We’re all very sad that Cedric Diggory is dead, but can I just say something even sadder? Cedric Diggory isn’t just dead — he died a virgin (who can’t drive!). I mean, yes, that is just an assumption on my part, and no, sex is not required for a fulfilling human existence (or necessarily ever even taught at Hogwarts), but also just like…Cedric. (OK, I’m objectifying a 17-year-old boy who basically wears a cape, so I’m cutting myself off.) What I’m trying to say without actually saying “YOLO” is that our time on this earth is limited, and there is no point in denying that Hogwarts graduates itself some sexy, sexy beasts. And if you’re looking to navigate that field of sexy, you can actually tell a lot about a person’s sex life based on what Hogwarts house they’re in.
Full disclosure, guys: I am a Hufflepuff/Slytherin hybrid. The actual sorting hat in the actual Pottermore game told me so. It is based off of this experience and the experiences of my Gryffindor and Ravenclaw friends that I can attest to the individual prowesses of each house to a pretty damn accurate degree, so gather round, all ye Potterheads. Here’s what your house says about your sex life:
The sex you’re having: You’re havin’ sex all day, erryday—and the weirder it is, the better. Risk-taking turns you on like whoa, and during sexy games of “truth or dare” you are always, always, always “dare”. Despite all your sexnanigans, you have a relationship heavily rooted in mutual trust. Your safe word is “snarfalump.”
Where you’re having it: The edge of the Forbidden Forest. Muggles’ cars. On broomsticks in midair. Mid-apparating. IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.
Sex jam of choice: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk.
The kind of sex you’re having: Intimate, missionary, incredibly chatty sex. Yeah, you blow each other’s minds, but sex can also randomly turn into an impromptu book club or intense discussion about what kind of takeout you want delivered. Seamless is your love language.
Where you’re having it: The bedroom. Under the boardwalk. In the rain. Anywhere you’ve seen it done in a rom com.
Sex jam of choice: “Let’s Get It On,” Marvin Gaye. Hufflepuffs—#basic and proud.
What kind of sex you’re having: Anyone who thought that the nerds were having humdrum, textbook sex is ridonkulously wrong. Ravenclaws rival Gryffindors on the experimentation front, and are willing to try anything once. They are the pros of shameless, open communication during sex, and are rarely if ever self-conscious doing the deed.
Where you’re having it: In the office. In the ~restricted section~. Near the fireplace. In front of some cats.
Sex jam of choice: “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding.
What kind of sex you’re having: You will never have a partner as dedicated to gettin’ you some as a Slytherin. They’ve got unparalleled ambition, and your orgasm is game, set, MATCH. However, they will not hesitate to blue ball you the moment you make a “slither … in” joke. THIS HAS BEEN A PSA. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Where you’re having it: Your bedroom. Other people’s bedrooms. The very expensive heirloom couch your dead grandmother left you.
Sex jam of choice: “Feelin’ Myself,” Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.
You might have heard those old school phrases about hair like “blondes have more fun,” but did you ever wonder if they actually do? You hair color can say a lot about your personality. It can say even more about sexual personality.
Most know that natural redheads are rare, making up only two to six percent of the U.S. population, but what is not so commonly known is they tend to have more sex. A study conducted by Werner Habermehl, Ph.D., from the Hamburg Research Institute in Germany looked at hundreds of German women’s sex lives in conjunction with their hair color. It found that the redheaded women were much more sexually active than their blond and brunette counterparts. “The research shows that the fiery redhead certainly lives up to her reputation,” said Professor Habermehl to Everyday Health.
Redheads are often considered sexy and desirable. According to Psychology Today, the reason behind this is not cut and dry, but it likely has to do with how rare they are. People tend to be attracted to hot commodities, and natural redheads are certainly that. Red hair is also a sign of youth and fertility, because it’s the opposite of gray hair (which signifies to men that a woman can no longer bear children). It’s also bold and attention grabbing, which is why many people assume redheads are fiery (although there’s no scientific evidence to back that up).
Brunettes are often seen as hard-working, smart and trustworthy. Sixty-seven percent of female CEOs said they would hire a brunette over any other hair color. According to the Daily Mail, this stereotype is so embedded in our society that 31 percent of natural blondes dye their hair brown in order to get ahead at work. A quarter of those women said they were actually given a promotion post hair color change.
Brunettes are usually more reserved in the bedroom — less than half of the brunettes polled in a survey of 2,500 said they’ve had a one-night stand. However, while they may be more reserved in choosing a partner, once they engage in sex, they seem to surpass the rest. According to a 2013 study, 58 percent of people say brunettes are better in bed. So even though redheads are jumping in the sack more, brunettes are apparently outperforming them.
Men also seem to find brunettes overall the most attractive. The University of Westminster in the U.K. conducted a study where they monitored the male attention a fair-skinned woman received while sporting blond, brunette and red hair colors. While her blond color attracted the most attention, the men once further poled, divulged they were most into her as a brunette.
Blond is the most coveted hair color among women, because the lighter hue is often associated with youth and beauty. Again, the reason for this is not straightforward, but scientists assume it’s because blondes tend to have higher levels of estrogen in their bodies. This in turn makes them look overall more feminine, and thus more attractive to men. According to The Guardian, these higher estrogen levels also make features smaller and finer, which enhances that youthful baby look, which signifies fertility. That whole notion of blondes having more fun? That also stems from these higher estrogen levels, which make for women with higher levels of energy.
Blondes also tend to be the wild and crazy ones in the bedroom. According to a poll of 1,500 men in the UK, 36 percent of men consider blondes to be the most spirited between the sheets. Also, in the previously mentioned bar study, blondes were considered the most approachable and open. However, when it comes to marriage material, brunettes unequivocally win out with 61 percent of men saying they’d prefer to tie the knot with them. Sorry, blondes. I suppose you’ll just have to leave boring, married life to your more serious, dark-haired sisters.
As a woman speaks out about her sexual relationship with a dolphin – I take a look at the bizarre facts you never knew about the sex lives of the cuddly creatures.
Margaret Howe Lovatt has lifted the lid on her life with Peter, an adolescent dolphin, as part of a Nasa-funded experiment in the 1960s.
As the revelations are met with shock and surprise, I reveal more little-known facts about the mammals, including their sexual history with humans, and their love of struggling eels…
5. They have VERY creative ways of seeking pleasure
David Linden, professor of neuroscience at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, observed the male bottlenose dolphin had found “perhaps the most creative form of animal masturbation” – wrapping a live wriggling eel around its penis.
He detailed the bizarre technique in his 2011 book ‘Pleasure’ which studied the way creatures’ brains react to different types of stimulation.
4. Gay sex is used to find ‘wingmen’
Janet Mann, a professor of biology and psychology at Georgetown University, found that male bottlenose dolphins tend to engage in same-sex relations early in life and use the bonds they form to hunt for females as they get older.
3. Dolphins have a gang culture around finding and keeping sexual partners
As they become bisexual in later life, the dolphins work in packs to restrict the movement of female dolphins as they wait for her to become sexually receptive.
This involves protecting the females from being taken by other gangs and can often result in violent altercations – sometimes sexual – between rival groups.
2. Love-making can be ‘short-lived’
A study by a Brazilian university found that dolphin intercourse usually lasts for “no more than 10 seconds” but can often be repeated several times within less than an hour.
1. Humans and dolphins do have some romantic history
Sexual acts between dolphins and humans isn’t anything new.
American author Malcolm Brenner wrote a book ‘Wet Goddess’ based on his nine-month sexual relationship living at the Floridaland amusement park in 1970.
Research by Dr Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, found that a small number of ‘delphinophilians’ – humans sexually attracted to dolphins – do exist.
In fact, seven per cent of zoophiles (humans sexually attracted to animals) named dolphins as their preferred choice of mate.
Some studies have also found evidence male dolphins are sexually attracted to women as they give off similar pheromones to female dolphins.
After an especially mind-blowing session between the sheets, you’ve probably been asked (or asked your partner), “Was it good for you,too?” Turns out that’s not such a clinched question. Scientific research shows that there are some major differences between the male and female orgasms.
The human body is an amazing thing. Not only do we have the ability to produce new life, we also have the capacity to have a great time while doing it! As researcher Roy J. Levin once wrote in the journal Cancer and Sexual Health, “The human orgasm, although tantalizingly short, is perhaps the greatest bodily pleasure that most men and women can experience without recourse to drugs.”
But when it comes to this unique human pleasure, there’s a lot that you may not know. For instance, what happens to our brains during sex? Why don’t men have multiple orgasms? Is it true that women can ejaculate during climax the same way men do? Do women have orgasms as often as men – and what’s the secret to more frequent sexual satisfaction?
Here are some fascinating science-based facts about your climax (and his). It may give you some insights into what your partner is experiencing in bed, and perhaps help you understand your own body a little better.
Women can go back for seconds.
Our sexual response is a complex process occurring in four stages, according to experts at the University Of California, Santa Barbara. We start with a stage of initial excitement, followed by a plateau, orgasm, and resolution. During the resolution (post-orgasm) stage, men experience what’s known as a “refractory period,” during which another orgasm is physically impossible. The refractory period can last anywhere from a few minutes to hours, or even days. Women, on the other hand, have no refractory period — so we’re capable of climaxing again right away, and again after that (if we’re lucky)!
Men’s orgasms are shorter.
Women have the advantage when it comes to duration, too: The orgasm stage in women can last as long as twenty seconds (or even longer for some), while the male ejaculation lasts from three to ten seconds, according to the University Of California, Santa Barbara SexInfo Online.
Men’s orgasms have a purpose.
From an evolutionary and anatomical standpoint, it’s easy to understand why men come; the process of orgasm helps the sperm-filled fluid reach the uterus and fertilize any eggs that may be waiting there. We rely on the male orgasm to keep humanity going. For women, things are less clear-cut.
Noted biologist Elisabeth Anne Lloyd, author of The Case of the Female Orgasm, has argued that there’s not enough solid evidence to prove that female orgasm has a biological purpose. As quoted by the American Psychological Association, Lloyd claims that women’s climaxes may simply be similar to men’s nipples: “It has a clear function in one sex, but not in the other.”
Our brains react differently before climax – but not during.
Researchers from the University Of Groningen, in the Netherlands, studied the brain responses of men and women during foreplay and intercourse. Their finding: Different areas of the men’s and women’s brains showed activity during genital stimulation, but at the point of orgasm, both genders showed activation in areas of the cerebellum – the lower portion of the brain which is responsible for motor control.
Women ejaculate, but not as often as men.
While a typical climax for men includes ejaculation of seminal fluid, the same isn’t necessarily true for women. A report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine examined various studies on female ejaculation and found that only about ten to fifty five percent of women expel a whitish fluid during sex. Other women may experience what they think is ejaculation, but may actually be a type of incontinence.
The experience is similar for everyone.
Despite our obvious physical differences, men’s and women’s climaxes feel pretty much the same. During orgasm, men’s anal sphincter, prostate gland, and penis contract, producing sensations of intense pleasure; for women, the contraction of the vaginal, uterine, and pelvic muscles create a similar result. Both men and women’s brains release the “pleasure hormone” oxytocin as well. In one study cited by the UCSB authors, more than 70 experts were unable to distinguish between the descriptions of men and women discussing their orgasms.
Our partner’s pleasure triggers our own climax.
So why does sex produce the same sensations in everyone? Salt Lake City psychology professor Alan Fogel, Ph.D., explained in Psychology Today that we’re neurologically wired to observe, empathize with, and react to human emotions. You know how you and your friends tear up together watching This Is Us? Same concept. Seeing your partner writhe with pleasure cues your body to do the same. “Shared experiences of emotionally intense moments enhance our own and our partner’s body sense,” explained Fogel in the article. “If orgasms were radically different in males and females, this would be much less likely to happen.”
There’s an “orgasm gap” between the sexes.
When it comes to orgasm frequency, men have the advantage – particularly straight men. In a report published this year in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers from Chapman University, in California, analyzed a large section of sexually active adults and found that an impressive 95 percent of heterosexual men said they almost always climaxed during sex, while only 65 percent of straight women could make that claim.
For women, orgasms take a little more work.
Why the orgasm gender gap? The Chapman University team discovered one possible reason. Women of all sexual orientations reported being more likely to climax if their encounter included such factors as oral sex and manual stimulation. In other words, the vagina isn’t necessarily the star player in the orgasm game.
In fact, a 2014 report in the journal Clinical Anatomy argued that we need to ditch the terms “vaginal” or “G-spot” orgasm, because women can only reach orgasm if the clitoris is stimulated at some point during sexual contact. This external organ, with its thousands of sensitive nerve endings, helps produce the intense sensations of arousal and climax either on its own or with vaginal penetration.
Noted psychotherapist and sex counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D., agrees. He recently told Women’s Health magazine, “Research shows it’s clitoral stimulation, not vaginal stimulation, that is the powerhouse of the female orgasm.”
With that in mind, women who have trouble achieving maximum pleasure may want to try a new sexual position to reach orgasm more easily.
The pioneer and trailblazer of the horoscope wheel, Aries energy helps us initiate, fight for our beliefs and fearlessly put ourselves out there.
Taurus: The Bull
(Apr 20-May 20)
The persistent provider of the horoscope family, Taurus energy helps us seek security, enjoy earthly pleasures and get the job done.
Gemini: The Twins
(May 21-Jun 20)
The most versatile and vibrant horoscope sign, Gemini energy helps us communicate, collaborate and fly our freak flags at full mast.
Cancer: The Crab
(June 21-July 22)
The natural nurturer of the horoscope wheel, Cancer energy helps us connect with our feelings, plant deep roots and feather our family nests.
Leo: The Lion
(July 23-Aug 22)
The drama queen and regal ruler of the horoscope clan, Leo energy helps us shine, express ourselves boldly and wear our hearts on our sleeves.
Virgo: The Virgin
(Aug 23-Sep 22)
The masterful helper of the horoscope wheel, Virgo energy teaches us to serve, do impeccable work and prioritize wellbeing—of ourselves, our loved ones and the planet.
Libra: The Scales
(Sep 23-Oct 22)
The balanced beautifier of the horoscope family, Libra energy inspires us to seek peace, harmony and cooperation—and to do it with style and grace.
Scorpio: The Scorpion
(Oct 23-Nov 21)
The most intense and focused of the horoscope signs, Scorpio energy helps us dive deep, merge our superpowers and form bonds that are built to last.
Sagittarius: The Archer
(Nov 22-Dec 21)
The worldly adventurer of the horoscope wheel, Sagittarius energy inspires us to dream big, chase the impossible and take fearless risks.
Capricorn: The Goat
(Dec 22-Jan 19)
The measured master planner of the horoscope family, Capricorn energy teaches us the power of structure and long-term goals.
Aquarius: The Water Bearer
(Jan 20-Feb 18)
The mad scientist and humanitarian of the horoscope wheel, futuristic Aquarius energy helps us innovate and unite for social justice.
Pisces: The Fish
(Feb 19-Mar 20)
The dreamer and healer of the horoscope family, Pisces energy awakens compassion, imagination and artistry, uniting us as one.
Now let’s get down to the details…
The important thing to understand about Aries at least as far as sex is concerned is that it always prefers to be on top! There’s a predatory side to Aries people which means that for them, sex is largely about pursuit and conquest. In relationships Arians love a sense of challenge: it’s this that gets their juices flowing and gives them their reputation as one of the hottest lovers in the Zodiac.
The Taurean tug-of-war with change and their need for sameness explains their legendary lack of spontaneity in the bedroom. Although the Taurus mate’s personality traits make them adept at lovemaking, they also like to be prepared, to be “ready.” And sometimes, lovin’ just don’t play that way.
Taurus men and women, born between April 20 and May 21, like advance warning before a romantic liaison so they can take a shower, shave, and put on something nice to get in the mood.
If you want to know how to have great sex with one of these “bulls” and can deal with making an appointment for sex, then you’re in for an enjoyable evening … just so long as you arrive at the designated time.
Some might call erotic encounters with a Taurus “vanilla,” but it’s the best, most delicious brand of vanilla in your grocery store’s freezer section.
Take a rain check on Gemini if you’re looking for heart-stopping sex of the deep and meaningful kind. As the mutable air sign, for Gemini love is primarily about a meeting of minds. Its passions don’t tend to run high although with its fondness for change and variety, it can be quite innovative in trying out different sexual techniques.
Love and sex are irrevocably intertwined in the mind of most Cancerians: many will be uncomfortable with the idea of physical intimacy unless they possess at least some degree of emotional involvement with their sexual partner. For this reason Cancer is one of the star signs least likely to have a one-night-stand.
Like everything in the life of the theatrical Lion, sex has to be glamorous and exciting for Leo. Without the right props and the right setting, you’ll never light a Leo’s fire. Think champagne and oysters, satin bedsheets, violins playing in the background. This sign’s biggest sexual fantasy? That they’re acting the lead in a romantic movie in front of an admiring audience. A strategically positioned mirror can create the desired effect!
Let’s start by clearing up a common misunderstanding. Virgos get just as much sex as anyone else and there are no more virgins among those born under this star sign than any other sign of the Zodiac. The purity associated with Virgo relates simply to these people’s impeccable standards: when seeking a long-term sexual partner, they tend to be extremely fussy about who measures up and who does not.
Libra’s interest in sex usually starts early. Because relationships are of such major significance to those born under this sign, many Librans find themselves a boyfriend or girlfriend at an early age. From then onwards they’re never without a ‘significant other’ for more than about five minutes. A single Libran rarely feels complete: they’re always searching for their other half to balance them out.
There’s something irresistibly hypnotic about Scorpios that gives them an extraordinary sexual magnetism. With those penetrating eyes that seem to see straight through to your soul, they can quickly gain a strange kind of sexual hold over you. It’s dangerously easy to fall madly in love with this star sign. It’s much harder, however, to get a Scorpio to fall in love with you.
They have a reputation as sexual adventurers – but then, adventure is invariably the be-all and end-all of a typical Sagittarian’s life. Love is a game of chance Sagittarius is happy to take a risk on: if things get too heavy for this footloose and fancy-free star sign, it’s always ready to move on.
If you want good sex with a Capricorn, the first rule is never, ever to make fun of them, not even in a good-natured way. Easily embarrassed and often lacking in confidence, many Capricorns tend to be a bit self-conscious about their sexual performance. Any kind of implied criticism will dampen their libido – and maybe finish your relationship for good.
As the symbol of the New Age of Aquarius, this sign takes a progressive approach to sex but, contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessarily into the concept of free love. Certainly, it believes in the importance of independence within sexual relationships and the right of each individual to a personal life of their own. But Aquarius is no more libidinous and no less faithful than any other star sign – unless, of course, it gets bored.
It’s the most mystical and other-worldly of the star signs. So it’s not surprising that for people born under Pisces, at its best sex is about losing themselves in a true spiritual at-oneness – and a lot more than just a physical thing. The sign most likely to make the earth move for you, there can be something magical about sex with a Pisces, and it’s perilously easy to fall under their spell.
There are many things that sexual education did teach us in middle school but there are alot of things that were skimped on…
The normal curriculum claims to include topics on HIV/AIDS and STI prevention; birth control with an emphasis on abstinence; values around gender, sexual orientation, and sexual relationships; reproductive anatomy and physiology; and many more useful topics for teens to maintain their health throughout their relationship.
The 7th-grade lesson plan focuses on basic sex ed topics such as anatomy, healthy relationships, pregnancy and birth control, STI and HIV/AIDS prevention, and an introduction to sexual orientation.
The 8th-grade lesson plan builds upon the basic knowledge presented through the 7th-grade topics and explores the impact of being sexually active, sex in the media, building healthy relationships, and gender identity.
I remember from my educational journey the only birth control I was taught about was the pill and if you do your research you can really go into detail about what forms are good for you and others that just don’t work but first what are your options
Birth Control Pills
Implant (Arm Bar)
Male Birth Control
Of course tubal ligation and vasectomy are not really in the cards to be talked about with 7th and 8th graders but honestly the other forms of birth control are where we can start, talk about the negative health effects that all birth control can have on the body and that all bodies are different so what works for your friends may not work for you. The effects that birth control has on mental health as well as body weight should be talked about in schools it might help girls with their body image.
This was not taught when i was in middle school I learned that “boys like girls” and “girls like boys” but now it is being taught that you can like anyone and yes that is perfectly fine but don’t confuse the kids with if you’re born a boy you can be a girl if you feel like it. I understand the conversation if it comes up but I believe that is topic for them to figure out for themselves.
You already know schools led with this one, but they shouldn’t shame kids of course 7th and 8th graders should not be having sex just don’t tell them to wait until they are married so many people arern’t even getting married now a days so tell them it’s alright to have sex but you need to be mentally mature and physically ready.
The education system was spot on with the anatomy portion of the curriculum.
I do not have any complaints about this section.
Sex-Ed? Yes or No
You know considering everything the education system didn’t do all that bad if I was to teach a group of 12 year olds about balls and condoms I would struggle too they just need to go a little in depth about certain things so close to yes but not quite yet.
When it comes to hooking up, there’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to know what to believe. Some claims have been scientifically proven to be true, while others aren’t necessarily false, there just isn’t enough data on the subject yet. You may have heard people say that socks help you orgasm in bed, but is this just another popular myth, or is there any actual data to back up the claim?
So it turns out that wearing socks during sex isn’t just a weird thing people do for no reason. Some people believe it will help them finish. It’s definitely funny seeing someone fully naked with only their feet covered, but it could be worth it if it means you’re both more likely to feel satisfied. And you can buy cute socks, so it’s barely even a sacrifice. Speaking of sacrifices, I did some research — no, not that kind of research — to find out if this theory is legit. Here’s what I learned.
In 2005, a study was done that looked at individuals’ brains while they were climaxing. Professor Gert Holstege and his colleagues at The University of Groningen in the Netherlands asked 13 heterosexual couples between the ages of 19 and 49 to participate in the experiment. The researchers looked at the difference between male and female orgasms through a series of tests that included doing a brain scan on one partner while the other stimulated them until they climaxed. The researchers also conducted scans while the subjects faked orgasms.
It was a staged environment, and the temperature may have affected the results. At first, only 50 percent of the couples achieved orgasm. Thinking maybe they were cold, Holstege gave everyone socks to wear during the next round of the experiment. While wearing the socks, about 80 percent successfully climaxed. That’s a 30 percent increase, just from adding socks to the equation.
Environment is key when having sex, especially for women. Holstege found that the reason socks tend to boost the female sex drive is because they help women to feel safe and secure. If you’re trying to reach climax, you’ll have a tougher time if the parts of your brain that cause fear and anxiety are active. As you likely know, you need to be in the right state of mind to have an orgasm. Wearing socks can make you feel cozy and warm, which relaxes your body and mind and makes it easier to orgasm.
Beyond just keeping you warm, wearing socks helps the blood vessels in your feet dilate, which is also something that happens when you’re getting ready to fall asleep. This allows for better blood flow and leads to more satisfying orgasms. Avoid getting cold feet (literally) by keeping your socks on when you’re having sex, just like you might do before bed.
As a reminder, you should probably change into a fresh pair of socks if you plan to get it on. There are obvious sanitary reasons behind this decision. Plus, rocking the socks you had on your feet or in your shoes all day isn’t exactly going to be sexy — or even pleasant for your partner.
While this is the only major experiment that’s been done on the subject, the results make a pretty clear argument for the fact that wearing socks during sex can help you achieve climax more easily. If a pair of socks is all it takes for you to have more and better orgasms, you might as well try it on for size.