Why are women’s magazines so bad at giving sex advice? I would think that women who are comfortable with their sexuality, educated enough to work at a major magazine, and given these assignments would have some semblance of reasonable experience and the good sense to know what their partners enjoy to write decent and believable sex tips. This is just not the case. Sure, there are occasional gems in these sex advice columns; in an effort to be reasonable (unlike some people), I will give you a few examples of solidly decent advice.
Some Decent Advice:
Be confident. Wow, this is an actual tip that sex partners will appreciate. Sexual and body confidence will go a long way in the bedroom (hopefully they aren’t alone on the “long” side). I think most people will also enjoy their own bedroom experiences if they feel good about themselves, know what they want, and have the confidence to try things with their partner. This one is good.
However, it’s not great. If you are overconfident in bed, it can really, really backfire. Haven’t we all heard stories about, or perhaps even experienced ourselves, people who think they’re amazing at sex, but are actually quite awful? I recall a tale from a male friend about a lady who gave some boring-ass blowjobs that she thought were the best in the world. Her blowjobs were even titled, “The Seven Levels of Heaven” (or some other stupid name she’d probably heard in a magazine). This basically consisted of some limp licks followed by startlingly toothy deep-throats. By his account, they were creepy, terrifying, and very NOT enjoyable. Yet, this poor misled girl thought that she was SO good at them. He later learned that she had, in fact, been instructed to do so by a fashion magazine. Sadness ensues.
That’s also pretty good advice. Just discuss what you’re being open about with your partner. None of this surprise S&M business. Be responsible sexers, please. You have to ask before you role play. You should discuss putting frozen coins on your partner’s vagina before doing so (you’ll see this later). Just talk first.
Before we start, let me remind you to NOT DO THESE THINGS TO ANYONE.
“Give your man a sexy massage by rubbing his buttcheeks and blowing on his crack when you spread them apart.”
That is a real piece of advice I read in Cosmo roughly five years ago. I still remember it because it is so, so bad.
“Bite his nipples.”
What the what? You should discuss this first. Also, they should specify that you shouldn’t bite hard. I can imagine this going so wrong…
“Text your man racy one-word messages that, when strung together, hint at what you want him to do to you that night.”
Why not just send a complete sentence? For example, “I want you.” Another example, “I’m gonna bleep your bleep so bleepy.”
“Build momentum by keying in to an ocean legend that the seventh in a series of sea waves is the strongest. Lie on your back on a bench and have your man make every seventh thrust his most powerful.”
This is impressively specific and ultimately weird. What happens if you lose count? Who taught them this? How does this conversation start, “So, I know you’re really into sailing and screwing… I have a great way to combine your loves, and it’s not sex on a boat.”
“Pop an erotic film into the DVD player, and let the noises serve as inspiration — you’ll feel like you’re in the midst of an orgy.”
Obviously the person who wrote this piece of advise has never seen “an erotic film” because there is nothing realistic or romantic about them. Watching two actors perform exaggerated sounds of pleasure while a camera crew watches them… That’s not sexy. Also, do you really want to see a lady with the biggest boobs of all time right before you take off your own top? I just think this one could end poorly. You gotta really do some research. Lots of research.
“Put a frozen grape in your mouth and warm it up a bit. Then hold it between your teeth and glide it down his neck, around his nipples, and over his lips. Finally, use your tongue to slip the grape into his mouth.”
This is really, really detailed.
“Pick up a couple of sushi rolls, lie down on your couch, and invite your man to enjoy a meal off your naked body. If he’s not a fan of raw fish, use Gummi bears instead.”
Why Gummi Bears? I just don’t understand why they went to Gummi Bears if sushi wasn’t acceptable.
“Try light choking.”
Again, this needs to be discussed ahead of time. This is not a quick change. Oy.
“Surprise him with anal.”
This should not be a surprise unless previously discussed and agreed upon.
“Put a bunch of very clean (seriously, wash them first) coins in the freezer. Then, have your man use the coldness of the coins to toy with you while he uses his tongue. The mix of hot and cold will drive you wild.”
Coins? Do not put coins on your hooha. I don’t care how long you wash them. If you really want to try hot vs. cold, use ice or the grapes from earlier. Don’t use money. That’s so weird. Plus, copper has that strange smell… I just don’t think this is sexy at all.
I’m sure I’ll write a follow-up to this. There’s a lot of weird stuff out there.