The “Sextech” Patent Has Finally Expired

Since 1998, a patent on “teledildonics”—the connection of sexual-stimulant devices to computers, phones, or tablets has stunted innovation in the sector. The patent strictly protected the—arguably overly broad—idea behind the “method and device for interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks.” The owners of the patent, in the eyes of analysts and competitors, seemed to own it solely to troll smaller companies …

Pornhub’s to Open Interactive Art Show

Opening in LA this July, an interactive art installation by perhaps an unexpected company: Pornhub. The month-long exhibition imagines a sex-positive, utopian society (circa 2069) in which Pornhub is in charge of the government and departments like the National Sexurity ASSociation (NSA), Domination Masochistic Vroomvroom (DMV) and more exist to make the world a better place. The show will take place over seven rooms and …

Literary Review’s 2017 Bad Sex Award Shortlist

“We seem to be moving at avalanche speed and also, unfortunately, with avalanche precision,” writes Christopher Bollen in his novel “The Destroyers,” one of many books to be noted for its less than enticing sex scene. The judges from Literary Review, who award an annual bad sex in fiction prize, have said that this was a great year for bad sex scenes. Their selections make …

Tampon Alternative Flex is Made for Sex

SF-based The Flex Company has created a “tampon alternative” that is disposable and leak-free—intended to be used during sex. Born from many people (of all genders) being embarrassed or grossed out or ashamed of menstruation, Flex was created to “spark positive conversations between men and women about the female body.” The product is shaped like a curved disc, so it rests against the cervix (gently) …

Role-Reversal in Frog Mating Results in Singing

Documented for the first time ever, the Bornean frog (scientifically known as Limnonectes palavanensis, but more commonly called the singing frog) has made a serious evolutionary change. Usually, male frogs serenade a female and she chooses the suitor of her liking to mate with, but a recent study has shown a complete role-reversal. Now, a single frog surrounded by singers is most likely to be …