This Week in Kink, January 13, 2018

A couple of “Best of 2017” posts that are worth your time:

The Camera Loves You! Best of CrashPad 2017, a Photo Journal has photographer Tristan C’s favourites of the year, and they are glorious (and definitely not safe for work).

If you’re looking for an afternoon of great reading, try Suzy Hooker’s 2017 Best Writing by Sex Workers. It comes at the world’s oldest profession from every imaginable angle, with a collection of beautifully written pieces.

When you sit at your table and you notice the sign on the wall advising you that “We Love Genitals. But you MUST keep ’em covered in the cafe”, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. That was San Francisco’s Wicked Grounds, which sadly closed to the public this week. SFWeekly described it as:

Unique among S.F. coffeehouses in that it was an alcohol-free gathering space for people interested in alternative sexualities, Wicked Grounds hosted podcast recordings, munches for various groups — such as neuro-divergent kinksters and polyamorous people under 40 — plus coffee and tea socials for people involved in magick or hypnosis, and regular discussions on topics like “BDSM and God: Can Faith and Fetish Co-Exist?” It was also a boutique where you could get a book on shibari and other erotic merch, and one of the tabletops had a “Map of the Lands of Human Sexuality” that people would stare at at length. (There’s an island of vampire erotica.)

Twin robots #R2DoubleD and #TripleCPU gave discerning gentlemen visitors to Las Vegas’ Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club a risque show of motherboard this week. Here’s a peek:

Vice reports that the show was timed to draw visitors from the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Angeles, but thinks they look like “bad Banksy graffiti come to life”.

On the subject of robots, Metro reports that sexbot manufacturer RealDoll is finishing up its first male doll, and users will be able to choose any penis size that suits them. I don’t want to be the one to say, but they’ll be needing bigger boxer shorts.

Viagra takes around 30 minutes to start working and has potential side effects for some people. New research published in Journal of Sexual Medicine reports some results for a topical gel, made with a small amount of nitroglycerine. In the study of 232 men with erectile dysfunction, only 25% reported significant improvement in measures like confidence getting and keeping an erection, hardness of erections, and satisfaction with sex, so it sounds like there is some way to go before any product will reach the market. But, if they can get the formula right, this gel has the potential to do away with the 30 to 60 minute delay that oral medication has and work almost as fast as it would take you to get your pants off.

Feature image: Surgeon and Maggie McMuffin from CrashPad

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