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This is the tumblr for my as-of-lately rarely updated blog, Pop Shot, a simpler place for me to drop off all the random thoughts in my brain and a dumping ground for every one of the amazing things I happen to find whilst meandering on the Internet- pictures, videos, songs, quotes, and websites that would otherwise languish in folders or on my browser's Favorites bar until I felt I could organize and post them "properly". Enjoy the unorganized mess!

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15 August 13
cartoonpolitics:

perhaps in some strange alternate universe it all makes perfect sense ..

This has never made any sense to me, either.  Like, I can understand opposing completely, 100% effective methods of sterilization like castration or hysterectomy (even though no doctor would perform such without it being medically indicated- just bear with me) if you believe that every act of sex should have procreational potential … but condoms and every other form of BC- even permanent ones like vasectomy and tubal ligation- carry the potential for failure.  So if you believe God needs a way to make sure this particular act of sex results in the kid who’s crucial to His plan or whatever, He can do that with that margin of error for condoms or pills or whatever.
The only thing I can chalk it up to any more is stubbornness/inertia and a belief that you must pay a price to enjoy non-procreative sex (i.e. suffer periodic abstinence).

cartoonpolitics:

perhaps in some strange alternate universe it all makes perfect sense ..

This has never made any sense to me, either.  Like, I can understand opposing completely, 100% effective methods of sterilization like castration or hysterectomy (even though no doctor would perform such without it being medically indicated- just bear with me) if you believe that every act of sex should have procreational potential … but condoms and every other form of BC- even permanent ones like vasectomy and tubal ligation- carry the potential for failure.  So if you believe God needs a way to make sure this particular act of sex results in the kid who’s crucial to His plan or whatever, He can do that with that margin of error for condoms or pills or whatever.

The only thing I can chalk it up to any more is stubbornness/inertia and a belief that you must pay a price to enjoy non-procreative sex (i.e. suffer periodic abstinence).

Reblogged: getinthehandbasket

23 April 13

Reblogging this because I was trying to find it a little bit ago (because I knew I had “liked” it, but that’s not really helpful at all when you have 2,000+ likes!) and couldn’t.

Now it shall be tagged and bagged, as it were.  Also, if you haven’t watched Simon Amstell’s stand-up, please do so.  Now.  (Oh, and the first season of Grandma’s House is on Youtube in its entirety as well.  So get on that, too).

(Source: saminal)

Reblogged: shingekigofuckyourself

14 January 13

Crystal Twist

First thoughts on the Crystal Twist:

* Oooh it’s so pretty!  I got one with a color swirl on its edges- a sort of mossy green, and a peacock crystal.  And the padded closable cloth thing it came with for storage is really nice, too.

* It’s shorter than I expected?  Then again, most dildos seem to be too short to me, mostly because I’m used to ones whose extra length is for a handle, essentially.  So I guess the insertable length is probably the same as what I like.  But then again, I also really like the extra length that acts like a handle (particularly when it’s curved for sweet ergonomics, but that’s another post).

* It literally screws into my vagina.  I mean, I guess I can just push it in, too, but honestly, it’s a little frightening how it feels like it’s meant to be screwed in- like my vag has threading for it.

* It stays in place!  Which I pretty much love … my biggest pet peeve is dildos that slide out of you unless there’s something holding them in place or you close your legs.

* Despite being glass, which is smooth, has little drag, and usually doesn’t require much lubrication, this baby needs it.  It’s not so much the material, but rather, the shape: it functions almost like a plug, with its wider base right up against the vulva when fully inserted.  That wouldn’t be a problem if you were in-and-out thrusting with it, but because the motion is a swivel turn and (at least for me, so far) it feels best when fully inserted, the base is rubbin’ up against my labia a whole lot.  The glass is fine inside, gliding smoothly with no friction or problems, but the issues surface on the outside.  And yes, I know, I should just add extra lube, problem solved, but I kind of hate using artificial lube and unless I’m really wet, the natural stuff doesn’t last long with the base twisting back and forth on the outside.

* Similarly to the last point, because the base is right up against your vulva and you’re using a twisting motion, I kind of feel like this is a toy best used when you’ve shaved.  I didn’t painfully tug on any hairs (thank goodness!), but I felt the potential for it (particularly combined with needing extra lube to keep things nice and glidey).

* I’m still experimenting with the sensation.  Epiphora raved about it, and I’m waiting to give myself more time to get acclimated and learn how to get the best stimulation out of it.  But as of right now, it certainly feels good, but not mind-blowing.  And, because I can’t seem to review any toy without comparing it to the Pure Wand, it doesn’t seem to deliver the same amazingness that the Pure Wand does … while I can happily thrust away for probably a good hour with the Pure Wand without ever feeling the need to add clitoral stimulation, I’m not really diggin’ the Twist unless I’ve got the vibrator going at the same time.  And the twisting does feel more labor-intensive, which I suppose necessarily makes it a little less awesome of an experience.  But I do like the uniqueness of it sensation, and the shape feels really awesome to clench around- far more so than the ball end of the Pure Wand.

* I really want to know if my vag, like Epiphora’s, would also prefer the counter-clockwise turn.

11 January 13
edinburghsexpression:

A recent study by Profamilia has shown that online sex education may be more effective than traditional face-to-face methods as young people are more likely to feel comfortable asking questions & are less likely to end up being taught by someone who is not adequately trained to teach sex education.
Profamilia’s course was offered to ninth graders from 69 schools who were able to access online tutorials on topics such as sexual rights & STIs from whatever location they felt most comfortable. They were also able to contact a personal tutor if they had any questions about the course content. Questions were anonymous, & the response non-judgemental, meaning that more students felt able to express any thoughts or concerns they might have.
Students who took the course, especially those who did so along-side their friends, were more comfortable & confident discussing sex, & more pro-active in taking care of their sexual health, for example taking free condoms & getting tested for STIs.
(Source FastCoexist)

This is a really “Well, duh!” sort of move (obviously, you feel okay asking potentially embarrassing questions with online anonymity!), except one that’s only apparent in hindsight, you know?

edinburghsexpression:

A recent study by Profamilia has shown that online sex education may be more effective than traditional face-to-face methods as young people are more likely to feel comfortable asking questions & are less likely to end up being taught by someone who is not adequately trained to teach sex education.

Profamilia’s course was offered to ninth graders from 69 schools who were able to access online tutorials on topics such as sexual rights & STIs from whatever location they felt most comfortable. They were also able to contact a personal tutor if they had any questions about the course content. Questions were anonymous, & the response non-judgemental, meaning that more students felt able to express any thoughts or concerns they might have.

Students who took the course, especially those who did so along-side their friends, were more comfortable & confident discussing sex, & more pro-active in taking care of their sexual health, for example taking free condoms & getting tested for STIs.

(Source FastCoexist)

This is a really “Well, duh!” sort of move (obviously, you feel okay asking potentially embarrassing questions with online anonymity!), except one that’s only apparent in hindsight, you know?

Reblogged: fuckyeahsexeducation

15 August 12
I’m not really into real-life molds of anybody, but this is quite a great ad (although “Darling of the mainstream media?  Pardon?).  Well done, Doc Johnson.

I’m not really into real-life molds of anybody, but this is quite a great ad (although “Darling of the mainstream media?  Pardon?).  Well done, Doc Johnson.

31 July 12

Reblogged: sensualpegging

28 July 12
26 July 12

It is not “pegging”

treebeardoffangorn:

mama-boy:

It is getting consensually and safely fucked in the ass with lots and lots of lube and healthy communication skills and condoms. 

It is not “lets call it something else to help protect heterosexual cis men from being worried their ‘manhood’ is in question while still getting them off”

That andI’m pretty sure Dan Savage coined the term, so yeah, fuck him.

I go back on forth on this because, on one hand, hell yeah, I totally agree!  Giving male-recipient heterosexual anal sex its own name in essence reinforces female-recipient heterosexual anal sex as the unquestioned norm.

On the other hand, you can pry from my cold, dead hands such a useful word as “pegging”, which instantly explains the practice with no ambiguity, and lets me search for the content I’m seeking easily (particularly when “strap-on” yields lots and lots of lesbian content).

Reblogged: k-rotik

25 July 12
No, some fantasies are just meant as dark thought experiments, the specific action of them less important than the feelings they evoke.
— from this post.
22 May 12

Makes Me Happy

I just found out the coolest thing about Sebastian Keys- in one of his behind-the-scenes interviews, he talks about how when his family found out that he was doing gay porn, it prompted his dad to come out to him as bi.

Porn, ya’ll … bringin’ family together!

And that his family knows and is presumably accepting of it makes me even happier.  Obviously, that’s not always the best thing for everybody, but I tend to think that sex workers who can be honest and authentic about what they do are generally better off.  You don’t have to compartmentalize and hide a huge part of your life, you don’t have to lie, you don’t have to worry about being found out, and you have a strong support structure in place to give you stability, acceptance, and unconditional love.  I know there are plenty of sex workers who have “adopted porn families”, but I do think it’s important to have confidants who are both not in the industry (to provide an outside perspective) and don’t have a financial stake in your career, you know?

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh