex seems like a natural progression.

Check out the rest of the green Valentine's Day suggestions at Greenpeace International
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An interesting use of flax seeds



Lube and hair gel! You gotta love those multi-taskers!

Here's the recipe written out in case you didn't have a pen and paper handy while watching the vid:

Simmer 1 tablespoon of flax seeds in 1 cup of water until it’s reduced by half (maybe 20 minutes). Strain immediately. (If you let it cool, it’ll be too thick to strain.)

Store it in the fridge when you don’t need it — it’ll only keep for a couple of days unrefrigerated.

You could experiment with scents and flavors — just add herbs or spices to the simmering pot! (Start with small amounts, though — too much of a strong herb or spice could cause burning in sensitive areas. I’d avoid essential oils for the same reason. And though it might be tempting, I’d stay away from sugar, as it can lead to infections.)

According to Sheri, the basic lube is condom-safe (it’s completely water-based). But if you do plan to use it with condoms, be sure not to add any ingredients that might damage the latex — i.e., nothing oily or caustic.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MP seeks sex toy regulations

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Hurray for Canada trying to be a leader in every way. Now that I'm actively looking for green sex stories I find the most interesting things like this story from the Calgary Herald:
A Toronto MP is asking the federal health minister to regulate the adult toy industry after learning some of the chemicals found in the products pose a potential health risk.

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett sent a letter this week to Leona Aglukkaq that outlines health issues related to the use of bisphenol A and phthalates in adult toys.

"We do regulate the children's toys, so it seems appropriate that we regulate the adult toys as well," Bennett said.

BPA can cause early onset puberty, reproductive damage and lead to prostate and breast cancer in adulthood.

"It's an area where people sometimes are a little uncomfortable to discuss these things, but ... people (need to) see this as a consumer safety issue and an education issue," Bennett said.
Read the reactions on the Calgary Herald website.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Condom Sense: Condoms and the Environment

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So you are smart enough to practice safe sex (preventing both pregnancy and STDs) by properly using a condom. But what do you do with the condom when you are done with it? Here are some hints on environmentally-friendly condom disposal.

Firstly, don’t flush your condoms, ever! Flushing condoms is not the way to deal with them. Condoms can clog the plumbing in your house (or the plumbing wherever you happen to be). This can be an expensive and embarrassing situation. If the condom manages to make it through your septic system, it will only end up with the solid waste. This means that somebody has to pull it out of the sewage treatment, which isn’t pleasant for anybody. The condom might even make it past the treatment plant. This is not good because it means that it could end up in the water supply, and the last thing we need is more pollution in our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Not all condoms are made equally. Most condoms are made of latex, which means that they will biodegrade. Latex, however, does not biodegrade when it is under water, which is why it is not good to flush your used condoms. Condoms are not entirely made of latex, however, and the other things on condoms (spermicide, lubricant) might affect the biodegradability. The best option seems to be to send them to a landfill and see how they pass the test of time.

Some condoms, including all female condoms, are made of polyurethane, a type of plastic. These will not biodegrade. There is no option, however, except to put them in the garbage, because your local recycling depot won’t recycle used condoms. They won’t even recycle new condoms.

Other condoms are made of lambskin. These are completely biodegradable condoms. Don’t run out and get lambskin condoms just yet though! Lambskin condoms do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The pores in the lambskin are small enough to stop sperm, and so prevent pregnancy, but the pores are large enough to let sexually transmitted diseases and infections through. This option is only viable for people in monogamous relationships who have been tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If this is the case, you could consider an even more environmentally friendly barrier form of birth control such as a diaphragm, cervical cap, or shield. Ask your doctor what is best for you.

Regardless of what material of condom you use (latex, polyurethane, or lambskin), you are going to have a wrapper to dispose of. These foil wrappers will not biodegrade, nor can they be recycled. This simply has to be put in the garbage.

Even if your latex or lambskin condoms are biodegradable, it is best not to try to compost or bury your condoms. Animals will smell the human scent and try to dig up what you have buried. This means that there will be unsightly used condoms around. Burying your condom is tantamount to littering: and there are better ways to deal with your condoms available.

So, in the end, what is the best way to dispose of your condoms? The best thing is to wrap it in a bit of toilet paper or paper towel (or any other biodegradable material: think paper bases such as paper bags) and then to put it in the garbage. Don’t wrap your condom up in plastic, as then it certainly won’t biodegrade. The good news is that the semen and vaginal fluid on the condom certainly will biodegrade, and might facilitate the condom biodegrading.

And lastly, remember…never reuse a condom. Although reduce, reuse, and recycle is the motto for environmentalism, you need to put your health first on this one. Don’t minimize your condom use, don’t reuse your condoms, and it’s too bad that you can’t yet recycle them. To think on an environmentally broader scale, using condoms is environmentally friendly because it is preventing the spread of communicable diseases. It is also preventing conception, and children have been documented to be hugs consumers of global resources.

Hopefully soon we will be able to figure out an environmentally friendly way to practice safe sex. Until then, we’ll make do with what we can, and we will continue using condoms.

For more information on condoms and condom use, visit Condom brands and styles.

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Madison's personal favorite: Trojan Latex Condoms, Non-Lubricated, 36-Count Boxes (Pack of 2)



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Monday, February 8, 2010

Call goes out for open source teledildonics work

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Even the word "teledildonics" makes me laugh. I've been waiting for years for someone to get it right. This article makes it seem I'll be waiting a bit longer:

...panelist and sex educator Cory Silverberg hopes that sex technology will advance to the point where scientists can study intercourse remotely with the help of sensors and feedback systems.

"Everything we know about how sex works is from a very small group of people who have sex in a lab," he said. "While this is good, it's also highly problematic."

The union of two people inside a MRI machine is a bit too forced for Silverberg's tastes. So, he's looking for people to go home, smack sensors all over their genitals and then go at it underneath the humming comfort of a wireless network.

This isn't green but I think that the creation of fully functional virtual sex gear would be very good for women.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Greenpeace issues sex toy warning

Greenpeace issued a warning about sex aids contain toxic chemical levels.

"Phthalates are oil-derived plasticisers commonly used to soften PVC. Research centre TNO examined eight sex toys at Greenpeace's behest, "including dildos, vibrators and butt plugs". It discovered that seven of the items contained high levels of phthalates, including DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) which was last year permanently banned from kids' toys in the EU because of a possible health risk to young children."

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Earth Angel Demo

Green Sex?

Like a lot of people I'm trying to be more "green" or "eco-friendly". I was glancing at my Sierra Club Newsletter and I came across an article about something I'd never considered before:

Green sex.

I'd never thought about it but it seems right that sex products could do with some greening. I'd never even considered the possibility that there were rechargeable vibrators. I've always known that most sex toys are made of some kind of plastic. Whenever I buy a new sex toy I have to take it out of the packaging and put it on the balcony for a week or two because I can't stand the off gassing. Don't worry I hide it behind something so as not to scare the neighbors.

The more I think of it, the I think it's a great idea. And if green sex is woman positive sex then so much the better. It's something I can get behind so to speak. So I decided to start this blog. This is where I'll post stories, links, videos and anything else that has to do with green or woman friendly sex. I don't post a lot of sex related stuff on my other blog or on Twitter or Facebook. I think sex deserves a place all on it's own where no one has to look at it if they don't want to.

I can't promise regular posts. There will probably be quite a lot at first. I may even do "product reviews" if I can swing them. Come back often and see where I've boldly gone.