Exploring the Mount Dracula phenomenon.

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Whether you owe your sexual awakening to a foundation-caked Robert Pattinson or not, the vampire, as an element of folklore, has long maintained some erotic appeal. In fact, for fabled beings popularized centuries ago, the so-called “monsters” have earned themselves quite an impressive quantity of recent air time. Throughout the past decade, Twilight franchise aside, we saw the emergence of True Bloods, Vampire Diaries, countless Dracula reboots, the list goes on. And in every instance, the vampire has been portrayed as a notably sexy creature — Mount Dracula, if you will.

Why you ask? Well…

What to do when sparks fade.

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Like with most timeless goods — think: old jewelry and tinned sardines — relationships will often lose their rabid, sexual luster. It’s not that longer term intimacy between partners expires, exactly, but rather, that it grows less potent. It rusts, if you will. And unfortunately, this is normal — expected, even. But fear not: It need not be a death sentence for your sex life.

It’s not uncommon to equate the aforementioned dwindling of attraction to the aging body — when we’re spoon-fed hyper sexualized images of the very young and the very naked…

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For couples, the secret to building desire and arousal isn’t always about the physical act of sex. In fact, the anticipation of sex can be even more powerful. There’s even a word for it: simmering.

Arousal without the sex.
As life gets busier, even the most dedicated couples can find it hard to make time for sex. Simmering is a way of strengthening an erotic bond without actually engaging in any sexual activity — and it often need only take up a few minutes of your time.

Think back to your teenage romance and that intoxicating desire you felt for…

Maybe they’re born with it, maybe it’s orgasm.

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All great Internet Soliloquies begin with the same, storied opening line: “So, a lot of you have been asking me about my skincare routine” — after which, you’ll likely hear a Youtube heiress wax poetic about toning, exfoliation, night masks, cardio, and maybe the thrice daily consumption of a rare variety of Japanese sweet potato. But perhaps what your skin truly needs is even more fun than jumping jacks or pore strips (combined): Orgasm.

That’s right, plenty of dermatologists and women’s healthcare providers have found a legitimate link between clear, even, glowing…

A case for me-time.

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Throughout the decades, the concept of masturbation (especially in regards to females) has been considered a major taboo. In the 1950s, people believed that it could cause disease, blindness, fatigue, and a decline in overall health. It was considered to be highly unhealthy or even dangerous, but thankfully this notion has started to change in recent years.

Today, research tells us that there is a multitude of benefits associated with regular masturbation including increased sex drive, sexual satisfaction, and even self-confidence. Because of its complicated history, many people don’t fully understand the topic or even how…

February 15th is the best day of the year.

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I Love Lucy, 1952

The thing about the month of February is that it’s generally bad. It’s like the color gray in calendar form — bleak, drab, cold. But even so, there remains one small case to be made for its redemption. And no, I am not referring to Valentine’s day. Allow me to sell you on The Fifteenth.

While directly next door to Valentine’s Day — Valentine’s unholy cousin, if you will — February 15th is certainly the more fortuitous of the two. Why, you ask?

Well, to start, it’s a matter of economics…

The etymology of getting it on.

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Eons before Salt-N-Pepa recorded their boundary-pushing hit, humans have been talking about sex — but the ways we’ve done so have invariably shifted over time. From the Biblical sense of ‘knowing someone’ to more modern synonyms for sex (anyone care to do the devil’s dance?), our language around intimacy has shifted just as the taboos around it have, too.

Early origins According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “sex” itself stems from Old French, with an origin around 1200. At that time, the word simply referred to genitals. It wasn’t until the mid-19th…

Breaking down the allure of a rouge pout.

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A classic red lip conjures any number of topical references — a young Marilyn Monroe, a High Fidelity era Zoe Kravitz, that one line from that 2014 Taylor Swift song. There’s no single shining example, but rather, a truly eclectic, long standing roster of iconic red lipped looks to draw upon. And regardless of your preferred poster-shot, we’ve been taken with the allure of the classic red lip for time immemorial — or at least for as long as red lipstick has been made commercially available. Which raises the question…why?

For starters…

Your introduction to the earliest writings on sex.

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Thousands of years of human existence and still, our methods of seduction haven’t changed all too much — at least for those who consider themselves more romantically inclined. The earliest examples of erotic poetry date back to ancient times, with poets, well, waxing poetic about the object of their affections — either with the hopes of catching their attention or as a way of letting off some steam and an emotional release. Centuries before Pablo Neruda and even Shakespeare himself, these writers shaped a written tradition just as enduring as their passions…

According to science, it may improve the act.

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Of all the things that you can possibly wear during sex, few items of clothing have gained such widespread divisiveness as the humble pair of socks. The proclivity of some individuals to keep their socks on while doing the deed has inspired countless memes, Reddit threads, and moments of suddenly depleted desire — but it turns out we may be too quick to judge this simple preference. Wearing socks during sex, after all, may make getting it on even better.

That’s according to a study conducted at the University of Groningen in…

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