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Learn Genital Massage or Sexual Kung Fu
How many ways are there to stroke a clitoris or G-spot? In the video Fire In the Valley, ex-porn star turned sex educator, Annie Sprinkle, shares a massive 30 pleasurable massage strokes for people with vulvas.
Or visit Orgasmic Yoga by Joseph Kramer, which has a whole range of videos for both people with penises and vulvas, including Sexual Kung Fu, a practise that Taoist teacher Loren Johnson claims made his penis one inch longer.
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Watch a Flick
Check out some classic erotic movies set in out of the ordinary places to bring in a sense of the exotic. For example ‘In the Realm of the Senses’ tells the story of a former prostitute working in a hotel in Japan and who is seduced by the owner. ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ depicts a masked orgy in a secret society. 'Last Tango In Paris' tells the story of a recently widowed American man, who begins an anonymous relationship with a Parisian woman.
Browse and Shop
This can be just as much about the browsing as it is the buying. Visit a sex shop, or lingerie department, or go to the sex section of your local bookshop. Take your time to look around and spark your imagination, without being in a rush to purchase anything. Pick up a book and see what page it randomly opens on, or see what new sex toys are available.
Alternatively you could take a look online, but notice the difference it makes to be out in the world browsing and thinking about sex. Let yourself take all the time you need.
Visit a Sex Museum
If you’re lucky to have a sex museum near you then go and pay a visit! The Museum of Sex in New York City, has a permanent exhibition of over 20,000 artefacts of art, photography, clothing and costumes.
You could also check out the Exotic Heritage museum in Las Vegas, founded by the unlikely partnership of a preacher and a pornographer, who believed that sexual pleasure and its depiction and celebration should be available to all regardless of race, gender or belief.
Further afield, The Vagina Museum in London was founded in response to the existence of a penis museum in Iceland. It’s the first museum solely dedicated to vaginas in the world.
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Erotica Writing Class
Sexual desire is often sparked by something outside of ourselves, but ultimately it comes from within. So what better way to cultivate it than trying your hand at some erotic stories? You could start by brainstorming a list of your ultimate fantasies and then taking time to write them out in vivid detail, incorporating all of the five senses. Or take it one step further and enrol in an online erotic writing class like Between The Sheets with Rachel Kramer Bussel.
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Take Time to Destress and Breathe
If the thought of sex completely turns you off, then the idea of dragging your unwilling sexual self on a date may not seem that appealing. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can interrupt the feel good hormones that ignite sexual desire, so if you’re feeling run down then the best date you can go on is to simply nurture yourself.
One way to do this is simply by breathing more consciously. As Barbara Carellas says in the Tantric Sex Mini Book "sexual energy travels on the breath" so taking time to learn tantric breathing from this book might just be the ultimate date.