OWN YOUR O
OMGYES (omgyes.com) offers sex-ed videos with a difference. Find out what actually turns women on, learning from the women themselves as they narrate and demonstrate. Then try the techniques solo or with a partner. There are even ‘touchable videos’, which use new tech to let you touch the screen and practise what you’ve learnt in a tutorial. An honest, real look at female sexuality that takes your orgasm seriously and adds to your pleasure toolbox. Nice one, ladies. Access the content for a one-off fee of $49.
A NEW TYPE OF PARTY
The words ‘sex party’ used to conjure awks ideas of chucking your keys in a bowl. But luxe events have revolutionised the scene – girls-only Skirt Club branched out to Oz in 2016, followed by Killing Kittens
(KK) earlier this year. And KK founder Emma Sayle sees a diverse future. “Rather than just the classic house party, we’re doing more and more experiential events – cabaret nights and erotic dinner parties, along with workshops, retreat weekends, naked yoga. Events about exploring your sexuality and experiencing new things.” Intrigued? At your first party, just watch and get a feel for it all, suggests Sayle.
IN (VIRTUAL) REALITY
One reason Cole started her podcast in 2016 was the emergence of virtual reality in sex tech. “There were these two guys in LA who wanted to create a scent-release attachment to a VR headset, so you could look around and be in a hot tub with three supermodels,” she laughs. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s fucked!’ But also, what happens in a few years’ time when this technology is inside everyone’s homes rather than just on the fringe? It seemed to have so many ethical and psychological implications, and that’s interesting.” The fast-growing virtual world is all about escapism, adds Sayle. “Experiential and fantasy-world apps/sites will increase as the world we live in gets crazier and more stressful.” Watch this space.
It’s not just long-distancers who’ll appreciate teledildonics – that’s a big word for sex toys that use an internet connection to let you ‘feel’ your partner and what they’re doing with their own toy in another room, city or even country. “People see teledildonics as a novelty right now, but it’s gaining steam,” says Cole. For now, try Mysteryvibe’s Crescendo ($225, mysteryvibe. com). An app lets someone else control the vibe within a 30m bluetooth range (the company’s working on a longer-distance update). You could also go remote next time you’re out for dinner – or in Kmart; whatever turns you on – with vibrating knickers operated by a remote control (from $64.95, lovehoney.com.au). Underwear vibes and couple toys are on the rise, says Hall. That’s teamwork.