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  • Define this: CBT

    CBT? Cat Bondage Time? Cool Body Temp? Cock and Ball Torture is more than high heels and winched faces. Power play and love go hand in hand.

  • Define This: GGG

    GGG is a term first coined by sex writer Dan Savage. Not only is it a good road map for healthy relationships, but those that follow it report a higher level of satisfaction in their love life.

  • Balanitis

    A common condition and a painful one too. But one that you rarely hear discussed. Genital hygiene does more than keep things clean.

  • Define This: Rubenesque

    When someone looks at a larger or curvier woman, they will sometimes call her “Rubenesque,” but what exactly does that mean?

  • Define This: Cuckolding

    Cuckolding is a term that I have heard a lot of people discussing lately. As someone who engages in this fetish, I would like to shed some light on it.

  • Define This - That Marvelous Moment Right before He Cums

    It doesn't have a name and it doesn't last long. But there's that sudden moment where you know it's going to happen - and paying attention can make you feel great!

  • Define This: The Frenulum Delta

    Finding the sweet spot that is a penis' neatest secret.

  • Define This: In Praise of Pre-Cum

    Yeah, that clear, sticky stuff that slimes up the sheets when you're messing around. But there's a lot more to it than that.

  • Define This: Oral Compulsion

    Oral Compulsion is defined as the habitual insertion of foreign objects into the mouth for reasons other than feeding. Thumbs, toys, fingernails...and yes, other things as well. But let's look at the wider picture first, and if you ever bit the head off your Ken doll, then you'll probably know what I mean.

  • Define This: Popped Cherry

    Often used as a term to indicate that one's virginity has been lost or taken, this term has brought about many misconceptions about the hymen. This irrefutably sexist term has grossly led to shame and anxiety about first-time sex. But wait, there’s more to it than that...

  • Define This: Capnolagnia

    Sex and cigarettes - the history and mystery of the smoking fetish.

  • Define This: Penile Fracture

    Ouch! It may be a very unpleasant thing to even think about, but penis health is important. While penile fracture may not happen to you, knowing what it is and what to do may save a penis near you.

  • Define This: Bugchasing and the Quest to Acquire HIV

    Bugchasing: the quest to acquire HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). That's right, it's a thing! Are you asking, "But why would someone ever want to get HIV?" Read on and find out...

  • The Wild Kink Alphabet O-Z

    The last of The Wild Kink Alphabet series, covering the letters O (for oviposition) through Z (for Zentai)! Have you ever heard of Zentai suits? Transformation? Vore? Kinks and fetishes go far beyond the well known BDSM spectrum, what's out there in the endless void of fetishism?

  • The Wild Kink Alphabet G-N

    The second section in The Wild Kink Alphabet series, covering the letters G (for guro) though N (for necrophilia)! Have you ever heard of macros? Guro? Hypers? Kinks and fetishes go far beyond the well known BDSM spectrum, what's out there in the endless void of fetishism?

  • Define This: Underwear Fetishism

    Enjoying the scent of a woman’s underwear – this is frequently portrayed as creepy or strange. But is it?

  • The Wild Kink Alphabet A-F

    The first section of The Wild Kink Alphabet, covering the letters A (for age play) through F (for furry)! Have you ever heard of erotic asphyxiation? What about cum inflation? Furry? Kinks and fetishes go far beyond the well known BDSM spectrum, what's out there in the endless void of fetishism?

  • Define This: Petplay

    Here, kitty, kitty! Come and take a glimpse into the world of Petplay. Know what it is and what it isn't.

  • Define This: Female Copulatory Vocalizations

    Is there more to your moans and groans than you thought? Let's see what the science says about sounds and sex.

  • DINKs: Double Income, No Kids

    "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes The Baby In The Baby Carriage." Many of us have sung this little song as children and come to accept this as just basic common sense of how life is supposed to be. But is it really? Isn't having children a choice? Is having children really a choice if it's expected of you? That doesn't seem like a fair description of the word choice.

  • Define This: Pheromones

    You're scanning through various massage oils and lotions here on Edenfantasys, and you see that word again. Pheromones. But what are they? What are they doing in your massage lotion? And most importantly, do they work?

  • Define This: Looning

    It comes in many colors. It's smooth and fun to play with. If you put your mouth on it and blow, it'll get big. What is it?

  • Define This: Fat Admirer

    Finding fat people sexually attractive is more complicated than it seems and far more than it should be. Sometimes it has to be hidden; it's not always believed and makes dating difficult. Still, it's just a preference and shouldn't risk widespread ridicule or ostracism.

  • Define This: Formicophilia

    One of the strangest "philias" out there, which just proves that humans can find pretty much anything erotic.

  • Define This: Feederism

    Everyone would love to be able to eat anything they wanted without gaining any extra weight. Well, almost everyone.

  • Define This: the Oedipus and Electra complexes

    It was Freud who penned the expression for the first time, but Jung defined the meaning differently, and contemporary psychologists are on different opinions. Here is a little summary on them.

  • Define This: Vore

    Have you had the desire to eat someone today? Whole? There's a rare fantasy fetish floating around the web called Vore. Frequently compared to cannibalism, vore has many different categories that appeal to vorarephiliacs.

  • Define This: Monogamish

    Sounds related to monogamous, and it is - but it's not the same thing.

  • Define This: Father complex - what it is, and what it isn't

    Freud and Jung were the first ones to describe the phenomenon, but the views have since changed. Contemporary psychologists do not quite agree on what is and what is not a father complex – some even argue there is no such thing. In this article, I have tried to collect the most important highlights and features of the phenomenon.

  • Define This: Watersports

    What's this piss about pissing? Learn about watersports, including the clinical term and definition!

  • Define This: Pansexual

    It may not be what you think. Learn more here.

  • Define This: Blue Balls

    It is real, it's scientifically proven, and it blows! Learn all about blue balls!

  • Define This: Cocktail

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  • Define This: Peodeiktophilia

    Can you even pronounce it? Learn what it is!

  • Define This: Dyspareunia (Painful Sex)

    Do you ever experience pain during sexual penetration? Have you ever thought about why you feel that pain? Well there is a name for painful intercourse. It's called Dyspareunia.

  • Define This: Femme

    As a gay teenager I owned a t-shirt that boldly stated, "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian." Ten years later, the sentiment of that shirt couldn't be more true. Femme identity often fits neither into the expectations from heterosexual society nor queer communities. As I'm finally settling comfortably into my own skin, I've come to realize the importance of femme visibility.

  • Define This: Retroverted Uterus

    What is a retroverted uterus? Did you know that there are different types of tipped uteruses?

  • Define This: Fag Hag.

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when the term "Fag Hag" is used? No matter what comes to mind, the connotations are usually negative. Let's take a moment to explore this relationship and what it means.

  • Furry: The Fuzzier Side of Kink

    Maybe you've seen that creepy CSI episode about fursuiting...Maybe you've had a friend that seemed to like to make animal noises just a little too much--or maybe you've just seen it around the internet. The furry fandom is growing by the day, but no one ever seems able to clearly define it or give a straight answer to any question about it. It really makes you wonder...What exactly IS a furry?

  • What exactly is Hentai?

    If you've spent a decent amount of time on the internet, you've probably heard this word thrown around a bit, along with "AIYEE" and "Onii-chan." What does it all mean though? The answer lies within the heart of the cards.

  • Define This: Burlesque

    It is a common misconception that Burlesque performance is the same as stripping or exotic dancing. While they have many similar elements, they are not the same thing.

  • Exploring our Sexual Vocabulary: Today’s Word Starts with ‘C’

    The words we use to describe the things we do in bed can say a lot about us, and the society we live in. When we talk sex we usually are talking about something “dirty” or “nasty” or if it drips with raw animal desire, it might even be “filthy.” Why is that?

  • Define This: V-point Relationship

    Who doesn’t love to learn new things? Education is uber sexy. So Lady Dream Kitten thought she’d educate us on V-point relationships.

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  • The Naked Reader Book Club

    Join venerated erotica publisher Cleis Press, EdenFantasys and SexIs in an ongoing online book club for inquiring minds who love to read about all things sexual—from the politics of pornography to the erotically evocative boundaries of desire. News, meeting announcements, reviews, book readings and more can be found on [http://www.nakedreaderbookclub.com|The Naked Reader Book Club Blog]. [underline|[bold|Featured Books from Cleis Press]] To find out about upcoming featured titles, visit [http://www.nakedreaderbookclub.com/the-books/|The Naked Reader Book List] for a listing of books to be featured in the coming months. [bold|[http://www.edenfantasys.com/sex-community/stores/the-naked-reader-book-club/|The Naked Reader Book Club Store]] Visit the official NRBC store to purchase past, present and future featured book titles. [underline|[bold|Reviews]] 2- 4 books are featured each month and reviewed by a select group of Eden Fantasys Contributors. Reviews are highlighted on the [http://www.nakedreaderbookclub.com/category/reviews/|NRBC Blog]. [bold|[http://www.nakedreaderbookclub.com/nrbc-calendar/|Book Club Meetings]] The Naked Reader Book Club meets twice a month to discuss a selected book. Visit the [http://www.nakedreaderbookclub.com/|Naked Reader Book Club Blog] for a calendar of scheduled meetings. If you are interested in more information on the Naked Reader Book Club, please email [mailto:NakedReaderBookClub@gmail.com|The Naked Reader].

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