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Santa Ana, California: Sciencists say penises are getting bigger (and we're here for it)

Don L. Reid 836 Rainbow Road Santa Ana, CA 92705

If you're partial to a large penis, we may have some good news for you. Yup, scientists have announced the average size has gone up. Bendy penises, tattooed penises, small penises, they're all great in their own unique way and we're here for them all. And of course while we all know size does not matter, some people just genuinely prefer a monster cock and that's okay too.

The Mirror reports SKYN, who make condoms, worked with King's College in London to measure over 15,000 penises last year. They found the average, when erect, was 5.16 inches in all its glory.

This year though, it turns out the average for millennials has shot up to 6.1 inches. Don't go celebrating too quickly though because when you delve deeper it all sounds a bit suspicious, doesn't it? This time around, participants were left to their own devices and allowed to enter their own length via an online form. Anyone else see a glaring error here?

So only like 3,000 men participated this time and obviously could exaggerate slightly about their size. Not saying they all lied, but we're guessing a fair number of them added an inch or two, which is to be expected, right?

Pressure is heaped on guys from all angles 24/7 to have the biggest, meatiest cocks and to give their sexual partner super orgasms that'll blow their bits off. When really, we all know most people who are interested in penises sexually give zero fucks about how big they are.

It's kind of a shame that this research is so fallible though, because millennials could really do with some positive news right now. It's bad enough we'll never get on the property ladder and will be working until we're 100. This could have been our tiny glimmer of hope.

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Los Angeles, California: This is what a ‘normal’ vagina really looks like – how does your compare?

Larry T. Magana 4860 Canis Heights Drive Los Angeles, CA 90017

There are countless studies on penises – the average size in the UK, average sizes around the world, and even the average girth have been studies in great detail.

Yet, when it comes to women’s sexual organs, there is very little information out there on what constitutes as “normal” down below.

This is why Brook McFadden, M.D., assistant professor in the division of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at The Ohio State University, decided to look into the average size of vaginas.

She replicated a study by scientist Jillian Lloyd’s called the "Female genital appearance: normality unfolds" and the results are eye-opening.

The study measured the private parts of 50 women who were going to the gynecologist for reasons other than pelvic dysfunction.

They took measurements of all areas of the vagina including the labia minora, labia majora and the clitoris.

This is what the study found:

The Labia Minora

These are the smaller, inner lips that surround your vaginal opening.

McFadden found the the left labia is an average of 2.1 centimetres wide, while the right is 1.9 centimetres.

The left labia was an average of 4.0 centimetres long and the right was 3.8.

It’s worth noting, labia comes in all different shapes and sizes, this is just an average.

Secondly, it’s interesting that the two sides aren’t the same – so don’t stress if you don’t match up.

Superdrug’s online doctor said: “There are two sets of lips or labia, the outer and inner. They vary so much between people, that there is no such thing as 'normal'.

“If the labia are longer the skin may be darker and slightly more stretchy, which people worry about but it's perfectly natural.”

The Labia Majora

These are the outer lips of your vagina. In the study both sides of the labia majora were an average of 8.1 centimetres long.

As you get older, both your labia minora and your labia majora will shrink, according to the study.

The Clitoris

The clitoris is a complex organ but what is usually meant when you talk about it is the little pea-size portion between the small labia.

It can also come in all shapes and sizes and some are much larger than others. This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

McFadden’s study found the clitoris’ width ranged from 0.2 to 2.5 centimetres with an average of 0.8.

Participants had a clitoral length of anywhere from 0.4 to 4.0 centimetres, with an average of 1.6 centimetres.

The bottom line is – despite what you might have seen in porn – vaginas come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

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Camdenton, Missouri: Stop Fem-Splaining - What 'Women Against Feminism' Gets Right

Raymond S. Garcia 4899 Penn Street Camdenton, MO 65020

The latest skirmish on the gender battlefield is “Women Against Feminism”: women and girls taking to social media to declare that they don’t need or want feminism, usually via photos of themselves with handwritten placards. The feminist reaction has ranged from mockery to dismay to somewhat patronizing (or should that be “matronizing”?) lectures on why these dissidents are wrong. But, while the anti-feminist rebellion has its eye-rolling moments, it raises valid questions about the state of Western feminism in the 21st century — questions that must be addressed if we are to continue making progress toward real gender equality.

Female anti-feminism is nothing new. In the 19th century, plenty of women were hostile to the women’s movement and to women who pursued nontraditional paths. In the 1970s, Marabel Morgan’s regressive manifesto The Total Woman was a top best seller, and Phyllis Schlafly led opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. But such anti-feminism was invariably about defending women’s traditional roles. Some of today’s “women against feminism” fit that mold: they feel that feminism demeans stay-at-home mothers, or that being a “true woman” means loving to cook and clean for your man. Many others, however, say they repudiate feminism even though — indeed, because — they support equality and female empowerment:

“I don’t need feminism because I believe in equality, not entitlements and supremacy.”

“I don’t need feminism because it reinforces the men as agents/women as victims dichotomy.”

“I do not need modern feminism because it has become confused with misandry which is as bad as misogyny, and whatever I want to do or be in life, I will become through my own hard work.”

Or, more than once: “I don’t need feminism because egalitarianism is better!”

Again and again, the dissenters say that feminism belittles and demonizes men, treating them as presumptive rapists while encouraging women to see themselves as victims. “I am not a victim” and “I can take responsibility for my actions” are recurring themes. Many also challenge the notion that American women in the 21st century are “oppressed,” defiantly asserting that “the patriarchy doesn’t exist” and “there is no rape culture.”

One common response from feminists is to say that Women Against Feminism “don’t understand what feminism is” and to invoke its dictionary definition: “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” The new anti-feminists have a rejoinder for that, too: they’re judging modern feminism by its actions, not by the book. And here, they have a point.

Consider the #YesAllWomen Twitter hashtag, dubbed by one blogger “the Arab Spring of 21st century feminism.” Created in response to Elliot Rodger’s deadly shooting spree in Isla Vista, Calif. — and to reminders that “not all men” are violent misogynists — the tag was a relentless catalog of female victimization by male terrorism and abuse. Some of its most popular tweets seemed to literally dehumanize men, comparing them to sharks or M&M candies of which 10% are poisoned.

Consider assertions that men as a group must be taught “not to rape,” or that to accord the presumption of innocence to a man accused of sexual violence against a woman or girl is to be complicit in “rape culture.” Consider that last year, when an Ohio University student made a rape complaint after getting caught on video engaging in a drunken public sex act, she was championed by campus activists and at least one prominent feminist blogger — but a grand jury declined to hand down charges after reviewing the video of the incident and evidence that both students were inebriated.

Consider that a prominent British feminist writer, Laurie Penny, decries the notion that feminists should avoid such generalizations as “men oppress women”; in her view, all men are steeped in a woman-hating culture and “even the sweetest, gentlest man” benefits from women’s oppression. Consider, too, that an extended quote from Penny’s column was reposted by a mainstream reproductive-rights group and shared by nearly 84,000 Tumblr users in six months.

Sure, some Women Against Feminism claims are caricatures based on fringe views — for instance, that feminism mandates hairy armpits, or that feminists regard all heterosexual intercourse as rape. On the other hand, the charge that feminism stereotypes men as predators while reducing women to helpless victims certainly doesn’t apply to all feminists — but it’s a reasonably fair description of a large, influential, highly visible segment of modern feminism.

Are Women Against Feminism ignorant and naive to insist they are not oppressed? Perhaps some are too giddy with youthful optimism. But they make a strong argument that a “patriarchy” that lets women vote, work, attend college, get divorced, run for political office and own businesses on the same terms as men isn’t quite living up to its label. They also raise valid questions about politicizing personal violence along gender lines; research shows that surprisingly high numbers of men may have been raped, sometimes by women.

For the most part, Women Against Feminism are quite willing to acknowledge and credit feminism’s past battles for women’s rights in the West, as well as the severe oppression women still suffer in many parts of the world. But they also say that modern Western feminism has become a divisive and sometimes hateful force, a movement that dramatically exaggerates female woes while ignoring men’s problems, stifles dissenting views, and dwells obsessively on men’s misbehavior and women’s personal wrongs. These are trends about which feminists have voiced alarm in the past — including the movement’s founding mother Betty Friedan, who tried in the 1970s to steer feminism from the path of what she called “sex/class warfare.” Friedan would have been aghast had she known that, 50 years after she began her battle, feminist energies were being spent on bashing men who commit the heinous crime of taking too much space on the subway.

Is there still a place in modern-day America for a gender-equality movement? I think so. Work-family balance remains a real and complicated challenge. And there are gender-based cultural biases and pressures that still exist — though, in 21st century Western countries, they almost certainly affect men as much as women. A true equality movement would be concerned with the needs and interests of both sexes. It would, for instance, advocate for all victims of domestic and sexual violence regardless of gender — and for fairness to those accused of these offenses. It would support both women and men as workers and as parents.

Should such a movement take back feminism — or, as the new egalitarians suggest, give up on the label altogether because of its inherent connotations of advocating for women only? I’m not sure what the answer is. But Women Against Feminism are asking the right questions. And they deserve to be heard, not harangued. As one of the group’s graphics says, “I have my own mind. Please stop fem-splaining it to me.”

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Fresno, California: Bizarre Japanese physio has fallen in love with a SEX DOLL who ‘doesn’t grumble’ – and forces long-suffering wife to live under the same roof

Harry T. Bartlett 1990 Freedom Lane Fresno, CA 93721

Masayuki, 45, said: “After my wife gave birth we stopped having sex and I felt a deep sense of loneliness.

“But the moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight.

“My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly.

“When my daughter realised it wasn’t a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross — but now she’s old enough to share Mayu’s clothes.”

Masayuki, who works as a physio, takes his doll out on dates in a wheelchair and dresses her in wigs, sexy clothes and jewellery.

He admits to being turned off by human relationships, adding during a seaside stroll with his rubber companion: “Japanese women are cold-hearted.

“They’re very selfish. Men want someone to listen to them without grumbling when they get home from work.

“Whatever problems I have, Mayu is always there waiting for me. I love her to bits and want to be with her for ever.

“I can’t imagine going back to a human being. I want to be buried with her and take her to heaven.”

He is one of an increasing number of Japanese men turning to romantic relationships with sex dolls in a country that has officially lost its mojo.

Experts are worried by Japan‘s plummeting birth rate, which poses serious problems for the future of the economy as it faces a dwindling number of workers.

But a growing number of men — known as “herbivores” — are turning their backs on marriage and traditional masculine values for a quiet, uncompetitive life.

Every year around 2,000 of the life-like sex dolls — which cost from £4,600 and come with adjustable fingers, removable head and realistic genitals — are sold in Japan.

Hideo Tsuchiya, managing director of doll maker Orient Industry, said: “Technology has come a long way since those nasty inflatable dolls in the 1970s.

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“They look incredibly real now and it feels like you’re touching human skin. More men are buying them because they feel they can actually communicate with the dolls.”

They are popular with disabled customers and widowers, as well as mannequin fetishists, and some men use dolls to avoid heartache.

Senji Nakajima, 62, tenderly bathes his rubber girlfriend Saori, has framed photos of her on his wall and even takes her skiing and surfing.

He said on a romantic picnic beneath a canopy of cherry blossom: “Human beings are so demanding. People always want something from you — like money or commitment.

“My heart flutters when I come home to Saori. She never betrays me, she makes my worries melt away.”

Senji’s romance with Saori has divided his family and his wife has banned her from the family home, but the Tokyo-born businessman refuses to give her up.

He said: “My son accepts it, my daughter can’t.

“I’ll never date a real woman again — they’re heartless.”

The doll sleeps in his bed in a cluttered apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo, sandwiched between two dolls from previous dalliances and a headless rubber torso.

He admits reconciliation with his estranged wife is unlikely, adding: “I wouldn’t be able to take a bath with Saori, or snuggle up with her and watch TV.

“I don’t want to destroy what I have with her.”

And while the pillow talk is decidedly one-way, Senji believes he has discovered true love.

He said: “I’d never cheat on her, even with a prostitute, because to me she’s human.”

Another doll lover is Yoshitaka Hyodo, whose home in Saitama is an Aladdin’s Cave of dolls, kitsch toys and Japanese erotica.

He lives alone but has an “understanding” girlfriend. She would have to be as he owns more than ten life-size dummies, many of which he dresses in combat uniform to play out wartime fantasies.

The 43-year-old blogger said: “In the future I think more and more guys will choose relationships with dolls.

“It’s less stress and they complain a lot less than women.”

But he claims to have cut down on having sex with dolls.

He said: “It’s more about connecting on an emotional level for me now.

“People might think I’m weird, but it’s no different from collecting sports cars. I don’t know how much I’ve spent but it’s cheaper than a Lamborghini.”

Future doll users can expect more bang for their buck as researchers are developing next-generation sexbots able to talk, laugh, simulate an orgasm — and even remember your birthday.

But for now, Masayuki’s long-suffering wife Riho tries hard to ignore the rubber temptress silently taunting her from her husband’s bedroom.

She said: “I just get on with the housework.

“I make the dinner, I clean, I do the washing. I choose sleep over sex.”

Last month we told how a Japanese fetish doll exhibition celebrating 40 years of the industry attracted hundreds of horny visitors.

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Wichita Falls, Texas: A Company Aims to Put Good Karma and Energy Close at Hand

Dwayne A. Boyle 2337 Alexander Drive Wichita Falls, TX 76301

CRANSTON, R.I. — Do you want “limitless power, limitless good karma, and limitless wisdom”? Alex and Ani’s promotional material tells you to buy the Buddha Charm Bangle, available for $28. Do you want “divine direction and soulful enlightenment”? They recommend the Saint Anthony Charm Bangle, for the same price. For the union of masculine and feminine energy, Alex and Ani offers the Star of David Charm Bangle, at $24.

Last year, Alex and Ani, founded in 2004 by Carolyn Rafaelian and named for her two eldest daughters, sold $230 million worth of these amulets. Its bangles, necklaces, earrings and rings are available in 40 Alex and Ani stores in the United States, and in 1,500 other retail outlets around the world. According to a company spokesperson, the company moved over 18 million units “between 2012 and 2013.”

The growth of Alex and Ani poses a question: Is the company a capitalist success story, run by a single mom in the same midsize New England town where she grew up? Or is it a worldwide church, whose tokens of membership, worn on the wrist or around the neck, happen to generate booming sales?

This is the United States, so the answer must be both. Alex and Ani’s profits have increased fiftyfold since 2010. It is opening new stores all the time, and soon it will unveil a handbag line. But Ms. Rafaelian also believes, sincerely, in the supernatural power of what she sells.

At her company’s headquarters, I asked Ms. Rafaelian about the claim, in “Path of Life: Why I Wear My Alex and Ani,” a glossy book available for sale in all Alex and Ani stores, that “Alex and Ani creates products that capture energy.” What does that mean?

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Ms. Rafaelian, 47, said she worked “with physicists all over the world” to imbue her products with energy. “We clean the metals,” she added, and “they hold vibration of pure energy, healing love.” Before they are sold in the store, “every product has been blessed by my priests, it has been blessed by my shaman friends, protected from radio frequency, from radioactivity.”

To learn more, Ms. Rafaelian suggested, I should speak with Marisa Morin, an animal therapist from Oregon and her principal design consultant.

“Carolyn and I work together in prayer and meditation to be inspired about what we feel inspired to create,” said Ms. Morin, a close friend for 20 years. When they decide on a design, Ms. Morin makes sure the proposed item can be ethically produced. “If the design is something new, like right now it’s handbags, we ask, ‘Is the leather tanned without toxic materials?’ You have no idea how hard it is to find that.”

Ms. Morin researches the design to see that it is faithful to the spiritual tradition it comes from. “I may make a phone call to three or four scholars on one piece of jewelry, to make sure this is the right design,” she said.

Every purchase comes with a black card detailing its spiritual charism. I bought my wife the Monkey Charm Bangle, and its card noted that “the ancient Mayans portrayed the monkey as an openhearted being that was ever in a state of creative and joyful wonder.” The bangle’s wearer is implored to embrace the charm’s “energy” to “stay socially conscious.”

Ms. Rafaelian, and her company’s website, are mostly careful not to state that a charm will make you a better person. The claim is more that the jewelry inspires you to put good energy out in the world. And if you put out good energy, good things will come back to you.

This New Age principle, often called the law of attraction, is a central teaching of best-selling gurus like Louise Hay and Rhonda Byrne, author of “The Secret.” This teaching does encourage people to do good, and Alex and Ani has a robust program of charitable giving. For example, nonprofits can use Alex and Ani stores for two-hour fund-raisers, during which time a percentage of all sales are donated to the charity. The company has given away $9.4 million since 2011, according to a spokesperson.

On the flip side, the law of attraction implies that people are responsible for the bad things that befall them: put out bad energy, get back bad energy. Ms. Rafaelian said she does not believe that people bring tragedy on themselves. But when I proposed the hypothetical case of, say, a woman who had been raped multiple times, her reply suggested that if the woman was not to blame, somehow her energy was.

“That poor person may have to experience some horrific things until they learn something on such a subconscious level that they can elevate from that place, and they won’t have to deal with that experience again,” she said. “When these things happen over and over to the same people, they have to have their own space to remember their true beautiful self and say, ‘Physically and emotionally, this isn’t for me anymore.’ ”

According to John L. Modern, the author of “Secularism in Antebellum America,” Alex and Ani’s products stand in a thriving, and particularly American, tradition.

“It is not a coincidence you have this flowering of what they called ‘energy theology’ at same time the market revolution is happening,” Dr. Modern said. The belief that we are all connected by an invisible energy field offers a sense of mastery in the midst of uncertainty. So as people began to fear that their fates were dictated by corporations and governments in far-off cities, “this language of the occult, of spiritualism, mesmerism, animal magnetism, going on intensely from 1830 forward, was happening alongside capitalism.”

Thus, Dr. Modern said, “you have crystal stuff in the New Age in the 1970s, the red-string kabbalah stuff” — in which plain red strings are sold as Jewish bracelets, to ward off “the evil eye” — “and Wilhelm Reich and the ‘orgone accumulator’ in the 1950s, a box made out of aluminum and glass. This invention, he promised, would harness and focus the ‘orgone energy.’ ” Dr. Reich, a famous psychoanalyst, promised that if you got in the box, disabilities, and even cancer, could be cured.

Ms. Rafaelian’s promises for her jewelry are, for the most part, more modest. The ad copy for the Delta Delta Delta Charm Bangle ($32), honoring the sorority once mocked by “Saturday Night Live,” avers that women “keep the earthly balance that comes with consistently nurturing loved ones.” There’s no promise that the bangle will help a woman be a better sorority sister. But if the bangle even puts the wearer in mind of sisterhood, Ms. Rafaelian believes, that will have an effect.

“Thought is an energy source,” Ms. Rafaelian said. “Once you have a thought, it literally goes into this blueprint that is spread out, and this blueprint takes on a whole life of its own.”

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