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The High Notes — Lube, Adult Videos, Sextech

Last updated September 5, 2018

The High Notes – Isssue #25

Victorian sex toy. Illustrated smut. Homemade lube. Celebrating kinks. Pirated adult videos. Voice assistants. Superorgasms. Sextech hackathon.

STACCATO — short and sharp, quick reads

  • Lot 475 in an Irish auction is an “antique carved ivory ladies’ companion” — otherwise known as a Victorian era sex toy. It’s caused a fair amount of excitement, and has a guide price of €500–800.
  • From Superman to smut: the story of how Superman illustrator Joe Shuster also worked on material that is very NSFW.
Image: Joe Shuster

A PIACERE — enjoy at your pleasure

  • Run out of lubrication at a pivotal point in your evening? Here’s 4 homemade alternatives you can use — but bear in mind that not all are compatible with condoms.
  • Ever wondered what you’d say if your children found your vibrator? One sexologist tells the story of when her daughter first discovered her favourite kind of toy.
  • Kinks aren’t gross — but shaming other people for them is. Your kink may not be my kink, but that’s ok.
  • Why are we still so ashamed of people seeing our vibrators?
Image: Refinery29, photographed by Megan Madden

ADAGIO — longer reads, dive a little deeper

  • A court in California is forcing Pornhub to reveal names, IP addresses, phone numbers and viewing history of people uploading pirated videos to their site.
  • A recent study reported that 25% of respondents said they’ve felt attracted to voice assistants like Alexa or Siri. Speaking of voice assistants — why are so many female?
  • A recent Channel 4 documentary explores multiple and super-orgasms. Not one for the faint hearted!
Image: SuperOrgasm — Channel 4


I’ve just confirmed a speaking slot at The Next Web conference in May, and the Europas in June. Let me know if you’ll be attending either!

Based in Paris? Make sure you grab a ticket for SexTechLab’s hackathon next month!

Let’s keep elevating the discussion on pleasure.


Stephanie Alys x

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