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September 21, 2012

EVI Slutopia

This past weekend we were lucky enough to be a part of the CatalystCon conference on sexuality, activism, and acceptance that took place in Long Beach, CA. (Our standard ridiculously long conference recap is coming soon.) The conference was organized by Dee Dennis, known as the Lady Gaga of sex positive conference organizers...okay, she's only known as that to us, but that's really all that matters. We were members of Dee's conference staff, unofficially but proudly known as the Girl Gang.



What's that curvy sexy red thing in front of our sign? We're glad you asked. It's the brand new EVI by Aneros, which made its debut (her debut? we're not sure how EVI chooses to identify) at CatalystCon. Here, have some press release action:
Long Beach, CA – CatalystCon announces that Aneros will debut their first female product during the conference.
CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is thrilled that Aneros has chosen to debut EVI at CatalystCon because it reflects a shared commitment to sex education and to CatalystCon’s goals of sparking new conversations about sexuality and igniting change.”We are excited and proud to introduce our first female product at CatalystCon,” said CT Schenk, CEO at Aneros. “We chose this conference over the mundane trade shows because our focus is on the message rather than distribution, and CatalystCon was the perfect venue.”
In addition to debuting EVI at CatalystCon, Aneros will be hosting a special sex education class with a focus on kegel exercise and the female orgasm on Saturday of the conference at 5:30pm.  Aneros will be having several giveaways of their product and all attendees are invited.
We had a chance to hang out with CT during Catalyst, so we can tell you that he's one of those rare people who actually means what he says in sound bite press release quotes. And since we're not in the habit of praising...um, anyone ever, you know that if we're saying that, it must be true.

Anyway, the EVI doesn't just look cool, it is really cool. Here's how it works: "Anatomically designed, the velvet soft EVI requires no vibration and guarantees users a sensual, hands free experience like no other. Once comfortably inserted, an easy Kegel workout is all that is needed to get EVI rocking your world. Both the G-Spot and clitoris are perfectly stimulated in a toe curling rhythm. Break free from the mundane world of generic vibrating toys and immerse yourself in EVI's vast garden of pleasure." And yes, we totally could have paraphrased all of that instead of quoting it directly, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have the phrase "vast garden of pleasure" on our blog.

They're not kidding about that "velvet soft" thing either. We had a communal EVI for the staff that we all couldn't stop playing with. (And by "communal" we mean that it belonged to Dee but we all kept stealing it from her. And by "playing with" we mean literally playing with it, not using it for its intended purpose. The Girl Gang is close but we're not that close.) We found that it made a lovely centerpiece on the dining table in our staff suite. Eventually we just started taking it everywhere with us and discovered that it also functions as a good luck charm. The picture above is from when we took it to Dirty Bingo with us and our table ended up winning like three times. Had to be the EVI. Another night we took EVI down to the hotel bar with us, which sparked a hilarious discussion among everyone hanging out at the bar about what people thought it looked like, with responses ranging from a duck to a Swedish ergonomic chair to the Starship Enterprise.

As part of the EVI launch at CatalystCon, Aneros hosted a class on Kegels and the Art of the Orgasm with the lovely Ducky Doolittle.  Ducky was fantastic and the class was not just informative but also fun and funny and personal and generally awesome. There was also a raffle where a bunch of lucky people won EVIs of their own. We don't know if it was just a crazy coincidence or our good luck charm at work again, but almost everyone on the CatalystCon staff ended up winning. We suspect that our fellow Girl Gang member Robin Love, who was in charge of the raffle tickets, may have rigged it for us. (Just kidding, she totally didn't. Or did she? No really though, she didn't. We think.)  

There was at least one person who liked Ducky's class even more than we did. Not long after it ended we spotted this empty EVI box in the bathroom across from the room where the class was held:

Someone just couldn't wait to try out their EVI!

On our last morning we packed up to come home, which meant finding space in our luggage for our new EVIs. At one point Jezebel went to get stuff out of the bathroom while Lilith was trying to fit the box into her suitcase.

Lilith: I can't get my EVI in! It won't fit!
Jezebel: Well, just relax your body...do you need help?
Lilith: Very funny.
Jezebel: I'm putting mine in my carry on, I don't want the TSA agents to be tempted.
Lilith: I don't really need to bring home that extra pair of shoes do I? The EVI is more important.
Jezebel: You can always buy new shoes.

Overall we were just super impressed not only with the EVI itself, but with Aneros as a company and a conference sponsor. If you've read any of our other conference recaps you know that we have a lot of experience in dealing with sponsors and we're never afraid to criticize all of the stuff that we see that we don't like. So when we have an opportunity like this to say good things about a really cool and unique product from a great company, of course we're all over it.

To check out EVI for yourself, go to Aneros.com/Evi. You can also like her on Facebook. And please refer to us as EVI Slutopia until further notice.




*Disclosure: We received EVIs while we were at CatalystCon, and we're members of the CatalystCon staff, but this is NOT a sponsored post. We weren't asked to write it and we're not being paid to say any of this. All opinions are (as always) 100% our own.

September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney Attempts to Scare Women and Baby Girls Into Supporting Him

Following the smashing success of his "Break Up With President Obama" ad, Mitt Romney has a new ad out aimed at baby girls and the women voters who love them, and it's a real gem. Check it out:


 

Dear Daughter: Welcome to America. Your share of Obama's debt is over $50,000, and it grows every day. Obama's policies are making it harder on women. The poverty rate for women? The highest in 17 years. More women are unemployed under President Obama. More than five and a half million women can't find work. That's what Obama's policies have done for women. Welcome, daughter. 
 
First of all, the voiceover lady's tone makes it sound like she's talking to us about "feminine itching" or something, not the future of our country. And this ad reads like it was supposed to be a 60 second spot instead, with the second half featuring some hopeful sounding music playing over scenes of Mitt Romney personally marrying every single one of us to ensure our secure financial futures. Instead it's just one giant buzzkill about how all of the children of America are totally fucked because Barack Obama ruined everything. Inspiring!

There's not so much as a hint of any policy proposals or ideas or suggestions or even empty promises about what Mittens is going to do better for us, but perhaps they were afraid that including too much "information" in the ad would overload our ladybrains. So of course that leaves unanswered the question of why any woman would be better off economically in a Romney administration when you consider the fact that Mitt refuses to even take a position on the issue of equal pay for women or the Paycheck Fairness Act (and his running mate voted against the Ledbetter Act), and he wants to make it harder for women to access affordable contraception (which helps us plan our families or lack thereof better and is therefore a financially good thing for us) and health care services in general. I guess the 'bad things will happen to babies and you don't want that, do you ladies?' message is supposed to suffice.

Also, we need to come together and take a moment to discuss the extreme creepiness of the "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message" at the end. I've heard it before on his other ads and it's time to address it so that we can all begin to heal. It sounds to me like they did about 57 takes trying to get one where Mitt sounded presidential or at least somewhat human, and finally just gave up and settled for one where he sounds like Edward Cullen staring in your bedroom window all night because he just loves you that much.

So yeah, vote for Mitt Romney or babies will have to file for bankruptcy because of Barack Obama. Or something.

September 11, 2012

Pro Tip: Don't Use 9/11 As A Hook For Your PR Pitch

We get a lot of random PR pitch emails all the time. Occasionally they're interesting, but most of them aren't right for our blog. Some of them are way off base, like the pitches we get that are directed at 50 Shades of Grey fans. But we've never seen anything quite like the one that we got today.

Subject: Feel Good Story for 9/11

,-

Just a quick note if you wanted a departure from all the grimness of the day for your site.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter, whose birthday is today, decided to use the day for something serious. He made a video discouraging his 8 million social media people from birthday wishes, instead asking for donations to a cancer org that helped his wife during a difficult time.

It's a short video, and I admit I welled up at the end.
http://www.meredone.com/look-what-my-husband-got-me-for-his-birthday/

Thank you!

Barry Mackey
Senior Account Executive
Next Round Entertainment


So are we overreacting or is this just majorly thoughtless and inappropriate? We don't really have a problem with the video itself, but aside from Hofstetter mentioning at the beginning that September 11th is his birthday, it has nothing to do with 9/11. It's about a fundraiser for a breast cancer organization. It's a nice story, but it's not a "feel good story for 9/11", and it seems really bizarre to us to market it that way.

We also have a problem with the opening line of the email. (We'll just ignore the fact that the email opens with ",-" because Barry forgot to fill in our names or any other generic greeting.) We're both New Yorkers and one of us was in Manhattan on 9/11, so no fucking stupid PR pitch is going to provide us with "a departure from all the grimness of the day", nor would we assume that it would accomplish that for our readers. And then to go on and praise Hofstetter's decision to "use the day for something serious" - as opposed to how everyone else uses 9/11 for fun and games? We get that he's referring to Hofstetter's birthday and not 9/11 itself, but it just comes off sounding tone deaf and insensitive.

Don't use 9/11 to promote yourself. Even if it happens to be your birthday and even if you think it's for a good cause. Just don't do it.

September 9, 2012

The GOP Tells Women to "Break Up" With President Obama

The Republican National Committee has a new ad out called "The Breakup" in which a woman tells someone that their relationship isn't working out. We won't ruin the shocking twist ending for you:



Listen, this just isn't working. It's been four years. You've changed. Your spending is out of control, you're constantly on the golf course, and you're always out with Hollywood celebrities. You think I didn't see you with Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney? Your jobs council says you haven't even showed up in six months. You're just not the person I thought you were. It's not me, it's you. I think we should just be friends.


Yes, she's breaking up with a cardboard cutout of President Obama. (And in a nice homage to the end of the Bush administration, she leaves and sticks cardboard Obama with the bill.) Why does this feel to me like those articles in Cosmo where they try to encourage women to watch football by saying that the players are hot and wear tight pants, because everyone knows that women don't really like or understand sports, right? Like the GOP assumes that women aren't reached by regular campaign ads that discuss actual issues, so let's do a girly ad for them where we engage their ladybrains by likening President Obama to a bad boyfriend. And be sure to name drop Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney, because they're on the list that the women's outreach consultant gave us of celebrities that all women like.

The star of this ad is, of course, not a disappointed former Obama supporter. It's Bettina Inclan, RNC Director of Hispanic Outreach - and considering that the cardboard Obama out-acted her in this ad I guess it's a good thing she has a day job. It's also pretty hilarious that they would even try the "Hollywood celebrities" line of attack at all - last time I checked it wasn't the DNC and the Obama campaign that turned over the first speaking slot in the prime time 10pm hour before their candidate's acceptance speech to Clint Eastwood so that he could ramble incoherently and argue with an invisible president in an empty chair.

To me, this ad fits right in with the patronizing and pandering tone of the Republican convention and the Romney campaign in general where women voters are concerned - the endless praising of moms in RNC speeches with little or no discussion of equal pay or other issues that matter to women, Paul Ryan referring to the issue of access to birth control as a "distraction", the RNC Woman Up Pavilion that offered hair and makeup touch-ups and pink Romney t-shirts, Ann Romney going from yelling "I love women!" in the middle of her RNC speech to saying the following week that women "need to wake up" and realize that Mitt "will be there for you", and so on.

The end of the ad encourages people to go to BreakUpWithObama.com to share their own reasons for breaking up with President Obama. (And as evidence of how much more on point the Obama campaign's game is, if you accidentally type BreakingUpWithObama.com instead, it redirects to a a page on BarackObama.com.) Instead we think we'll leave a message explaining that we won't be breaking up with Obama, and we also won't have to break up with Mitt Romney or any other Republican...because we don't "date" condescending sexist candidates who don't respect us in the first place.

September 7, 2012

DNC2012: The Live Tweets

 
If you missed our live tweets of the Democratic National Convention (plus some "morning after" commentary) we've put it all in one place on Storify.
Day One - September 4, 2012
Day Two - September 5, 2012
Day Three - September 6, 2012
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September 5, 2012

DNC 2012 Day One: Our Favorite Speeches

We've been live tweeting both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but there were so many awesome speeches given last night to open the DNC that we had to also do a post to share some of our favorites.

After only one day the contrast between the RNC and the DNC is already so clear - the crowd at the DNC is SO much more diverse, the energy is much more positive, and the speeches are full of more specifics about the Democratic Party and candidates and issues rather than just endless lies and attacks on the opposition. And while the Republican convention offered nothing but empty pandering to women -  best exemplified by Ann Romney literally yelling out "I LOVE WOMEEEEEEEN!!!!" in full Oprah style in the middle of her speech - the Democrats repeatedly addressed specific women's issues like equal pay, reproductive rights, and access to health care. (As Gov. Deval Patrick said in his speech, "We Democrats, we owe America more than a strong argument for what we are against. We need to be just as strong about what it is we are for." We were also really happy to see the Democrats finally fully embracing and fighting for marriage equality.

Okay, enough from us. Here are a few of our favorite speeches from last night:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker:

Lilly Ledbetter (I didn't see Lilly or hear a single reference to equal pay for women at the RNC, did you?):

Tammy Duckworth:

Kal Penn (#sexyface):

NARAL President Nancy Keenan:

Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic women of the House:

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland:

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:

Keynote Address: Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio:

And finally, the fierce and flawless FLOTUS Michelle Obama:

September 4, 2012

The ESC Reads 50 Shades of Grey: Chapter 9

WARNING: This blog post contains spoilers. But, of course, that's kind of the point.

We decided to tackle the Fifty Shades of Grey series one book at a time and give everyone chapter-by-chapter summaries and critique. We're going to read Fifty Shades of Grey... so you don't have to.



Chapter 9

Summary: We're still a little bit traumatized from Chapter 8, so bear with us. It's the morning after - Ana wakes up at Christian's apartment and EL James establishes yet again that he's really super gorgeous and his apartment is really big because he's really rich. Ana decides to make breakfast in Christian's big kitchen. Even though she makes a huge breakfast, she doesn't really want to eat any and they again have the conversation about not wasting food. He wants her to stay another night, but she insists on being home by the evening. He decides that they should continue her "basic training" and move onto "oral skills". She talks to Kate on the phone, who grills her about the sex (even though she must know that she's still there with him and therefore it's kind of shitty to expect her to talk about it in front of him, but that's Kate for you). Then Ana and Christian talk about the non-disclosure agreement - she wants to be able to talk to Kate about some questions she has about sex, but he says she can just ask him instead. They take a bath and she gives her first ever blowjob, which is also apparently the best blowjob mankind has ever seen. Then, even though she still hasn't agreed to the "arrangement" or signed the paperwork, he binds her wrists with one of his grey silk ties, bites her toes (huh?), goes down on her and has sex with her one more time. Then there are voices outside the bedroom door and Christian says "Shit, it's my mother!"

Sexiness factor (scale of 1-10): -2.17 (Trust us, we did the math.)

Appearances by Ana's subconscious, inner goddess and other invisible friends: 7
I feel a little sore, if I’m honest, and my muscles – jeez, it’s like I’ve never done any exercise in my life. You don’t do any exercise in your life, my subconscious has woken. She’s staring at me with pursed lips, tapping her foot. So you’ve just slept with him, given him your virginity, a man who doesn’t love you. In fact, he has very odd ideas about you, wants to make you some sort of kinky sex slave. ARE YOU CRAZY? She’s shouting at me.
Ah, the return of Ana's bitchy subconscious. We're not at all surprised that Ana and her subconscious would use a retro phrase like "give him your virginity", but once again it's frustrating that EL James can't describe Ana's mixed emotions about choosing to have sex for the first time with a complicated guy like Christian without falling back on the lazy and just plain weird option of having her subconscious yell at her about it.
My subconscious scowls at me… fucking – not lovemaking – she screams at me like a harpy. I ignore her, but deep down I know she has a point.
My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.
So her subconscious is always yelling at her and her inner goddess is always dancing. Wonder if they ever talk to each other. Or maybe later in the book they'll dance together. It'd be nice to see a little duet. Also, why is she doing merengue and salsa? She couldn't decide on one Latin dance? What, no bachata? It's not like ELJ knows the difference anyway.

From now on we're always going to picture Ana's inner goddess like this:


Plot Holes, Fact Checking Fails, and Just Plain Old Bad Writing:
It’s a beautiful May morning, Seattle at my feet. Wow, what a view. Beside me, Christian Grey is fast asleep. Wow, what a view.
Shut UP.
I am daunted by his kitchen. It’s so sleek and modern and none of the cupboards have handles. It takes me a few seconds to deduce that I have to push the cupboard doors to open them.
Once again EL James knows how to give us all the sexy details that we're looking for. We can't wait to find out what kind of countertops he has, or get an erotic description of his flatware pattern!
I find two welcome hair ties at the same time in my bag and quickly tie my hair in pigtails. Yes! The more girly I look perhaps the safer I’ll be from Bluebeard.

[...]

In a moment, he’s beside me. He gently pulls my pigtail. “I love these,” he whispers. “They won’t protect you.” Hmm Bluebeard…
We bet there are psychology students writing entire term papers about this passage as we speak.
“How would you like your eggs?” I ask tartly. He smiles. “Thoroughly whisked and beaten,” he smirks.
Shut up, Christian.
“Would you like some tea?”
“Yes, please. If you have some.” I find a couple of plates and place them in the warming tray of the range. Christian reaches into a cupboard and pulls out some Twinings English Breakfast tea. I purse my lips.
“Bit of a foregone conclusion, wasn’t I?”
They sell Twinings in every grocery store in America and English Breakfast is one of the most generic popular teas, but okay, we get it...he knew she would stay over, so he purposely bought some of her favorite tea, because he's super dreamy or whatever.
“I’ve never had vanilla sex before. There’s a lot to be said for it. But then, maybe it’s because it’s with you.” He runs his thumb across my lower lip. I inhale sharply. Vanilla sex?

“Come, let’s have a bath.” He leans down and kisses me. My heart leaps and desire pools way down low… way down there.
If Ana's still using mature adult phrases like "down there" to describe her feelings it's not too surprising that she doesn't know what vanilla sex means.
Oh! Turning to face him, I’m shocked to find he has his erection firmly in his grasp. My mouth drops open.

“I want you to become well acquainted, on first name terms if you will, with my favorite and most cherished part of my body. I’m very attached to this.”
It’s so big and growing. His erection is above the water line, the water lapping at his hips.
There's something so hilarious about E L James' attempts at painting a sexy scene. It's so big and growing! Maybe it's just us but there's something really corny about the way he talks about his penis. They are going to be on first name terms? But he never even tells us its name. What is its name!? Little Christian? Grey Love Machine? Yes, we know those are horrible but we resent ELJ for making us spend even five seconds thinking about this... that being said, if you have better and funnier name suggestions, leave them in the comments. And he's "very attached" to it... we sure hope so! Unless it's a detachable penis. (And if you now have that song playing in your head...you're welcome.)

Also, let's talk logistics here for a second - how is it that the water is only at his hips and his penis is above the water line? There are two of them in the bathtub... how low did he fill it that they can sit together in the tub and his hips and penis aren't submerged? We tried to reenact this with a Ken and Barbie in a butter dish for scientific purposes, but the results were inconclusive because Ken has no penis.
He releases my hand, leaving me to continue alone, and closes his eyes as I move up and down his length. He flexes his hips slightly into my hand and reflexively I grasp him tighter. A low groan escapes from deep within his throat. Fuck my mouth… hmm. I remember him pushing his thumb in my mouth and asking me to suck, hard. His mouth drops open slightly as his breathing increases. I lean forward, while he has his eyes closed, and place my lips around him and tentatively suck, running my tongue over the tip.
This has no chance of being remotely sexy to us because all we can think about in reading this section is how horrible his penis must taste right now. Why? Because of all of this we read earlier in the chapter:
He pours some expensive-looking bath oil into the water. It foams as the bath fills and smells of sweet sultry Jasmine.
[...]
I smile at him and reach for the body wash, squirting some soap onto my hand. I do as he’s done, lathering the soap in my hands until they are foamy.
The bath is filled with bath oil and body wash, which she just used to suds up his penis before putting it in her mouth. Our mouths are burning just thinking about it. (Let's be charitable and ignore the fact that Ana had to follow Christian's example to figure out how soap works.)
Hmm… he’s soft and hard at once, like steel encased in velvet, and surprisingly tasty – salty and smooth.
No. We don't believe that. There's no way it still tastes "salty". It tastes like jasmine bath oil and body wash and we all know it. Sure hope Christian is willing to let Ana have another thrilling experience using his toothbrush after all of this.
My tongue swirls around the end. He’s my very own Christian Grey flavor popsicle.
The next time someone tries to tell you how sexy these books are, quote the popsicle line back to them. And we realize we're harping on this point, but we really doubt that popsicles would be the first thing to come to our minds if we were in the middle of giving the oiliest, soapiest blowjob of all time. We also doubt that 'enjoying a man popsicle' is going to shoot to the top of the list of popular euphemisms for oral sex anytime soon.
He cries out and stills, and I can feel warm, salty liquid oozing down my throat. I swallow quickly. Ugh… I’m not sure about this.
We're not exactly turned off by the taste and/or texture of semen, but EL James really found a totally unappealing way of describing it. If you're trying to write something erotic the word "oozing" should probably be off the menu. We're also honestly a little surprised that Ana would swallow, considering that she's never even seen a penis before this weekend.
“Don’t you have a gag reflex?” he asks, astonished. “Christ, Ana… that was…. good, really good, unexpected though.” He frowns. “You know, you never cease to amaze me.”
I smile and consciously bite my lip. He eyes me speculatively.
“Have you done that before?”
“No.” And I can’t help the small tinge of pride in my denial. “Good,” he says complacently and, I think, relieved. “Yet another first, Miss Steele.”
Oh, there's just so much to question here. How is it exactly that she doesn't have a gag reflex? And how is it possible that she has never even seen a penis before last night, yet she can give an expert blow job? Really? Are we supposed to believe this? Without any instruction or guidance from Christian at all... she's that good? I guess we're just supposed to believe that this is her inner goddess at work, or that their amazing epic love is already so strong that she just subconsciously knows how to please him.

And why is he so happy about the fact that she hasn't done that before? Just the night before he was cursing and yelling at her for not telling him that she was a virgin, but now he's psyched that she's never sucked a dick before? Make up your mind Christian Grey! And is it just us or do we detect a small tinge of slut-shaming in Ana's "small tinge of pride in my denial" line?

Also, while we're sort of on the topic of eating (well, swallowing at least...okay, we're not on the topic at all but we wanted to mention it while we're thinking of it)...there's already been so many references to her not eating and to Christian trying to make her finish her food in past chapters that we're starting to wonder if she actually has an eating disorder. Her name is even "Ana"! (Spoiler alert: this name coincidence only gets weirder later in the book.)
Holy shit. He grabs my left foot, bends my knee, and brings my foot up to his mouth. Watching and assessing my every reaction, he tenderly kisses each of my toes then bites each one of them softly on the pads. When he reaches my little toe, he bites harder, and I convulse, whimpering. He glides his tongue up my instep – and I can no longer watch him. It’s too erotic. I’m going to combust. I squeeze my eyes shut and try to absorb and manage all the sensations he’s creating. He kisses my ankle and trails kisses up my calf to my knee, stopping just above.
It's official. EL James has a thing for feet. Again, no judgment, we're just observing.
I am panting and vaguely hear the rip of foil. Very slowly he eases into me and starts to move. Oh… my. The feeling is sore and sweet, and bold and gentle all at once.
Okay wait, earlier in the chapter he specifically said that they weren't going to have sex because she was sore, so they were just going to focus on "oral skills". Now he's going to have sex with her after all? And without even really warning her (unless you count vaguely hearing the rip of foil a "warning") or asking her if it's okay or if she's too sore? How lovely.


BDSM Analysis:
“The NDA, does it cover everything?” I ask tentatively.

“Why?” he turns and gazes at me while putting the Twinings away. I flush.

“Well, I have a few questions, you know, about sex.” I stare down at my fingers. “And I’d like to ask Kate.”

“You can ask me.”

“Christian, with all due respect…” My voice fades. I can’t ask you. I’ll get your biased, kinky-as-hell, distorted world view regarding sex. I want an impartial opinion. “It’s just about mechanics. I won’t mention the Red Room of Pain.”
Even though this conversation wasn't explicitly about BDSM, we found it problematic as far as it pertains to their pending "agreement" and relationship. She can't possibly give informed consent if he won't even let her get information about sex first. Truthfully, she should be informing herself about BDSM as well, but he won't even let her talk to her roommate/best friend about general sex questions? This is not a good start to a healthy relationship. (No comment on Ana's continued use of the ridiculous phrase "Red Room of Pain".)
Say yes,” he whispers fervently.

I frown, not understanding.

“To what?”

“Yes to our arrangement. To being mine. Please, Ana,” he whispers, emphasizing the last word and my name, pleading. He kisses me again, sweetly, passionately, before he stands back and stares at me, blinking slightly. He takes my hand and leads me back to his bedroom, leaving me reeling, so I follow him meekly. Stunned. He really wants this.

Again, he's pressuring her to sign the agreement - which would make her his submissive - without even giving her a chance to figure out how she feels about the situation. She's only just had sex for the first time ever and she still has no experience or knowledge about the BDSM aspects of sex...and this is supposed to be romantic? It's predatory and creepy and wrong.
“Trust me?” he asks suddenly. I nod, wide-eyed with the sudden realization that I do trust him. What’s he going to do to me now? An electric thrill hums through me.

“Good girl,” he breathes, his thumb brushing my bottom lip. He steps away into his closet and comes back with a silver-grey silk woven tie.

“Knit your hands together in front of you,” he orders as he peels the towel off me and throws it on the floor.

I do as he asks, and he binds my wrists together with his tie, knotting it firmly. His eyes are bright with wild excitement. He tugs at the binding. It’s secure.
Okay, this book makes no fucking sense. He went on and on about how he wouldn't touch her until he had the signed paperwork, but then they had sex all night. Now he's actually going to tie her up, even though she still hasn't signed shit and they haven't even discussed it first. She has no safe word - she doesn't even know what a safe word is - and knowing her, she probably wouldn't even speak up if she wasn't okay with what was going on. (Also, he's an experienced dom with a whole room full of toys and tools... and he's going to use a presumably expensive silk tie to bind her wrists? What is this, Cosmo?) We understand where EL James is going with this - Christian is breaking all of his rules because Ana is different and special and they're already totally falling in the truest love that ever loved. But what comes across to us is just that Christian is a horrible dom.

Collapsing on top of me, I feel his full weight forcing me into the mattress. I pull my tied hands over his neck and hold him the best I can. I know in that moment that I would do anything for this man. I am his. The wonder that he’s introduced me to, it’s beyond anything I could have imagined. And he wants to take it further, so much further, to a place I can’t, in my innocence, even imagine. Oh… what to do?

He leans up on his elbows and stares down at me, gray eyes intense.
“See how good we are together,” he murmurs. “If you give yourself to me, it will be so much better. Trust me, Anastasia, I can take you places you don’t even know exist.”
Again, he's so manipulative and creepy. He swears that it will be "so much better" if she gives herself to him and signs the agreement. Better for who? For him. Neither of them can really know if it will be "better" for her as well, because they have no idea what she actually likes in bed yet. Just because they're "good together" for vanilla sex and Ana's all excited that she finally had the first orgasms of her life doesn't mean that she will enjoy being dominated by him.

CatalystCon is getting closer! Get $25 Off Ticket Prices!

The countdown to CatalystCon keeps getting closer and closer..

CatalystCon. The first annual CatalystCon will take place September 14-16 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California, and we can't wait!

CatalystCon was created by Dee Dennis, the co-founder of the MOMENTUM Conference (and one of the coolest women we know), so we're sure that Catalyst is going to be fucking awesome. If you need more than our word on that (for some unknown reason), here's some more info:
CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity.
This is a conference meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate. It is a conference where everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences. With the most current attacks on women’s rights such as birth control, mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds as well as sex education being pulled from our schools, it is more important than ever to come together and have these important conversations on all areas of sexuality.
The fundamental principle of Catalyst is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting changing conversations.
If you're read any of our reviews of other conferences that we've attended, you know that we're totally honest and we don't hold back. So when we say that we loved both of our experiences at the MOMENTUM conference and we expect Catalyst to be just as educational and fun and inspiring, you know it's the truth.
 
If you're not already registered for CatalystCon, we gotta ask - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It's still not too late but if you wait any longer you might miss it...

Late registration prices started today and end September 13th (or when tickets sell out, whichever comes first - so hurry up and register here!)

We are happy to be able to offer our readers a discount - which has been upped to $25 off ticket price - for a limited time only! Use the code EVILSLUTS  
Click HERE or on the banner below to register.

For even more info, check out the lists of CatalystCon Sessions, Speakers, and Sponsors. You can also join the conversation now by following @CatalystCon on Twitter and using the hashtag #ccon. See you there!

September 1, 2012

RNC2012: The Live Tweets


If you missed our live tweets of the Republican National Conference Democratic National Convention (plus some "morning after" commentary) we've put all the craziness in one place on Storify.
Related post: DNC2012: The Live Tweets