Normally, Jon Pressick and I pick the brains and thoughts of many of our favorite sex bloggers in our Sex Stories We Love roundups. Since Kinkly’s in the process of gathering nominations for 2015’s Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes (Have you votes for your favorite sex blogging superheroes, yet?), I purposely didn’t want to feature any of them in fear of inappropriately tipping the scales. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t found other voices and stories about what’s new and novel in the world of sex...because I have!

Making Porn Profitable and Different

With free porn being the norm, who’s making money in the adult entertainment industry these days? There will always be demand, but what’s in it for the producers, directors, performers, and the other behind-the-scenes people that bring porn from the set to the screen? As Colin Rowntree, one of online porn’s founding fathers says in an article about this topic in BuzzFeed, “Since 1998, there’s been an average of a 70% drop in revenue on standard pay sites. You simply need to diversify. If you work 10 times harder than you did in the ’90s, then you can get close to getting back to the old revenues, but not quite.” So, BuzzFeed news reporter Charlie Warzel took an in-depth look of how to three sex tech innovators to see how they’re creating business models that could make porn profitable, if not different from the porn people are used to watching today.

Analingus: Is It the New and Last Frontier?

We’re always in search of something novel to make sex different, out of our routines, and to dare ourselves to break taboos. It’s not like analingus is anything new, but it’s definitely an acquired sexual taste of relatively few people.

So what holds people back from exploring sex’s new and possibly last frontier? Poop, obviously, says former Harvard sexual studies professor Dr. John Straussman. In an article in Thought Catalog about analingus being the new oral sex you must try, he says, “People have a misinformed concept that the anus is a naturally bacteria-infested area on the body, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The rectum, on the other hand, is quite the germ pit … (Analingus), however, is completely safe as long as your partner has thoroughly cleaned their rear.” Shitty advice or a cleansing and refreshing view on sex? You decide.

Talking to Your Kids About Sex Toys

If you’re a parent of teenagers, there are things that can be much more awkward than talking about sex with your kids. For Sally* (not her real name), it was when she found some items that looked like homemade sex toys in her son’s room. So instead of freaking out as most parents would, she gave her son a $100 Amazon gift certificate to spend on sex toys. Her reasoning: she didn’t want her son to inflict harm on himself, let alone someone else. Responsible, yes, but it also opened up the lines of communication and the relationship she has with her son. More about her story can be found in Upworthy.

Ancient Sexual Beliefs and Rituals in the Modern World

New York City is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s also the center of one of the most cloistered religious sects in the world – Hasidic Judaism. It’s a religion and culture that most people don’t know much about because Hasidic Jews isolate themselves from the temptations of the Big Apple and the rest of the world.

So, what goes on when the long black coats and dresses of Hasidic men and women come off? Ari Mandel, a former Hasidic Jew, spills all in an hour-long chat with Dr. Darrel Ray on his Secular Sexuality podcast. Among many of Ari’s unbelievable stories -- being told as a teenager that he’d boil in a pot of boiling semen in Hell if he masturbated, not knowing about how to have sex until two weeks before his arranged marriage, and not being able to have sex with his wife for several days leading up to, during, and after her period. It’s ear candy worth plugging into during your commute, work out or while you’re working.

Yummy Sex

Sex with your honey is sweet, and it’s safe to assume that more than a few of us have played with honey in our sexual playtime. Yet, did you know that eating honey can be good for your sex life? An article in Eat This! claims that honey may increase testosterone, the “drive” in sex drive. For all of those people who have claimed to debunk the myth that oysters are an aphrodisiac, oysters are a rich source of zinc, which helps nourish the prostate gland and boosts testosterone production. The next time you’re at the market, you might want to stock up on eggs, spinach, nuts, and dark chocolate as well to nourish a healthy sexual appetite and sex life.

Big Penis Problems

It’s estimated that about 45% of men wish they had a larger penis even though 70% of men have an adequate or normal 5-6-inch penis when it’s erect, plenty long enough to fit into a woman’ 3.5-4.5-inch vagina. What about men who have a monster-sized cock? Aside from sex being uncomfortable or even painful for their partners, an article in Men’s Health tells some stories from men who wish they had smaller penises. Among the complaints that have nothing to do with sex – being able to ride a bike comfortably, using public urinals, and holding out on having sex with a woman to see if she’s more interested in his dick than him as a person.